Alana Chernila Home Cooking Celebration!

Alana Chernila Home Cooking Celebration!

Few home chefs have influenced me as Alana Chernila has, and she now has a THIRD book out! Yippee for me — and now, you. Not only are her books gorgeously crafted and photographed, her recipes are 100% reliable, easy and delicious plus she really has a fresh perspective on food.  By fresh I mean I’m-not-kidding new and inspiring. Get this:  she points out that not only is food made at home better for you, it tastes better and costs less, plus — and she makes this point so beautifully:

Food made at home will change the way you think about food.  You won’t have time to make all these recipes every week.  You might make pickles just once, and then decide that the experience is not for you.  But I promise you this -- after making YOUR pickles, you will think very differently about ALL pickles.  After submerging cucumbers in brine you have crafted, you will have closed the distance between yourself and the source of your food.  And the closing of this distance will impact your life in ways you’ll never predict.”

The first time I made her you-can’t-believe-how-easy-it-is homemade ricotta, I felt an ancient connection with those who for centuries had made their own easy cheese that today costs a zabillion dollars.  All you need is whole milk and lemons and 50 minutes of NOTHING to do but be there. It gives you time think about what matters if you ask me, and she does it with two young children! See - inspiring!

 

To celebrate Alana Chernila I am opening up my home (it has a full kitchen!!) for a series of three events, each one showcasing recipes from all three books.  I am seriously passionate about this home chef.  Sign up for one or all three.   See you soon! — Sandy!

Cost - $40 per event

Series Dates:  

September 27, 6:00 p.m.
October 25,  6:00 p.m.
November 29,  6:00 p.m.

Space very limited. Once you sign up, you’ll get directions to Sandy’s home!

Call today to say you can come, (630) 765-7455! 

 

Skinny Books, Fat Content

Skinny Books, Fat Content

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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: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A Good Yarn Book Club: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month, October - April. 

 200 years after it was first published, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstei n  has stood the test of time as a gothic masterpiece—a classic work of humanity and horror that blurs the line between man and monster…

200 years after it was first published, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has stood the test of time as a gothic masterpiece—a classic work of humanity and horror that blurs the line between man and monster…

October 7    
Frankenstein by Mary Kiernan 

November 4    
The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan 

December 2    
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett 

January 6    
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton 

February 3    
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

March 3    
Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

April 7    
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

 

Free!

Mangia Italiano! Favorite Italian Chef's Restaurant Recipes

Mangia Italiano! Favorite Italian Chef's Restaurant Recipes

This fall we begin our year-long celebration of the art of Italian cooking!
PPB’s resident Italian chef, Cathy, is an expert at all things cookery but especially her own native cuisine. Sandy learned to cook like an Italian as soon as she learned that her fiancee’s name was Italia Troianello.  Together, as part of our series “Mangia Italiano!” we are excited to offer our favorite recipes from  America’s most established and beloved Italian restaurants that you can make at home. 

$20/demo + $15 shopping credit per event ticket!

Call the store to say you can come (630) 765-7455! Payment required for RSVP.

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Nonfiction Book Club: Fall

Nonfiction Book Club: Fall

Seems that now more than ever Americans are keeping a keen eye on the state of our democracy.  Certainly our Current Events section has been visited much more since the 2016 election and we have all sensed a growing concern over the direction of our United States.  Are the events over the last two years reflective of the normal ebb and flow for a democracy - reflective of growth spurts and pains?  What are historians and policy experts saying about  the impact our current administration has had on our national ideals and institutions: do the struggles our democracy is facing mean it’s working? 

An informed citizenry is the strongest citizenry so our nonfiction book club will focus this fall on the state of our modern democracy. As we head into midterm elections, our facilitator Jen Houghton will lead measured discussions of what we know, what we think we know, and what we can learn about our country, our Constitution, and the world.
All perspectives are welcome, civility required. 

