Books and News to Give You Paws

April 2016


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Poetry Month display at Beagle and WolfApril is National Poetry Month

Here’s a list of 30 ways to celebrate.

We especially like #15, chalk a poem on the sidewalk. We’re going to chalk poems on the sidewalk in front of the store, and we invite you to add some. We’ll have a bucket of chalk inside the door.

BottomlandLook Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Reading Retreat at Jewel of the Northwoods
April 2, 10:00 to 4:00

Jewel of the Northwoods Bed and BreakfastOur very first reading retreat is this month! We’re meeting off site to relax, pamper ourselves, and have time for in-depth discussion of books around the theme “Who/What is Family?”


The books are Bottomland by Michelle Hoover and Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judy Rose.

The Week of the Young Child
April 10 to 16

Paws Points EventPark Rapids businesses will open their doors to kids and their caregivers for special activities. On the morning of April 13, 10:00 to 10:30, we’ll present “Very Hungry Caterpillar: Story! Puppets! Activities!” You and the child(ren) in your life are invited to join us.

Please call 237-2665 to reserve a spot as space will be limited.

We’re taking the store on the road on April 16, when we’ll be a vendor at the United for Children Conference in Park Rapids. If you’re at the conference, stop in to say “Hi!” And let us know if you’d like us to attend your event as a vendor or to make a presentation.

Independent Bookstore Day logoIndependent Bookstore Day
April 30

430 bookstores!
16 exclusive books and art pieces!
One Day Only! Join the Party!

book coverbook coverAt Beagle and Wolf you’ll find Laura Lobo on the piano, Lou Schultz signing copies of his new book from noon to
2:00, a free book with every purchase, and birthday cake, and coffee and lemonade all day long. (We officially launched Beagle and Wolf on May 1 last year—close enough to celebrate our first birthday!)

Stop by to join in the party!

bookHe's coming back!

And, we’re excited to announce that Waldo will be back in Park Rapids in July!

Details will be announced this summer.


Bestsellers for February

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H Is for Hawk


Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco


The Boys in the Boat


Salt to the Sea

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The Next Place


Ivy + Bean


A Man Called Ove


Five Days at Memorial


A Fireproof Home for the Bride


Midwest Connection Picks


bookForty Martyrs
by Philip Deaver 

Forty Martyrs
 follows the intertwining lives of the people of Tuscola, Illinois, a small Midwestern college town that over the course of the book  experiences a spectacular fire, a terrible stabbing, and a questionable religious sighting. Through shifts in tone and perspective, Deaver's natural storytelling creates a beautiful symphonic effect, an ode to small towns and Midwestern lives.



Why I’m an Only Child and Other Slightly Naughty Plains Folktales
by Roger Welsch; Dick Cavett

One day Roger Welsch ventured to ask his father a delicate personal question: “Why am I an only child?” His father’s answer is one of many examples of the delightful ribald tales Welsch has compiled from a lifetime of listening to and sharing the folklore of the Plains. More narrative than simple jokes, and the product of multiple retellings, these coarse tales were even delivered by such prudish sources as Welsch’s stern and fearsome German great-aunts. Speaking of cucumbers and sausages in a toast to a newly married couple, the prim and proper women of Welsch’s memory voice the obscene and unspeakable in stories fit for general company. Why I’m an Only Child and Other Slightly Naughty Plains Folktales is Welsch’s celebration of the gentle and evocative bits of humor reflecting the personality of the people of the Plains.

bookLab Girl
A memoir by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover alog the way the person you were meant to be.


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