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 April we will consider The Baghdad Eucharist by Sinan Antoon.

Displaced by the sectarian violence in the city, Maha and her husband are taken in by a distant cousin, Youssef. 

As the growing turmoil around them seeps into their household, a rare argument breaks out between the elderly Youssef and his young guest. Born into sanctions and war, Maha knows nothing of Iraq's good years that Youssef holds dear. 

Set over a single day, The Baghdad Eucharist is an intimate story of love, memory, and anguish in one Christian family.

 

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

 

 

 

Author Visit: Patty Toht

Author Visit: Patty Toht

Visit Prairie Path Books on Independent Bookstore Day (Saturday, April 27) and join the nationwide celebration of bookstores (really owners who are crazy/happy in their work) that are keeping the ancient art of small book-business alive and thriving. 

A playful and fashionable slumber party takes an empowering turn in this gorgeous picture book, perfect for fans of Princesses Wear Pants and Rosie Revere, Engineer!

In these beautifully illustrated pages, a diverse cast of slumber party participants considers the most time-honored traditions for how to dress. If a lady should wear white in summertime, then how about donning a spacesuit? If team colors are apropos at sporting events, why not wear helmets and play ball?

Join us for this author event/book signing plus snacks and bevs. Free! Call today to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Patty Toht is a local children’s author, poet, middle school library associate, reader, and traveler. She once owned a children’s bookstore before turning her love of children’s books into a love of writing. For most of her life she has lived in the Chicago area, but was lucky to live in England for four years.







Author Visit: Katie McElligott

Author Visit: Katie McElligott

Visit Prairie Path Books on Independent Bookstore Day (Saturday, April 27) and join the nationwide celebration of bookstores (really owners who are crazy/happy in their work) that are keeping the ancient art of small book-business alive and thriving. 

The snuggle is real…

Nothing Is Scary With Harry tells the story about a little girl, her blanket, and the value of comfort to provide strength in childhood and beyond.

Join us for this author event/book signing plus snacks and bevs. Free! Call today to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Katie McElligott is a first-time author and a full-time Creative Director at a Chicago advertising agency. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband, two small children (with a third on the way), and a cat named Ramona Quimby. 

Jennifer Bell is an illustrator whose work can be found on greeting cards, in magazines and more than a dozen children’s books. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and cranky cat.






Author Visit: Lisa Doyle

Author Visit: Lisa Doyle

By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?

Free! Call the store to say you can come.

Lisa Doyle  is a nonprofit communications professional and freelance writer. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. Follow Lisa on Instagram and Twitter @bylisadoyle.

Lisa Doyle is a nonprofit communications professional and freelance writer. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. Follow Lisa on Instagram and Twitter @bylisadoyle.


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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 Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker

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“Coupling her delightful recipes with elegant photography, author Danielle Walker takes you on a multicourse Paleo and gluten-free culinary journey from appetizers to dessert. Because Danielle knows that she’s not the only one with a finicky toddler at the dinner table, she has included a special children’s section with amusing dishes that will bring joy to any child and also pass any mom’s test for wholesome ingredients.”



Private Event

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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

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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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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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