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About Paul

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: Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost

    The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems Robert Frost

    GATHERING LEAVES

    Spades take up leaves
    No better than spoons
    And bags full of leaves
    Are light as balloons.

    I make a great noise
    Of rustling all day
    Like rabbit and deer
    Running away

    But the mountains I raise
    Elude my embrace,
    Flowing over my arms
    And into my face.

    I may load and unload
    Again and again
    Till I fill the whole shed
    And what have I then.

    Next to nothing for weight,
    And since they grow duller
    From contact with earth,
    Next to nothing for color.

    Next to nothing for use.
    But a crop is a crop,
    And who’s to say where
    The harvest shall stop.
                 
        --Robert Frost

    Hoping granddaughter Lillian, 8,
    Will memorize it or remember it, when 
    She plays in the leaves.

  • Paul's Book Club - Cancelled for Nov. 18

    Book of Common Prayer Joan Didion

    Unfortunately Paul's Book Club has been cancelled for November 18. We will try to reschedule for November 24.

  • Paul's Corner: Relax and Heal with Meditation Coloring Books

    Mandala Meditation Coloring Book

    We have currently in stock an array of this year’s literary fad, the adult coloring book. Marketed as  relaxation aids,  these intricately designed oversized books allow the adult to focus attention on coloring in variously themed, patterns.  They have words like “mindful’, “zen”, “relaxing” in their titles and when one is finished coloring them in, he/she has a lovely design to frame or attach to one’s refrigerator, depending on how proud the relaxed artist is of their work. 
     
    This said, these books are quite a bit of fun to play with if you have the time.  Some come with colored pencils shrink-wrapped with the book.  The grown-up tone of these books need not be taken too seriously. No one, I think, colors as well as a nine-year-old girl or at least as well as my grand daughter, Lillian, who’s been able to  handle most of the stuff I’ve passed her way.  

    I am more patient than Lillian and willing to settle for less than perfect renderings, so they are, in fact, a little more fun for me than for her.  Mandalla shapes are my favorites.  I also like art deco designs.  We have them in our non-book section downstairs and the prices range from 9.95 to 19.95.  I recommend you try one if you think it might be your thing.  
    I do remember when I was a kid and had had a bad day, I’d sit in the corner and color, and I did, I did feel more relaxed.