July 2019

September 4, 2020

The Freshest Fall Books

The fall's new books are ripe and ready. Whether you want to visit Naples or Paris, enjoy a mystery or a short story, or meditate on the state of the world today, we've got just the book for you.

For even more ideas, call us at 651/225-8989 Monday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm to talk to a bookseller. We love making recommendations.


"There's no doubt the publication of The Lying Life of Adults] will be the literary event of the year."--ELLE Magazine

Giovanna lives in two cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.

Named one of 2016's most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world's most read and beloved writers. In The Lying Life of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.


The 16th novel by Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.

When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.


From author of The Girls comes an eagerly anticipated story collection exploring the dark corners of human experience.

"​Emma Cline’s excellent first book The Girls took place on the fringes of the Manson cult. For her new short story collection Daddy she’s going somewhere even scarier--relationships. Oh man, Daddy is dark. Cline can sketch out a flawed personality as fully and quickly as anyone writing today, and she’s not wasting her time on likeable characters. Her gaze is unblinking, and her unsparing depictions of dysfunction have all the giddy, sickening thrill of a roller coaster racing ever downward. Buckle in, and enjoy the ride."--David


llustrated with incredible detail by British artist Kev Gahan, this book is an interactive homage to one of music's greatest: Prince Rogers Nelson.

On each page, Prince lies in wait, ready for the eagle-eyed reader to spy him among the crowds. These huge illustrations capture the set of Purple Rain, the labyrinth Paisley Park studios, and more! This book is bursting with super-superfan references, and is the ultimate gift for any Prince fan.


A poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.


Be Holding reveals a multifaceted intimacy and lyricism within the history of a game, tracing how this history is interconnected with the saga of our country. Ross Gay has once again proven himself one of our greatest poets.” —Claudia Rankine

Julius Erving—known as Dr. J—dominated courts in the 1970s and ‘80s as a small forward for the Philadelphia ‘76ers. But this book-length poem is more than just an ode to a magnificent athlete. Through a kind of lyric research, or lyric meditation, Ross Gay connects Dr. J’s famously impossible move from the 1980 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers to pick-up basketball and the flying Igbo and the Middle Passage, to photography and surveillance and state violence, to music and personal histories of flight and familial love. Be Holding wonders how the imagination, or how our looking, might make us, or bring us, closer to each other. How our looking might make us reach for each other. And might make us be reaching for each other. And how that reaching might be something like joy.


Claudia Rankine’s Citizen changed the conversation—Just Us urges all of us to continue it

Just Us invites us to begin the discussions that might open pathways through this divisive and stuck moment in American history. This brilliant book of essays, poems, and images includes the voices and rebuttals of others: white men in first class responding to, and with, their white male privilege; a friend’s explanation of her infuriating behavior at a play; and women confronting the political currency of dying their hair blond, all running alongside fact-checked notes and commentary that complements Rankine’s own text, complicating notions of authority and who gets the last word.

Sometimes wry, often vulnerable, and always prescient, Just Us is Rankine’s most intimate work, less interested in being right than in being true, being together.

Bookmarks to support
Voices for Racial Justice

Recently we were approached by a customer, whose 10-year-old daughter and her friend have been using their artistic talents in service of their concern for the world and our local community. They have been making bookmarks with art on one side and inspirational quotes from Black authors on the other. All proceeds will benefit Voices for Racial Justice, a movement organization of leaders, organizers and culture workers who envision a world without racism honoring the culture, knowledge, power, and healing of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. Learn more about their work at voicesforracialjustice.org.

Designs vary, and we cannot guarantee a particular pattern or style.

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

Pull up your comfiest chair and enjoy great conversations about books. We've got politics, science fiction, and new novels coming your way this month.

