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Midwest Connections Picks for January: We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival  by Jabari Asim gives us essays about black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism.  Asim has also written a number of children’s books, e. g. Whose Toes Are Those.

Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich     —     Poignant portrayals of life on the edge in northern Minnesota border country, weaving in and out of each other’s reach, trying hard to do their best, the residents of this remote town in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us once more of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy.

Limetown by Cote Smith — From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared, with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

Speechless by Adam Smith How do you give a eulogy when you can’t think of one good thing to say? As 13-year-old Jimmy learns from his mother that he has to say a few words at his cousin’s funeral the next day, he attempts to navigate the odd social norms of a wake while racking his memory for decent memory to share. A poignant, funny, and candid look at grief, family secrets, difficult people, and learning to look behind the facade.

Midwest Connection Picks for December: A collection of the poems of Robert Bly, a children’s picture book, Mukluk Ball, a collection of essays by Jonathan Franzen, and fiction, Gift of Broken Magic.

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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.