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John Christgau
Call Number: 940.5472 Chr
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
Description: In this collection of actual government documents, Ventura, the ultimate nonpartisan truth-seeker, proves beyond any doubt that the official spin of numerous government programs is bull. He and Russell walk readers through 63 of the most incriminating programs to reveal what really happens behind the closed doors.
Call Number: 320.973 Ven
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
Lorna Landvik
Description: Five women, each with her own story to tell, form a book club they call Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons that becomes the lifeline that sustains them through four decades of joy and sorrow.
Call Number: FIC Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Jonathan Friesen
Description: In 2250, water is scarce and controlled by tyrants, but when sixteen-year-old Luca descends to the domain of the Water Rats, he meets one who captures his heart and leads him to secrets about a vast conspiracy, and about himself.
Call Number: YA FIC Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Susan May Warren
Description: Dottie Morgan has no desire to share her home or her heart over the Christmas holidays. After all, her Christmas spirit froze over when Dottie lost her son in World War II. But when a blizzard of the decade traps Dottie in her home with four near strangers, she just might discover that opening her door might also open her heart to a Christmas miracle and a new reason to celebrate Christmas.
Call Number: FIC War
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Description: It's been eighteen years since Laney Thompson's sister was abducted and killed, but the pain Laney feels has never faded. And now the murderer is back, taunting Laney with mementos of her sister and threatening Laney's young daughter. School principal Noah Ryder is her best hope for protecting her daughter - if she can convince the former investigator to take the case. As the threats accelerate, a string of clues leads Laney to uncover old secrets. But without Noah's help, how can she piece together the puzzle before her child - like her sister - is lost to a killer's revenge?
Call Number: FIC Nel
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
Robert Bly
Call Number: 811 Bly
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
Susan May Warren
Description: A newspaper magnate's daughters have been given everything their hearts' desire, but will they ever find true love?
Call Number: FIC War
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
Phyllis Root
Description: Describes all the wonders of nature that the reader might see when setting out to find a caribou on an island in Lake Superior.
Call Number: E Roo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Tim O'Brien
Call Number: FIC OBr
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
Julie Kramer
Description: Channel 3's news director sends Riley on a dog rescue story sure to win over Minneapolis-St. Paul's viewers. But when the Twin City's latest murder victim is someone from Riley's past, she can't stay away. Kate Warner was her college roommate's sister, and the killer's signature - a chalk outline of a winged angel - links him to a string of homicides across the Midwest. Unearthing his agenda leads Riley to the legendary Black Angel statue in an Iowa cemetery - and may lead to a twisted trap designed just for her by the angel killer himself.
Call Number: FIC Kra
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
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
Mud
Mary Lyn Ray, Lauren Stringer
Description: As winter melts into spring, the frozen earth turns into magnificent mud.
Call Number: E Ray
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
William Kent Krueger
Description: Discovering a murdered teen while stranded by a gale on the remote Lake of the Woods, detective Cork O'Connor and his daughter, Jenny, also discover a mysterious baby boy whose life is threatened by powerful adversaries.
Call Number: FIC Kru
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
Michael Dahl, Martín Blanco
Description: When a girl starts reading a strange book someone left on a bus, she suddenly finds herself inside its pages, where the Librarian shows her how to avoid the poisonous letters and other dangers.
Call Number: J FIC Dah
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Vince Flynn, George Guidall
Description: Mitch Rapp comes up against a new and deadly enemy when he is unofficially ordered to find three terrorists by any means necessary. They've attacked Washington D.C., killing 185 and wounding hundreds. So far, however, his investigation has been painfully complicated and has yet to yield a single solid lead--and the last thing Rapp expected was to be in New York City to decide the fate of a man that could be his cover.
