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Prairie Lights, Iowa City

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Gift & Specialty Shop · Hidden Gem · Shopping
Prairie Lights is an independent bookstore in downtown Iowa City, Iowa, founded in 1978, by Jim Harris.

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  • A great bookstore & an Iowa City institution. I frequently visit it if I am in town. The upstairs has a coffee shop. Prairie Lights hosts book readings & sells some University of Iowa textbooks to....  more »
  • Don’t miss this shop if you love books and literary magazines. It has a wide variety of classics and books by contemporary authors and specializes in work by writers associated with Iowa — the Iowa...  more »
  • The vibe is perfect for those long weekends catching up on projects or homework. The tea selection is boss, baked goods & spicy hot chocolate is a must. I love the bay window view to close out the world and dial into your work with a hot Bev by your side. Good service and being surrounded by books is pretty rad... One of my favorite nomadic office spots in town!
  • A place I always stop at when I go to Iowa City. Two floors (and a basement) of all sorts of literary goodness. Also, the staff is unfailingly friendly and helpful.

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