Michael Perry and the Longbeds at the Grand Theater

December 28, 2011

Mike and the Longbeds will be onstage at the Grand Theater Friday, January 6, 7:30 pm. 

Appearing onstage with his band the Long Beds (featuring special guest hotshot Andy Dee of Big Top Chautauqua Blue Canvas Orchestra), Mike will weave stories and humor (including material from The Clodhopper Monologues) throughout a lively concert of original songs, including those on his most recent album, Tiny Pilot (Ambledown Records).

Tickets $12 in advance (plus service charge) or $15.00 at the door.  Buy advance tickets here or at Monkey See Monkey Read, 425 Division Street South, Northfield, MN beginning Dec. 15th.

Listen to a cut off Tiny Pilot here:


or stop by the shop. Tiny Pilot will be in full rotation this month.

Books and Other Stuff We Recommend

December 18, 2011

Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr-IN THE TRADITION OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, A River Runs Through It, and Snow Falling on Cedars, Revoyr’s new novel examines the effects of change on a small, isolated town, the strengths and limits of community, and the sometimes conflicting loyalties of family and justice. Set in the expansive countryside of Central Wisconsin, against the backdrop of Vietnam and the post-civil rights era, Wingshooters explores both connection and loss as well as the complex but enduring bonds of family.

A damn fine book.

The Tiger’sWife by Tea Obreht-In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

Alvin loved this one.


Making a Friend by Alison McGhee-Bestselling author, Alison McGhee reminds us all that nothing that has been cared for can ever disappear for good, for, “What you love will always be with you.” And, this tender story about the power of friendship will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

Another winner from Alison McGhee



The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg-For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we’ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won’t soon forget.


The Clodhopper Monologues by Mike Perry-Not so long ago, author, humorist and amateur pig farmer Michael Perry fed the chickens, changed his boots, kissed his wife and daughters, and drove downstate to a refurbished opera house in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Waiting for him onstage was a microphone; waiting in the seats was a sold-out house full of folks ready to laugh. For the next two hours the walls of the old opera hall echoed with stories of love and long underwear, happily failed bachelors, aggressive roosters, one-eyed joke-telling butchers, the glories of pickup-truck-based courtship…and wave after wave of laughter. And then – right at the end there – came the story of the little girl, the guinea pig, and a math lesson gone wrong.

okay this one’s not a book, but it’s so damn funny.

Set Cubed-SET Cubed is A Curious Game of Clever Connections, challenging a player’s ability to identify SETs between the dice in their hand and those already on the board.  Players can play up to 3 dice per turn making as many SETs as possible. Create SETs up, down and across the board, the more SETs you create, the higher your score. As the number of dice on the board increases so do the possible SET combinations. Rack up points by using BONUS SQUARES! Roll a WILD die and unleash the possible number of SETs that can be made during your turn! How many SETs can you make?! The player with the most points wins!

My favorite game

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand-In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Simply an amazing story. Highly recommended



Haruki Murakami-We have a number of his books you could choose including his latest 1Q84. Murakami is always a delight to read.



Tiny Pilot by Mike Perry and the Longbeds-Like so many before him, Michael Perry learned to sing in church. Then a Waylon Jennings 8-track got him hooked on boogety-boogety. This combination yielded the mix of straight-up twang and churchly harmonies found in Perry’s music. Tiny Pilot is Michael Perry’s second full-length release with his band the Long Beds. The songs on Tiny Pilot range from boot-stomping country to roughneck folk ballads and are populated by characters drawn straight from rural and small-town America. The music made by Perry and his Long Beds has been described as ‘country folk,’ ‘folk-twang,’ and Americana.

Just like Gordon Lightfoot…only zippier. Seriously, I love this album.

Big Little Brother by Kevin Kling-“This charming first children’s book by celebrated storyteller Kevin Kling, with whimsical drawings by Chris Monroe, traces a familiar arc from sibling rivalry to brotherly love.”



An as always, we’ll wrap you gifts for free in some of our lovely wrapping paper.

20% Off Third Thursday

December 13, 2011

We’ve been posting our daily specials to facebook all month. For our Third Thursday special, we will discount everything 20%. Well, not everything. There are a few exceptions like special orders. Books, games, toys, and calendars will be 20% off.

LIttle Dickens-Midwest Connections

December 13, 2011

Twin Cities Metro magazine calls this reimagining of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol “light” and “witty.” Mary Ann Grossman from the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes, “Tom Hegg turns his considerable talent loose on a book of light verse to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth.” Also, watch an interview with the author on Kare 11.

Tom Hegg, author of the modern holiday classic A Cup of Christmas Tea, takes several immortal Dickens characters from different novels, mixes them together with newly minted ones, puts them all in mortal danger, and sets the story to wickedly clever verse. This well-produces hardcover book is further enhanced by the lively illustrations of Kevin Cannon.

Tom Hegg is an American author, teacher, and theatrical professional who performed for many seasons as a member of the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. Hegg lives with wife Peggy Hegg in Eden Prairie, MN. Hegg is best known for selling 1.5 million copies of his first book, A Cup of Christmas Tea, illustrated by Warren Hanson. Hegg and Hanson’s working relationship continued with nine more illustrated books including three books featuring a colorful bear named Peef. Hegg has also collaborated on The Handsome Prince with illustrator Kevin Cannon.

Winter Walk Book Signing

December 5, 2011

Mary Bleckwehl will be signing copies of Henry You’re Late Again from 5-9 pm during Winter Walk Thursday, December 8. If you haven’t read this book, I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s a winner.

We will donate 10% of our Winter Walk sales to the Haslett-Marroquin family’s support fund.

Cookbooks 20% Off

December 3, 2011

Cookbooks are 20% Off Saturday and Sunday.




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