July 2019
Holiday Signings and Specials 2019
Take some of the guesswork out of your holiday shopping and buy your friends and family something personalized just for them

Small Business Saturday is November 30th!
Come celebrate with a special offer and treats at Next Chapter Booksellers! The first 30 customers to spend over $100 receive a $10 gift card and a complimentary Next Chapter tote bag. Gifting a book? Choose from our paper selection, and we"ll wrap it for you! Cider and donuts will be served throughout the day. From Small Business Saturday to December 31st, we're collecting donations for The Aliveness Project, a community center for and by people living with HIV. Give any amount or round up your purchase!


New Releases
Christmas in Minnesota : A Celebration in Memories, Stories, and Recipes of Seasons Past - Edited by Marilyn Ziebarth and Brian Horrigan
Like the warmth of a cabin fireplace and the twinkle of lights along the edge of a frozen lake, Christmas in Minnesota evokes memories of holidays long ago.
Beloved Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz recalls the boyhood Christmas when he learned how to sketch a winter pond with a hole in the ice. A Swedish traveler in the 1870s details the Christmas he spent with a welcoming family in a cozy sod house on the prairie. Jon Hassler presents the tale of an estranged father struggling to reconnect with his son during this time of togetherness.
The state's beloved writers gather here to share warm and spirited memories and stories from Minnesota holidays past.

Now available


Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize

The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London's funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley's former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole's mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter's lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.

Now available

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer's  Dead Astronauts  presents a City with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth—all the Earths.
 
A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster whose name he has forgotten and whose purpose remains hidden.

Available December 3


Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover by Ruth Marcus
In  Supreme Ambition Washington Post  journalist and legal expert Ruth Marcus goes behind the scenes to document the thirty-year mission by conservatives to win a majority on the Supreme Court and the lifelong ambition of Brett Kavanaugh to secure his place in that victory. In that sense, Marcus has delivered a master class in how Washington works and an unforgettable case study in supreme ambition.

Available December 3

The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom by Toni Morrison
This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison's entire body of work, both fiction and nonfiction--from  The Bluest Eye  to  God Help the Child,  from  Playing in the Dark  to  The Source of Self-Regard --to tell a story of self-actualization. It aims to evoke the totality of Toni Morrison's literary vision.
 
Its compelling sequence of flashes of revelation--stunning for their linguistic originality, keenness of psychological observation, and philosophical profundity--addresses issues of abiding interest in Morrison's work: the reach of language for the ineffable; transcendence through imagination; the self and its discontents; the vicissitudes of love; the whirligig of memory; the singular power of women; the original American sin of slavery; the bankruptcy of racial oppression; the complex humanity and art of black people.  The Measure of Our Lives  brims with elegance of style and mind and moral authority.

Available December 3

Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages - Edited by Chris McCabe
Featuring award-winning poets from cultures as diverse as the Ainu people of Japan to the Zoque of Mexico, with languages that range from the indigenous Ahtna of Alaska to the Shetlandic dialect of Scots, this evocative collection gathers together 50 of the finest poems in endangered, or vulnerable, languages from across the continents.

With poems by influential, award-winning poets such as US poet laureate Joy Harjo, Hawad, Valzhyna Mort, and Jackie Kay, this collection offers a unique insight into both languages and poetry, taking the reader on an emotional, life-affirming journey into the cultures of these beautiful languages, celebrating our linguistic diversity and highlighting our commonalities and the fundamental role verbal art plays in human life.

Available December 10


Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos by Peter Bergen
From one of America's preeminent national security journalists, an explosive, news-breaking account of Donald Trump's collision with the American national security establishment, and with the world.

From Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria and Iran, from Russia and China to North Korea and Islamist terrorism,  Trump and His Generals  is a brilliant reckoning with an American ship of state navigating a roiling sea of threats without a well-functioning rudder. Lucid and gripping, it brings urgently needed clarity to issues that affect the fate of us all. But clarity, unfortunately, is not the same thing as reassurance.

Available December 10

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Holiday Favorites from Us to You
The Hypochondriac’s Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have by Dennis DiClaudio
Perfect for your cousin the science nerd, the morbid teen in your life, or your smugly healthy yoga teacher. Leprosy. Norwegian Scabies. Fatal Familial Insomnia. Those are just a few of the totally real conditions you probably already have. Learn the symptoms. Thrill to the prognosis. And resign yourself to the treatment. This handy little book will provide hours of pathologically good entertainment for worryworts of all ages. - David


