Milk & Cookies Storytime

Milk & Cookies Storytime

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Free! Milk & Cookies store time. Bring a friend!

Summertime Cooking

Summertime Cooking

Cooking Demonstration Series

In Six Seasons, his first book, McFadden channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons—an arc from spring to early summer to midsummer to the bursting harvest of late summer, then ebbing into autumn and, finally, the earthy, mellow sweetness of winter. Each chapter begins with recipes featuring raw vegetables at the start of their season. As weeks progress, McFadden turns up the heat—grilling and steaming, then moving on to sautés, pan roasts, braises, and stews. His ingenuity is on display in 225 revelatory recipes that celebrate flavor at its peak.

$35/demo ($15 shopping credit included!)
Space is limited, tell us you can come.

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Milk & Cookies Storytime

Milk & Cookies Storytime

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Free! Milk & Cookies store time. Bring a friend!

Milk & Cookies Storytime

Milk & Cookies Storytime

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Free! Milk & Cookies store time. Bring a friend!

A Good Yarn Book Club: I Owe You by Sophie Kinsella

A Good Yarn Book Club: I Owe You by Sophie Kinsella

Prairie Path Books (map)

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30–3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. In August we will discuss “I Owe You One.”

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?   NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A gem of a novel.”—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of “A Spark of Light and Small Great Things.”

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A gem of a novel.”—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of “A Spark of Light and Small Great Things.”

August 4    
I Owe You by Sophie Kinsella
255 Town Square Mall, Wheaton, IL 60189

 

Free!

Real. Good. Food. with Dr. Jamie Thomure

Real. Good. Food. with Dr. Jamie Thomure

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PPB welcomes Dr. Jamie Thomure to demonstrate yummy + healthy food all summer long in a series of cookbook demonstrations.  Jamie has led events with us before; she is an avid home-chef, parent and chiropractor at DuPage Family Wellness in Warrenville.  Dr. Jamie learned personally about the benefits of eating an anti-inflammatory diet in 2012.  This inspired her passion for helping people to eat real food that is good—meaning yummy and easy preparations for fresh vegetables and fruits plus the right meats and fats. Call and sign up to learn about, or more about—what keto or paleo or gluten-free (that is: simple nutritious meals) can mean for you and your family.  See you soon! 

$35/demo + $15 shopping credit included!
Space is limited, tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455!


Dr. Thomure will cook from Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilipppo

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With more than half a million copies sold, the first edition of Practical Paleo revolutionized the way we think about food and our bodies. Dubbed “The Paleo Bible” by readers, it explained how simply eating real, whole foods and avoiding processed, refined foods can improve our health--including reducing or even eliminating symptoms associated with common health disorders.

Author Visit: Catherine McNiel

Author Visit: Catherine McNiel

Catherine McNiel is a writer and speaker who seeks to open eyes to God’s creative, redemptive work in each day—while caring for three kids, two jobs, and one enormous garden. She’s on the lookout for wisdom, beauty, and iced coffee. 

Catherine is the author of All Shall Be Well: Awakening to God’s Presence in His Messy, Abundant World (NavPress 2019) and Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline (NavPress 2017) which was an ECPA finalist for New Author.

Free! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Summertime Cooking

Summertime Cooking

Cooking Demonstration Series

In The Farm, Knauer brings his creations to your kitchen. From Cold-Spring-Night Asparagus Soup to Brick Chicken with Corn and Basil Salad, the 150 recipes in this book will help you make the most of your market, garden, or CSA. They are fresh, modern spins on American classics, with ingredients anyone can obtain. Each one is simple, distinctive, and satisfying, getting the best food to the table in the least amount of time. They are both homey and sophisticated. 

$35/demo ($15 shopping credit included!)
Space is limited, tell us you can come.

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Skinny Books, Fat Content: Ghachar Ghochar

Skinny Books, Fat Content: Ghachar Ghochar

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This new book club will read and discuss fiction books under 200 pages that present some great moral dilemmas, plot twists, memorable characters and ideas that just beg for discussion.  Though they look deceptively short and simple, they will WOW you with the depth of their meaning and the precision of their language.  Even if you are already in a book club, you could squeeze this one in.  Meetings will last just one hour, so discussion will be as intense as the reading. 