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


Monday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.
Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide by Cass R. Sunstein

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With a lot of talk about impeachment, do you as a citizen, know how it really works? This slender paperback will eliminate misconceptions, explain the framers’ decision to include impeachment in the Constitution, and clear the fog surrounding impeachment as a process. The book explains in direct and approachable terms the past and future implications of impeachment. Join us as we educate ourselves on this much-discussed topic.



Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss

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After 70 years of fighting, the final battle to ratify the 19th Amendment comes down to the state of Tennessee. This account reads like fiction and brings to life the characters on all sides from the politicians, to the suffragettes, to the antis, to the observers, and citizens watching all across the country and world as women fought a almost-lost battle to secure their right to vote. Let's discuss an example of civic action in all the struggle, drama, and glory this tale can provide. A very real and powerful demonstration of how the fight for civil rights can be won or lost. 

The Will of the People:  Readings in American Democracy

The Will of the People: Readings in American Democracy

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When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?  In the Hamilton craze, have you perused the Federalist papers?  Did you even know there was a second Declaration in 1848 penned and signed by women?  In this exciting new offering from Prairie Path Books, we will read these original documents and many others and discuss them using the Shared Inquiry model developed by the Great Books Foundation at University of Chicago.  The course will include a trained facilitator, a resource book available through PPB and a new appreciation of our country’s history.  Meetings will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 -8:00 and can be attended individually or as an entire 9 month endeavor.

Wednesday, September 19:  Declaration of Independence

Wednesday, October 17:  The Federalist Papers

Wednesday, November 28:  The Constitution of the United States

Wednesday, December 12:  George Washington’s Farewell Address

Spring selections will include:  Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, 1848; Gettysburg Address; poetry selections and Letter from Birmingham Jail among others.  Dates to be determined.

Purchase of the book is required to attend, $18. 
Each class is $5, call (630) 765-7455 to say you can come!

 

 

Skinny Books, Fat Content

Skinny Books, Fat Content

This 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. 

In October we will consider News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

 

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

 

 

 

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Movie Club: The Many Sides of Stephen King

Movie Club: The Many Sides of Stephen King

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When you think of Stephen King, you probably think prolific, imaginative, creepy, hard-to-forget.  But he’s been bending and blending genres for decades with his storytelling -- did you know he wrote Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption?  You might well have known he wrote The Shining -- but just think, the same person wrote all three!  It’s rare and exciting when an author shape-shifts so successfully, so this fall our favorite movie facilitator Lee Shoquist will lead discussions of the movies based on all three.  Movie Club at Prairie Path Books has garnered consistent “WOW, we LOVED that!” feedback, so if you haven’t been, you simply must - no matter which aspect of cinema you love:  characters and casting, production, cinematography and art direction, storyline and screen adaptation, or behind-the-scenes deets and Oscar buzz -- Lee will deliver dazzling insights and answer any questions you have.  See you soon!

For Movie Club you watch the movie on your own and come over to discuss it,
like a Book Club.

$15/person; $25/couple, all events begin at 2:00 p.m. and run approximately
90 minutes (Lee gets excited and sometimes goes longer but we love it).

September 16 - Stand By Me            

October 21 - The Shining           

December 2 - Shawshank Redemption

Cooking Demo/Book Launch: Cooking Like A Pro

Cooking Demo/Book Launch: Cooking Like A Pro

“Since PPB opened in 2014 this is our THIRD Ina cookbook launch party. We’ve heard this could be her best yet.”  —Sandy

In her new cookbook, Cook Like a Pro, Ina Garten shares a brand-new collection of recipes, tips, and techniques, so readers can cook with confidence no matter how much experience they have in the kitchen. As America’s most trusted and beloved cookbook author, Ina Garten--the Barefoot Contessa--has taught millions of people how to cook. A home cook at heart, Ina knows that cooking and entertaining can be difficult, so to make her recipes simple and streamlined, she tests and retests each recipe until it’s as straightforward and delicious as possible.

