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William Kent Krueger
September 1, 1:00 to 2:00

Join us as we welcome William Kent Krueger and the latest book in his Cork O’Connor series,
Desolation Mountain.

Note: Krueger will only be signing books purchased from us.


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Art Leap
September 22 and 23

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11:00 to 5:00 on Sunday

We’re going to be part of Art Leap this year! It’s a driving tour of artists’ studios and other cultural destinations, sponsored by the Park Rapids Lake Area Arts Council.

Betsy Bowen, the artist from Grand Marais, will be in the store! She’ll bring her handcrafted woodblock prints, and we’ll have copies of her books. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!

Click here for a pdf of the complete Art Leap brochure.

Click here for the Betsy Bowen Studio website.

Our Lake Lodge
Save the date for our fall retreat!

Our annual fall retreat will be October 26 to 28, at Our Lake Lodge, a comfortable and stunning lodge just north of the store.

Our theme is “What is Family?" Before the event, we’ll each read Stray City, The End of the Wild, and The Distancers. If you buy the books, we expect you to buy them from us.

Cost of the retreat will be $225 for a shared room; $275 for a single room. The books will be $48. Registration is limited.

For a registration form or more information, call the store (218-237-2665) or email

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Lit Bits

Last month, Jason Gobble, our Penguin Random rep, spent an evening in the store and recommended 18 great books. We have all of them in stock!

book coverRadium Girls

Long Lake Theater logoAt Night In last January, Jen recommended a book called Radium Girls. (Her review is below.) She was taken with this important, yet mostly unknown piece of history. When the author of The Radium Girls told Jen that her own interest in the topic was sparked by the play Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, Jen decided to bring the play to Park Rapids. Radium Girls, directed by Jen, will be playing at Long Lake Theater September 14 to 16 and 21 to 23. Read the book, see the play!

The Radium Girls
Kate Moore 

The Radium Girls is a nonfiction account about a piece of American history that not enough people know about. As the U.S. got involved in World War I, there was a demand for watches and other instruments which could be seen in the dark. Because the newly discovered radium glows in the dark, it was used for painting numbers on watch faces, dials, and so on. To paint those numbers, a very fine tipped brush was used. However, after you press the point of a fine tipped brush against a surface it spreads out and becomes not finely pointed. So the painter either has to dip the brush in water, and repoint the bristles with a towel OR simply put the brush in her mouth and repoint it with her lips. This was known as lip pointing. Radium painters were paid per piece, not per hour, so you can bet they wanted to complete as much work as possible and lip pointing saved time. But here’s the problem. The human body is not suited to ingest radium. It settles into the body and begins to deteriorate the place where it settles. And it doesn’t settle in the same place in everybody. The people hired as radium dial painters were women, many of them very young. For these women, the work was important. Many of them came from poor families and they received good pay for their work. After a while, a number of these young women began to have strange afflictions, and soon they began dying. Your group will want to read and discuss this book!

August Bestsellers

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*Saints for All Occasions
J. Courtney Sullivan


*Gone to Dust
Matt Goldman


*Desolation Mountain
William Kent Krueger


*Paris by the Book
Liam Callanan


Not a Sound
Heather Gudenkauf


*Sulfur Springs
Willian Kent Krueger

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J. Courtney Sullivan


Little Mercies
Heather Gudenkauf


Give a Girl a Knife
Amy Thielen


Cloud Atlas
Liam Callanan


*Broken Ice
Matt Goldman


*Iron Lake
William Kent Krueger

* signed copies available in the store

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Midwest Connection Picks


book coverThe Distance Home
Paula Saunders

This moving debut novel is a profoundly American story. Set in a circa 1960s rural South Dakota, the book portrays a loving but struggling young family in turmoil, and two siblings, Rene and Leon, who opt for different but equally extreme means of escaping the burdens of home.


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Leave No Trace
Mindy Mejia

Ten years ago, a man and his son voyaged into this wilderness and never returned. A decade later, the son, violent and uncommunicative, emerged. Maya Stark, and assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with this boy who refuses to answer any questions about the last ten years of his life. As she’s drawn closer to him, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father.​

Mindy Mejia by Beagle and  

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Augustus Rose

Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run. Betrayed by her family, she finds refuge in an abandoned building known as the Crystal Castle, which contains a sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight. And they believe Lee holds the key to it all...​


bookThe Phantom Tower
Keir Graff

Twin brothers discover their new home is also a portal—for an hour a day—to a parallel dimension in this rollicking middle-grade adventure, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society.
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