July 2019
September 2019
School may have your books piling high,
but these titles are irresistible!

New in Hardcover

My Footprints by Bao Phi
Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels double different. She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the footprints of each creature in the snow, she makes her way home to the arms of her moms. Together, the three of them imagine beautiful and powerful creatures who always have courage - just like Thuy.

Available September 1

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
For fans of  Before We Were Yours  and  Where the Crawdads Sing , a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the  New York Times  bestselling author of  Ordinary Grace

1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Available September 3

A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib
"When an author's unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it's tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry." -- Booklist , Starred Review

In his much-anticipated follow-up to  The Crown Ain't Worth Much , poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew. It's a book about a mother's death, and admitting that Michael Jordan pushed off, about forgiveness, and how none of the author's black friends wanted to listen to "Don't Stop Believin'." It's about wrestling with histories, personal and shared. Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside--from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor's dogs--to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility.

Available September 3

Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul
From an award-winning author and illustrator, the inspiring story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books, from founder Todd Bol's first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world.

Todd and his friends love heroes. But in school, Todd doesn’t feel heroic. Reading is hard for him, and he gets scolded for asking too many questions. How will he ever become the kind of hero he admires? Featuring stunning illustrations that celebrate the diversity of the Little Free Library movement, here is the story of how its founder, Todd Bol, became a literacy superhero. Thanks to Todd and thousands of volunteers—many of whom are kids—millions of books have been enjoyed around the world. This creative movement inspires a love of reading, strengthens communities, and provides meeting places where new friendships, ideas—and heroes!—spring to life.

Available September 3

Whose Story Is This?
 by Rebecca Solnit
Who gets to shape the narrative of our times? The current moment is a battle royale over that foundational power, one in which women, people of color, non-straight people are telling other versions, and white people and men and particularly white men are trying to hang onto the old versions and their own centrality. In Whose Story Is This? Rebecca Solnit appraises what's emerging and why it matters and what the obstacles are.

Available September 3

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
A dazzling  Don Quixote  for the modern age—an epic tour de force that is as much an homage to an immortal work of literature as it is to the quest for love and family, by Booker Prize–winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie.


Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television who falls in impossible love with a TV star. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand, gallantly braving the tragicomic perils of an age where “Anything-Can-Happen.” Meanwhile, his creator, in a midlife crisis, has equally urgent challenges of his own.

Available September 3

How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo
An indispensable guide to welcoming children—from babies to teens—to a lifelong love of reading, written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of  The New York Times Book Review . .

Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it’s how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, “More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level,” is chockful of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.

Available September 3

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century:  Doctor Zhivago .

At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle  Doctor Zhivago  out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.

Available September 3

Dunce by Mary Ruefle
Through her many projects across numerous genres, Mary Ruefle has proven herself a singular artist, drawing many fans from around the world to her unique vision. With Dunce she returns to the practice that has always been at her core: the making of poems. With her startlingly fresh sensibility, she enraptures us in poem after poem by the intensity of her attention, with the imaginative flourishes of her being-in-the-world, which is always deep with mysteries, unexpected appearances, and abiding yearning.

Available September 10

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1  New York Times  bestseller  Outliers , offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers--and why they often go wrong.

Talking to Strangers  is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland---throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt.

Available September 10

Ruby & Roland by Faith Sullivan
From the author of  Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse  and  The Cape Ann  comes a new tale of resilient womanhood in Harvester, Minnesota.

Jane Eyre  set in Faith Sullivan's "reliably inviting world" ( Wall Street Journal ),  Ruby & Roland  is a story of relationships--friendship, romance, and the families we are born with and create--and of one woman's journey of selfhood on the prairie.

Available September 10

The Best American Poetry 2019
The 2019 edition of  The Best American Poetry —“one of the mainstays of the poetry publication world” (Academy of American Poets)—now guest edited by Major Jackson, award-winning poet and poetry editor of the  Harvard Review .

The state of the world has inspired many to write poetry, and to read it—to share all the rage, beauty, and every other thing under the sun in the way that only poetry can. Now the foremost anthology of contemporary American poetry returns, guest edited by Major Jackson, the poet and editor who, “makes poems that rumble and rock” (poet Dorianne Laux). This brilliant 2019 edition includes some of the year’s most defining, striking, and innovative poems and poets.

Available September 10

Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?

Frank Li has two names. There's Frank Li, his American name. Then there's Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl--which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit . . . who is white.

Available September 10

The Testaments: The Sequel to the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

In this brilliant sequel to  The Handmaid's Tale,  acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 

"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." —Margaret Atwood

Available September 10

Join us at our Testaments Midnight Release Party! Monday, September 9th at 10:30pm!
Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face. Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo—and featuring nearly one hundred images—Sontag is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait—a great American novel in the form of a biography.

Available September 17

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
Revisiting once again the world of  Raymie Nightingale,  two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly.

In a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros, #1  New York Times  best-selling author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.

Available September 24

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett, the New York Times  bestselling author of  Commonwealth  and  State of Wonder , returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

Available September 24

The Water Dancer by Ta-nehisi Coates
From the National Book Award–winning author of  Between the World and Me,  a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.

"Ta-Nehisi depicts a graphic and unapologetic account of a family's struggle to survive slavery while interweaving magical realism which adds another facet to the character Hiram's perspective. Worth the read!" - Milan, Next Chapter Booksellers

Available September 24

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
From the National Book Award-winning author of  Just Kids  and  M Train , a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

Available September 24

Coming This Month in Paperback

Upcoming Events at Next Chapter Booksellers
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 4:00pm
Dessa in-store signing My Own Devices

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 7:30pm
William Kent Krueger presents This Tender Land

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Nancy Hedin discusses Stray

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 10:30pm
The Testaments Midnight Release Party in collaboration with MNCASA

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Discussions on Writing: Jennifer Bauer, Katherine Quie, and Amy Hallberg

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 3:00pm
Toni Morrison Book Club discusses The Bluest Eye

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
Gabby Rivera and Junauda Petrus present their debut YA novels
Juliet Takes A Breath and Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saint Paul Almanac 12: Resilience and Resistance

Our September Book Club Selection
by Olga Tokarczuk

From the incomparably original Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk,  Flights  interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration. Chopin's heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear. Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations,  Flights  explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time. Where are you from? Where are you coming in from? Where are you going? we call to the traveler. Enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original,  Flights  is a master storyteller's answer.

The Next Chapter Book Club is open to all, whether you have finished the book or not! Please join us on Sunday, September 29th at 4:00pm as we discuss this Man Booker International Prize award-winning novel!

A Book Club to Honor Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison Book Club
discusses The Bluest Eye

Join our bookseller Milan for a wide-ranging discussion of Toni Morrison's first novel. No RSVPs are required.

"You can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison.  Beloved Song of Solomo n,  The Bluest Eye Sula , everything else — they're transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them."--Barack Obama

3:00pm, Sunday, September 22

History Books Are on Sale!
All history books will be 20% off for the month of September!
Brush up on the past with a discount!

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