Beginner and advanced cooks alike will love Ina’s delectable recipes, and if you have questions along the way, don’t worry--Ina’s practical cooking advice talks you through every detail, as though she were right there by your side.

$47/person (includes a copy of the book). Payment required with RSVP.

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

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Alana Chernila Home Cooking Celebration!

Alana Chernila Home Cooking Celebration!

Few home chefs have influenced me as Alana Chernila has, and she now has a THIRD book out! Yippee for me — and now, you. Not only are her books gorgeously crafted and photographed, her recipes are 100% reliable, easy and delicious plus she really has a fresh perspective on food.  By fresh I mean I’m-not-kidding new and inspiring. Get this:  she points out that not only is food made at home better for you, it tastes better and costs less, plus — and she makes this point so beautifully:

Food made at home will change the way you think about food.  You won’t have time to make all these recipes every week.  You might make pickles just once, and then decide that the experience is not for you.  But I promise you this -- after making YOUR pickles, you will think very differently about ALL pickles.  After submerging cucumbers in brine you have crafted, you will have closed the distance between yourself and the source of your food.  And the closing of this distance will impact your life in ways you’ll never predict.”

The first time I made her you-can’t-believe-how-easy-it-is homemade ricotta, I felt an ancient connection with those who for centuries had made their own easy cheese that today costs a zabillion dollars.  All you need is whole milk and lemons and 50 minutes of NOTHING to do but be there. It gives you time think about what matters if you ask me, and she does it with two young children! See - inspiring!

 

To celebrate Alana Chernila I am opening up my home (it has a full kitchen!!) for a series of three events, each one showcasing recipes from all three books.  I am seriously passionate about this home chef.  Sign up for one or all three.   See you soon! — Sandy!

Cost - $40 per event

Series Dates:  

September 27, 6:00 p.m.
October 25,  6:00 p.m.
November 29,  6:00 p.m.

Space very limited. Once you sign up, you’ll get directions to Sandy’s home!

Call today to say you can come, (630) 765-7455! 

 

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Last Castle by Denise Kierman

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Last Castle by Denise Kierman

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month, October - April. 

 A New York Times bestseller with an “engaging narrative and array of detail”  (The Wall Street Journal) , the “intimate and sweeping”  (Raleigh News & Observer)  untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door.   

A New York Times bestseller with an “engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door.

 

November 4    
The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan 

December 2    
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett 

January 6    
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton 

February 3    
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

March 3    
Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

April 7    
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

 

Free!

Mangia Italiano! Celebrate Like an Italian

Mangia Italiano! Celebrate Like an Italian

For Italians, every meal is an opportunity to celebrate: good food and good company are all you need. Still, everyone kicks it up a notch for the holidays so Cathy and Sandy can’t wait to tie bells on and demonstrate everything from composing a gorgeous cheese plate to concocting a Limoncello Martini to setting out a fabulous do-ahead buffet so you can enjoy the party too!  

Buon Natale!

$20/demo + $15 shopping credit per event ticket!

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!  Payment required for RSVP.

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A Light the Tree and Life Celebration

A Light the Tree and Life Celebration

Hi all!  Seems bringing a community closer - especially
at Christmas, is what small business does best. Gather with us for a very special holiday tree-lighting party on November 9th, celebrating the life of Wheaton's beloved Donna Terbell.  

Mix and mingle and get ready for twinkle, all while you enjoy holiday goodies and live music.  Come over early and shop at our winter craft show featuring only the local-est and best-set makers of lovely and elegant things for your home and gift list.  

We at PPB were blessed indeed to know Donna (I called her "TwinkleGirl"); all of us here and dozens and dozens of you have missed her terribly since we lost her last winter.  Seems everyone she knew knew about the fabulous and quite sizable tree that she and hubby Bud lovingly put together every year -- with hundreds of ornaments and loads of twinkle lights.  We are so lucky to have it now as part of our Prairie Path Books holiday trimmings and you WON'T want to miss seeing the tree-lighting on November 9th.   

