July 2019

June 16, 2020
First off, a huge thank you to everyone who has ordered books from us recently. We're overwhelmed by your support and heartened to see how many of you are looking for books on race, policing, and social justice.

In the store approximately June 22
In the store approximately June 26

A lot of those important books are out of stock, but reprints are trickling in. We're filling orders as quickly as we get stock back into the store. Meanwhile, ebooks and digital audiobooks are available immediately. We've got a list for you here .

Our bookseller Guy has compiled a list of books about policing, race, criminal justice and police reform. That list is here . Again, many of those books have flown off the shelves, but they'll be available again soon.


Black Writers Open Mic
Saturday, June 20, 6pm to 8pm

Next Chapter Booksellers has always prided ourselves on being a place for new and emerging writers to find an audience. To amplify the voices of our black community members, we will host a virtual open mic on Saturday, June 20, from 6pm to 8pm.

Any black writers interested in sharing a story, poem, song, or another form of literature, please email our events coordinator Riley Davis at

Attendees, register here .

Father's Day is June 21

Whether the dad on your list likes baseball, barbecue, or biographies, Next Chapter Booksellers can help you find just the right book to make Father's Day a special occasion. Call us at 651/225-8989 daily between 10am and 3pm to talk to a bookseller. We love making recommendations.

Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking...


With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the  New York Times  bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.

"Mike Birbiglia & J. Hope Stein have
written the seminal parenting tome--side-splittingly funny from the first word
to the last delicious bite. It's a page-turner, wise and wise-assed, the comic
hit of the year. Whether you've been a parent or ever had one: you'll love this
knockout!"—Mary Karr, author of  The Liars' Club, Cherry , and  Lit


In this bravura follow-up to his bestseller  The Underground Railroad , Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.


From the  Wall Street Journal ’s national baseball writer, the captivating story of the home run boom, following a group of players who rose from obscurity to stardom and the rogue swing coaches who helped them usher the game into a new age.

Swing Kings  is both a rollicking history of baseball’s recent past and a deeply reported, character-driven account of a battle between opponents as old as time: old and new, change and stasis, the establishment and those who break from it.


Hit the road with this comprehensive guide to chosing, maintaining, and repairing your bicycle.

From planning regular maintenance to getting your hands dirty for emergency repairs,  The Complete Bike Owner's Manual  will help you with everything. Explore every part of your bike’s anatomy with extremely detailed CGIs, learn which seat position suits you the most, install new brakes and adjust the handlebar, change and refit gear cables, and much more.


Do you suck at cooking? Inspired by the wildly popular YouTube channel, these 60+ recipes will help you suck slightly less.

Learn to cook with unintimidating ingredients in dishes like Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Cupcake Muffin-Type Things, Eddie’s Roasted Red Pepper Dip (while also learning all about Eddie’s sad, sad life), Jalapeño Chicken, and also other stuff. In addition, there are cooking tips that can be applied not only to the very recipes in this book, but also to recipes outside of this book, and to all other areas of your life (with mixed results).


More than 200 recipes that show you how to incorporate bacon into nearly any meal you can imagine.

There are the classics, like BLTs, wedge salads, and mac and cheese, but the book really encourages you to cook with bacon in unexpected ways with recipes like Bacon Ramen, Chipotle Bacon Tacos, and Bacon Bourbon Oatmeal Pancakes. Peter also teaches you the basics, like how to cure simple bacon from scratch. He has a mad-scientist approach to bacon and is a firm believer that it should be a part of every meal. With this cookbook, you’ll never think of bacon the same way.


A pulse-pounding tale of triumph by an improbable team of upstarts over Hitler’s fearsome Silver Arrows during the golden age of auto racing.

As Nazi Germany launched its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world toward war, three misfits banded together to challenge Hitler’s dominance at the apex of motorsport: the Grand Prix. Their quest for redemption culminated in a remarkable race that is still talked about in racing circles to this day—but which, soon after it ended, Hitler attempted to completely erase from history.


A hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of the author's adventures, in the world of French haute cuisine, for anyone whose ever found joy in cooking and eating food with their family--from the author of the best-selling, widely acclaimed Heat .

Baffled by the language, but convinced that he can master the art of French cooking--or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered-- he begins what becomes a five-year odyssey by shadowing the esteemed French chef Michel Richard, in Washington, D.C.

June's virtual book events
Meet great authors in the comfort of your own home.

We have two more events this month. It's easy to join us for these readings. Register in advance (links are below), and you'll get a reminder email on the day of the event. Click and join and enjoy!

Learn to write your own Choose Your Own Adventure book from CYOA author Rana Tahir - -Saturday, June 28, 3:00pm

Rana Tahir is a Kundiman Fellow, a public school substitute teacher, and a teaching associate in the Department of English at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where she earned her MFA. She was born in Pakistan and raised on the beaches of Kuwait. Tahir’s poetry and prose has been published in various literary publications and magazines such as Catch, The Interlochen Review , and Fresh! Literary Magazine . Her first book of non-fiction, a biography of the poet Countée Cullen, was published in 2016 with Cavendish Square Press.

Eric Holthaus discusses The Future Earth: A Radical Vision of What's Possible in the Age of Warming - -Tuesday, June 30, 7:00pm

The first hopeful book about climate change,  The Future Earth  shows readers how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades.

The basics of climate science are easy. We know it is entirely human-caused. Which means its solutions will be similarly human-led. In The Future Earth, leading climate change advocate and weather-related journalist Eric Holthaus (“the Rebel Nerd of Meteorology”—Rolling Stone) offers a radical vision of our future, specifically how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades. Anchored by world-class reporting, interviews with futurists, climatologists, biologists, economists, and climate change activists, it shows what the world could look like if we implemented radical solutions on the scale of the crises we face. 

Curbside pickup continues

As much as we miss you, we're not ready for browsing. We are continuing to develop a plan for reopening, but we're not there yet.

We continue to get books out via USPS, home delivery (within St Paul, for orders over $50), and curbside pickup.

  • Curbside pickup is available 10am to 3pm daily.
  • Call us at 651/225-8989 a few minutes before you arrive at the store.
  • We’ll put your order on the small table outside our front door.

Fine print: All orders must be paid for in advance (either online or by phone). We cannot accept payment at the time of pickup.

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