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Bats! October Events Bats!

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Dale Mulfinger
October 7
Noon to 2:00

Dale Mulfinger will be in the store to sign copies of his latest book, The Family Cabin. Whether Dale designed your cabin, or you’ve admired his work in the area, you’ll enjoy visiting with him and will be inspired by the book.


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Robert Downes
October 9

Robert Downes will present a program at the store, "Life Among the Ojibwe, 400 Years Ago.”

The presentation will include: 

  • What we could learn from the example of the Ojibwe to better our own society. 
  • The devastating “Lost Century” of the 1500s and what it meant to Native peoples.
  • The roles of Native men, women, the family and the clan.
  • Life through the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
  • The importance of storytelling: myths, monsters and supernatural beings.
  • The migration of the Ojibwe and its impact on other tribes.
  • A Q&A session at the end.

Following the program, Bob will sign copies of his new book, Windigo Moon.

Shoptoberfest logoShoptoberfest in downtown Park Rapids

October 13 to 15

Many stores will have sales or special offers. We’ll have a drawing for two books recently published by local authors.

Stop by the store to enter to win. No purchase necessary. More information about Fall Festival will be available on social media closer to the event, or by calling Rustic Cabin Décor, (218) 237-2552.

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Our Annual Fall Reading Retreat
October 27 to 29, 2017

We still have a few openings for this fall’s reading retreat, a week-end get away to discuss books and relax! Doesn’t that sound great?

Here are the details for our annual fall retreat:

We’ll be at a comfortable lodge about eight miles north of Park Rapids (address and directions will be sent upon registration.) You can arrive any time after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27. We’ll start with a light pot luck dinner at 6:00 and finish at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. Our pace will be leisurely, and time for hiking, visiting, and napping will be built in.

We’ll explore the theme “Kaleidoscope: Exploring the World through Different Lenses.” Our books will be:


The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian, The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Download additional information and the registration form.

booksUsed Books!

We buy and sell used books, and we’re currently in need of used paperback fiction in good shape. We pay in store credit. If it’s time for you to thin out your bookshelves or clean out the cabin, think of bringing your used books to us!

September Bestsellers

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Little Minnesota in World War II
Jill and Deane Johnson


Sulfur Springs William Kent Krueger


The Birchbark House
Louise Erdrich


Give a Girl a Knife
Amy Thielen


Miles Lord
Robert Walblurn

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A Child’s First Bible
Kenneth Taylor


The Leisure Seeker, Michael Zadoorian


Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around100
Jill and Deane Johnson


North Woods Girl, Aimee’ Bissonette


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Midwest Connection Picks


Things I’m Seeing Without You
a novel for young adults by Peter Bognanni

Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails. Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back. Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.

As her involvement in her father’s business grows, both find solace in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought—especially after Tess receives a message that turns her life upside down. Funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, and wondrous, Things I’m Seeing Without You is a beautiful examination of what it means to love someone—and what it means to truly know them.




bookThe World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books
non-fiction by Marta McDowell

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House series is a classic coming-of-age story based on Wilder’s own family and the pioneer spirit of the time. Deeply rooted in the natural world, Wilder describes the plants, animals, and landscapes in such detail, they are practically their own characters. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, explores Wilder’s deep relationship with the landscape. Follow the Wilder’s wagon trail starting in the Wisconsin setting of Little House in the Big Woods, through the Dakotas, and finally to Missouri. You’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, discover how to visit the real places today, and even learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a must-have treasure celebrating the American landscape through Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beautiful and wild life with original illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams and lush historical and contemporary photographs.



Danger, Man Working: Writing from the Heart, the Gut, and the Poison Ivy Patch
non-fiction by Michael Perry  

Store favorite Michael Perry is back with another book of essays!

"Every writer has advice for aspiring writers. Mine is predicated on formative years spent cleaning my father’s calf pens: Just keep shoveling until you’ve got a pile so big, someone has to notice. The fact that I cast my life’s work as slung manure simply proves that I recognize an apt metaphor when I accidentally stick it with a pitchfork. . . . Poetry was my first love, my gateway drug—still the poets are my favorites—but I quickly realized I lacked the chops or insights to survive on verse alone. But I wanted to write. Every day. And so I read everything I could about freelancing, and started shoveling."

The pieces gathered within this book draw on fifteen years of what Michael Perry calls "shovel time"—a writer going to work as the work is offered. The range of subjects is wide, from musky fishing, puking, and mountain-climbing Iraq War veterans to the frozen head of Ted Williams. Some assignments lead to self-examination of an alarming magnitude (as Perry notes, "It quickly becomes obvious that I am a self-absorbed hypochondriac forever resolving to do better nutritionally and fitness-wise but my follow-through is laughable.") But his favorites are those that allow him to turn the lens outward: "My greatest privilege," he says, "lies not in telling my own story; it lies in being trusted to tell the story of another."


bookAre You Sleeping
a novel by Katherine Barber

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father's murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay.

The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name. When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.


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