Jesus Cow by Michael Perry
Perfect for everyone who moved away and misses the Midwest, fans of Kitchens of the Great Midwest and Lager Queens of Minnesota, and anyone looking for a funny, but smart book. Harley Jackson just wants to enjoy his quiet farm life. But when a calf born on Christmas Eve arrives with the face of Jesus staring out from the pattern on its hide, Harley’s life is turned upside down. Soon he’s running a religious theme park in the middle of Wisconsin and wondering if he can ever have a normal Christmas again. Jesus Cow is a warm but clear-eyed ode to smalltown life and a laugh-out-loud funny visit to the loving heart of the Midwest.
— David

Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake
Whatever you suppose fantasy means (matte painting mountain landscapes, a panoply of imitation Legolases) this isn't it. It's the story of a scheming kitchen-boy's precipitous rise and fall, filled to the brim with drowning girls! Desolate swamps! Hungry owls! And the word umbrageous! The Gormenghast books shade the gothic with the Modern, Tolkien with Forster with Nabokov and a little bit The Castle of Otranto. This book is for the impressionable youth who needs to move beyond Tolkien-- and it's for the reader of serious-stories-only! who must yet learn the uncanny is realer than the real. - Emily
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party by Daniel James Brown
The harrowing and all-too-detailed true story of the Donner party, the deception and greed that led them to that pass in the Sierra Nevada, and the trauma felt forever by those who survived-- and lived even into the twentieth century. A book for anyone who loves American history, but especially for that relative who only reads about ADVENTURE and SURVIVAL but might get lost and die in a snowy K-mart parking lot. Remind them it's nice to stay home. - Emily

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
There are very few masters of the English language, and James Baldwin happens to be one of them. He also happens to be one of the greatest believers in love and its power to liberate. This book is a rendition of love, without the cliché ending of a romance novel. For any reader who still believes in the silence of prose, and desires to renew their faith in love. - Guy


Sketches from a Hunter's Album by Ivan Turgenev
Maybe the first modern short story collection. Reading Turgenev is like waking up to bird-calls--jolting, naturalistic, consciousness-altering. No one else, not even Tolstoy, evokes pastoral Russia with such a compassionate brush. This book helped turn public opinion against serfdom, proving that political writing need not bear a whiff of sentimentality. - Hank

Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin
A dialogue between a dying mother and a boy who is dead or alive or a ghost or imaginary. Schweblin's narrative unspools in a continuous, unbroken thread of paragraphs, with phrases repeating like banshee chants. Fever Dream is an irreducible work, the kind that lingers in your mind far longer than any mere mass of words should. - Hank
The Sick Rose: Disease and The Art of Medical Illustration by Richard Barnett
A book of 19th century medical illustrations! Beautiful, horrible pictures of the mysteries of the body that hypochondriacs, medical professionals, and fans of great-but-terrible art will enjoy. - Jason

Rusty Brown by Chris Ware
Brilliant, genius graphics and a beautiful meditation on the connections people have in 1970’s Omaha NE and their sad strange lives. 16 years in the making, some of these stories have appeared in ACME Novelty, but here they are collected and connected for the first time. Ware challenges the reader to dive in deep and concentrate on where he wants to take us, which is sometimes very uncomfortable. Be sure to check out the dust jacket...it is also a poster of sorts. P.S. I needed a magnifying glass for parts. - Jason


Blind Spot by Teju Cole
Remember when you would have to sit through someone’s slide show of their vacation? Imagine it with a world class photographer and essayist. You’ll learn something and shake your head at the gorgeous, quiet photos. - Jason

Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse by John Lithgow
John Lithgow, author, actor, artist, and poet extraordinaire, has written a smart satirical chronicle, in verse, of President Trump's years in American politics lampooning all the president's men and women. Read-out- loud and laugh-out-loud fun for political junkies of a certain (obvious) persuasion. - Jean

Deep River by Karl Marlantes
An epic family saga about Finnish immigrants who settled in the Pacific Northwest set against the upheaval of the early 1900s and the birth of the first labor movements in the fishing and lumber industries. It's a timely history of the immigrant's place in America and a good pick for lovers of historical novels. - Jean


The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
Top to bottom, inside out, Bryson explores the human body in his inimitable informative, humorous, and completely readable style. A great gift for anyone with a body. - Jean

White Girls by Hilton Als
For anyone who enjoys excellent essays on a variety of topics or any fan of the New Yorker. - Joe

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe
Perfect for people who wonder why anyone would give a frog a drum, young and old alike. For people who love vibrant illustrations and frogs. And little mushroom homes! - Joe

Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall
Christopher McDougall in Running with Sherman writes about animals, people who love animals, and people who figure out how to make the world be okay, but mostly about the tough sport of running races with burros. This true tale of Sherman the burro and McDougall's family and friends is enthralling! I started reading it as a joke and then couldn't put it down. This one is for animal lovers, athletes, or those who like the world to turn out to be okay once in awhile. - Kathy

Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
Who knew that catering is interesting and adventuresome-- and not as much about star chefs as about the crazy ways things work and business on the fly? You're having dinner all dressed up at the Met under a Renoir, while they're cooking on card tables with sheets draped over them in the back hallway. Great read! This one is for those interested in the wide world of making good food. - Kathy

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur
What does it mean to have your mother's trust? What would you do to earn it? To earn her love? In Adrienne Brodeur's case, it means embracing the role of accomplice in her charismatic mother's love affair. It means lying to her beloved step-father and betraying a cherished family friend. When Adrienne is fourteen, her mother, talented, flamboyant, Malabar, sneaks into her bedroom late at night and, as if they are girlfriends, rather than mother and daughter, announces that she is in love with her husband's best friend, Ben. She needs Adrienne's help. The atmosphere in their chic, very WASPy, Cape Cod home, where much revolves around cooking and cocktails, is steeped in booze, wealth, deception, guilt, and risk, and steams with sensuality, as the affair carries on for years. Readers of Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle will love this book. Really, any mother's daughter should read it. - Keelin

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke And the End of The American Century by George Packer
Give this to a political wonk or anyone who is trying to figure out just what the heck is going on in the world and how we got where we are today. U.S. foreign policy and the history of the last half of the twentieth century are examined through the life of diplomat Richard Holbrooke who began his career in the early '60s as an idealistic foreign service officer in Viet Nam. He supported American interests in countries all over the world, from Southeast Asia to the the Balkans where he negotiated that war's end, to Afghanistan. His personal life is no less fascinating, a serial womanizer and lousy dad, he ran with many news-makers and celebrities. This is lively, engaging reporting by George Packer who paints a rounded portrait of a complex American living in a complicated historical period. - Keelin

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I haven't read a book that held so much suspense and laughter. Buy this for someone who likes thrills and dark comedy. - Milan
Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack
This straightforward guide is a must for anyone wanting to get acquainted with varieties of wine. The maps and tasting note charts are amazingly helpful! - Milan

The Spy and The Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
One of the best thrillers I’ve read in years, and it’s non-fiction. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky, a principled KGB agent who fed information to the British intelligence service M16 for over a decade in the 70s and 80s, was found out by the Soviets, and lived to tell about it. It is also a story of Aldrich Ames, the US counter intelligence agent who spied for the Soviet Union and nearly brought Gordievsky down. This book is for those interested in 20th century history, the Cold War, or for readers looking for a fast paced spy story. Fans of John Le Carre and Tom Clancy’s early work would enjoy this book. - Nick

American Spy: A Novel by Lauren Wilkinson
Marie Mitchell, an intelligence officer with the FBI, is recruited to work for an organization she believes is the CIA to undermine the charismatic revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. All is not as it appears, and Marie's journey is as much about her own soul-searching as it is about her assignment. The story is unique because it places an African American woman at the center of a story of political espionage during the Cold War. It’s also based on real world events that took place in Burkina Faso. A literary thriller, a spy novel, a family drama, a romance, and more. This book was on President Obama’s summer reading list. It should appeal to a broad range of readers. - Nick

We Set The Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
A magical realist fantasy about a society where men of high class and social status have two wives: one that tends to his business and one that attends to his home. It comes from a legend about a king who married both the sun and the moon. The protagonist of the story gets paired with her arch-rival when she marries the president of the country, part of a long line of corrupt politicians, and she has to use her position to go undercover to facilitate a rebellion and uprising. Oh, she also falls in love with the arch-rival. So it really has it all: fantasy, magical lore, political unrest, gay, and lots of action. It's marketed as a YA novel, but it's good for anyone who is interested in fantasy or dystopian worlds! - Riley

Cog by Greg Van Eekhout
Cog is a boy who is actually a robot, and the person who made him is like his mother. After an accident, Cog ends up at the lab he was created at and realizes that they're making him a weapon. He escapes the corporation in search of the caregiver scientist, along with a robot car, a Trash Bot, a robot dog named Proto, and another robot weapon named Ada. An action packed story for middle grade readers. Great for reading out loud and exciting enough that kids age 8+ get sucked in and need to know what's going to happen next. This has action, cool characters, robots, a lot of humor, and I think it's the right one for the kid that has a hard time enjoying reading. - Riley


New Paperbacks
Grand Meander is around the corner!
Join us for Grand Meander on Saturday December 7th! Enjoy cider and doughnuts while you browse for the perfect book, then pick from our selection of paper and have it wrapped!
Please note: Our speculative fiction club will not meet at the end of December. It resumes January 7th at 5:30 PM, and going into 2020 it continues the first Tuesday of every month. We're reading the Japanese classic  Night on the Galactic Railroad and Other Stories from Ihatov by Kenji Miyazawa.



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