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January 2017

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Pre-Inventory Sale Continues through January 7

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Calendars, all Christmas books, plush, Elf on the Shelf, Christmas cards, puzzles, and select jewelry are 25-50% off. In addition, Christmas CDs are $7.50 and select greeting cards are 50 cents. Inventory is coming up, and we don’t have to count (or dust!) anything we’ve sold!

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We’ll be taking inventory on January 8, 9:00 to 4:00, and we’re looking for volunteers to help us. We’ll provide lunch, give you the staff discount that day, and get out the scanners! We have fun while we count—if you’d like to join us, let Jen or Sally know. Obsessive people particularly welcome!

And yes, the store will be open for business that day.

P-s-s-s-t! Have you heard?

We’re taking a look at how we let people know what’s going on at the store. What’s the best way to reach YOU? Let us know—we don’t want you to miss anything! And if you’re on Facebook, we’ve begun sponsoring there, so watch for us.

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Night-In logoNight In is February 4

Our popular winter event for book lovers has a new date this year! It will be the first Saturday in February at 7:00 p.m. in Armory Square. The date will be different, but the evening will still have everything you love:

Recommendations of great books!
Goody bags filled with bookish swag!

The only things will be missing is that scrunched feeling we had at the store and the super cold weather! So invite your book group and other reading friends and join us!

These are the prizes given last year.

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Jen and Sally LOVE audio books, especially in the car. How about you? We carry a few in the store, but space is limited. What’s a bookseller to do? Ta-da—digital audio books are now available, and we’re carrying them! Simply click here to get started. As an incentive to try out digital audio books, we’re offering 20% off all books until May 1, 2017. At check out, simply enter PARKRAPIDS20 (all uppercase) in the “apply discount” field.



We also have a Great Books on Sale Playlist with titles under $5! 

Both Jen and Sally have been listening to digital audio books for over a month now. Our partner is, and we simply downloaded the books from to our smart phones, and were off and running. Even Sally, who isn’t particularly tech savvy. has tens of thousands of audiobooks, and we’re having a blast choosing and listening to them.

December Bestsellers

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The Life We Bury


One North Star


Thank You for Being Late


Manitou Canyon


Canoes in Winter

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Walden   Small Great Things   The New Midwestern Table   Atlas Obscura    

2016 Bestsellers

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Manitou Canyon


A Man Called Ove


Medicine Walk


The New Midwestern Table


Salt to the Sea

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WIntering   H Is for Hawk   The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend   My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  Water and What We Know

Midwest Connection Picks


History of Wolves
A hardcover novel by Emily Fridlund

A lonely teenager in rural northern Minnesota, Linda is desperate for connection and obsessed with both her enigmatic new neighbors and a classmate entangled in a scandalous relationship with a teacher. Narrating these seemingly disparate story threads is the adult Linda, who may have been villain, victim, or bystander in at least one tragedy. With lyrical prose and precise pacing, Fridlund builds tension and weaves a complex, multilayered morality tale rich in metaphor and symbolism. This haunting, meticulously crafted novel will inspire lengthy rumination on topics ranging from the meaning of its title to the power of belief.

Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota.  Her book will appeal to reads of Euphoria by Lily King, The Girls by Emma Cline, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Fridlund about the book:

Q: The setting for History of Wolves—the bitter cold of northern Minnesota and the claustrophobic wilderness that Linda calls home—effectively becomes an additional character critical to the narrative. How did you prepare to write so extensively about Linda’s world?

A:  From the beginning, I thought of Linda's emotional landscape and northern Minnesota as closely linked. The novel’s setting is based on a region of Minnesota I visited around the time the initial story expanded into a novel—somewhere west of Duluth, north of Brainerd—but it is also an invented place, based on Linda’s unusual way of seeing and being in the world. The setting of the novel was, perhaps first and foremost, a way for me to get at and reveal my characters, Linda in particular. In the earliest drafts, I drew freely from my own experiences. I was a kid who loved being outside, roaming the scrappy suburban woods in my backyard and camping with my family up north. I was also inspired by my reading, especially Minnesota nature writers like Sigurd Olson and Helen Hoover, and also Barry Lopez’s marvelous work on wolves. In later drafts I did more specific research into details like species and tools, but in the beginning so much of capturing Linda’s voice was about capturing how she felt living in her world. That meant thinking of the setting as atmosphere as much as a concrete place.

Here's Sally’s review of the book.

book Voices in the Stones
Paperback nonfiction by Kent Nerburn

Drawing on three decades of living among Native peoples, Kent Nerburn offers stories that reveal what we all can learn from the ways of Native Americans. With Voices in Stones, this bestselling author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog returns with a rare combination of personal memoir, cultural insight, and spiritual teaching that shines a light on our American past while offering lessons in our quest for a more humane American future. Nerburn has visited our stores a number of times, and his books are customer favorites.

Kent Nerburn is widely recognized as one of the few American writers who can respectfully bridge the gap between Native and non-Native cultures. He is the author of sixteen books on spirituality and Native themes, including his brilliant Native American trilogy: Neither Wolf nor Dog, The Wolf at Twilight, and The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo.

A Crack in the Sea
An illustrated middle-grade novel in hardcover by H.M. Bouwman

An enchanting historical fantasy filled with adventure, magic, and even a few sea monsters, A Crack in the Sea brings together the stories of three sets of siblings as it spans continents, time, and a very special portal. With beautiful illustrations by artist Yuko Shimizu, it’s a carefully crafted story of brothers and sisters set on the high seas that will ensnare the hearts and imagination of readers of all ages. The author lives in St. Paul MN.

Recommended for readers who like Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, The Apothecary by Maile Meloy, or The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier.


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