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Bao Phi, Thi Bui
Description: "As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Phi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Candace Simar
Description: Evan Jacobson's life in Norway was half a world away from the new life he found in Minnesota, 1859. As a stagecoach rider across the state from Fort Snelling to Fort Abercrombie, Evan encounters the effects of the Civil War to the south, the challenges the frontier settlers along the trail faced, and the all-too-close dangers of the Souix Uprising of 1862.
Call Number: FIC Sim
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2016
Vince Flynn
Description: Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist’s worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.
Call Number: LP FIC Fly
Format: Large Print
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Kate DiCamillo
Description: Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Call Number: J FIC DiC
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 28, 2016
William Kent Krueger
Description: Former sheriff Cork O'Connor is hired to find a friend's daughter, a country-western singer missing in the wilds of Minnesota. O'Connor discovers FBI agents and a gangster from a casino are also looking for the woman, but they won't say why.
Call Number: FIC Kru
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Mary Casanova
Description: Given the unexpected chance to serve at the court of King Louis IV, a twelve-year-old girl learns that her dreams of luxury did not prepare her for the complications and dangers that she will face at court.
Call Number: J FIC Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Douglas Wood
Description: Deep Woods, Wild Waters traces the winding path that carried Douglas Wood from one wonder of nature to the next, through a landscape of rocks, woods, and waters, with stops along the way for questions and reflections that link human nature to the larger mysteries of the natural world. Like life itself, the author's way is not linear. One landmark leads back to a favorite campsite, another prompts him to consider the "gospel of rocks," another launches him into the wilderness beyond the stars--a contemplation of time and space and humanity's place in all of it. Wood brings all his storytelling and bushwhacking skills to bear as he takes us hurtling down wild rapids, crossing stormy lakes, or simply navigating the treacherous currents and twisty trails of everyday life. He maps a journey that "anyone can take, through a landscape anyone can know."--From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 508.776 Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Danez Smith
Description: Smith's poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection opens with a sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you.
Call Number: 811 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Robert Bly
Call Number: 811 Bly
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen, illustrator
Description: When an unexpected package containing an accordion arrives, Eugenia Lincoln tries to get rid of the instrument by selling it, destroying it, and giving it away, but nothing works.
Call Number: J FIC DiC
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Dave Page, Jeff Krueger, photographer
Description: Fitzgerald scholar Dave Page offers a fresh look at the young F. Scott Fitzgerald and his St. Paul friends and neighbors. Readers will learn about--and recognize--the sources for the characters and the places he wrote about--as well as understand why St. Paul so inspired him. Fitzgerald fans already know and love some of the enchanting and mischievous characters that populate his early novels and short stories. Many of Fitzgerald's characters and tales were based on real people and events from the young writer's life, set against the socioeconomic times of the Jazz Age, where he perceived a great gulf between the haves and the have-nots in his hometown. F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota combines insights into the writer's early career with the rich architectural history of St. Paul, taking readers into the homes and places he frequented. Jeff Krueger's color photographs of homes still standing are supplemented by historic photographs of lives well lived in old St. Paul.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 813.09 Fit
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Amy Thielen
Description: "A beautifully written memoir that follows one woman from her childhood in a dysfunctional Midwestern family to becoming a chef in New York City and finally her triumphant return home to reclaim and redeem Midwestern cooking. Amy Thielen, author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook The New Midwestern Table, traces her journey from Park Rapids, Minnesota, to cooking professionally under some of New York City's finest chefs--including David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten--and thenback home again. A love of food and an overwhelming desire to get the hell out of small-town America drive Thielen to New York to seek out its intense culinary world, which she embraces enthusiastically, while her boyfriend finds success in its fickle art world. After years of living in the city, with frequent trips back home in the summertime, the couple eventually chooses life deep in the woods in a cabin Thielen's husband built by hand. There Aaron can practice his craft while Amy takes the skills shelearned cooking professionally and turns them to undoing years of processed foods to uncover true Midwestern cooking, which begins simply with humble workhorse ingredients such as potatoes and onions. Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh look into New York's fine dining scene while also acknowledging a universal nostalgia for home--and a yearning to remake that home so it's even better than you remember."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Thi
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 5, 2017
Erin Hart
Description: The Irish landscape holds secrets past and present as archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin encounter a mystery when a decapitated woman is found in the bogs who may be related to a recent mother/child disappearance.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 28, 2016
Emily Fridlund
Description: "Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn't understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do-and fail to do-for the people they love."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Catherine Friend
Call Number: 630.9776 Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Phyllis Root, Holly Meade
Description: The nonstop antics of five baby bunnies have them bumping, tumbling, zigging, zagging, wiggling, twitching, thumping, and lunching.
Call Number: BB Roo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Tim O'Brien
Call Number: FIC OBr
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
William Kent Krueger
Description: In a small town in Minnesota a hated judge is found dead under suspicious circumstances. Former sheriff Cork O'Connor investigates if there is a connection between the judge's death, an Indian casino and the disappearance of a young Ojibwa Indian.
