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February 2014

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2014 Night In
Grand Winner

Our sixth annual Night In, held on January 18, was a great evening! Over 50 people were at Beagle after hours, sharing in book talk, wine and cheese—and everyone went home with at least one book they’d won as a prize. Many thanks to our publishers for their great support! In response to many requests for our book list, we’re sharing it here. These are 21 books Jen and Sally recommend particularly for book groups.

All are either in paperback or soon will be.

Night In List:
Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
Prairie Silence by Melanie Hoffert
House Girl by Tara Conklin
Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley
Rocket Girl by George Morgan
Ready for Air by Kate Hopper
Bringing Mulligan Home by Dale Maharidge
Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Cooked Seed by Anchee Min
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo by Kent Nerburn
Unmentionables by Laurie Loewenstein
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Monument Road by Charlie Quimby
Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Facades by Eric Lundgren
Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
Bootstrapper by Mardi Jo Link
Benediction by Kent Haruf
Grand Winner
Our Grand Prize winner with a book bag containing 10 books.

Jen and Sally at Night In
Jen and Sally making a final check of the book list.

Introducing New Members of the Beagle Staff

AlliWe’ve recently added two members to our staff!

Alli relocated back to Hubbard County last spring after many years in a variety of far-flung places. Aside from being an avid reader, she is a singer/songwriter, actress, and aspiring gardener. She is thrilled to join the Beagle Books team!




Ruth was born in Park Rapids and grew up here. After graduating from Concordia College in St. Paul, she taught for nearly 40 years in Texas, Nebraska, and southern Minnesota. She’s looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, meeting new people, and reading lots of books!

BestSellers in January

Beagle Books

book   book   book
The New Midwestern Table
by Amy Thielen

  Little Wolves
by Thomas Maltman

  The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo
by Kent Nerburn
  book   book
House Girl
by Tara Conklin

  Ready for Air
by Kate Hopper
  Monument Road
by Charlie Quimby

Hannah EkrenNotes from Hannah

Letting Go of Early Discovery

I’ve noticed a weird shift in the way I discover books. Between my blog and my job at the bookstore, I used to be on top of new releases. I prided myself on knowing what was coming soon, what books had just been announced and what was highly buzzed. I used to see a book go from the author just talking about making a deal, to the deal, then to advance reader copies, reviews, and other fun pre-release things to garner hype, to the final copy that landed in bookstores. I knew far in advance what books I wanted to get my hands on!
Then I got a job in publishing, where all those pre things actually happen, and I know so little about what is coming that it’s a little sad. I know what’s coming from my company but outside of that, I just don’t have an absolute need to know what’s coming from other publishers. In a weird way, I think that getting a job in the industry has almost made me a typical consumer again. I now find things that have released when I go to my local bookstore and peruse the bookshelves or from Kobo’s weekly email telling me their new releases.

On the other hand it’s also a relief. I’ve let go of tracking release dates and the burning need to read books before everyone else. Now I can enjoy the books that wander across my path and there’s a different pleasure in that kind of discovery.

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Midwest Connections for February
Books or authors of particular interest to our region

Marketplace of the MarvelousMarketplace of the Marvelous
non-fiction by Erika Janik

Despite scientific innovation in nineteenth-century America, traditional medicine adhered to ancient healing methods such as induced vomiting and bleeding, blistering, and sweating patients. Many people turned to alternative medicine to cure their ills. Some practices were fads; some practitioners were quacks, while others helped shape and influence modern medicine.

The VanishingThe Vanishing
a paperback novel by Wendy Webb

Webb, the Minnesota author of The Fate of Mercy Alban, has written another gripping supernatural gothic novel. In the Vanishing, a woman becomes the caretaker for a reclusive horror novelist, and realizes she’s taken on more than she bargained for.

Locally BrewedLocally Brewed
non-fiction by Anna Blessing

Locally Brewed celebrates the Midwest’s craft brewing movement with profiles of 20 of the area’s brewmasters and their breweries. These are entertaining and inspiring stories of the individuals who have been essential in the exponential growth of this movement, as told through vivid interviews, beautiful photography, and dynamic artwork.

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