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February 2016

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Book retreat

It’s coming—our first ever book retreat! On Saturday, April 2, we’ll gather at the Jewel of the Northwoods, the B&B between Hubbard and Menahga, 10:00 to 4:00. In this relaxed setting we’ll explore our theme, “What/Who is Family?”discussing the two books we’ll each have read prior to the retreat.The books are Bottomland by Michelle Hoover and Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judy Rose.

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Here’s what you can expect during the day:

Jewel of the Northwoods Bed and BreakfastLively facilitated discussion with other book lovers

Decadent food

A relaxed setting

And a couple bonuses which are sure to please you!

The cost for the day is $35. In addition, the cost of the books is $32 (after the 10% discount we give book groups) if you pick them up in the store, slightly more if we ship them to you. We do ask that if you buy the books, you purchase them from us.

If you’d like to extend your stay by spending the night before or after at the Jewel of the Northwoods, contact them directly to book a room: Paws Points Event, (218) 564-6162.

For more information about the retreat, or for a registration form, contact Sally 218-237-2665 or Please help us spread the word about this event—it will be a great experience to share with friends or family members, and we have a poster we’ll send you on request.

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Night in

What do book lovers do on a frigid January night with a wind chill of -43? In Park Rapids on January 16, they flocked to Armory Square for our annual Night In! Really! Jen and Sally recommended 21 books for book groups, there were refreshments, and a huge number of prizes. The list of books is below, and we’ll be reviewing them in the newsletter this month and next. They’re currently on display in the store, along with the brochure which we produced for the evening. If you’d like an electronic copy of the brochure, email

Here are the books we recommended. Those in blue are linked to reviews in this newsletter.

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald (available in paperback in March)
Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekbäck
The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover
Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea
We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar
Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Descent by Tim Johnston
The Conversation by Angelo Volandes
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Section 60 by Richard Poole
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
Leaving before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller
Marvel and a Wonder by Joe Meno
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie
What was Mine by Helen Klelin Ross
Stolen from the Garden by William Swanson
The Song of Hartgrove Hall
by Natasha Solomons
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Splitting an Order by Ted Kooser

Note: Night In recommended books are tagged in this newsletter with an asterisk.*

Marylen and Jen at Night In
Marylen won the prize for coming the furthest. The former Park Rapids resident planned a trip back to the area around the Night In date!

Night In Prizes
Prizes for Night In participants.

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Chili challenge

Mark your calendar! The 7th Annual Chili Challenge will be March 2, 2016 at the American Legion 11:00 to 1:00. The Park Rapids Enterprise sponsors this event in support of the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Last year, over $16,000 was raised—with $1,000 coming from our entry. We’ve entered again and hope to see you at the Legion. Full details will be available in the Enterprise and at


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This is a test

Beagle and Wolf's manager, Jen, has teamed up with Julie Kaiser to form a creative partnership named Vision Theatre. To kick things off, Beagle and Wolf will be the host site for Vision Theatre's first performance, "This is a Test" (approximately 1 hour in length) on Saturday, February 6 at 6:00. Dinner will be catered by Good Life Cafe. There is no admission fee, however there will be a free will offering. Join us for an evening of fun as Julie and Jen share readings, music, and maybe a surprise or two as the creative venture Vision Theatre gets off the ground! Limited to 16 attendees. RSVPs accepted. Our email address is:  

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Email Address Change Coming

Head’s up! In a few weeks, our email addresses will change to reflect our combined stores and new name. We’ll let you know when the change occurs and what the new addresses will be.

Bestsellers for January: the first three-way tie!

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Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend*


The Song of Hartgrove Hall*

Additional January bestsellers
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A Sudden Light*


Wolf Winter*


Gutenberg’s Apprentice*


A Man Called Ove

*Night In recommendation


Midwest Connection Picks


bookThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend*
by Katarina Bivald

This novel was the favorite book at Night In! Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor—not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together—and change everything. The book is paperback. Recommended if you like The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

*Night In recommendation

bookThe Defender

by Ethan Michaeli

Veteran reporter Ethan Michaeli tells the story of Chicago’s iconic black newspaper, the family and the journalists who made it great, and the hidden history of black America in the twentieth century. The book is non-fiction, hardcover, and is recommended if you like The Warmth of Other Suns, City of Scoundrels, or Slavery by Another Name.

Noah’s Wife
by Lindsay Starck 

Noah’s Wife is a story of a community battered by a relentless downpour from the heavens, a gray and wet little town teeming with eccentric characters who have learned to endure the extraordinary circumstances of the rain with astonishing human fortitude and willfulness. This hardcover novel is recommended if you like Boy, Snow, Bird, The Life of Pi, or Mudville.

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