We will kick-off with Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag.

Elegantly written and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humor, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings—and consequences—of financial gain in contemporary India.

 

Free!
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

 

 

 

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A Good Yarn Book Club: The Woman who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Woman who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

Prairie Path Books (map)

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month!

In  The Woman Who Smashed Codes , Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, who played an integral role in our nation’s history for forty years.  Fagone unveils America’s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith’s life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence. Blending the lively pace and compelling detail that are the hallmarks of Erik Larson’s bestsellers with the atmosphere and intensity of The Imitation Game,  The Woman Who Smashed Codes  is page-turning popular history at its finest.

In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, who played an integral role in our nation’s history for forty years.

Fagone unveils America’s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith’s life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence. Blending the lively pace and compelling detail that are the hallmarks of Erik Larson’s bestsellers with the atmosphere and intensity of The Imitation Game, The Woman Who Smashed Codes is page-turning popular history at its finest.

September 1    
The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
255 Town Square Mall, Wheaton, IL 60189

 

Free!

Skinny Books, Fat Content: President's Hat

Skinny Books, Fat Content: President's Hat

The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain 

Wednesday,  September 4, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. Daniel’s thrill at being in such close proximity to the most powerful man in the land persists even after the presidential party has gone, which is when he discovers that Mitterrand’s black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments’ soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It’s a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow … different.

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This book club will reads and discusses fiction books under 200 pages that present some great moral dilemmas, plot twists, memorable characters and ideas that just beg for discussion.  Though they look deceptively short and simple, they will WOW you with the depth of their meaning and the precision of their language.  Even if you are already in a book club, you could squeeze this one in.  Meetings will last just one hour, so discussion will be as intense as the reading. 

Free!
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

 

 

 


Nonfiction Bookclub: Brave Companions: Portraits in History

Nonfiction Bookclub: Brave Companions: Portraits in History

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"Non Fiction Fans!! 
A new monthly non fiction book club will meet at
PPB 261 on the first Thursdays of the month.  

Ann and Steph will lead discussions on a variety of reads within the genre, including history, biography, current events, memoirs and science and nature. We are excited to offer this new series.

Free! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.



From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.

The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.

Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, “the little woman who made the big war”; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America.

Different as they are from each other, McCullough’s subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the reader, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon lives.

Jenny & Sandy's Fall Book Review: Champagne & Maple Leaves

Jenny & Sandy's Fall Book Review: Champagne & Maple Leaves

Join Sandy and Jenny and our PPB readers to learn about the best new books to fall into with this Autumn!  

$5/person

Call the store and let us know you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Living Room Conversations

Living Room Conversations

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Mondays, 6:30–8:00 p.m., September 23, October 28 and November 25
Please note there will be no meeting in December.

Prairie Path Books is proud to welcome as hosts for this series, the Wheaton League of Women's Voters, who are committed to  civic engagement and education (all genders welcome!).  

Founded in 2010, the non-profit organization “Living Room Conversations” with one goal: bringing back civil discourse on current topics so as to increase understanding, reveal common ground and allow for discussion for possible solutions. LRC provides training for facilitators, topics and talking points, and maybe most important a structure, or “conversation agreement” all participants need to follow. One participant described her LRC experience this way: “For once I wasn't standing on my soapbox trying to win someone to my side or defend my stance with strong words.  The ground rules threw that all out the window and put in its place a curious mind and an attitude of respect for my neighbors.”

The first conversation topic will be The America We Want to Be.  This topic is warm, welcoming and a perfect format for hearing different perspectives on America, our fears about it, and our hopes and dreams for it.  All community members are invited to participate.

For more information about this program, including a copy of the LRC Conversation Agreement and a summary of the first topic, visit:  www.livingroomconversations.org and www.livingroomconversations.org/topics/america_we_want_to_be_founding_aspirations/

To register, visit: www.livingroomcomversation.eventbrite.com


"The New Midwestern Table"  Cooking Demonstration

"The New Midwestern Table" Cooking Demonstration

Best Tastes from Nearby States 

Cooking Demonstration Series

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Last year Cathy and I explored the great food of Italy in our cookbook demonstrations. This year our focus is closer to home - in fact it IS home!  Join us as we celebrate the best tastes of Illinois and our surrounding states. — Sandy

The New Midwestern Table
by Amy Thielen
Amy Thielen grew up in rural northern Minnesota, waiting in lines for potluck buffets amid loops of smoked sausages from her uncle’s meat market and in the company of women who could put up jelly without a recipe. She spent years cooking in some of New York City’s best restaurants, but it took moving home in 2008 for her to rediscover the wealth and diversity of the Midwestern table, and to witness its reinvention.

