20% Off Poetry

November 29, 2011

today only, save 20% on your poetry purchases. I recommend this one.

A poem from Billy Collins for Tuesday.

Monday Special 20% off genre fiction

November 28, 2011

Today only. 20% off Mystery, Sf/Fantasy, Horror and Westerns.

Winter Catalog

November 27, 2011

Now available online. We have print copies in the the store.

Midwest Independent Booksellers Association 2011 Winter Catalog

Holiday Specials

November 26, 2011

We’ll have different specials every day from now until the end of the year. Check our blog or facebook page to find out what’s on sale each day. Saturday Dec. 26 will be 20% off Children’s and Young Adult books

Africabike Sale

November 22, 2011

It’s the end of the season and we have two Kona Africabikes that need a home. We’ll let the single speed go for $250 and the three speed is just $379. 

Half Price 2012 Calendars

November 19, 2011

We’ve got them. 2012 Calendars have arrived and we have a great selection for half price. Hard to believe, but it’s true. We’re selling calendars for $6.99. That’s cheaper than big river.

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White Truffles in Winter-Midwest Connections

November 17, 2011

“Beautifully layered and lovingly detailed, White Truffles in Winter is a tale of extraordinary people entangled in a captivating love story. Filled with lush and decadent longing, this novel will dazzle the mind as well as the senses.” —Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise: A Novel

A breathtaking novel, rare and moving, about the world’s greatest chef and his unruly heart.

White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz. A man of contradictions—kind yet imperious, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry—Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis, who refused ever to leave Monte Carlo. In the last year of Escoffier’s life, in the middle of writing his memoirs, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and many others.

How does one define the complexity of love on a single plate? N. M. Kelby brings us the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war in this work that shimmers with beauty and longing.

N. M. Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of In the Company of Angels, Whale Season, White Truffles in Winter, and the Florida Book Award winnerA Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, among others. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Third and Long-Midwest Connections

November 17, 2011

“This novel is so good-hearted, so life-affirming, it’s a joy to read. . . . What Katz does so well is evoke the feelings of love the people have for their town and their close connections, even when the football team keeps losing. Katz clearly has compassion for all of his characters, and some of his descriptions of their feelings are so beautiful you’ll want to read whole paragraphs several times.” —Mary Ann Grossman, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Katz has offered us a smart, moving, beautiful and important book.”  —E. J. Dionne Jr., syndicated columnist, NPR commentator

A haunted stranger seeking a second chance in life helps a struggling Midwest factory town rediscover its better self. Think: Friday Night Lights meets It’s a Wonderful Life.

Winner of the 2011 Independent Book Publishers Association Award for popular fiction, Third and Long tells the story of a dying Midwest factory town that finds new life when a former Notre Dame football star is hired as the local plant manager. Soon he is handed not just the job of saving Made Right clothing, but the far more daunting task of saving the town.

Laced with keen insights into contemporary issues—the importance of community, pitfalls of the global economy, the skewed importance of sports in the lives of people who desperately need a victory—Third and Long is a moving portrait of a vanishing America hanging by a thread, with perhaps just enough time remaining for one last miraculous play.

Bob Katz is the author of several widely praised books, including Hot Air, a novel about a charismatic Latin American revolutionary who comes to the U.S. for a speaking tour of Midwest colleges, which was optioned for a movie by MGM, and the nonfiction book Elaine’s Circle about an Alaskan schoolteacher.

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

November 16, 2011

Read the book before the movie is released. Tom loved it.



The Least Cricket of Evening-Midwest Connections

November 14, 2011

The Least Cricket of Evening

A beautiful collection of meditative essays on the everyday nothings of life in which meaning can be found. In the tradition of the meditative essay, the writing of Robert Vivian begins with a mundane moment and, through the delicate workings of curiosity, contemplation, and inspiration, reveals unsuspected meaning.

In this second collection of essays, Vivian finds his occasions in Midwestern towns and European cities. He explores the spiritual significance of circumstances and places and those who inhabit them, from the Jewish dead in a long-neglected cemetery in Poland to a dog slaughtered on a highway fronting the Black Sea to gunshots ringing out in rural Michigan. Again and again, Vivian probes what such phenomena suggest about the times we live in—and what they share with every time that ever was.

Robert Vivian is a professor of English and creative writing at Alma College in Michigan and a core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, and his plays have been produced in New York City. He is the author of Cold Snap as Yearning and the Tall Grass Trilogy, which includes The Mover of BonesLamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom, all available from the University of Nebraska Press.


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