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Address: Iowa City, IA
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A real find to stumble across. Walked out with four books between the four of us. Found something for everyone with engaging displays.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Eric S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

A real find to stumble across. Walked out with four books between the four of us. Found something for everyone with engaging displays.

Thank Eric S
Iowa City, IA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Prairie Lights is one of the best of its kind anywhere. The wide selection is intelligently chosen and the staff are amazingly knowledgeable about books and authors. I am fearless about asking them anything, including, "Give me a book that is good to read before going to sleep". Their choices are original, apt and surprising. .See their book reviews on... More 

Thank traveling_grandmothe
Iowa City, IA, USA
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Prairie Lights may just be one of the best bookstores you will ever walk into. Sure they have lots of books but it is their staff that makes it most wonderful. There isn't much they don't know about books and will help you at any time. The bookstore is spread over 2 floors and also has a coffee shop as... More 

Thank J E
Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you visit Iowa City and love books, this is a place you must put on your to do list. Very easy to spend hours here looking through the huge selection of books and browsing is never discouraged. You can buy coffee here as well if you need a boost to make it through the nonfiction collection. They also host... More 

Thank Scott319
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Prairie Bookstore had books of every kind and a cafe. We bought a book which was signed by the author.

1 Thank Joan E
Muscatine, Iowa
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I was looking for something fun to do this past summer when I had a Friday off. I read about this bookstore and it had many good reviews. Those reviews turned out to be right. Though located right downtown (great location) it was very quiet and soothing inside. There were so many different sections of this bookstore, something for everyone.... More 

Thank Kelly D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We were visiting town and stopped in to check out this bookstore. There are multiple levels which include a cafe' and a local Iowa author section. A comfortable place with helpful but not pushy staff. They offered to order the book I was looking for, but since we were not in town for that long, I turned them down. GREAT!!

Thank iburch
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I enjoyed browsing the stacks here with my family recently. Store offers a great selection, good prices and plenty of staff to help you.

2 Thank sul0
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Prairie Lights is simply sunning both in terms of its range and the calibre of its staff, who are both polite and knowledgable, while also willing to let you browse if that's your thing. The cafe staff upstairs are particularly friendly, and if there's a better place to read, write, or talk books in Iowa, I have yet to find... More 

1 Thank AussieErnest
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Prairie Lights is heaven on earth for book lovers. Their selection of fiction and non-fiction make for endless browsing/purchasing - I am a book lover and read a lot of reviews, and I hadn't heard of many of the books they have. There are shelves featuring award-winning books, and a section for Iowa writers. (With the nationally-known University of Iowa's... More 

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