$35/demo ($15 shopping credit included!) 

Space is limited at all of our cooking demonstrations, call today to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Skinny Books, Fat Content: The Fifth Child

Skinny Books, Fat Content: The Fifth Child

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

Wednesday,  October 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside—until the birth of their fifth baby. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him. As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she cannot love him, David cannot bring himself to touch him, and their four older children are afraid of him. Understanding that he will never be accepted anywhere, Harriet and David are torn between their instincts as parents and their shocked reaction to this fierce and unlovable child whose existence shatters their belief in a benign world.

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This book club will reads and discusses fiction books under 200 pages that present some great moral dilemmas, plot twists, memorable characters and ideas that just beg for discussion.  Though they look deceptively short and simple, they will WOW you with the depth of their meaning and the precision of their language.  Even if you are already in a book club, you could squeeze this one in.  Meetings will last just one hour, so discussion will be as intense as the reading. 

Free!
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

 

 

 


Nonfiction Bookclub: The Great Chicago Fire

Nonfiction Bookclub: The Great Chicago Fire

"Non Fiction Fans!! 
A new monthly non fiction book club will meet at PPB 261 on the first Thursdays of the month.  

Ann and Steph will lead discussions on a variety of reads within the genre, including history, biography, current events, memoirs and science and nature. We are excited to offer this new series.

Free! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.


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The Great Chicago Fire and The Peshtigo Fire and The Great Chicago Fire of 1871:  The Story of the Blaze that Destroyed the Midwest's Largest City by Charles River Editors

The Deadly Night of October 8, 1871 chronicles the story of two of America’s deadliest fires. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo fire like never before, in no time at all. 

It had taken about 40 years for Chicago to grow from a small settlement of about 300 people into a thriving metropolis with a population of 300,000, but in just two days in 1871, much of that progress was burned to the ground. In arguably the most famous fire in American history, a blaze in the southwestern section of Chicago began to burn out of control on the night of October 8, 1871. Thanks to The Chicago Tribune, the fire has been apocryphally credited to a cow kicking over a lantern in Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s barn, and though that was not true, the rumor dogged Mrs. O’Leary to the grave.

These two books chronicle one of the largest natural disasters of the 19th century in America. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 like never before, in no time at all.

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Prairie Path Books (map)

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month!

Free!

An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover, and her aging vengeful husband—these are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh world of seventeenth-century Boston. Tremendously moving and rich in psychological insight, this dramatic depiction of the struggle between mind and heart illuminates Hawthorne's concern with our Puritan past and its influence on American life.

An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover, and her aging vengeful husband—these are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh world of seventeenth-century Boston. Tremendously moving and rich in psychological insight, this dramatic depiction of the struggle between mind and heart illuminates Hawthorne's concern with our Puritan past and its influence on American life.


"Love & Lemon Every Day" Cooking Demonstration

"Love & Lemon Every Day" Cooking Demonstration

Best Tastes from Nearby States 

Cooking Demonstration Series

Last year Cathy and I explored the great food of Italy in our cookbook demonstrations. This year our focus is closer to home - in fact it IS home!  Join us as we celebrate the best tastes of Illinois and our surrounding states. — Sandy

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Love & Lemon Every Day

by Jeanine Donofrio 

Known for her insanely flavorful vegetable recipes and stunning photography, Jeanine Donofrio celebrates plants at the center of the plate with more than 100 new vegetarian recipes. In this book, Jeanine shows you how to make any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where produce is the star. These exciting and approachable recipes will become instant additions to your family's regular meal rotation.


$35/demo ($15 shopping credit included!) 