Call Number: FIC Kru
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Jonathan Friesen
Description: Plagued by Tourette's syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Minnesota town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.
Call Number: YA FIC Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Garrison Keillor
Description: A young narrator chronicles his coming-of-age in Minnesota's Lake Wobegon, a fictitious small town where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
Call Number: FIC Kei
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Sigurd F. Olson
Call Number: MN 574.9 Ols
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
Description: A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.
Call Number: J FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2016
Sinclair Lewis, Grant Wood
Description: Raised in free-thinking St. Paul, Carol Milford is slightly disheartened when she marries Dr. Will Kennicott, moves to a rural town, and reverts to a life of domesticity. Although her husband is not to blame for her unhappiness, Carol quickly becomes disillusioned and begins to contemplate leaving the good doctor.
Call Number: FIC Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
P. J Tracy
Description: Grace MacBride and the team at her software company are horrified when events in their murder mystery computer game are replicated in the real world by a ruthless killer.
Call Number: FIC Tra
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Michael Dahl, Garry Nichols
Description: Explains how scientists learn about dinosaurs and what their discoveries have revealed about Ichthyosaurs.
Call Number: J 567.93 Dah
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka
Description: When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country.
Call Number: E LaR
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 28, 2016
Michael Hall
Description: Depicts in rhyming text how love can be many different things, such as eager as a beaver, steady as a yak, or silly as a seal.
Call Number: E Hal
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Alison McGhee
Description: "When Clara Winter left her rural Adirondack Mountain town for college, she never looked back. Her mother, Tamar, a fiercely independent but loving woman who raised Clara on her own, all but pushed her out the door, forcing Clara to build a new life for herself, far from her roots, far from her high school boyfriend, far from the life she has always known. Now more than a decade has passed, and Clara, a successful writer, has been summoned home. Tamar has become increasingly forgetful and can no longer live on her own. But just as her mother's memory is beginning to slip away, Clara's questions are building. Why was Tamar so insistent that Clara leave home all those years ago? Just what secrets was she hiding? If Clara, too, carries inside her the gene for early-onset Alzheimer's, what does that mean for her own future? With great tenderness and humanity, Alison McGhee tells the story of a young woman finding her way in life, determined to know her mother--and by extension herself--before it's too late."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Lorna Landvik, Ann Marie Lee
Description: Set adrift when her mother sells the salon that has been a neighborhood institution for decades, Nora Rolvaag takes a camping trip, intending to do nothing more than roast marshmallows over an open fire and under a starry sky. Two chance encounters, however, will have enormous consequences, and her getaway turns out to be more of a retreat from her daily life than she ever imagined. But Nora is the do-or-die-trying daughter of Patty Jane, who now must embrace the House of Curl's slogan: 'Expect the Unexpected.'
Call Number: FIC Lan
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Leif Enger
Description: Eleven-year-old Reuben shares the story of how his father, trying to raise his sons alone in 1960s Minnesota, takes their family on a quest to find Reuben's older brother, who has been charged with murder.
Call Number: FIC Eng
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Leif Enger, Dan Woren
Description: An aging train robber on a quest to reconcile with his wife and a failed writer head west and are pursued by an ex-Pinkerton who's been hunting the train robber for years.
Call Number: FIC Eng
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Nicolyn Rajala
Call Number: 728.96 Raj
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Barbara Juster Esbensen, Cheng-Khee Chee
Description: A collection of poems that celebrates the seasons, with illustrations for each season by a different Minnesota artist.
Call Number: J 811.54 Esb
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Description: In 1860 Benjamin Button is born an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward.
Call Number: FIC Fit
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Julie Klassen
Description: Regency era dancing master Alec Valcourt wants to bring new life to the sleepy little village of Beaworthy in remote Devonshire--and to one young woman's restless heart.
Call Number: FIC Kla
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Nicole Lea Helget
Description: "Eleven-year-old Fern helps to take care of her impoverished family by foraging for food in the forest, but when a fracking company rolls into town, she realizes that her peaceful woods and her family's livelihood could be threatened"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Hel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Kelly Regan Barnhill
Description: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. The witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle, unbeknowst to the people. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl. and locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known. -- Statement edited from publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2017
Lin Enger
Description: In 1886, Gretta wakes one morning to discover that her husband Ulysses has left his family behind on the Minnesota's western prairie, with no explanation for why or where he's headed. Gretta's sons, Eli and Danny, set off after him, and ending up in the badlands of Montana. Short on money, Gretta has no choice but to follow them. The boys find that the closer they get to Ulysses, the more dangers confront them-- until each is faced with a choice about whom to defend, and who they will become.
Call Number: FIC Eng
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Allen Eskens
Description: College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer, medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. Unable to reconcile Carl's valor in Vietnam with the despicable acts of the convict, Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth.
