Bookends on Main

   Winter Catalogue Link Paste this url into your browser.  The catalogue has animations besides listing numerous good books for readers of all ages. Call in, email, or stop by the bookstore to place your order. Books can also be mailed direct to any address.


 Midwest Connections Picks for December

The Picks for December are not exactly ho-ho-ho books, although “Haunted Heartland” can definitely be taken in a lighter vein. “Savage Country” is historical Great Plains fiction with a title that is pretty accurate. “Glory Days” is about an imaginary small town that seems like one we all know–could thrive, could go bust. “Never Coming Back” is about a daughter trying to find her way in life and take care of her mother with onset of dementia. These are four serious books by seasoned Midwestern writers.

Midwest Connections Picks for November

La La La by beloved children’s author Kate DiCamillo is a nearly wordless graphic story about a little girl in search of a friend.     Mice Skating by Teagan White is an imaginative story that challenges common knowledge about those little critters who like to winter in our houses—a field mouse who refuses to stay indoors. Lucy the field mouse loves the winter, wonderland and skating above all. Both of these children’s picture books are wonderfully illustrated making them especially nice Christmas gifts.     Catapult, a book of stories by Emily Fridlund: Evocative and thrillingly strange, Catapult’s stories excavate the psyches of characters caught in the murky borderland between desire and action. Fridlund is the author of the very successful The History of Wolves, now in paperback.   In The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef, shares recipes with locally sourced, indigenous fruits and vegetables, foraged ingredients, game and fish — boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, and at once elegant and easy. This seems like a dream of a cookbook.

Midwest Connections Picks for October:  Humorous essays by Michael Perry, a companion book about life in the Little House on the Prairie books, a YA novel, a thriller.


Bookends on Main is an independent bookstore on which Menomonie can rely. It is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown, right across the street from the historic Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. Bookends on Main is dedicated to serving readers of all ages in the Menomonie community and surrounding area. We specialize in helping customers find new and used books that suit personal taste and special ordering those not in the inventory. Hand-selling is our trademark service. The bookstore has a wide variety of new and used books for both leisure and informational reading — fiction, biography, poetry, mysteries, science fiction, crafts, field guides, gardening, parenting, religion and inspiration, history and current events. We also have a small collection, mostly used, of foreign language books. Four shelves are devoted to local authors. Wisconsin and regional authors occupy special places, also. We have both traditional and one-of-a kind book store sidelines including greeting cards, journals, book earrings, and reasonably-priced art work that are popular purchases for gifts and personal use. A nice selection of new and used books for children and middle readers is paired with fun and educational toys. Our music section includes guitars and ukuleles, strings and picks, cds and music books. The bookstore Menomonie customers seem to appreciate has a comfortable setting for finding that perfect read and sitting to enjoy a book. There are book events with local authors from time to time. Bookends on Main is a bookstore Menomonie tradition favors. The store is in its fourteenth year in the current location and other book stores have been located downtown. Like its predecessors, the current book store aims to provide customers with good reading material. At the same time, the tools of the internet age help us track changes, keep up to date, and fill requests faster than ever for first-rate personal service. Our goal is to remain a distinctive presence on Main Street and keep “bookstore Menomonie” a frequent destination for our customers.