Books and News to Give You Paws

May 2016


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Butterfly gardenWhen spring is here can summer be far behind?

It’s beginning to feel like spring in Park Rapids, but our town is looking ahead to summer and the busier schedule the warmer days bring.



Brian Feeman display at Beagle and Wolf

Brian Freeman exclusively at Beagle and Wolf!

The Cold Nowhere Minnesota author Brian Freeman was recently at the Park Rapids Public Library.

Some of Brian’s early books are only available in the United Kingdom—and at Beagle and Wolf. Stop in and stock up!

bookR.T. Rybak, former mayor of Minneapolis
May 13, 1:00 p.m.

R.T. Rybak will be in the store: all are invited to come and join in conversation with him.

His new book, Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis is a memoir that is both a political coming-of-age story and a behind-the-scenes look at the running of a great city. Rybak describes the path through journalism, marketing, and community activism that led to his primary election on September 11, 2001. His account of the challenges and crises confronting the city over twelve years, including the tragic collapse of the I-35W bridge, the rising scourge of youth violence, and the bruising fight over a ban on gay marriage (with Rybak himself conducting the first such ceremony at City Hall on August 1, 2013), is also an illuminating, Paws Points Eventoften funny depiction of learning the workings of the job, frequently on the fly, while trying to keep up with his most important constituency, his family. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Sister Wolf Book Group Planning Meeting
May 18, 10:00 a.m.

Interested readers are invited to help pick the reading list for the Sister Wolf Book Group for summer. If you have suggestions, please send to Sally ahead of time ( so that she can have copies for us to look at.

bookPark Rapids Preview
May 20 to 22

Do you wonder what new businesses have opened in town? What merchandise the stores have to offer? Would you like to have a leisurely stroll around town before it’s flooded with vacationers? Join us May 20 to 22 for a Park Rapids Preview. Details are still being worked on—check news outlets, individual businesses, and the facebook page Park Rapids Downtown for information.

Here’s what we’re doing:

Paws Points Event If you have a tiny bit of regret when warm weather comes because it means you have to pack away your wool socks and sweaters, we’ve got a fix for you! Lisa Bolt Simons, the author of Faribault Woolen Mill: Loomed in the Land of Lakes will be with us from noon to 2:00 on Saturday, May 21. She’ll present a program on this fascinating bit of Minnesota history and sign copies of the book. We also hope to have either a weaver or spinner with us. Because Simons is presenting a program, this isn’t a come and go event. To hear her talk, please be at the store at noon.

And for a little more wool, mosey down the street to the Nemeth Art Center and visit the exhibit of Jo Hill’s woven floor coverings. A reception will be held at the Center starting at 5:30. Details are available at


Summer Book Groups

Hang the hammock, get a pile of books, and get ready for a book group or two!


Bestsellers for April

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Basic Business


A Man Called Ove


Between the World and Me


A Fireproof Home for the Bride


Painted Horses

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Brain on Fire


Ordinary Grace




H Is for Hawk


Midwest Connection Picks


Choose Your Days
written and illustrated by Paula S. Wallace

Will little Corky in the striped socks—that dear of a girl, so quirky and curious—live her life and her dreams to the fullest? When Corky is just a baby, Old Bear gives her the keys to her days and a list of things to do and a list of dreams to dream. As she grows and grows, she learns to live in wonderment, craning her eyes toward the starry heavens, racing along through the budding trees, watching the seasons pass by.

But when her days grow short, she asks Old Bear for a few more days. She wants to make sure she has played all the play, sang all the songs to sing, and done all the work that was hers to do. Old Bear reminds Corky that she holds the key to her days. She must do what needs to be done, and dream what needs to be dreamed. When she is ready, she will not be afraid to open the door to wonder. Yes, Old Bear is a wise old bear.

Trespassing Across America: 
One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland

by Ken Ilgunas

It started as a far-fetched idea—to hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. But in the months that followed, it grew into something more for Ken Ilgunas. It became an irresistible adventure—an opportunity not only to draw attention to global warming but also to explore his personal limits. So in September 2012, he strapped on his backpack, stuck out his thumb on the interstate just north of Denver, and hitchhiked 1,500 miles to the Alberta tar sands. Once there, he turned around and began his 1,700-mile trek to the XL’s endpoint on the Gulf Coast of Texas, a journey he would complete entirely on foot, walking almost exclusively across private property.

Both a travel memoir and a reflection on climate change, Trespassing Across America is filled with colorful characters, harrowing physical trials, and strange encounters with the weather, terrain, and animals of America’s plains.

A tribute to the Great Plains and the people who live there, Ilgunas’s memoir grapples with difficult questions about our place in the world: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land? As members of a rapidly warming planet? As mere individuals up against something as powerful as the fossil fuel industry? Ultimately, Trespassing Across America is a call to embrace the belief that a life lived not half-wild is a life only half-lived. 

book The Excellent Lombards
a novel by Jane Hamilton

Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.


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