Call to say you can come (630-765-7455)!

Live Music!
Local Crafters Show: 12:00-8:00 p.m. 


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Skinny Books, Fat Content

Skinny Books, Fat Content

This 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. 

In November we will consider White Houses by Amy Bloom.


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.

 

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

 

 

 

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Nonfiction Book Club: Fall

Nonfiction Book Club: Fall

Seems that now more than ever Americans are keeping a keen eye on the state of our democracy.  Certainly our Current Events section has been visited much more since the 2016 election and we have all sensed a growing concern over the direction of our United States.  Are the events over the last two years reflective of the normal ebb and flow for a democracy - reflective of growth spurts and pains?  What are historians and policy experts saying about  the impact our current administration has had on our national ideals and institutions: do the struggles our democracy is facing mean it’s working? 

An informed citizenry is the strongest citizenry so our nonfiction book club will focus this fall on the state of our modern democracy. As we head into midterm elections, our facilitator Jen Houghton will lead measured discussions of what we know, what we think we know, and what we can learn about our country, our Constitution, and the world.
All perspectives are welcome, civility required. 

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



Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss

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After 70 years of fighting, the final battle to ratify the 19th Amendment comes down to the state of Tennessee. This account reads like fiction and brings to life the characters on all sides from the politicians, to the suffragettes, to the antis, to the observers, and citizens watching all across the country and world as women fought a almost-lost battle to secure their right to vote. Let's discuss an example of civic action in all the struggle, drama, and glory this tale can provide. A very real and powerful demonstration of how the fight for civil rights can be won or lost. 

Champagne and Sleigh Bells Holiday Book Review

Champagne and Sleigh Bells Holiday Book Review

Join Sandy and Jenny and our PPB readers to learn about the best new books to curl up with this holiday season.

$5/person.  Space is limited. Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Santa and Mrs. Claus - SOLD OUT!

Santa and Mrs. Claus - SOLD OUT!

Make your Santa visit the best part of your holiday at Prairie Path Books.  You reserve the ten-minutes your kiddos share with the best Santa in the world, and know that all the parking you need is steps away from Santa.  Mrs. Claus is on hand to adore your little ones, and nestle them in for holiday story-time.  The PPB Elves will set up the wonderland and all you need to do is bring your camera (and your kiddies!)

Call the store to reserve your time slot, (630) 765-7455!.  $40/Family

Sunday, November 18, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Friday, November 30, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT!

Friday, December 14, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

 

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The Will of the People:  Readings in American Democracy

The Will of the People: Readings in American Democracy

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When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?  In the Hamilton craze, have you perused the Federalist papers?  Did you even know there was a second Declaration in 1848 penned and signed by women?  In this exciting new offering from Prairie Path Books, we will read these original documents and many others and discuss them using the Shared Inquiry model developed by the Great Books Foundation at University of Chicago.  The course will include a trained facilitator, a resource book available through PPB and a new appreciation of our country’s history.  Meetings will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 -8:00 and can be attended individually or as an entire 9 month endeavor.

Wednesday, September 19:  Declaration of Independence

Wednesday, October 17:  The Federalist Papers

Wednesday, November 28:  The Constitution of the United States

Wednesday, December 12:  George Washington’s Farewell Address

Spring selections will include:  Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, 1848; Gettysburg Address; poetry selections and Letter from Birmingham Jail among others.  Dates to be determined.

Purchase of the book is required to attend, $18. 
Each class is $5, call (630) 765-7455 to say you can come!

 

 

Alana Chernila Home Cooking Celebration!

Alana Chernila Home Cooking Celebration!

