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Prairie Lights

Iowa City, IA
+1 319-337-2681
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What a Bookstore Should Be

I won't exaggerate and say that this place has everything...but let me assure you, this is not the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sue R
Normal, Illinois
Small Building with Large NUmber of Books

Good mixture of best sellers and off the beaten path books, small area with coffee upstairs... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
Kevin N
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Iowa City, IA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I won't exaggerate and say that this place has everything...but let me assure you, this is not the average, run-of-the-mill "trendy/what's popular" bookstore. When we visit new areas, we usually check out record shops and bookstores, so we are no stranger to seeing a variety...More

Thank Sue R
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Good mixture of best sellers and off the beaten path books, small area with coffee upstairs. Interesting sections of store (e,g, "strong books for strong women"). Take some time to browse

Thank Kevin N
Reviewed 8 June 2017

For being a small bookstore tucked away downtown, they have a surprisingly good selection. Prairie Lights also boasts frequent author readings, a sizable children's area downstairs, a decent used book collection, and a little cafe on the top floor. This is always my first stop...More

Thank runbyfruiting91
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Prairie Lights Book store is an Iowa City landmark for decades. Not only they have fantastic book collections and can order any book one may desire but it also hosts many readings throughout the year including hosting famous writers discussing their latest publications. It also...More

Thank 307seascape
Reviewed 2 May 2017

There is no quick visit to this place. It seems small until you start browsing and realize the books there are not necessarily the trendy books, but actual, GOOD books. Books you didn't realize existed and those you forgot you loved. As one reviewer put...More

1  Thank Carrie M
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This bookstore is always one of the highlights of my visits to Iowa City. They stock so many unique books, they have wonderful readings, and they are always helpful if you're looking for something specific. Very knowledgeable and just a joy to spend time perusing....More

1  Thank hopes702
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Lots of unusual books, and I get travel books here often. The staff is knowledgeable, kind and determined to help you. The children's section in the basement is fabulous. The coffeeshop upstairs is quite and a great place to meet friends and have some tea...More

Thank GailCheryl
Reviewed 28 June 2016

A real bookstore! With real book smells, real paper pages to turn, real volumes to hold and experience. Places to sit while you browse. Frequent opportunities to meet authors. With so many bookstores shuttered forever, it's an experience not to be missed. A definite highlight...More

Thank Solotravel-lover
Reviewed 26 June 2016

Prarie Lights is a bloved institution in IC. They have a wide selection of books and hold author readings, often by successful writers from IU, many evenings a week. The staff is quite knowledgeable and not snooty. While they have every kind of book, if...More

1  Thank John W
Reviewed 26 May 2016

I wish there was a profound way of describing why an high quality, smart independent bookstore is just a delight. When, as you are checking out the selections you see so many interesting titles and so many authors you have told yourself you should read...More

Thank DanB1960
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