Peter Geye and Chris Cander discuss Northernmost--Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 7:00pm

"In 1897, Odd Einar Eide is lost and struggling to survive in the Arctic. In 2017, Greta Nansen, Odd Eniar’s great, great, great, great granddaughter is searching for meaning in her marriage and life. Peter Geye knits these two narratives together across generations and between Minnesota and Norway to bring us a story of adventure, family and love. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this is Peter Geye’s best novel yet. I absolutely loved it."--Nick Ballas (Owner, Next Chapter Booksellers) 
In 1897 Norway, Odd Einar Eide returns home from a near-death experience in the arctic only to discover his funeral in full effect. His wife Inger, stunned to see him alive, is slow to warm back up to him, having spent many sleepless nights convinced she had lost both him and their daughter, Thea, who traveled to America two years before and has not sent even one letter back. But just as they are reconnecting, a sensationalist journalist gets wind of Odd Einar’s remarkable tale of survival and invites them to Tromsø so he can properly report on what he is sure will be a bestselling story, complicating Odd Einar and Inger’s reunion further.

A Change Is Gonna Come: How to Have Effective Political Conversations in a Divided America--Thursday, September 10, 2020, 7:00pm

Get your head out of your @*&. Snowflake. Stupid liberal. Ignorant conservative. We need a new way to discuss politics, one that encourages engagement and room for dissent. One way to approach this challenge is to consider how public opinion changes. By and large, public opinion is sticky and change occurs very slowly; one exception to this is the more recent and significant change in public opinion toward LGBTQ rights and marriage equality.

The marriage equality movement is considered one of the great success stories of political advocacy, but why was it so successful? Brian F. Harrison argues that one of the most powerful reasons is that a broad range of marriage equality advocates were willing to engage in contentious and sometimes uncomfortable discussion about their opinions on the matter. They started everyday conversations that got people out of their echo chambers and encouraged them to start listening and thinking. But the question remains, if simple conversation can work in one arena, can it work in others? And how and where does one approach such conversation?

Jess Redman discusses Quintessence--Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:00pm

Three months ago, twelve-year-old Alma moved to the town of Four Points. Her panic attacks started a week later, and they haven’t stopped—even though she’s told her parents that they have. She’s homesick and friendless and every day she feels less and less like herself.

But one day she finds a telescope in the town’s junk shop, and through its lens, she watches a star—a star that looks like a child—fall from the sky and into her backyard. Alma knows what it’s like to be lost and afraid, to long for home, and she knows that it’s up to her to save the star. And so, with the help of some unlikely new friends from Astronomy Club, she sets out on a quest that will take a little bit of science, a little bit of magic, and her whole self.

Next Chapter Book Club discusses Delayed Rays of a Star, Amanda Lee Koe--Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 4:00pm

At a chance encounter at a Berlin soirée in 1928, the photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captures three very different women together in one frame: up-and-coming German actress Marlene Dietrich; Anna May Wong, the world’s first Chinese American star; and Leni Riefenstahl, whose work as a director of propaganda art films would first make her famous—then, infamous.

The trajectories of these women’s lives wind from Weimar Berlin to LA’s Chinatown, from the Bavarian Alps to the Champs-Élysées, and the different settings they inhabit are as richly textured as the roles they play: siren, victim, predator, or lover, each one a carefully calibrated performance. In the orbit of each star live secondary players whose voices and viewpoints reveal the legacy each woman left behind. Intimate and clear-eyed, this is a visceral depiction of womanhood—its particular hungers, its oblique calculations, and its eventual betrayals.

Ronald E Peterson talks about his book Gardeners of the Universe--Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Peterson's debut sci-fi novel, Gardeners of the Universe, begins in the not too distant future with the births of three children destined to change the world. Rianne grows up to lead biological revolutions. Dan creates sentient computers and guides the direction of human evolution. Sarah, in an age of information dissonance, becomes the most trusted individual on Earth, and convinces the world that it must change. What sets the three apart from the rest of humanity are genetics and ''gifts'' that were no accident.

As humanity struggles, an ancient alien species, the Torae, a.k.a. the ''Gardeners,'' have come to observe our ''transcendence.'' They are desperately trying to create new universes to populate. The three young humans are unknowingly conscripted into their schemes while guiding the Earth through the most dangerous and consequential time in its history--the 21st century. This is a story about the profound vision, adaptability, and truth we will need to survive.

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Recent bestsellers--in a softer, pocket-friendly format.

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