Ben Partridge

Prairie Lights, Iowa City

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Next door to the University of Iowa and its renowned Writers’ Workshop, this store (est. 1978) is a cornerstone of a literature-obsessed town where embossed sidewalks display quotations from workshop alumni including Kurt Vonnegut and Flannery O’Connor. Owned by a pair of poets, the shop features 40,000 titles leaning heavily toward fiction, travel, children’s, and—no surprise—poetry. prairielights.com

America's Best Bookstores

Prairie Lights, Iowa City

Next door to the University of Iowa and its renowned Writers’ Workshop, this store (est. 1978) is a cornerstone of a literature-obsessed town where embossed sidewalks display quotations from workshop alumni including Kurt Vonnegut and Flannery O’Connor. Owned by a pair of poets, the shop features 40,000 titles leaning heavily toward fiction, travel, children’s, and—no surprise—poetry. prairielights.com

Ben Partridge

America's Best Bookstores

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