Space is limited at all of our cooking demonstrations, call today to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Living Room Conversations

Living Room Conversations

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Mondays, 6:30–8:00 p.m., September 23, October 28 and November 25
Please note there will be no meeting in December.

Prairie Path Books is proud to welcome as hosts for this series, the Wheaton League of Women's Voters, who are committed to  civic engagement and education (all genders welcome!).  

Founded in 2010, the non-profit organization “Living Room Conversations” with one goal: bringing back civil discourse on current topics so as to increase understanding, reveal common ground and allow for discussion for possible solutions. LRC provides training for facilitators, topics and talking points, and maybe most important a structure, or “conversation agreement” all participants need to follow. One participant described her LRC experience this way: “For once I wasn't standing on my soapbox trying to win someone to my side or defend my stance with strong words.  The ground rules threw that all out the window and put in its place a curious mind and an attitude of respect for my neighbors.”

The first conversation topic will be The America We Want to Be.  This topic is warm, welcoming and a perfect format for hearing different perspectives on America, our fears about it, and our hopes and dreams for it.  All community members are invited to participate.

For more information about this program, including a copy of the LRC Conversation Agreement and a summary of the first topic, visit:  www.livingroomconversations.org and www.livingroomconversations.org/topics/america_we_want_to_be_founding_aspirations/

To register, visit: www.livingroomcomversation.eventbrite.com



A Good Yarn Book Club: The Story of Arthur Truluv

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Story of Arthur Truluv

Prairie Path Books (map)

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month!

Free!

Sunday, November 3  “I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg  For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life.  Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur—a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv.” As Arthur’s neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew.  Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age.

Sunday, November 3
“I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg

For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life.

Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur—a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv.” As Arthur’s neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew.

Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age.


Skinny Books, Fat Content: White Houses

Skinny Books, Fat Content: White Houses

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

Wednesday,  October 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

For readers of The Paris Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue comes a “sensuous, captivating account of a forbidden affair between two women” (People)—Eleanor Roosevelt and “first friend” Lorena Hickok.

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This book club will reads and discusses fiction books under 200 pages that present some great moral dilemmas, plot twists, memorable characters and ideas that just beg for discussion.  Though they look deceptively short and simple, they will WOW you with the depth of their meaning and the precision of their language.  Even if you are already in a book club, you could squeeze this one in.  Meetings will last just one hour, so discussion will be as intense as the reading. 

Free!
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

 

 

 


Nonfiction Bookclub: Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams

Nonfiction Bookclub: Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams

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"Non Fiction Fans!! 
A new monthly non fiction book club will meet at PPB 261 on the first Thursdays of the month.  

Ann and Steph will lead discussions on a variety of reads within the genre, including history, biography, current events, memoirs and science and nature. We are excited to offer this new series.

Free! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.



This is the life of Abigail Adams, wife of patriot John Adams, who became the most influential woman in Revolutionary America. Rich with excerpts from her personal letters, Dearest Friend captures the public and private sides of this fascinating woman, who was both an advocate of slave emancipation and a burgeoning feminist, urging her husband to “Remember the Ladies” as he framed the laws of their new country.

John and Abigail Adams married for love. While John traveled in America and abroad to help forge a new nation, Abigail remained at home, raising four children, managing their estate, and writing letters to her beloved husband. Chronicling their remarkable fifty-four-year marriage, her blossoming feminism, her battles with loneliness, and her friendships with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Dearest Friend paints a portrait of Abigail Adams as an intelligent, resourceful, and outspoken woman.


"Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables"  Cooking Demonstration

"Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables" Cooking Demonstration

Best Tastes from Nearby States 

Cooking Demonstration Series

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Last year Cathy and I explored the great food of Italy in our cookbook demonstrations. This year our focus is closer to home - in fact it IS home!  Join us as we celebrate the best tastes of Illinois and our surrounding states. — Sandy

Ruffage by Abra Berens

Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables is not your typical cookbook—it is a how-to-cook book of a variety of vegetables. Author Abra Berens—chef, farmer, Midwesterner—shares a collection of techniques that result in new flavors, textures, and ways to enjoy all the vegetables you want to eat. From confit to caramelized and everything in between—braised, blistered, roasted and raw—the cooking methods covered here make this cookbook a go-to reference.

$35/demo ($15 shopping credit included!) 

