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March 2016

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If you’re in Park Rapids on Wednesday, bookMarch 2, head to the American Legion for lunch and to aid agood cause. From 11:00 to 1:00, the 7th annual Chili Challenge will be going on,with all proceeds benefiting the HubbardCountry Food Shelf.

Our entry, Howlin’ Wolf Chili,
is from The Chili Cookbook.



Book retreat

We still have a few openings for our first ever book retreat! On Saturday, April 2, we’ll gather at the Jewel of the Northwoods, the B&B between Hubbard and Menahga, 10:00 to 4:00. In this relaxed setting we’ll explore our theme, “What/Who is Family?”discussing the two books we’ll each have read prior to the retreat. The books are Bottomland by Michelle Hoover and Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judy Rose.

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Here’s what you can expect during the day:

Jewel of the Northwoods Bed and BreakfastLively facilitated discussion with other book lovers

Decadent food

A relaxed setting

And a couple bonuses which are sure to please you!

The cost for the day is $35. In addition, the cost of the books is $32 (after the 10% discount we give book groups) if you pick them up in the store, slightly more if we ship them to you. We do ask that if you buy the books, you purchase them from us.

Paws Points EventIf you’d like to extend your stay by spending the night before or after at the Jewel of the Northwoods, contact them directly to book a, (218) 564-6162.

For more information about the retreat, or for a registration form, contact Sally 218-237-2665 or

New Book Group for summer!

Paws Points EventWe’ve been asked to begin a Saturday book group for people who come to the area on week-ends. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it! Planning is underway for this group, and at this point, we’re thinking of meeting the second and third Saturdays of June, July, and August. The same book will be discussed at both meetings in each month, so if you can’t come to one, you can come to the other. What time do you think would be best? Does your lake association have a newsletter which would include information about the group? We’d love any suggestions you might have—email

Have you heard?

The 8th Harry Potter book will be released on July 31!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is actually the script of the play which will premiere in London on July 30. This is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Here’s the story line: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

The book is a hardcover, priced at $29.99. We are accepting pre-orders at and in the store.

Bestsellers for February

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Salt to the Sea


H Is for Hawk


Those Who Belong


A Man Called Ove


Water and What We Knew

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Mama and Baby!


The Boys in the Boat


Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend




Goodnight Loon


Midwest Connection Picks


book Locally Laid
by Lucie B. Amundsen

In this funny, thought-provoking, and well-written memoir, Amundsen charts the journey of how her family went from a normal life of office jobs to running a farm of 2,500 pasture-raised chickens. With a heavy dose of humor, Lucie shares the lessons of wrangling a gaggle of sassy hens (all named Lola) and tells the bigger story of agriculture through the small story of starting a farm. Amundsen lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

This book will appeal to fans of Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver, those who are interested in food science and agri-business. It’s a hardcover which will be released the first week in March.

Jen says: When I started Locally Laid, I was in love with it by the end of the first page! It became one of those books that I walk around the house reading, tuning out things like family and pets and laundry and eating. I made two rules for myself:  no reading this book while tired and no hurrying, because I didn’t want to miss a thing. Lucie’s writing is just like her:  smart, funny, honest, and charming, and the memoir reads like a novel. I’m looking forward to talking to readers about this book!


by Michelle Hoover

This book, Hoover’s long-awaited second novel, tells a haunting story based on an occurrence in Hoover’s family. When the two youngest daughters of a German-American family disappear from the family farm in the years after WWI farm, their siblings must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their livelihood on the unforgiving plains and dealing with anti-German sentiment.

This book will appeal to readers of Marilynne Robinson, Amanda Coplin, Willa Cather, and Theodore Dreiser, as well as to those who read The Quickening, Hoover’s first novel. It’s one of the books we’ll be discussing at our Reading Retreat. It’s a paperback which will release March 1, and Gail reviewed it in this newsletter.

book Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America
edited by Taylor Brorby and Stefanie Trout

Fracture braids together essays, poems, and fiction to explore the complexities of fracking through first-hand experience, investigative journalism, story-telling, and verse. These creative perspectives bring a fresh outlook to our country’s conversation about a controversial topic.

The book will appeal to readers interested in the environment, current events, and natural history. It’s a hardcover which was published in February.

View the trailer to Fracture
For discussion questions


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