Skinny Books, Fat Content

Skinny Books, Fat Content

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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 May we will consider the Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning achievement in Julian Barnes's oeuvre. 
 
This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

 

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

 

 

 

SOLD OUT  An Evening with Ute

SOLD OUT An Evening with Ute

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SOLD OUT!

Talking About Their Generation: Elder Wisdom, Inspiration and Humor

When we were young, my brother and sister and I were NOT allowed to leave the dining room table until our elders (grandparents and parents) were finished with their coffee, which was about 100 hours after we'd finished dessert. AND we were expected to look interested and participate in the conversation. I'm not kidding- we did not move until the conversation and coffee finally piped down. I have pictures of the family gathered during this time and I look exactly like Scout on her first day of school in To Kill A Mockingbird - a squirmy tomboy in a dress. But guess what? My mean ol' mom gave me a gift I didn't get to open 'til later in life - that of understanding the importance of intergenerational community. I am naturally chatty and curious, and I remember my brother giving me the death-stare one coffee hour(s) because of my questions about life in Scotland before the MacGregors came to America. He wanted to get out back and play some ball, but he never let me bat anyway—so pooh on him. I hit my Grandfather up with loads of questions about his life as a newly-American soldier in World War I and his role as a Westinghouse elevator mechanic for some of the first aircraft carriers in the early 1940's. I didn't know it then but apparently John MacGregor NEVER spoke about himself or the Wars. The topics had become basically taboo—but what did I know about that, so he was being nice to his curly blonde granddaughter and got to talking. His wife ("Nana" to me) and my mother were hanging on every word. I found that out later.

Same thing happens in the bookstore. Whenever I get to talking with an elder I find they've had a fascinating life, even if they disagree with me and pshaw me when I say so. After connecting over a book or chatting about an occasion coming up, it's not long before I've urged stories from them about their childhood on a 1940's farm with no running water or indoor plumbing or being one of eight kids in a 3-room city walk-up or coming to America from the USSR by way of Latvia in the 50's. If I notice PPB friends leaning in for a listen I invite them over. 

So I thought I'd invite you all over to our Event Space (PPB 261) to listen in while I chat with Ute Anderson, 81. Born in 1938 in Berlin, she and her family were civilians during World War II and it's aftermath. At seven years old, along with her mother and two year old brother, Ute was evacuated to what she remembers as Prussia during the Russian invasion of January 1945. Ute remembers everything about those days. Fear was her constant state of being, and yet she talks of the "guilt satchel" all Germans carried post-War and still do today. At 81, Ute is a six foot tall, beaming force of nature and a testament to the resiliency, humor and inspiration we can only wonder at during this series. Emma and I got to chatting with her one day in the store so we just had to share her and we hope to make this an ongoing series.

Free event! Come join us for an Evening with Ute, the first in our series "Talking About Their Generation." Seating limited to 30, please call to RSVP, (630) 765-7455.

If you happen to know a fascinating elder that might want to talk to me in front of a small audience, please contact me. Series will resume in the Fall, read@prairiepathbooks.com.




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.

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

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

 

 

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 The Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel

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The Keto Diet does away with the “one size fits all” philosophy offering a customizable approach that is tailored to the unique needs of the individual. Leanne provides the tools to empower everyone to develop a personalized nutrition plan, offering limitless options while taking away the many restrictions of a traditional ketogenic diet.

A one-stop guide to the ketogenic way of eating, The Keto Diet shows you how to transition to and maintain a whole foods–based, paleo-friendly, ketogenic diet with a key focus on practical strategies—and tons of mouthwatering recipes.




Champagne & Raspberries Summer Book Review

Champagne & Raspberries Summer Book Review

Join Sandy and Jenny and our PPB readers to learn about
the best new books to dig into this Summer!

 

$5   Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455

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Summertime Cooking

Summertime Cooking

Cooking Demonstration Series

In Ottolenghi Simple, powerhouse author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern–inspired flavors, all simple in at least (and often more than) one way: made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals. 

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

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Real. Good. Food. with Dr. Jamie Thomure

Real. Good. Food. with Dr. Jamie Thomure

Dr.Cook.jpg

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 The Whole Detox by Deanna Minich

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Experienced researcher and practitioner Dr. Deanna Minich discovered that to achieve true health and wellness, we must address all of the toxic elements in our lives. Going beyond previous programs, Whole Detox offers a proven plan to uncover all the obstacles that prevent you from feeling your best. Following Dr. Minich’s systematic, step-by-step twenty-one-day journey through all seven systems, filled with helpful questionnaires and charts, you can remove toxins, lose weight, repair existing health issues, boost energy, improve relationships, and find purpose and passion.




Summertime Cooking

Summertime Cooking

Cooking Demonstration Series

Joshua McFadden, chef and owner of renowned trattoria Ava Gene’s in Portland, Oregon, is a vegetable whisperer. After years racking up culinary cred at New York City restaurants like Lupa, Momofuku, and Blue Hill, he managed the trailblazing Four Season Farm in coastal Maine, where he developed an appreciation for every part of the plant and learned to coax the best from vegetables at each stage of their lives.

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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.



Real. Good. Food. with Dr. Jamie Thomure

Real. Good. Food. with Dr. Jamie Thomure

Dr.Cook.jpg

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.





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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