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Happy Thanksgiving!
November 23

The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
We hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

Yuletide in Park RapidsYuletide Sampler
November 24 

The holiday season begins in Park Rapids on November 24! We’ll be open from 8:30 to 8:00 and will offer a 20% discount on any in-store book listed in our holiday catalog.
Sally with Jill and Deane JohnsonStop in any time after noon for hot apple cider and Christmas cookies.

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The highlight of the day will be a signing with Jill and Deane Johnson, 3:00 to 6:00! You’ll want to stock up on signed copies of Little Minnesota in World War II to give as Christmas gifts.

The traditional Yuletide Sampler will be 5:00 to 6:00—share in the smorgasbord by stopping in at downtown businesses for nibbles. Our downtown will take on a Norman Rockwell appearance with singing, lighting of the Christmas tree on Main, and the arrival of Santa Claus. The program will start at 6:00. Can’t be in town? Watch on the web cam and scroll down.

Small Business Saturday!
Small Business Saturday

November 25

Small Business Saturday is a time to support your local community by patronizing local business and shopping small. At Beagle and Wolf, we’ll roll out the blue carpet for you! We’ll have Indies First totes, a free book with any purchase (as long as supplies last) and refreshments.

Three authors will be in the store:

book coverElisa Korenne
11:00 to 1:00

Elisa will be signing A Hundred Miles to Nowhere, as well as singing and playing the guitar. Her book is a memoir which relates what happened when she moved from New York City to rural Minnesota for love, and found there's more to life than music.

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Sarah Seidelmann
11:00 to 3:00

Sarah will be signing Swimming with Elephants, the eccentric, sometimes poignant, and occasionally hilarious experience of a working mother undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer.

book coverCandace Simar
1:00 to 3:00

Candace Simar will be signing Dear Homefolks, a collection of short stories which will transport you to another time and place, and the glory of what might have been.


Wherever you are on November 25, we encourage you to shop small support local, independent businesses!

October Bestsellers

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Little Minnesota in World War II
Jill and Deane Johnson


The Family Cabin
Dale Mulfinger


The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood


Hundred Miles to Nowhere
Elisa Korenne


Give a Girl a Knife
Amy Thielen

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White Working Class
Joan Williams


Windigo Moon
Robert Downes


Indestructibles: Love You, Baby
Stephan Lomp


Becoming Wise
Krista Tippett

  Vinegar Girl
Anne Tyler


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Midwest Connection Picks

Stories by Emily Fridlund

"Readers who finished Emily Fridlund's History of Wolves hungry for more of the author's frosty, measured, and captivating style can rejoice! With Catapult, Fridlund proves she can fill the small space of a short story with as much depth, and suspense, as she managed in her debut novel. Fans will notice a continuity of Fridlund's interests and concerns—the stringency of belief systems still vex her characters; faith, religious and otherwise, is still the axis upon which Fridlund's characters turn—and new readers will find in these stories the presence of a powerful voice." — John Francisconi, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT)




bookLa La La
A picture book by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Jaime Kim

“La la la…la.” A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds — but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound…. She has been heard. At last. With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

Kate DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newbery Medals. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, she lives in Minneapolis.


book Mice Skating
A picture book by Annie Silvestro, Illustrated by Teagan White

This mouse doesn’t want to stay in the house . . . even if it’s cold outside!
For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and snuggling in. But not for Lucy! She loves snow crunching under her paws and wearing a fluffy wool hat. And most of all, Lucy loves to skate, and she’s just ACHING to show off her new skill with her friends. After all, a winter wonderland is twice as nice when you have friends to enjoy it with. But the other mice just don’t understand—and after a disastrous indoor snowball fight, it looks as if they never will. Can Lucy find a way to make the other mice come out and “mice skate” too?

With intricately detailed illustrations as cozy as a fireplace in December (and a cup of cocoa, too), this funny punny warmhearted love song to winter—and to one brave, bold, and generous mouse—will have kids bundling up for some cold-weather fun of their own.

The lovely artwork of this book with appear on the cover and throughout our holiday catalog!


bookThe Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen
A cookbook by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley

Here is real food—our indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy. Sherman dispels outdated notions of Native American fare—no fry bread or Indian tacos here—and no European staples such as wheat flour, dairy products, sugar, and domestic pork and beef. The Sioux Chef’s healthful plates embrace venison and rabbit, river and lake trout, duck and quail, wild turkey, blueberries, sage, sumac, timpsula or wild turnip, plums, purslane, and abundant wildflowers. Contemporary and authentic, his dishes feature cedar braised bison, griddled wild rice cakes, amaranth crackers with smoked white bean paste, three sisters salad, deviled duck eggs, smoked turkey soup, dried meats, roasted corn sorbet, and hazelnut–maple bites.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen
 is a rich education and a delectable introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders.


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