Space is limited at all of our cooking demonstrations, call today to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Jenny & Sandy's Holiday Book Review: Champagne & Sleigh Bells

Jenny & Sandy's Holiday Book Review: Champagne & Sleigh Bells

Join Sandy and Jenny and our PPB readers to learn about the best new books to curl up with on snowy evenings!  

$5/person

Call the store and let us know you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Santa is coming!

Santa is coming!

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With just the same old smiling face

And for the same old reason

St. Nick will be in our new place

This Merry Christmas Season


When Prairie Path Books opened five years ago, we were lucky to connect with Santa, who understood immediately that private time with children and families was a win/win. Can you imagine? You and your wee ones get a 10 minute private visit with Santa–you can count on it.* So dress up or down, bring your camera and grandma/pa if you wish. The PPB elves will have twinkle-trees and merry wreaths for your photo opportunities. And of course we will host all families with a Christmas party with jolly snacks and beverages.  

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-745!

$50/family (including jolly snacks and bevs)

*Gosh in the past five years we’ve learned that: 

• we will do all we can to accommodate sick children, but Santa RSVPs are non-refundable

• no reservation is accepted over digital media or phone message, and payment is required upon reservation

• often, if your children are having a “moment” your understanding families before and after your reservation will make a shift.  Everyone wants for you your best Santa experience

• a portion of every paid reservation will go to funding Santa visits for local children that need assistance

Santa is coming!

Santa is coming!

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With just the same old smiling face

And for the same old reason

St. Nick will be in our new place

This Merry Christmas Season


When Prairie Path Books opened five years ago, we were lucky to connect with Santa, who understood immediately that private time with children and families was a win/win. Can you imagine? You and your wee ones get a 10 minute private visit with Santa–you can count on it.* So dress up or down, bring your camera and grandma/pa if you wish. The PPB elves will have twinkle-trees and merry wreaths for your photo opportunities. And of course we will host all families with a Christmas party with jolly snacks and beverages.  

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-745!

$50/family (including jolly snacks and bevs)

*Gosh in the past five years we’ve learned that: 

• we will do all we can to accommodate sick children, but Santa RSVPs are non-refundable

• no reservation is accepted over digital media or phone message, and payment is required upon reservation

• often, if your children are having a “moment” your understanding families before and after your reservation will make a shift.  Everyone wants for you your best Santa experience

• a portion of every paid reservation will go to funding Santa visits for local children that need assistance

Living Room Conversations

Living Room Conversations

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Mondays, 6:30–8:00 p.m., September 23, October 28 and November 25
Please note there will be no meeting in December.

Prairie Path Books is proud to welcome as hosts for this series, the Wheaton League of Women's Voters, who are committed to  civic engagement and education (all genders welcome!).  

Founded in 2010, the non-profit organization “Living Room Conversations” with one goal: bringing back civil discourse on current topics so as to increase understanding, reveal common ground and allow for discussion for possible solutions. LRC provides training for facilitators, topics and talking points, and maybe most important a structure, or “conversation agreement” all participants need to follow. One participant described her LRC experience this way: “For once I wasn't standing on my soapbox trying to win someone to my side or defend my stance with strong words.  The ground rules threw that all out the window and put in its place a curious mind and an attitude of respect for my neighbors.”

The first conversation topic will be The America We Want to Be.  This topic is warm, welcoming and a perfect format for hearing different perspectives on America, our fears about it, and our hopes and dreams for it.  All community members are invited to participate.

For more information about this program, including a copy of the LRC Conversation Agreement and a summary of the first topic, visit:  www.livingroomconversations.org and www.livingroomconversations.org/topics/america_we_want_to_be_founding_aspirations/

To register, visit: www.livingroomcomversation.eventbrite.com



A Good Yarn Book Club: The Gown by Jennifer Robson

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Prairie Path Books (map)

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month!

Free!

Sunday, December 1  “For fans of “The Crown,” looking for history served up as intimate drama, and those seeking another angle on royal lives, “The Gown” seems likely to dazzle and delight." – The Washington Post  With  The Gown , Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

Sunday, December 1
“For fans of “The Crown,” looking for history served up as intimate drama, and those seeking another angle on royal lives, “The Gown” seems likely to dazzle and delight." – The Washington Post

With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.



