July 2019
November 15th, 2021

Our Publishers have been telling us for months that the supply chain will make getting your first choice holiday picks more difficult than we've ever known before and whew, they were not exaggerating with us!

Fret not! We have been hard at work to let you know of the big books we have in store to give you the chance to claim your books first before the supply chains run out. Follow our social media on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for daily updates of what books we think you're going to want to snag for your holiday gifts.

We also have thousands more titles in stock and our booksellers are full of recommendations. Check out our list of the fall's biggest books, and our weekly Bestsellers list in order to (pre)order now so you know you'll get them in time for the holidays.

The highly anticipated book of 2021

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story
A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the source of so much that still defines the United States.

The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project” issue reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. This new book substantially expands on that work, weaving together eighteen essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with thirty-six poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance. The essays show how the inheritance of 1619 reaches into every part of contemporary American society, from politics, music, diet, traffic, and citizenship to capitalism, religion, and our democracy itself.

This is a book that speaks directly to our current moment, contextualizing the systems of race and caste within which we operate today. It reveals long-glossed-over truths around our nation’s founding and construction—and the way that the legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation, but continues to shape contemporary American life.
New Releases

Get Untamed: The Journal (How to Quit Pleasing and Start Living)
By Glennon Doyle

With Untamed, Glennon Doyle—writer, activist, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People)—ignited a movement. Untamed has been described as “a wake-up call” (Tracee Ellis Ross), “an anthem for women today” (Kristen Bell), and a book that “will shake your brain and make your soul scream” (Adele). Glennon now offers a new way of journaling, one that reveals how we can stop striving to meet others’ expectations—because when we finally learn that satisfying the world is impossible, we quit pleasing and start living. Whether or not you have read Untamed, this journal leads you to rediscover, and begin to trust, your own inner-voice.
Full of thought-provoking exercises, beloved quotations from Untamed, compelling illustrations, playful and meditative coloring pages, and an original introduction, in Get Untamed: The Journal, Glennon guides us through the process of examining the aspects of our lives that can make us feel caged. This revolutionary method for uprooting culturally-constructed ideas shows us how to discover for ourselves what we want to keep and what we’ll let burn so that we can build lives by design instead of default.
A one-of-a-kind journal experience, Get Untamed proves Glennon’s philosophy that “imagination is not where we go to escape reality, but where we go to remember it.”
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Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love By Haruki Murakami

The international literary icon opens his eclectic closet: Here are photographs of Murakami’s extensive and personal T-shirt collection, accompanied by essays that reveal a side of the writer rarely seen by the public.

Many of Haruki Murakami's fans know about his massive vinyl record collection (10,000 albums!) and his obsession with running, but few have heard about a more intimate passion: his T-shirt collecting.

In Murakami T, the famously reclusive novelist shows us his T-shirts—from concert shirts to never-worn whiskey-themed Ts, and from beloved bookstore swag to the shirt that inspired the iconic short story "Tony Takitani." These photographs are paired with short, frank essays that include Murakami's musings on the joy of drinking Guinness in local pubs across Ireland, the pleasure of eating a burger upon arrival in the United States, and Hawaiian surf culture in the 1980s.
Together, these photographs and reflections reveal much about Murakami's multifaceted and wonderfully eccentric persona.

Dolphin Junction: Stories By Mick Herron

Now, for the first time, Herron’s short fiction has been collected into one volume. In Dolphin Junction, devoted fans and future converts alike will find much to amuse, delight, and terrify them. Five standalone nerve-rackingly thrilling crime fiction stories are complemented by four mystery stories featuring the Oxford wife-and-husband detective team of shrewd Zoë Boehm and hapless Joe Silvermann. The collection also includes a peek into the past of Jackson Lamb, irascible top agent at Slough House.

The Everybody Ensemble: Donkeys, Essays, and Other Pandemoniums By Amy Leach
Are you feeling dismay, despair, disillusion? Need a break from the ho-hum, the hopeless, and the hurtful? Feel certain that there’s a version of our world that doesn’t break down into tiny categories of alliance but brings everybody together into one clattering, sometimes discordant but always welcoming chorus of glorious pandemonium?

Amy Leach, the celebrated author of the transcendent Things That Are, invites you into The Everybody Ensemble, an effervescent tonic of a book. These short, wildly inventive essays are filled with praise songs, poetry, ingenious critique, soul-lifting philosophy, music theory, and whimsical but scientific trips into nature. Here, you will meet platypuses, Tycho Brahe and his moose, barnacle goslings, medieval mystics, photosynthetic bacteria, and a wholly fresh representation of the biblical Job.

Equal parts call to reason and to joy, this book is an irrepressible celebration of our oddball, interconnected world. The Everybody Ensemble delivers unexpected wisdom and a wake-up call that sounds from within. For readers of Ross Gay, Eula Biss, Anne Lamott, Annie Dillard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and even Lewis Carroll, these twenty-four essays will be a perfect match.

Noor By Nnedi Okorafor

Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt...natural, and that's putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was "wrong". But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.

Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the "reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist" and the "saga of the wicked woman and mad man" unfold. This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn't so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.
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Virtual Launch Event:
Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
By Brené Brown
Random House invites you to join #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown for a special, one-night-only event to launch Atlas of the Heart on Thursday, December 2, at 7 p.m. CST on Zoom. 

In Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Brené takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

She writes, “In a sea of constant uncertainty and change, Atlas of the Heart is a book about finding the solid ground within us, and safely navigating our way back to ourselves and each other. This book offers a collection of tools, including new language that helps us more accurately talk about our emotions and experiences and a new model for cultivating meaningful connection.”

Your ticket includes admission to this exclusive event and a hardcover copy of Atlas of the Heart ($30 retail price), as well as sales tax, shipping, and handling (if applicable).

**YOU MUST ADD A COPY OF Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience TO YOUR ORDER TO RECEIVE EVENT LINK AND BOOK. DISCOUNT APPLIED AT CHECKOUT.**
Holiday author signings!

Come and meet some great authors and get a signed copy of their book for a holiday gift.
We have quite the variety from graphic novels to cookbooks lined up
Phyllis Alsdurf
A Simple Christmas on the Farm
Saturday, December 4th, 2021, 11:00-1:00 pm CST, 
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989; 
Sarah Kieffer
 Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season
Saturday, December 4th, 2021, 1:00-3:00 pm CST 
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989; 
Patric Richardson
Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore
Sunday, December 5th, 2021, 1:00-3:00 pm CST
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989; 
 Anton Treuer Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition

Wednesday, December 8th, 11:00am - 1:00pm CST, 
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989;  

Emily Vikre
Camp Cocktails: Easy, Fun, and Delicious Drinks for the Great Outdoors 
Saturday, December 11th, 11:00am - 1:00pm CST, 
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989;  

K. Woodman-Maynard
 The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation 
Saturday, December 11th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST, 
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989; 
Ann Niedringhaus
 All Entangled: Poems
Saturday, December 12th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989; 
David LaRochelle & Mike Wohnoutka

 See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog
Saturday, December 18th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST, 
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989;
Upcoming author events!

Please note that our in-store events will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours in order to keep our events safer for our readers, authors, and staff. Don't forget to bring your mask!
Virtual Event: Neon Hemlock Presents The Fruit of a Wicked Garden: A Panel of Contemporary Gothics

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 6:00pm

WARD: Poems By Ryan Vine & Echo Chamber by Michael Bazzett
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 5:30pm

*Add a copy of WARD: Poems to your cart or The Echo Chamber: Poems and get your ticket for free (discount applied at checkout)
Hybrid Event: Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura present: We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World

Monday, November 29, 2021 - 6:00pm

*Add a copy of We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World and get your ticket for free (discount applied at checkout)
Launch Event! The Impossible Road Trip: An Unforgettable Journey to Past and Present Roadside Attractions in All 50 States By Eric Dregni
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 5:30pm

*Add a copy of The Impossible Road Trip: An Unforgettable Journey to Past and Present Roadside Attractions in All 50 States and get your ticket for free (discount applied at checkout)
Go to NextChapterBooksellers.com/event for a full schedule of author visits, signings, and readings.
Upcoming book club meetings

Next Chapter Book Club discusses At Night All Blood Is Black, by David Diop
-Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Alfa Ndiaye is a Senegalese man who, never before having left his village, finds himself fighting as a so-called “Chocolat” soldier with the French army during World War I. When his friend Mademba Diop, in the same regiment, is seriously injured in battle, Diop begs Alfa to kill him and spare him the pain of a long and agonizing death in No Man’s Land.

Unable to commit this mercy killing, madness creeps into Alfa’s mind as he comes to see this refusal as a cruel moment of cowardice. Anxious to avenge the death of his friend and find forgiveness for himself, he begins a macabre ritual: every night he sneaks across enemy lines to find and murder a blue-eyed German soldier, and every night he returns to base, unharmed, with the German’s severed hand. At first his comrades look at Alfa’s deeds with admiration, but soon rumors begin to circulate that this super soldier isn’t a hero, but a sorcerer, a soul-eater. Plans are hatched to get Alfa away from the front, and to separate him from his growing collection of hands, but how does one reason with a demon, and how far will Alfa go to make amends to his dead friend?

Peppered with bullets and black magic, this remarkable novel fills in a forgotten chapter in the history of World War I. Blending oral storytelling traditions with the gritty, day-to-day, journalistic horror of life in the trenches, David Diop's At Night All Blood is Black is a dazzling tale of a man’s descent into madness.

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