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February 2017

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A minor catastrophe hit the store recently when the hard drive on Sally’s laptop died. That’s not the computer with our inventory and cash register on it—thank goodness—but it did have other critical programs. That’s why the newsletter is late this month—and we thank you for your patience in waiting for it.


Night In

Our annual event for book group members and others who love to read was last week-end—what a great evening! It was so fun to gather mid-winter and share our love of reading and books with you!


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The books we recommended are:

The Tumbling Turner Sisters
A Doubter’s Almanac
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
The Hogarth Shakespeare Series
The Good Negress
Inheriting Edith
Books by Allen Eskens
The Muralist
Orbiting Jupiter
The Yid
Light of the World
The Last Bookaneer
Voices in the Stones
The Guest Room
The Good Liar
Winter Journey
City of Thorns
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
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We’ll print the text of Jen and Sally’s talks about these books this month and next.

Jewel of the NorthwoodsSpring Reading Retreat Set for April 1—no fooling!

We’ll gather at Jewel of the Northwoods, the lovely B&B between Hubbard and Menahga, on April 1 for a day of discussing books, eating great food, and relaxing with new and old friends. We’ll explore the ways women and girls have overcome obstacles with two books as a jumping off point for conversation.

bookThe Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill, is a young adult book and the winner of this year’s Newbery prize. It’s the story of a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon who must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside. We’ve found that it’s a book which is impossible to put down!

bookOur second book is Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. The story, which is set in England, takes place on March 30, 1924, although it does flash forward. It’s been called a feminist Cinderella, set just after the Downton Abbey era.

The cost of the event is $45, which will include food, use of the space, and facilitation. Travel and books will be extra. We do ask that if you buy the books you buy them from us. We will give you a 10% discount.

If you’d like to make a week-end of it, contact the Jewel directly to arrange for a room. You may do this from their website or by calling (218) 564-6162.

Registration materials will be available soon. For more information, call the store at 218-237-2665.

January Bestsellers

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A Good Time for the Truth
Sun Yung Shin


See No Color
Shannon Gibney

First Cookbook for Children
Evelyn Johnson


Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Katrina Bivald

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* Indicates books which are Park Rapids Community Reads. Information at
Thank You for Being Late
Thomas Friedman  
  Braiding Sweetgrass
Robin Kimmerer  
  The Life We Bury
Allen Eskens

Midwest Connection Picks



The Adventures of Form and Content
essays by Albert Goldbarth 

Albert Goldbarth is "a dazzling virtuoso who can break your heart," says Joyce Carol Oates. Find out why in this ingenious work of hilarity and humanity that reminds us of the capabilities and impossibilities of art. 

This book takes its title seriously. Turn it one way to read about checkered history sci-fi and pulp fictions, or about the erotic poetry of Catullus and the gravelly songs of Springsteen, or about the high gods and the low-down blues, a city of the holy and of the sinful; turn it the other way to read about prehistoric cave artists and NASA astronauts, or about illness and health, or about the discovery of planets and the discovery of oneself inside an essay, or about soul ships and space ships, the dead and the living; or turn the book any way you want, and this book becomes an adventure of author and reader, form and content. 

The book is published by Minnesota’s Graywolf Press.


World, Chase Me Down
a novel by Andrew Hilleman

Resurrecting a forgotten American folk hero who captivated the nation as an outlaw for economic justice,
World, Chase Me Down chronicles the first great crime of the last century: the revenge kidnapping by former butcher Pat Crowe of the 16-year-old son of Omaha's wealthiest meatpacking tycoon--the man who forced him out of business--for a ransom of $25,000 in gold. 

The ensuing manhunt was dubbed "the thrill of the nation," as Crowe burgles, safe-cracks, and bond-jumps his way across the country, the world, and ultimately back to Omaha, where he turns himself in, reunites with the woman he never stopped loving, and rallies public sentiment behind him in a triumphant circus trial.


Goodbye to the Dead
a novel by Brian Freeman

Now available in paperback, the latest Jonathan Stride mystery by Minnesota’s own Brian Freeman!

Jonathan Stride's first wife, Cindy, died of cancer eight years ago, but her ghost hangs over Stride's relationship with current lover and fellow detective, Serena Dial. When Serena witnesses a brutal murder outside a Duluth bar, she stumbles onto a case with roots that go all the way back to the last year of Cindy Stride's life.

Detective Jonathan Stride's past and present collide in this gripping, emotional thriller that throws into question many of the stoic investigator's personal and professional decisions.


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