Midwest Connections Picks for March: Essays by the serious thinker Marilynne Robinson, short fiction for teen readers, “Dreadful Young Ladies” by Kelly Barnhill, a murder mystery set in Wisconsin, “The Undertaker’s Daughter” by Sara Blaedel, and a whimsical book for middle readers, “A Problematic Paradox” by Eliot Sappingfield.
February books include a lot of variety. The Wizard and the Prophet is a fascinating of the two scientist’s theories about population and the environment. One led to the “green revolution” and the other to the “cut back and conserve movement. American Heart is a futuristicY/A novel about about teenagers dealing with detainment camps for Muslims. The Digger and the Flower is a children’s book with a message about friendship and the environment. The Immortalists is a whammy of a book about four siblings told the date of their death by a fortune teller and how this shapes their life and affects their relationships.
January “No Saints in Kansas” reimagines the story of the Clutter family, murdered in 1959, in a gripping, well-told YA novel. Wilderness and environmental topics are big this month. “Along on the Shield” begins with “I hope you get drafted and you go to Vietnam and you get shot and you die there!” A story of reconnecting and adventure, this is a good romance for old people to start 2018. “A Year in the Wilderness” is a romance of another sort. Dave and Amy Freeman spent a year in the Boundary Waters and present their beautiful photographs and adventure story, along with a message about the value of the wilderness and the need to protect it. Little i‘s dot falls off, rolls down a hill, over a cliff, and into the sea, setting Little i out to rescue it; an adventure of growing up.
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.