20 Books 20% off

November 20, 2012

We picked 20 of the coolest books in the store and will be discounting them 20% November 23 through the end of the year. The list has a little bit of everything. Four fiction, six non-fiction, five picture books, and five young adult novels. Here they are:

1. Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace by Mike Perry 

2. Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

3. Mighty Fitz: the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher

4. One for the Books by Joe Queenan 

5. Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday by Jordan Matter

6. Minnesota  Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction, and More by Chris Niskanen

7. Illuminations: a Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen by Mary Sharratt

8.  Poe’s Lighthouse edited by Christopher Conlon 

9. The Fall of Alice K. by Jim Heynen

10. Dear Life by Alice Munro

11. Frozen by Mary Casanova

12. Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O’Connor 

13. Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

14. Son by Lois Lowry

15. Fourmile by Watt Key 

16. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

17. Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

18. Children of the Northlights by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’aulaire 

19. Boot and Shoe by Maria Frazee

20. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: the Great Pancake Adventure by Matthew Luckhurst 

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.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

December 9, 2010

I’m reading Laura Hillenbrand’s latest book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Unbroken is the fascinating story of Louis Zamperini. History fans will love this book. Here is a brief description of the book from the publisher’s website.

about this book
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
I’m reading Laura Hillenbrand’s latest book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

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.

Bink & Gollie

December 8, 2010

one of my favorite books this year.

Forbidden Island

December 3, 2010

Forbidden Island is one of the new games we have in stock. It’s a strategy game and all of the players need to work together. I’ve played the game and really enjoyed it. Our selection of games is growing. We have some of our bestsellers in stock as well as a few new ones.

watch the video

Lit T-shirts

December 2, 2010

We have received our first shipment of t-shirts from unshelved. Get em before they’re gone.

Games by Gamewright

November 30, 2010

We’ve replenished our selection of games by Gamewright. Some of their classics are back in stock as well as a few of their new ones. We’ve test driven a lot of Gamewright’s offerings and these are our favorites.


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