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Howdy, readers! I don't have much time to talk, as we're heading into one of the busiest weeks of the year here; moreover, there are no releases of note this late in the season. So I'll make this brief.

But! I do have a very exciting announcement for you if you scroll down a spell, plus some reminders that will prove useful for your last-minute holiday shopping.

All that and more, in this edition of the NCB Newsletter!
The Big Holiday Books:
We Still Have Them
We're entering into the period where a lot of bookstores run out of the more popular holiday titles, and restocks will likely come after Christmas. Luckily, we did a pretty great job this year anticipating the hits. Without further ado, here are some of the hottest titles right now that we (at time of writing) have in stock. If there's anyone left on your list, I'm sure you'll find something for them in the smörgåsbord below.
A few other gift ideas if none of these float your boat:
  • We sell gift cards in the store or over the phone at 651-225-8989
  • Audiobook credits through our partner Libro.fm make a great gift
  • Check out our 2022 Holiday Staff Picks for some deeper cuts
Reminder: we are open until 6pm on weekdays through December 23rd! We're also running a holiday promotion: spend $200 and get a coupon for 20% off your purchase in January or February of 2023!
New Book Club For Sci-Fi Fantasy Readers, Starting Next Month
We are thrilled to announce the Sci-Fi Fantasy Club!! Spearheaded by resident SFF guru (and author) Emily, the club will meet on the last Friday of every month at 5pm, starting January 27th. (I will also be in attendance.) Join us as we uncover forgotten classics, titles that blur genres, small press stunners, and all the books you missed because they don't have Brandon Sanderson's marketing budget.
For our inaugural meeting on January 27th, we discuss Nick Harkaway's Gnomon. Beginning as a dystopian noir, Gnomon quickly expands into a maze of different stories -- a banker, an artist, an alchemist, and a far-future hyper-consciousness -- in a meta-narrative that blurs the lines between stories, memories, ideas, and data. Don't miss it, because this book will change the shape of your mind. Gnomon is 15% off right now, so come give it a try!

Feel free to RSVP to this event on Facebook!

For those of you keeping track, that means we now have TWO book clubs, with our Manga Club poised to meet again on January 14th. Depending on attendance, who knows -- maybe soon it'll be three.
New Books

A Birder's Guide to Minnesota Kim Richard Eckert

Whether you're new to birding or have been enjoying your backyard visitors for years, it's time to take bird-watching to another level. Bring your love of birds on the road, and discover more than 1,400 of Minnesota's best birding locations! A Birder's Guide to Minnesota is a county-by-county guide to finding birds for every birder and bird photographer--residents and tourists alike. Kim Richard Eckert served for 20 years as naturalist at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, taught bird identification classes for a decade, and led countless birding tours. Now, he's sharing his expertise with you in this truly comprehensive book. It is lavishly illustrated with more 180 color bird photos and nearly 100 detailed maps. Plus, an exhaustive annotated list to all 447 of Minnesota's bird species contains valuable field identification tips.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse: The Animated Story Charley Mackesy

Charlie Mackesy's beloved The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse has been adapted into an animated short film, streaming on Apple TV on Christmas. This beautifully made hardback celebrates the work of over a 100 animators across two years of production – with Charlie’s distinctive illustrations brought to life in full color with hand-drawn traditional animation and accompanying hand-written script.

Signed copies are available while supplies last!

The January 6th Report

On January 6, 2021, insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol, an act of domestic terror without parallel in American history, designed to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. In a resolution six months later, the House of Representatives called it "one of the darkest days of our democracy," and established a special committee to investigate how and why the attack happened. Celadon Books, in collaboration with The New Yorker, presents the committee's final report, the definitive account of January 6th and what led up to it, based on more than a year of investigation by nine members of Congress and committee staff, with a preface by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, and an epilogue by Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a member of the committee.
I don't have any new paperbacks to spotlight this week. But, as always, our newsletter can't fit everything, so check out the other new arrivals and recent bestsellers on our website!
Upcoming Events
Manga Club: Frieren: Beyond Journey's End (Vol. 1)

