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November 2014

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We're going on the road this month!

Bella Caffe logoLin EngerThe High Divide

We’re teaming up with our next-door neighbor, Bella Caffe’, to present an evening with Lin Enger, 5:00 to 7:00 on Saturday, November 8. Lin will read from and sign his new book, The High Divide (see Sally’s review) and we’ll have copies of the book available for purchase. The appetizers will be on us, and a cash bar will be available. What a great way to start the week-end!


One more reason to shop local!

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Park Rapids’ Jingle Bells Program runs November 1 through December 10! Receive one ticket for each $10 purchase at participating businesses and be entered in a drawing to win great prizes! Complete information will be on posters at participating businesses and at

Heartland fall Forum: Hundreds of Booksellers, thousand of books, one great community.

Yuletide Sampler
November 28, 5:00 to 8:00

The day after Thanksgiving is a festive time in downtown Park Rapids! Stores will be open extended hours, offering a smorgasbord of free food and drink, as well as a chance to shop in the evening. We’re offering a one-day 20% discount on any one book from our catalog. The community Christmas tree will be lit during the evening as carolers sing in the holidays. For the latest information about  the Yuletide Sampler, go to

November 29 is Small Business Saturday

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to encourage people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before! This year, the big day is November 29.
Independent bookstore across the country will be participating under the name Indies First.

Authors Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Daniel Handler Neil Gaiman, and musician-author Amanda Palmer are leading the call for their fellow authors to become involved in independent bookstores across the country. Our plans aren’t finalized yet, but we’re working on special events for the day.
Check our Facebook page Facebook logocloser to November 29 for details!

Sharing the good time...

We had a great time at our trade show last month, and brought home lots of books. We’re currently offering a 25% discount on everything on our Trade Show display. Check back often, as we regularly rotate books to the display!


Heartland fall Forum: Hundreds of Booksellers, thousand of books, one great community."How's the move going?"

Many people ask about the progress we’re making moving Sister Wolf to Beagle. The move from Dorset is complete, but we continue to unpack, rearrange, and find a place for everything in its new home. (Not to mention the five trips—so far—to the Salvage Depot!) Several pieces of furniture from Sister Wolf are now on the sales floor at Beagle. We’re in the process of putting our collection of classics into these bookcases. Check them out! Many thanks to those of you who have helped with the move and offered your encouragement!

BestSellers in OCtober

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Books or authors of particular interest to our region


Rhoda’s Rock Hunt
A children’s picture book by Molly Beth Griffin

Rhoda is on a long, long hike with her aunt and uncle, each of them carrying a backpack as they walk through the north woods. Rhoda is on the hunt for one thing: ROCKS.

She finds lots of rocks, and each goes into her backpack.

When it’s time to head for home, Rhoda’s pack is too heavy to lift. Will she give up her rocks and return to the cabin for a real shower, a hot meal, and a soft bed? Or will she stay on the beach forever with her beloved collection? Her clever solution makes the most of her treasures-and offers delights for other hikers.

bookThe Life We Bury
A paperback mystery by Allen Eskens

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With a deadline looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life will ever be the same.

Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran—and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, with his skeptical neighbor Lila, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but is hampered by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. 

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

bookLittle Hawk and the Lone Wolf
A memoir by Raymond Kaquatosh

“Little Hawk” was born Raymond Kaquatosh in 1924 on Wisconsin’s Menominee Reservation. The son of a medicine woman, Ray spent his Depression-era boyhood immersed in the beauty of the natural world and the traditions of his tribe and his family.

After his father’s death, eight-year-old Ray was sent to an Indian boarding school in Keshena. There he experienced isolation and despair, but also comfort and kindness. Upon his return home, Ray remained a lonely boy in a full house until he met and befriended a lone timber wolf. The unusual bond they formed would last through both their lifetimes. As Ray grew into a young man, he left the reservation more frequently. Yet whenever he returned-from school and work, from service in the Marines, and finally from postwar Wausau with his future wife—the wolf waited.

In this rare first-person narrative of a Menominee Indian’s coming of age, Raymond Kaquatosh shares a story that is wise and irreverent, often funny, and in the end, deeply moving. 


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