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December 2015

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Season’s Greetings from everyone at Beagle and Wolf Books! 

We appreciate your business and enjoy your friendship. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

Holiday CatalogBooks from the Holiday CatalogShop our Holiday Catalog!

We’ve partnered with publishers to bring the best in reading to you this holiday season! We have three displays filled with books from the catalog. Copies of the catalog are available in the store and online. In staff picks, we highlight some of our favorite titles.

Of course, we have lots more great books, as well as toys, games, puzzles, jewelry, gifts, calendars (including Advent calendars) and cards. We have a large selection of Christmas picture books as well. For the shopper on a budget, we have many used books in very good condition. And gift wrapping is always complimentary.

Books from the Holiday Catalog

Merry Christmas CardMerry Christmas Card Promotion

Shop locally this month to be eligible to win over $5,000 in prizes! Shop at a participating business, pick up a card, and have it stamped. When you’ve filled out your card ($100 worth of purchases) drop it off at a participating business to be entered in the prize drawing held each week.

December Hours

clocksOur regular hours are:

Monday to Friday 8:30–5:30
Saturday 9–5
Sunday 10–4

On December 21 to 23, we’ll be open until 7:00.

We’ll close at 3 on December 24 and will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25.

We’ll resume our regular schedule on December 26.




LouAnn Shepard Muhm
December 19, noon–2:00

Local poet (and Beagle and Wolf staff member) LouAnn Shepard Muhm has a poem in a beautiful new anthology, River of Earth and Sky! Take a break on the 19th and join us for a poetry reading and some hot apple cider. LouAnn will read her own poetry as well as poems by other writers.



Post Christmas Sale!

3 We’ll be taking inventory right after the holidays, and there are two ways you can help us! One is to shop our Post Christmas Sale, December 26 to 31. We don’t have to count anything we’ve sold! Calendars, Christmas cards, used books, and other merchandise will be discounted. If you’re interested in helping us with inventory, tentatively scheduled for January 3, talk to Jen or Sally.

4We’ll provide lunch, give you the staff discount that day, and get out the scanners!


Bestsellers for November

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A Man Called Ove


Warrior Nation


North Woods Girl


The Best of Wild Rice Recipes

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Birchwood Café Cookbook


I Really Like Slop


The Reindeer Wish


The New Midwestern Table


Midwest Connection Picks


In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
by Joseph Marshall III and Jim Yellowhawk

When Jimmy McClean embarks on a journey with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, he learns more and more about his Lakota heritage—in particular, the story of Crazy Horse, one of the most important figures in Lakota and American history.

Drawing references and inspiration from the oral stories of the Lakota tradition, celebrated author Joseph Marshall III juxtaposes the contemporary story of Jimmy with an insider’s perspective on the life of Tasunke Witko, better known as Crazy Horse (c. 1840–1877).

The book follows the heroic deeds of the Lakota leader who took up arms against the US federal government to fight against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party to victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Along with Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse was the last of the Lakota to surrender his people to the US army. Through his grandfather’s tales about the famous warrior, Jimmy learns more about his Lakota heritage and, ultimately, himself.

This book would make a great Christmas present for the 9-12 year old on your list!

bookCrossing the Plains with Bruno

a memoir by Annick Smith

Traveling from her rural homestead in Montana to pick up her nearly 100-year-old mother from her senior residence on Chicago’s North Side and bring her to the family’s beach house on a dune overlooking Lake Michigan, Smith often gets lost in memory and rambling contemplation. Bruno’s constant companionship and ever present needs force her to return to the actual, reminding her that she, too, is an animal whose existence depends on being alert to the scents, sights, hungers, and emotions of the moment.

Passing through wide open spaces, dying ranch towns, green cornfields, and Midwestern hamlets, Annick is immersed in memories of her immigrant Hungarian Jewish family, her childhood days in Chicago, her early marriage, and ultimate immigration west. Triggered by random encounters along the way, she’s taken back to life as a young mother, her career as a writer and filmmaker who produced the classic A River Runs Through It, the death of her husband, and the thrill of a late romance. A lifetime of reflection is played out one mile at a time.

bookThe Voiceover Artist

a paperback novel by Dave Reidy

Simon Davies suffers a crippling stutter inherited from his father. At the age of seven, he decides to stop speaking completely, eventually rendering his vocal cords useless from atrophy. Unable to speak, Simon finds solace in the voices he hears on his bedside radio.

Eighteen years later, Simon rebuilds his voice and learns to mostly manage his stutter with a series of subtle tics he’s developed to loosen his vocal cords. He moves to Chicago and pursues his lifelong dream of becoming a voice on the radio—a voiceover artist. Meanwhile, his younger brother Connor, in every way more confident and charming than Simon, attempts to take his prodigious talent for improv comedy from the barroom stages of Chicago to the television studios of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Coming out of his years of silence, Simon seeks to balance his relationship with his brother, forcing Connor to examine what brotherhood and success mean to him.

Told in a series of first-person narratives by the characters who weave in and out of Simon’s life, The Voiceover Artist considers the complexities of family and celebrates the heart with which we fight to fulfill our dreams.


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