Few home chefs have influenced me as Alana Chernila has, and she now has a THIRD book out! Yippee for me — and now, you. Not only are her books gorgeously crafted and photographed, her recipes are 100% reliable, easy and delicious plus she really has a fresh perspective on food.  By fresh I mean I’m-not-kidding new and inspiring. Get this:  she points out that not only is food made at home better for you, it tastes better and costs less, plus — and she makes this point so beautifully:

Food made at home will change the way you think about food.  You won’t have time to make all these recipes every week.  You might make pickles just once, and then decide that the experience is not for you.  But I promise you this -- after making YOUR pickles, you will think very differently about ALL pickles.  After submerging cucumbers in brine you have crafted, you will have closed the distance between yourself and the source of your food.  And the closing of this distance will impact your life in ways you’ll never predict.”

The first time I made her you-can’t-believe-how-easy-it-is homemade ricotta, I felt an ancient connection with those who for centuries had made their own easy cheese that today costs a zabillion dollars.  All you need is whole milk and lemons and 50 minutes of NOTHING to do but be there. It gives you time think about what matters if you ask me, and she does it with two young children! See - inspiring!

 

To celebrate Alana Chernila I am opening up my home (it has a full kitchen!!) for a series of three events, each one showcasing recipes from all three books.  I am seriously passionate about this home chef.  Sign up for one or all three.   See you soon! — Sandy!

Cost - $40 per event

Series Dates:  

September 27, 6:00 p.m.
October 25,  6:00 p.m.
November 29,  6:00 p.m.

Space very limited. Once you sign up, you’ll get directions to Sandy’s home!

Call today to say you can come, (630) 765-7455! 

 

Santa and Mrs. Claus - SOLD OUT!

Santa and Mrs. Claus - SOLD OUT!

Make your Santa visit the best part of your holiday at Prairie Path Books.  You reserve the ten-minutes your kiddos share with the best Santa in the world, and know that all the parking you need is steps away from Santa.  Mrs. Claus is on hand to adore your little ones, and nestle them in for holiday story-time.  The PPB Elves will set up the wonderland and all you need to do is bring your camera (and your kiddies!)

Call the store to reserve your time slot, (630) 765-7455!.  $40/Family

Sunday, November 18, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Friday, November 30, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT!

Friday, December 14, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

 

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A Good Yarn Book Club: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month, October - April. 

 From one of England’s most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading. When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. 

From one of England’s most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading. When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. 

December 2    
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett 

January 6    
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton 

February 3    
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

March 3    
Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

April 7    
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

 

Free!

Movie Club: The Many Sides of Stephen King

Movie Club: The Many Sides of Stephen King

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When you think of Stephen King, you probably think prolific, imaginative, creepy, hard-to-forget.  But he’s been bending and blending genres for decades with his storytelling -- did you know he wrote Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption?  You might well have known he wrote The Shining -- but just think, the same person wrote all three!  It’s rare and exciting when an author shape-shifts so successfully, so this fall our favorite movie facilitator Lee Shoquist will lead discussions of the movies based on all three.  Movie Club at Prairie Path Books has garnered consistent “WOW, we LOVED that!” feedback, so if you haven’t been, you simply must - no matter which aspect of cinema you love:  characters and casting, production, cinematography and art direction, storyline and screen adaptation, or behind-the-scenes deets and Oscar buzz -- Lee will deliver dazzling insights and answer any questions you have.  See you soon!

For Movie Club you watch the movie on your own and come over to discuss it,
like a Book Club.

$15/person; $25/couple, all events begin at 2:00 p.m. and run approximately
90 minutes (Lee gets excited and sometimes goes longer but we love it).

September 16 - Stand By Me            

October 21 - The Shining           

December 2 - Shawshank Redemption

The Will of the People:  Readings in American Democracy

The Will of the People: Readings in American Democracy

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When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?  In the Hamilton craze, have you perused the Federalist papers?  Did you even know there was a second Declaration in 1848 penned and signed by women?  In this exciting new offering from Prairie Path Books, we will read these original documents and many others and discuss them using the Shared Inquiry model developed by the Great Books Foundation at University of Chicago.  The course will include a trained facilitator, a resource book available through PPB and a new appreciation of our country’s history.  Meetings will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 -8:00 and can be attended individually or as an entire 9 month endeavor.