Nonfiction Bookclub: America's Reluctant Prince

Nonfiction Bookclub: America's Reluctant Prince

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"Non Fiction Fans!! 
A new monthly non fiction book club will meet at PPB 261 on the first Thursdays of the month.  

Ann and Steph will lead discussions on a variety of reads within the genre, including history, biography, current events, memoirs and science and nature. We are excited to offer this new series.

Free! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.



A major biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. from a leading historian who was also a close friend, America's Reluctant Prince is a deeply researched, personal, surprising, and revealing portrait of the Kennedy heir the world lost too soon. Through the lens of their decades-long friendship and including exclusive interviews and details from previously classified documents, noted historian and New York Times bestselling author Steven M. Gillon examines John F. Kennedy Jr.'s life and legacy from before his birth to the day he died. Gillon covers the highs, the lows, and the surprising incidents, viewpoints, and relationships that John never discussed publicly, revealing the full story behind JFK Jr.'s complicated and rich life. In the end, Gillon proves that John's life was far more than another tragedy—rather, it's the true key to understanding both the Kennedy legacy and how America's First Family continues to shape the world we live in today.



Santa is coming!

Santa is coming!

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With just the same old smiling face

And for the same old reason

St. Nick will be in our new place

This Merry Christmas Season


When Prairie Path Books opened five years ago, we were lucky to connect with Santa, who understood immediately that private time with children and families was a win/win. Can you imagine? You and your wee ones get a 10 minute private visit with Santa–you can count on it.* So dress up or down, bring your camera and grandma/pa if you wish. The PPB elves will have twinkle-trees and merry wreaths for your photo opportunities. And of course we will host all families with a Christmas party with jolly snacks and beverages.  

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-745!

$50/family (including jolly snacks and bevs)

*Gosh in the past five years we’ve learned that: 

• we will do all we can to accommodate sick children, but Santa RSVPs are non-refundable

• no reservation is accepted over digital media or phone message, and payment is required upon reservation

• often, if your children are having a “moment” your understanding families before and after your reservation will make a shift.  Everyone wants for you your best Santa experience

• a portion of every paid reservation will go to funding Santa visits for local children that need assistance

"Zingerman's Bakehouse" Cooking Demonstration

"Zingerman's Bakehouse" Cooking Demonstration

Best Tastes from Nearby States 

Cooking Demonstration Series

Last year Cathy and I explored the great food of Italy in our cookbook demonstrations. This year our focus is closer to home - in fact it IS home!  Join us as we celebrate the best tastes of Illinois and our surrounding states. — Sandy

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Zingerman's Bakehouse
by Amy Emberling  

This is the must-have baking book for bakers of all skill levels. Since 1992, Michigan's renowned artisanal bakery, Zingerman's Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, has fed a fan base across the United States and beyond with their chewy-sweet brownies and gingersnaps, famous sour cream coffee cake, and fragrant loaves of Jewish rye, challah, and sourdough. It's no wonder Zingerman's is a cultural and culinary institution. 



$35/demo ($15 shopping credit included!) 

Space is limited at all of our cooking demonstrations, call today to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Santa is coming!

Santa is coming!

santaemail.jpg

With just the same old smiling face

And for the same old reason

St. Nick will be in our new place

This Merry Christmas Season


When Prairie Path Books opened five years ago, we were lucky to connect with Santa, who understood immediately that private time with children and families was a win/win. Can you imagine? You and your wee ones get a 10 minute private visit with Santa–you can count on it.* So dress up or down, bring your camera and grandma/pa if you wish. The PPB elves will have twinkle-trees and merry wreaths for your photo opportunities. And of course we will host all families with a Christmas party with jolly snacks and beverages.  

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-745!

$50/family (including jolly snacks and bevs)

*Gosh in the past five years we’ve learned that: 

• we will do all we can to accommodate sick children, but Santa RSVPs are non-refundable

• no reservation is accepted over digital media or phone message, and payment is required upon reservation

• often, if your children are having a “moment” your understanding families before and after your reservation will make a shift.  Everyone wants for you your best Santa experience

• a portion of every paid reservation will go to funding Santa visits for local children that need assistance

A Good Yarn Book Club: Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray

A Good Yarn Book Club: Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month!

