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Book award display Minnesota Book Awards Finalists Announced

bookPark Rapids’ native Amy Thielen’s latest book, Give A Girl a Knife, has been shortlisted for a Minnesota Book Award in the category of memoir! Winners will be announced at the Minnesota Book Awards Gala in St. Paul in April. For a complete list of nominees, go to



Jewel of the NorthwoodsbookSpring Retreat

Our annual Spring Retreat will be April 7, 10:00 to 4:00 at the Jewel of the Northwoods B&B between Hubbard and Menahga. Our theme is “Dream Big: Reach for the Stars.”It will be a day to pamper yourself with a delicious lunch and lively conversation about books in a relaxed setting. The cost will be $45 plus books.

One book will be See You in the Cosmos. The title of the second book will be announced soon, accompanied by registration materials.




Night In/Morning In

Our signature event for book lovers had a new look this year! We returned to the store and had two sessions to avoid overcrowding. A good time was had by all, and for the first time we can remember, the event wasn’t on the coldest night of the year! Jen and Sally will be sharing the titles they presented in the newsletter this month and next (see Staff Picks.)



Here are most of the books we recommended at Night In/Morning in. We’ve reordered the books we sold out of.

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Readers gather for Night In.

Night In participants




  Night In participants



The Prize Table for Morning In

  Morning In prize table



The Morning In Grand Prize winner checks out her winnings

  Morning In Grand Prize winner


Books we’re currently listening to on

Jen is listening to The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (and listened to many of the books she recommended at Night In.)

Sally is listening to Red Clocks by Leni Zumas.

You’ll hear more about these books once we’ve finished them! Interested in digital audio books? Talk to either or us. If Sally can handle the technology, you can, too!

January Bestsellers

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The Women in the Castle
Jessica Shattuck


Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
Michael Wolff


Striking Out
Will Weaver


All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Bryn Greenwood


The Fire by Night
Teresa Messineo


Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Kate Larson


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Midwest Connection Picks

The Immortalists
A Novel by Chloe Benjamin
"Finding the words to describe how deeply moving this story is is beyond me. Beautiful prose, amazingly wonderful characters, and a narrative with the perfect mix of tension and tenderness. I absolutely loved it!"

—Randy Schiller, Left Bank Books  

​​If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a “great new talent.” ​A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. 

Chloe Benjamin is the author of the novel The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an MFA in fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in The Millions, PANK, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.

bookThe Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World
Charles C. Mann

“Mann’s most spectacular accomplishment is to take no sides. Readers will thrill to the wizards’ astounding advances and believe the prophets’ gloomy forecasts. An insightful, highly significant account that makes no predictions but lays out the critical environmental problems already upon us.”

Kirkus starred review

When it comes to the environment, two scientists shaped our world view—and very few people have ever even heard of them. Award-winning historian Charles C. Mann takes on one of the most important questions of our time, drawing on history for context and laying a path for what’s to come. ​

Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has also written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, as well as the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.

  book American Heart
A YA Novel by Laura Moriarty

“[An] emotionally intense exploration of extremist “patriotic” ideology, the dangers of brainwashing and blind spots, and some of the components of our nation’s social fabric that threaten to destroy us.”

Kirkus Reviews

Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim Americans are a reality. This is the world of fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri. When Sarah-Mary meets a Muslim fugitive determined to reach freedom, the two set off on a desperate journey, hitchhiking through the heart of an America.​

Laura Moriarty is the New York Times bestselling author of The Chaperone. She received her degree in social work before getting her MA in creative writing, and she was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kansas.
  book The Digger and the Flower
A Children's Picture Book by Joseph Kuefler

“Kuefler imbues the text with the heart and soul of the best storytime fare. One couldn’t hope for a better tale of rebirth and regeneration.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From the author-artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment—about a lonely digger in an industrial world who finds a flower, an encounter that ends up changing his whole world. This beautifully spare story has a powerful message of friendship and environmentalism. 

Joseph Kuefler is the author-illustrator of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and children. You can visit him online at

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