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January 2014

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Best wishes from all of us at Beagle Books & Bindery and Sister Wolf Books for the year ahead. May it be filled with good books!

Pre-Inventory Sale at Beagle Books
December 26 to January 4

We’d much rather be reading than counting, but our annual inventory is approaching. To cut down on what we have to count, we have a sale of in-stock items going on:  

Christmas cards 50% off
Calendars 25% off
Children’s hardcover picture books, young adult book, select adult titles 25% off

Your purchases will reduce what we have to count!

Annual Night In

Does the thought of winter in northern Minnesota have you down? We have an antidote—our yearly Night In, an evening just for book group members or wannabes!

Join other book lovers at 7:00 pm on January 18 at Beagle Books & Bindery to drink wine or cider, munch on yummy snacks, and hear Jen and Sally recommend 20 books they think would be great for book groups. Everyone will receive a bag of book-related items and a brochure listing all the books presented. You might even win a door prize donated by one of the publishers sponsoring the event!

That evening, we’ll offer a 20% discount on the books we feature. Bring a friend, your entire book group, or come by yourself for an evening which will warm your book-loving heart!

Good Night LoonHeads Up!

My Beloved World, Sandra Sotomayor’s memoir, will be released in paperback on January 7. Contact Beagle Books & Bindery to pre-order your copy!

Good Night LoonPurchasing E-Books Locally

Did you receive an electronic device for Christmas? Or do you already have one—or several? Both stores sell e-books, and we’d like your business! Here’s how:

1. One-Click Registration
Getting signed up is straightforward. Through our membership in the American Booksellers Association, both stores are affiliated with Kobo in providing e-books to our customers. Click through and create a Kobo account with our link and you’ll support us with every download. You can go digital and stay indie!

2. It’s An Amazing App
The Kobo e-reader app is amazingly easy (and fun) to use. Download the app to your android smart phone, your ipad, your iphone, your nexus tablet, your blackberry, your kindle fire, your laptop, your desktop computer, and sideload your Kobo e-books onto your nook. Or, pick up a Kobo tablet or e-reader at Beagle Books & Bindery! You don’t see your device on this list? Drop us a note, and we’ll see if it is supported.

3. We’re here to help!

4. Great Selections!

The catalog has the same selections sold by the mega-corporations. The difference? Profits stay local when you purchase through your Kobo app. Best selling authors. Obscure works of literature. Poetry. Science Fiction. Romance. Fantasy. How To. How Not To… There’s an e-book for every chapter in your life. Four million titles. Sixty-eight languages.

5. Privacy
Locally, only the account administrator has access to your e-book purchase history. Our store policy is to never review your information unless you have a question which requires us to do so.

6. Consumer Choice
The bottom line is that you as a consumer can exercise choice. The mega-corporations don’t advertise this, but for almost all digital reading devices, you can choose how you purchase your e-books. Just as you choose to support main street businesses for physical purchases, you can support independent bookstores with your e-book purchases.

Adapted with permission from the blog of our colleague, Kate Rattenborg of Dragonfly Books.

BestSellers in December

Beagle Books


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The New Midwestern Table


Soup & Bread Cookbook


Goodnight Loon


God's Hotel


Little Wolves


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

Good Night Loon

Red Moon
A novel by Benjamin Percy,
to be released in paperback on January 14.

We’ll likely shelve this book in several sections in the store:  it’s literary fiction but it’s also satire, a thriller, horror, an examination of the “other” in our society, and the touching story of star-crossed lovers. Imagine a re-telling of the story of 9/11—with werewolves. Sally says it’s totally NOT the kind of book she normally reads—but she highly recommends it. Author Benjamin Percy is on the faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield MN.

Good Night LoonThe Girl who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder,
and the Light from an Ancient Sky

by Kent Nerburn

This book continues the story of Neither Wolf nor Dog and Wolf at Twilight as Nerburn journeys with Dakota elder Dan on a quest to understand the fate of Dan’s little sister, Yellow Bird. She was a child with a mystical relationship to animals and disappeared into the Indian boarding school system. Delving beneath the myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes that make up so much of our understanding of Native life, Nerburn finds a world that “beats with a different and indomitable heartbeat.” Readers are swept up into a great story of the awe-inspiring communion of human, animal, and nature that underlies the many things we can learn from our land’s native people.

Good Night LoonUnmentionables
an historical novel by Laurie Loewenstein

Marian Elliott Adams, an outspoken advocate for sensible undergarments for women, sweeps onto the Chautauqua stage under a brown canvas tent on a sweltering August night in 1917, and shocks the gathered town of Emporia with her speech: How can women compete with men in the work place and in life if they are confined by their undergarments? During her stay in Emporia, Marian pushes prominent members of the community to become greater, braver, and more dynamic than they ever imagined was possible. Marian is a powerful catalyst that forces nineteenth-century Emporia into the twentieth century; but while she agitates for enlightenment and justice, she has little time to consider her own motives and her extreme loneliness. Marian, in the end, must decide if she has the courage to face small-town life, and be known, or continue to be a stranger always passing through.

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