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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: Mistaken for a King by Dan Kellams

    Mistaken for a King Dan Kellams

    Dan Kellams of Marion Iowa, recently 80, will be reading from his beautifully written memoir, Mistaken for a King, on Saturday, October 29 at 3 PM. The book is self-published, but reads like something out of one of the big New York publishers. It’s a book for those who remember a time in our history when kids could leave home to play with pals and be gone till lunch, then head out for an afternoon’s play. Yes, there was such a time. When people didn’t carry guns around with them, and if the kids ran into a grownup, they’d say “Hi.” 

    Dan’s childhood was the 1940s. The nation was at war. Kids played war with imaginary Japs and Krauts, and made extra money with paper routes. The worry was for “our boys over-seas. Dad’s were at risk. Mom’s bore responsibility. Kids did what kids do. The good guys were winning. Marion, Iowa was a very different place, more like a small town.

    Dan’s book is the best home front memoir I’ve ever read. People who love Iowa and have deep memories of other times spent here (my days were the 50s) need to come to this reading and pick up a copy of Mistaken for a King. Dan is a lively talker with a great sense of humor. You’ll love chatting him up after he reads.  

    --Paul Ingram

  • A Clerihew by Paul

    Clerihew

    Garcia Marquez
    Was addicted to Pez
    He found them as nice
    As a trip to see ice.

     

    -- Paul Ingram

  • Paul's October Book Club: The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle

    The Woman Who Walked Into Doors Roddy Doyle

    October Book Club
    THE WOMAN WHO WALKED INTO DOORS
    by RODDY DOYLE

    In support of National Domestic Violence Awareness month we’ll be reading Doyle’s powerful novel of down-trodden Paula Spencer, driven to alcoholism by her abusive husband, Charlo, the husband from Hell.  Incredible novel of blue collar life in Ireland in the 70s.

    “It is the triumph of this novel that Mr. Doyle shows the inner life of this battered housecleaner to be of the same stuff as that of the heroes of the great novels of Europe.”—Mary Gordon, New York Times Book Review

    Club meets Thursday, Oct 20th at Prairie Lights 7 PM