Books and News to Give You Paws

November 2016


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bookMary Casanova
will be with us on November 5 for a reading and signing at 2:00.

In her latest book, Ice-Out, a young man’s future—and a budding romance—are caught up in bootlegging, blackmail, corruption, and murder along the U.S.–Canadian border in the 1920s. Ice-Out returns to the borderland of Casanova’s beloved book, Frozen.

We’ll have copies of Casanova’s books Ice-Out, Frozen, Wake up, Island, and One-dog Canoe available.

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vintage Thanksgiving card

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24

The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

Christmas by Norman RockwellYuletide Sampler
November 25

The holiday season begins in Park Rapids on November 25! That day, our town takes on a Norman Rockwell appearance with singing, lighting of the tree, and the arrival of Santa Claus. We’ll be open from 8:30 to 7:00. We’ll offer a 15% discount on any in-store book listed in our holiday catalog.
Stop in any time after noon for hot apple cider and yummy snacks. The traditional Yuletide Sampler will be 5:00 to 6:00—share in the smorgasbord by stopping in at downtown businesses for nibbles. The tree lighting and program will begin at 6:00 on Main. We’ll also be participating in the Christmas Card Program—watch the Enterprise for details!

Small Business Saturday
November 26

Small Business Saturday is a time to support your local community by patronizing local business and shopping small. At Beagle and Wolf, we’ll roll out the blue carpet for you! We’ll have Indies First totes (as long as supplies last) and will participate in the Park Rapids “Show Us Your Selfie” promotion.

bookbookAuthors Donna Salli and Bob Guelker will be with us as volunteer booksellers. They’ll sign copies of their books and will be ready to recommend other books as well.

In addition, Debbie Center will be on piano and we’ll have refreshments.

Wherever you are on November 26, we encourage you to shop small support local, independent businesses!

Small Business Saturday

Bestsellers in October

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Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski


A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman


Manitou Canyon
by William Kent Krueger


Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade


Commonwealth by Ann Patchett


Ordinary Grace
by William Kent Krueger


Roughneck Grace
by Michael Perry


Midwest Connection Picks


Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food
a memoir by Beatrice Ojakangas

Beatrice Ojakangas, the oldest of ten children, came by it naturally—the cooking but also the pluck and perseverance that she's served up with her renowned Scandinavian dishes over the years. In the wake of the Moose Lake fires and famine of 1918, Ojakangas tells us in this delightful memoir-cum-cookbook, her grandfather sent for a Finnish mail-order bride—and got one who’d trained as a chef.

Ojakangas’s stories, are, unsurprisingly, steeped in food lore: tales of cardamom and rye, baking salt cake at the age of five on a wood-burning stove, growing up on venison, making egg rolls for Chun King, and sending off a Pillsbury Bake Off–winning recipe without ever making it. And from here, how those early roots flourished through hard work and dedication to a successful (but never easy) career in food writing and a much wider world, from working for pizza roll king Jeno Paulucci to researching food traditions in Finland and appearing with Julia Child and Martha Stewart—all without ever leaving behind the lessons learned on the farm. As she says, “first you have to start with good ingredients and a good idea.”

Chock-full of recipes, anecdotes, and a kind humor that bring to vivid life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world, Homemade delivers the savory and the sweet in equal measures and casts a warm light on a rich slice of the country’s cooking heritage.

bookOur Hearts Will Burn Us Down
a novel by Anne Valente

The lives of four teenagers in a St. Louis town are capsized by a shocking school shooting and its aftermath in this powerful debut novel, a coming-of-age story with the haunting power of Station Eleven. 

A story of grief, community, and family, of the search for understanding and normalcy in the wake of devastating loss, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down explores profound questions about resiliency, memory, and recovery that brilliantly illuminate the deepest recesses of the human heart.

With its deep themes—friendship, community, family, memory, responsibility, heartbreak, violence—Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down will appeal to fans of Karen Russell, Emily St. John Mandel, Hanya Yanagihara, Karen Thompson Walker, and John Green.

bookGood Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir
a Food memoir by Thomas Pecore Weso

In this food memoir, named for the manoomin or wild rice that also gives the Menominee tribe its name, tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook's journey through Wisconsin's northern woods. He connects each food—beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge—with colorful individuals who taught him indigenous values. Cooks will learn from his authentic recipes. Amateur and professional historians will appreciate firsthand stories about reservation life during the mid-twentieth century, when many elders, fluent in the Algonquian language, practiced the old ways.

Weso, a college professor, writer, and artist, is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Nation of Wisconsin.


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