Wednesday, September 19:  Declaration of Independence

Wednesday, October 17:  The Federalist Papers

Wednesday, November 28:  The Constitution of the United States

Wednesday, December 12:  George Washington’s Farewell Address

Spring selections will include:  Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, 1848; Gettysburg Address; poetry selections and Letter from Birmingham Jail among others.  Dates to be determined.

Purchase of the book is required to attend, $18. 
Each class is $5, call (630) 765-7455 to say you can come!

 

 

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Make your Santa visit the best part of your holiday at Prairie Path Books.  You reserve the ten-minutes your kiddos share with the best Santa in the world, and know that all the parking you need is steps away from Santa.  Mrs. Claus is on hand to adore your little ones, and nestle them in for holiday story-time.  The PPB Elves will set up the wonderland and all you need to do is bring your camera (and your kiddies!)

Call the store to reserve your time slot, (630) 765-7455!.  $40/Family

Sunday, November 18, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Friday, November 30, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT!

Friday, December 14, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

 

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A Good Yarn Book Club: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month, October - April. 

 During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

January 6    
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton 

February 3    
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

March 3    
Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

April 7    
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

 

Free!

Skinny Books, Fat Content

Skinny Books, Fat Content

This 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. 

In January we will consider We The Animals  by Justin Torres.

In this groundbreaking debut, Justin Torres plunges us into the chaotic heart of one family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become.

"A tremendously gifted writer whose highly personal voice should excite us in much the same way that Raymond Carver’s or Jeffrey Eugenides’s voice did when we first heard it." —Washington Post

 

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

 

 

 

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A Good Yarn Book Club: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

A Good Yarn Book Club: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month, October - April. 

 This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.  An American Marriage  is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into
the future.

February 3    
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

March 3    
Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

April 7    
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

 

Free!

Mangia Italiano! Favorite Italian Chef's Restaurant Recipes

Mangia Italiano! Favorite Italian Chef's Restaurant Recipes

This fall we begin our year-long celebration of the art of Italian cooking!
PPB’s resident Italian chef, Cathy, is an expert at all things cookery but especially her own native cuisine. Sandy learned to cook like an Italian as soon as she learned that her fiancee’s name was Italia Troianello.  Together, as part of our series “Mangia Italiano!” we are excited to offer our favorite recipes from  America’s most established and beloved Italian restaurants that you can make at home. 

$20/demo + $15 shopping credit per event ticket!

Call the store to say you can come (630) 765-7455! Payment required for RSVP.

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A Good Yarn Book Club: Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

A Good Yarn Book Club: Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month, October - April. 

 If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half-brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother.   

If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half-brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously
ambitious mother.

 

March 3    
Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

April 7    
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

 

Free!

Copy of Mangia Italiano!  Best Italian Home Cooks

Copy of Mangia Italiano! Best Italian Home Cooks

This fall we begin our year-long celebration of the art of Italian cooking!
PPB’s resident Italian chef, Cathy, is an expert at all things cookery but especially
her own native cuisine. Sandy learned to cook like an Italian as soon as she learned
that her fiancee’s name was Italia Troianello.  You will love the food and recipes
Cathy and Sandy hand-select from cookbooks by women who know their way around a home kitchen, and who carry forward generations of delicious, frugal
and meaningful Italian food + hospitality. 

$20/demo + $15 shopping credit per event ticket!

Call the store to say you can come (630) 765-7455! Payment required for RSVP.

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A Good Yarn Book Club: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

A Good Yarn Book Club: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

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All are invited to join this book club. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 the first Sunday of every month, October - April. 

 Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years—ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed.      

Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years—ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed. 

 

April 7    
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

 

Free!