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 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!)

Sold Out

 

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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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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.
November 29,  6:00 p.m.
January 24, 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: 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!