Free!

The French Riviera, spring 1936:  It’s off-season in the lovely seaside village of Juan-les-Pins, where seventeen-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Café Paradis. A mysterious new patron who’s slipped out of Paris and is traveling under a different name has made an unusual request—to have his lunch served to him at the nearby villa he’s secretly rented, where he wishes to remain incognito.  Pablo Picasso is at a momentous crossroads in his personal and professional life—and for him, art and women are always entwined. The spirited Ondine, chafing under her family’s authority and nursing a broken heart, is just beginning to discover her own talents and appetites. Her encounter with Picasso will continue to affect her life for many decades onward, as the great artist and the talented young chef each pursue their own passions and destiny.   New York, present day:  Céline, a Hollywood makeup artist who’s come home for the holidays, learns from her mother, Julie, that Grandmother Ondine once cooked for Picasso. Prompted by her mother’s enigmatic stories and the hint of more family secrets yet to be uncovered, Céline carries out Julie’s wishes and embarks on a voyage to the very town where Ondine and Picasso first met. In the lush, heady atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur, and with the help of several eccentric fellow guests attending a rigorous cooking class at her hotel, Céline discovers truths about art, culture, cuisine, and love that enable her to embrace her own future.  Featuring an array of both fictional characters and the French Riviera’s most famous historical residents, set against the breathtaking scenery of the South of France, Cooking for Picasso is a touching, delectable, and wise story, illuminating the powers of trust, money, art, and creativity in the choices that men and women make as they seek a path toward love, success, and joie de vivre.

The French Riviera, spring 1936: It’s off-season in the lovely seaside village of Juan-les-Pins, where seventeen-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Café Paradis. A mysterious new patron who’s slipped out of Paris and is traveling under a different name has made an unusual request—to have his lunch served to him at the nearby villa he’s secretly rented, where he wishes to remain incognito.

Pablo Picasso is at a momentous crossroads in his personal and professional life—and for him, art and women are always entwined. The spirited Ondine, chafing under her family’s authority and nursing a broken heart, is just beginning to discover her own talents and appetites. Her encounter with Picasso will continue to affect her life for many decades onward, as the great artist and the talented young chef each pursue their own passions and destiny.

New York, present day: Céline, a Hollywood makeup artist who’s come home for the holidays, learns from her mother, Julie, that Grandmother Ondine once cooked for Picasso. Prompted by her mother’s enigmatic stories and the hint of more family secrets yet to be uncovered, Céline carries out Julie’s wishes and embarks on a voyage to the very town where Ondine and Picasso first met. In the lush, heady atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur, and with the help of several eccentric fellow guests attending a rigorous cooking class at her hotel, Céline discovers truths about art, culture, cuisine, and love that enable her to embrace her own future.

Featuring an array of both fictional characters and the French Riviera’s most famous historical residents, set against the breathtaking scenery of the South of France, Cooking for Picasso is a touching, delectable, and wise story, illuminating the powers of trust, money, art, and creativity in the choices that men and women make as they seek a path toward love, success, and joie de vivre.




A Good Yarn Book Club: The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month!

Free!

In the bestselling tradition of  Hidden Figures  and  The Wives of Los Alamos,  comes this riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.  “What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.”  In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.  When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.  " The Atomic City Girls  is a fascinating and compelling novel about a little-known piece of WWII history."—Maggie Leffler, international bestselling author  (Globe and Mail) of The Secrets of Flight

In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes this riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

“What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.”

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.

"The Atomic City Girls is a fascinating and compelling novel about a little-known piece of WWII history."—Maggie Leffler, international bestselling author (Globe and Mail) of The Secrets of Flight





A Good Yarn Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover

A Good Yarn Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month!

Free!

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.  "A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle."-O: The Oprah Magazine  "Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Westover's] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?"-Vogue

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

"A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle."-O: The Oprah Magazine

"Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Westover's] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?"-Vogue





A Good Yarn Book Club: Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

A Good Yarn Book Club: Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month!

Free!

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.  Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, this is “a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing” (M.L. Stedman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans).

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, this is “a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing” (M.L. Stedman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans).