Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hello Iowa City!!

My daughter wanted to go visit her boyfriend. She's a junior in High School and he just started his first year at the University of Iowa.

We live about an hour and half away from there in a pretty tiny little town

and I've never really ever been there let alone driven there.

And may I add driving isn't one of my favorite things anyway...

But I felt bad for there's this kickin little Indie bookstore I've read about and really wanted to find as long as we were there. :)

I don't have a gps, but I do have google maps (yay for satellite view) and pretty good internal sense of direction.
I'm not a fan of interstate 80 so we took backroads getting there which was beautiful and didnt take too much longer, except it's harvest and we got slowed down a couple of times for farm stuff. But not bad.

Once we got in town... I drove right to his dorm. No problem. It was ridiculously easy...made even easier since Iowa played at Ann Arbor. I wouldn't go near there on a home game day. (that's a way lot of people!)

So I dropped her off, made her boyfriend pinky swear that he would take care of her and my younger daughter and I were off to find

Prairie lights... Took a tinie tiny bit of looking but found a parking place pretty close and really enjoyed looking around this amazing downtown area!! Even the sidewalks had points of interest... dumb me didn't take the camera, so I'm having to find pics on the interwebs, and not very well.

And then vioula ... Praire Lights...just on the other side of the most interesting sounding Dublin Undergroud. (may go back on girls night out and check that place out). And it was cool!! 3 1/2 floors of books, cool people that worked there, lots of patrons. I was IN MY ELEMENT!!! Part of me wondered what the job market in Iowa City was like for Animal Nutrition Tech Support.

I came out with a local Independent Press Publication by Timothy Fay, Anamosa, Iowa called The Wapsipinicon Almanac...full of short stories and essasy etc. Love this little magazine.

And a really inexpensive copy of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle...

Did you catch the part where I asked about Animal Nutrition... this book is fated for me, PLUS I just watched last Thursday the Temple Grandin Story... AH. MAY. ZING! So the Sinclair book was Supposed to be mine and at 3 bucks I would have no reason to say no.

I can't wait to go back.


  1. I absolutely love Prairie Lights bookstore. I've been to Iowa City twice for the summer writing workshops, and I loved it!

  2. This was such a weird post for me to read since I live in Iowa City! Prairie Lights is great, but the next time you're here you should really go to The Haunted Bookshop. It's a used bookstore and I much prefer it to Prairie Lights. I'm originally from Des Moines, so I totally get the hour and a half drive because that is what I have to deal with all the time when I go visit my parents. I hate I-80! It's slow traffic passing slower traffic.