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Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.

If you have any requests for recommendations, send Paul an email at paul@prairielights.com

  • Paul's Corner: Naomi Shihab Nye

    A Maze Me: Poems for Girls Naomi Shihab Nye

    Your Face Makes Me Feel Like a Lighthouse

    Your face makes me feel like a lighthouse
    beaming across waves.
    We don't even know one another,
    yet each day I am looking for your face.
    Walking slowly among tables, I balance my tray,
    glancing to the side.
    You're not here today.
    Are you sick?
    Why are you absent?
    And why, among all these faces,
    is there only one I want to see?
    Whatever the reason
    Your absence is not excused
    by me.

    -- Naomi Shihab Nye

     

  • Paul's Corner: Naomi Shihab Nye

    A Maze Me: Poems for Girls Naomi Shihab Nye

    I Want to Meet the Girl

    I want to meet the girl
    who does not run her country
    the way I do not run my country
    I want to meet the girl
    who hides in the crowd,
    who laughs into her hand,
    who was not in the picture.
    The girl who stands back
    after being introduced
    by her parents
    in a way she would not choose.

    Who turns her head to the side
    so she doesn’t miss seeing what’s there.
    Where is she?

    -- Naomi Shihab Nye

  • Paul's Corner: Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard

    Holy the Firm Annie Dillard

    The higher Christian churches--where, if anywhere, I belong--come at God with an unwarranted air of professionalism, with authority and pomp, as they knew what they were doing, as though people in themselves were an appropriate set of creatures to have dealings with God.  I often think of the set pieces of liturgy as certain words which people have addressed to God without their getting killed.  In the high churches they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a strand of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger.  If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked.  But in the low churches you expect it any minute.  This is the beginning of wisdom.

    -- from Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard