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October 2016


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Banned Books DisplayBanned Books Week
September 25 to October 1

Banned Books Week is a time to celebrate the freedom to read. Browse our banned books display and pick up a bookmark, sticker, and flyer. We’ll be featuring banned books each day on our Facebook page. Learn more about Banned Books Week at 

The Heartland Fall Forum

Where are Sally and Jen going?
October 5 to 8

October is Christmas for booksellers! Jen and Sally will be at our annual trade show, hobnobbing with authors, learning about new books, networking with colleagues, attending educational seminars, and touring bookstores in the Twin Cities. Jen will have a significant leadership role at the trade show, and will assume the presidency of the board of MIBA, our regional trade organization. The store will be open while we’re gone. We expect to return rejuvenated on October 8, with lots of signed books to add to our inventory!

Our fall book retreat will be October 28 to 29!

The theme is “Nurturing Women’s Friendships.”  We’ll be discussing The Trouble with Jellyfish, My Brilliant Friend, and Let’s Take the Long Way Home. The event is full, but we do have a waiting list. Contact us if you’d like to be added to the waiting list or if you’d like information about future retreats.

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Halloween booksTrick or Treat Downtown Park Rapids
October 31

Downtown businesses will welcome trick or treaters late afternoon. Details and time will be announced later in the month. To help your kids wait until the big day, we’ve put together a selection of fun Halloween books.


Bestsellers for September

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Manitou Canyon
by William Kent Krueger


Salem’s Cipher
by Jess Lourey


Let’s Take the Long Way Home
by Gail Caldwell


My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrente


A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

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Canoes in Winter
by Bob Guelker
  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins   The Thing About Jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin
  Necessary Lies
by Diane Chamberlain
  Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead


Midwest Connection Picks


bookMolly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm
by Molly Yeh

Mega-blogger at My Name is Yeh, Molly Yeh, shares recipes, stories, and photos from her unlikely life on a Midwestern farm.

From her upbringing in Chicago, to attending Juilliard in New York, to her travels abroad, Molly Yeh has eaten her way through life with a diary and camera at hand. In 2013 she and her now-husband moved from New York City to his family’s fifth generation farm on the North Dakota/Minnesota border. What followed were stories of learning intricate family recipes, throwing picnics in the snow, and creating countless whimsical cakes in her farm kitchen. Fans started flocking to her blog, and magazines, food Web sites, and other media outlets started taking note, too. Yeh won blog awards by the handful, and a
mega-blogger was born. 

In addition to more than 120 recipes, Molly on the Range is filled with Yeh’s signature, beautiful photography and essays about her new Midwestern life written in the quirky, friend-to-friend voice that her many fans know and love.

book Roughneck Grace Farmer Yoga, Creeping Codgerism, Apple Golf, and Other Brief Essays
from on and off the Back Forty

by Michael Perry

Humorist Michael Perry is a customer favorite! This fall hereturns with a new collection of bite-sized essays from his Sunday Wisconsin State Journal column, "Roughneck Grace." Perry's perspectives on everything from cleaning the chicken coop to sharing a New York City elevator with supermodels will have you snorting with laughter on one page, blinking back tears on the next, and—no matter your zip code—nodding in recognition throughout.
Here's a link to an article about Perry and the new book.

bookBefore Morning
A picture book by Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Beth Krommes

There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a small child wishes for a different sort of day in this striking picture book. When clouds gather and heavy flakes begin to fall, her wish comes true. As a too-busy world falls silent, a family revels in the freedom and peace of a snow day. 

In a spare text that reads as pure song and illustrations of astonishingly beautiful scratchboard art, Sidman and Krommes remind us that sometimes, if spoken from the heart, wishes really can come true.


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