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New Books

Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2)
By Marlon James

In Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Sogolon the Moon Witch proved a worthy adversary to Tracker as they clashed across a mythical African landscape in search of a mysterious boy who disappeared. In Moon Witch, Spider King, Sogolon takes center stage and gives her own account of what happened to the boy, and how she plotted and fought, triumphed and failed as she looked for him. It’s also the story of a century-long feud—seen through the eyes of a 177-year-old witch—that Sogolon had with the Aesi, chancellor to the king. It is said that Aesi works so closely with the king that together they are like the eight limbs of one spider. Aesi’s power is considerable—and deadly. It takes brains and courage to challenge him, which Sogolon does for reasons of her own.

Both a brilliant narrative device—seeing the story told in Black Leopard, Red Wolf from the perspective of an adversary and a woman—as well as a fascinating battle between different versions of empire, Moon Witch, Spider King delves into Sogolon’s world as she fights to tell her own story. Part adventure tale, part chronicle of an indomitable woman who bows to no man, it is a fascinating novel that explores power, personality, and the places where they overlap.

Devil House: A Novel By John Darnielle

"Devil House proves a hard novel to define, shifting between narrators, timeframes, and even levels of truthfulness within the story. It sometimes seems like a propulsive thriller (especially in those segments set in the story's past, which inch ever closer to bloody conclusions of which the reader is already aware); at other times, a somber meditation on inexplicable violence and its long shadows, a theme familiar from Darnielle's Wolf in White Van. Each section reads like a novella, sometimes seeming to connect only tenuously to the story's through-line. What's more, our main character, Gage, is a true crime writer, and most of the other point-of-view characters are his subjects: their segments are framed as Gage's reconstructions of their experiences. But these characters, their internal lives, and their shared setting (the Bay Area of 70s and 80s) are so vivid that the reader might find the dubious canonicity unimportant. (Barring an unexpected and utterly puzzling chapter at the center of the novel's chiasmus that has no obvious place within the established narrative.)"

To Paradise: A Novel
By Hanya Yanagihara

In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people may live and love whomever they please (or so it seems). The fragile young scion of a distinguished family resists betrothal to a worthy suitor, drawn to a charming music teacher of no means. In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian man lives with his much older, wealthier partner, hiding his troubled childhood and the fate of his father. And in 2093, in a world riven by plagues and governed by totalitarian rule, a powerful scientist’s damaged granddaughter tries to navigate life without him—and solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearances.
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All our Christmas books and other select titles are 25% off while supplies last.

(Sales for discounted books are final and are not eligible for returns or exchanges.)
Book fairs!
(They're not just for kids)
We know traditionally book fairs are for schools and libraries, but who says you're too old to enjoy them yourself? ⁠
Our book fairs include a short presentation from a bookseller, a selection of some hot and recommended books, and a great chance to enjoy books with friends. ⁠
We're great for book clubs, wedding receptions, retirement communities, and more! just email our events manager at riley@nextchapterbooksellers.com to schedule a book fair with us! ⁠
Upcoming author events!

All attendees are required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result at the door
 This Was 2020: Minnesotans Write About Pandemics and Social Justice in a Historic Year
By Ramsey County Library

Thursday, February 3rd 2022, 5:30 pm CST, 
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989; 

This Was 2020 is a collection of writing by Minnesotans about living through the upheavals of a historic year. The short prose and poetry pieces address the COVID-19 pandemic and the justice for George Floyd movement along with the general political climate in the United States. The writers offer heartfelt reflections on the difficulties and the joys of navigating life during lockdowns and protests. Each contribution offers a glimpse into the range of experiences and reactions that Minnesotans had in a long year of radical changes to society.
Blood Up North
By Fredrick Soukup

Friday, February 18th 2022, 05:30 pm CST, 
38 Snelling Ave S. 651/225-8989;

Sister and brother. A loyalty forged in the crucible of their tragic upbringing in the Northwoods town of Backus, Minnesota. Cass, a quiet young woman caring for the grandmother who raised them. Jack, a fugitive carrying a life-changing sum of stolen drug money. Desperate, trusting only his sister, Jack enlists her help in burying the cash in their grandmother’s back acres. Cass agrees to the scheme, a decision that soon endangers not only her unassuming backwoods existence, but both of their lives.

In 2020, Regal House Publishing released Fredrick Soukup's debut novel, Bliss, which received a 2020 IPPY bronze medal in the category of Great Lakes Fiction, was a finalist for the 2020 Eric Hoffer Award, and was a finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards. Blood Up North, shortlisted for the 2019 C&R Press Fiction Award
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