July 2019
September 1, 2021
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New Releases
SEQUEL TO THE RIVER

The Guide: A novel by Peter Heller

"Jack, whom we know from Heller's The River, takes a job at an elite fishing lodge. Amid natural beauty of the forest and streams, he and the young woman he is guiding, Alison, uncover a secret and sinister operation taking place at the lodge. Another wilderness thriller!"
-Jean Evans (Bookseller)
A REISSUE OF THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF THE LILITH'S BROOD TRILOGY

Adulthood Rites By Octavia E. Butler

The Oankali are able to read and mutate genetic code, and they use these skills for their own survival, interbreeding with new species to constantly adapt and evolve. They value the intelligence they see in humankind but also know that the species—rigidly bound to destructive social hierarchies—is destined for failure. They are determined that the only way forward is for the two races to produce a new hybrid species—and they will not tolerate rebellion.

Akin looks like an ordinary human child. But as the first true human-alien hybrid, he is born understanding language, then starts to form sentences at two months old. He can see at a molecular level and kill with a touch. More powerful than any human or Oankali, he will be the architect of both races' future. But before he can carry this new species into the stars, Akin must reconcile with his own heritage in a world already torn in two.
FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF MEXICAN GOTHIC

Velvet Was the Night by Sylvia Morena-Garcia

"Mexico City is seething with student unrest and police crackdowns, but Maite has more important things to worry about. Her dead-end job and meddling family send her into the pages of romance comic books for relief. When Maite becomes entangled in a search for missing film that could upend the city’s most powerful institutions, however, her daydreams become all too real. Morena-Garcia’s sunbleached south-of-the-border noir is a delicious stew of love and violence, a frothy page-turner for fans of romance and crime alike." -David Enyeart (Manager)
FROM THE AUTHOR OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

Not A Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

While some of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, others are descendants of white settlers who arrived as colonizers to displace those who were here since time immemorial, and still others are descendants of those who were kidnapped and forced here against their will. This paradigm shifting new book from the highly acclaimed author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States charges that we need to stop believing and perpetuating this simplistic and a historical idea and embrace the real (and often horrific) history of the United States.
AVAILABLE NOW

A Slow Fire Burning By Paula Hawkins

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim's home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are - for different reasons - simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?
AUTHOR OF SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

Poison for Breakfast By Lemony Snicket

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim's home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are - for different reasons - simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw By Stephen Graham Jones

Jade Daniels is an angry, half-Indian outcast with an abusive father, an absent mother, and an entire town that wants nothing to do with her. She lives in her own world, a world in which protection comes from an unusual source: horror movies…especially the ones where a masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them. And Jade narrates the quirky history of Proofrock as if it is one of those movies. But when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian Lake, she pulls us into her dizzying, encyclopedic mind of blood and masked murderers, and predicts exactly how the plot will unfold.
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 7th

Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel By Sally Rooney

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.

Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
Pre-order Mary Roach's new novel
"Fuzz"
In stock September 14th
Pre order Mary Roach's new science and conservation book Fuzz to get a signed copy and an exclusive embroidery patch.

Limited to the first 30 readers who reserve a copy so act fast!
Pre-order Phoebe Robinson's
"Please Don't Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes"
In stock September 28th
Pre Order a copy of Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays and you'll get to join Phoebe Robinson for a virtual happy hour event
Just fill out the form in the link below to register*.


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New in Paperback
Upcoming author events!

Please note that all of 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!
"Portraits of Peace: Searching for Hope in a Divided America"
John Noltner

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 5:30pm-6:30pm CST

*This is a ticketed event
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"Funny Thing about Minnesota...: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Twin Cities Comedy Scene"
Patrick Strait

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 5:30pm-6:30pm CST

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Heather Tosteson, Patricia Barone, Roseann Lloyd, Margaret Hasse, Norita Dittberner-Jax, Patrick Hansel, Deborah Bower & Charissa M. Menefee

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 | 5:30pm-6:30pm CST

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Dead Dad Jokes

Ollie Schminkey

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 | 5:30pm-6:30pm CST

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Monday, October 18th, 2021 |6:00pm CST

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Outside the Margins: A Speculative Fiction Book Club discusses Axiom's End, by Lindsay Ellis
-Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

It’s fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father.

Even though Cora hasn’t spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government—and with him in hiding, that attention is on her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax, and wants nothing to do with him—until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up, and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.

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Next Chapter Book Club discusses Sisters by Daisy Johnson -Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Born just ten months apart, July and September are thick as thieves, never needing anyone but each other. Now, following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long-abandoned family home near the shore. In their new, isolated life, July finds that the deep bond she has always shared with September is shifting in ways she cannot entirely understand. A creeping sense of dread and unease descends inside the house. Meanwhile, outside, the sisters push boundaries of behavior—until a series of shocking encounters tests the limits of their shared experience, and forces shocking revelations about the girls’ past and future.

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