Swan Gondola is a fantastic love story set against the backdrop of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair. It’s for readers who like historical fiction, the Wizard of Oz, the Midwest, and literary fiction. The main character is a ventriloquist. This is great cabin fever reading. The author, Timothy Schaffert, is a native Nebraskan.
Jessica Lourey is best known for her Murder-by-Month series but her books fall in other genres as well. The Catalain Book of Secrets is set in Faith Fallls, MN which might remind readers of St. Cloud where Lourey teaches. It’s a mystery about a town and the poison of family secrets. The story has elements of magical realism, a Lourey trademark.
There Is Something I Want You to Do is a collection of short stories that capture the remarkable in what would seem to be inconsequential moments of an eerie yet familiar life. Readers who like Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore will find comparisons in Baxter’s stories.Charles Baxter is a Minneapolis writer who teaches at the U of M.
January Midwest Connection Picks: The Resurrection of Tess Blessing, The Magician’s Lie, Descent – a heartwarming and amusing family story, a murder mystery, a thriller. The magician is a woman, the thriller is about a family vacation gone terribly awry and the “resurrection” is about a woman who is dying of cancer, then doesn’t.
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Bookends on Main is an independent bookstore Menomonie can rely on. It is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown, right across the street from the historic Mabel Tainter Theater. 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 and 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, guitar strings and picks, cds and music books. The bookstore Menomonie customers seem to appreciate has a comfortable setting for book groups that meet regularly and by special arrangement. There are also book events with local authors from time to time. Bookends on Main is a bookstore Menomonie tradition favors. The store is in its eleventh 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.