Saturday, January 14 at 5:00pm

Come to NCB at 5pm on the second Saturday of every month to talk manga with other weebs! Hosted by our resident manga experts Emily and Graham (yours truly), the Manga Club provides free Japanese snacks, a 10% discount on ALL manga in the store, and most importantly, a forum to discuss a new title every month. To kick off our New Year, we’re going to discuss a manga about endings and new beginnings: Frieren: Beyond Journey's End by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe. Decades ago Frieren and her friends saved the world from the Demon King, but now this band of heroes is aging and dying – all except Frieren, a near-immortal elf. Where do you find purpose in a land already saved, and what do you do with a life that lasts forever? We’ll discuss the first volume of this unique, poignant fantasy series. This title is 15% off through 1/14, so give it a read!
From Our Shelves
Staff Pick Spotlight:
Howl's Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

It sounds like heresy to say that the book might be even better than the movie when the movie is a Hayao Miyazaki film. But there you have it. The greatest difference with the screen adaptation is that Jones's Howl and Sophie are flawed, haughty characters, which in a way makes them that much more likable. This is literary comfort food, whether you're ten years old or, like poor ensorcelled Sophie, a young heart in an aging body. -Graham
Fact of the Week:

Early into JFK's term, biologist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a call-to-action warning of the calamitous effects of the pesticide DDT on both citizens and ecosystems. Kennedy stood behind Carson's findings, upsetting the longstanding mutual arrangement between the USDA and the chemical companies they were meant to regulate. In response, the National Agricultural Chemical Association printed a pamphlet of pro-pesticide propaganda that portrayed Kennedy as a coastal elite, while the president of DDT manufacturer Montrose Chemical called Carson "not a scientist, but a fanatic defender of the cult of the balance of nature."

Learn more about the dawn of environmentalism in
Silent Spring Revolution by Douglas Brinkley
Featured Excerpt:

"You read minds regularly, don't you?"
"Yes," she said, defeated; was there no one here who couldn't tell?
He nodded. "I thought so. It was just a guess. Many of my clients do, if they've got the capacity -- it's endemic for OCD sufferers particularly, they can't resist checking things. Well -- there's something I always tell them." He aimed his eyes at her, dropped his hot palm onto her shoulder. "I'm not here to tell you whether its legal or moral. And I'm not here to judge you at all. But it's awfully bad for most of us. You may benefit in the short term from knowing what people really think of you, but what they think is generally dire, and wrong. You're breaking into people's houses to drink their poison."

-Isaac Fellman, The Two Doctors Górski 
Next Chapter Reader Poll
Thanks to everyone who responded to last week's poll! The results are in:

What was your favorite book from the NYT Best Books of 2022?
  1. Trust, by Hernan Diaz - 27.8% (5)
  2. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver - 16.7% (3)
  3. An Immense World, by Ed Yong - 11.1% (2)
  4. Stay True: A Memoir, by Hua Hsu - 11.1% (2)
  5. We Don’t Know Ourselves, by Fintan O’Toole - 11.1% (2)
  6. Checkout 19, by Claire-Louise Bennett - 5.6% (1)
  7. The Furrows, by Namwali Serpell - 5.6% (1)
  8. Strangers to Ourselves, by Rachel Aviv - 5.6% (1)
  9. Under the Skin, by Linda Villarosa - 5.6% (1)
  10. The Candy House, by Jennifer Egan - 0% (0)

This is interesting, because The Candy House has been one of our bestsellers, but not a one of you claimed it as your favorite here. My theory is that most of our younger adult readers who were buying that book aren't subscribed to this newsletter. My other takeaway is to give Trust another look, because I didn't pick it up when it came out. Thanks for the recommendations, everyone!

Now for this week's poll! Click on "Select" to choose your answer! The results will be in the next newsletter. And our question is:
The true joy of Christmas is in...
...gifts given!
...gifts received!
...time spent with friends and family!
We Are Open!

Three ways to shop with Next Chapter Booksellers:

1. Come in the store and browse. Talk to a bookseller or peruse the shelves, as you prefer. Although the mask mandate is no longer in effect, we appreciate it if you choose to wear a mask. 

2. Order online or over the phone for in-store pickup. We'll let you know when your books are ready, then you can swing by and pick them up at your leisure.

3. Get your books delivered to your home. We can mail your books (no charge for orders over $50) or hand-deliver them (to addresses in St. Paul only, and again for orders over $50).

We're here 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday, and noon to 5pm on Sunday.
Thanks for reading
all the way to the end.

As always, we've got lots more great books in the store. Come on in and ask us for a recommendation -- or tell us what you're reading right now! And follow us on social media for the latest news: we’re Next Chapter Booksellers on Facebook, @nextchapterbooksellers on Instagram, and @NextChapterMN on Twitter.

See you in the stacks!

Graham (and all of us at Next Chapter Booksellers)