Call Number: FIC Esk
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Brian Freeman
Description: When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco, homicide detective Frost Eaton discovers a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Dr. Stein's controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories -- and all of the victims were her patients. As Frost and Dr. Stein carry out their investigation, the case becomes increasingly personal -- and dangerous. Long-submerged secrets surface as someone called the Night Bird taunts the pair with cryptic messages pertaining to the deaths. As the body count rises and the Night Bird circles ever closer, a dedicated cop and a brilliant doctor race to solve the puzzle before a cunning killer claims another victim.
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Louise Erdrich
Description: "The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation."--Excerpted from summary on book.
Call Number: FIC Erd
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Tim O'Brien
Description: This depicts the men of Alpha Company. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have.
Call Number: FIC OBr
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Lin Enger
Description: While hunting in the cold Minnesota woods, 17-year-old Jesse Matson's life is forever changed when he discovers his father, dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But would easygoing Harold Matson really kill himself? If so, why? And just where was Jesse's uncle Clay--always jealous of Harold, and a bit too friendly with Jesse's mother--that cold afternoon?
Call Number: FIC Eng
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Sarah Stonich
Description: On a lake in northernmost Minnesota, you might find Naledi Lodge--only two cabins still standing, its pathways now trodden mostly by memories. And there you might meet Meg, or the ghost of the girl she was, growing up under her grandfather's care in a world apart and a lifetime ago. Now an artist, Meg paints images "reflected across the mirrors of memory and water," much as the linked stories of "Vacationla nd" cast shimmering spells across distance and time.
Call Number: FIC Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Lesley Nneka Arimah
Description: "A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. In "Who Will Greet You at Home," a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In "Wild," a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good," three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions. Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ari
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
David Housewright
Call Number: FIC Hou
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
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A Different Pond
Bao Phi, Thi Bui
E Phi
Monkeewrench
P. J Tracy
FIC Tra
Abercrombie Trail: A Novel Of The 1862 Uprising
Candace Simar
FIC Sim
Monster Fish: The Adventure Of The Ichthyosaurs
Michael Dahl, Garry Nichols
J 567.93 Dah
American Assassin [Large Print]
Vince Flynn
LP FIC Fly
Moo!
David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka
E LaR
Because Of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo
J FIC DiC
My Heart Is Like A Zoo
Michael Hall
E Hal
Boundary Waters
William Kent Krueger
FIC Kru
Never Coming Back
Alison McGhee
FIC McG
Cecile: Gates Of Gold
Mary Casanova
J FIC Cas
Once In A Blue Moon Lodge [Audiobook]
Lorna Landvik, Ann Marie Lee
FIC Lan
Deep Woods, Wild Waters : A Memoir, With Illustrations By The Author
Douglas Wood
508.776 Woo
Peace Like A River
Leif Enger
FIC Eng
Don't Call Us Dead : Poems
Danez Smith
811 Smi
So Brave, Young, And Handsome [Audiobook]
Leif Enger, Dan Woren
FIC Eng
Eating The Honey Of Words: New And Selected Poems
Robert Bly
811 Bly
Some Like It Hot: The Sauna, Its Lore And Stories
Nicolyn Rajala
728.96 Raj
Eugenia Lincoln And The Unexpected Package
Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen, illustrator
J FIC DiC
Swing Around The Sun
Barbara Juster Esbensen, Cheng-Khee Chee
J 811.54 Esb
F. Scott Fitzgerald In Minnesota : The Writer & His Friends At Home
Dave Page, Jeff Krueger, photographer
813.09 Fit
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
F. Scott Fitzgerald
FIC Fit
Give A Girl A Knife: A Memoir
Amy Thielen
B Thi
The Dancing Master
Julie Klassen
FIC Kla
Haunted Ground
Erin Hart
FIC Har
The End Of The Wild
Nicole Lea Helget
J FIC Hel
History Of Wolves : A Novel
Emily Fridlund
FIC Fri
The Girl Who Drank The Moon
Kelly Regan Barnhill
J FIC Bar
Hit By A Farm: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Barn
Catherine Friend
630.9776 Fri
The High Divide
Lin Enger
FIC Eng
Hop!
Phyllis Root, Holly Meade
BB Roo
The Life We Bury : A Novel
Allen Eskens
FIC Esk
In The Lake Of The Woods
Tim O'Brien
FIC OBr
The Night Bird
Brian Freeman
FIC Fre
Iron Lake
William Kent Krueger
FIC Kru
The Plague Of Doves
Louise Erdrich
FIC Erd
Jerk, California
Jonathan Friesen
YA FIC Fri
The Things They Carried: A Work Of Fiction
Tim O'Brien
FIC OBr
Lake Wobegon Days
Garrison Keillor
FIC Kei
Undiscovered Country
Lin Enger
FIC Eng
Listening Point
Sigurd F. Olson
MN 574.9 Ols
Vacationland
Sarah Stonich
FIC Sto
Little House In The Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
J FIC Wil
What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky
Lesley Nneka Arimah
FIC Ari
Main Street
Sinclair Lewis, Grant Wood
FIC Lew
What The Dead Leave Behind
David Housewright
FIC Hou