Call Number: FIC Fly
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Description: When Hiram Jacobs is murdered, the responsibility for his internationally renowned security company falls upon his daughter, Desiree. But a container full of stolen paintings screams the ugly truth—that her father was a thief. Option A: Turn the goods over to the law, disgrace her father’s name, destroy their business, put people out of jobs, and embarrass international museums with the fact that they have been displaying clever forgeries. Option B: Surrender the art to the bad guys. But then she becomes an unwilling accomplice to the thieves, and her father’s murderer would walk free. Worse, a death threat warns her not to cooperate with federal agents. Can she trust God to guide her down the right path when no option seems right...let alone safe?
Call Number: FIC Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
John Sandford
Description: The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. .. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport ... is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.
Call Number: FIC San
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
Julie Kramer
Description: Television reporter Riley Spartz is recovering from a heart-breaking, headline-making catastrophe of her own when a longtime police source drops two homicide files in her lap in the back of a dark movie theater. Both cold cases involve women named Susan strangled on the same day, one year apart. Last seen alive in one of Minneapolis's poorest neighborhoods, their bodies are each dumped in one of the city's wealthiest areas. Riley senses a pattern between those murders and others pulled from a computer database of old death records. She must broadcast a warning soon, especially to viewers named Susan, because the deadly anniversary is approaching. But not just lives are at stake— so are careers.
Call Number: FIC Kra
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
Julie Klassen
Description: Exposed to fashionable society and romance--as well as clues about her mother--Lillian Haswell, brilliant daughter of a local apothecary, is torn when she is summoned back to her ailing father's bedside to save the family legacy at a time when women are forbidden to work as apothecaries and the suspicious eyes of a scholarly physician and a competing apothecary are upon her.
Call Number: FIC Kla
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
David LaRochelle, Richard Egielski
Description: When a princess makes some lemonade, she starts a chain of events involving a fire-breathing dragon, one hundred rabbits, a hungry giant, and a handsome knight.
Call Number: E LaR
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
Mary Casanova
Description: Sent with her younger brother to Godøy Island to live with her aunt and grandfather after Germans bomb Norway in 1940, ten-year-old Merit longs to join her parents in the Resistance and when her aunt, a teacher, is taken away two years later, she resents even more the Nazis' presence and her grandfather's refusal to oppose them. Includes historical facts and glossary.
Call Number: J FIC Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Vince Flynn
Description: Joe Rickman had ran the CIA's clandestine operations in Afghanistan. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman's hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent. At first glance it looks as if Rickman has been kidnapped, but Rapp knows certain things about his old friend that cause him to wonder if something more disturbing isn't afoot. Rapp must navigate the ever-shifting landscape of Afghanistan as the Taliban, Iranians, Pakistanis and Russians all plot to claim their piece of the war torn state. Rapp must be as ruthless as his enemies and as deceitful as people in his own government if he has any hopes of completing his mission.
Call Number: FIC Fly
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Barbara Juster Esbensen, Helen Davie
Description: A collection of poems based on ancient legends about the northern lights from people who associated the fiery illuminations with animals, ghosts, dancers, and raging battles.
Call Number: E Esb
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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
Jon Hassler
Description: The Life And Death Of Nancy Clancy's Nephew
Call Number: LP FIC Has
Format: Large Print
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
Constance Van Hoven, Mike Wohnoutka
Call Number: E Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Wendy Webb
Description: Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired and who the world believes is dead. When she arrives at the Sinclairs' enormous estate on Lake Superior, Julia begins to suspect that there may be sinister undercurrents to her "too-good-to-be-true" position. As Julia delves into the reasons of why Amaris chose to abandon her successful writing career and withdraw from the public eye, her search leads to unsettling connections to her own family tree, making her wonder why she really was invited to Havenwood in the first place, and what monstrous secrets are still held prisoner within its walls.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
Sarah Stonich
Call Number: FIC Sto
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
Lauren Stringer
Description: A child describes pleasant ways to stay warm during the winter, from sipping hot chocolate and eating grilled cheese sandwiches to wearing wooly sweaters and sitting near a glowing fireplace.
Call Number: E Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2014
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"Enemies" : World War II Alien Internment
John Christgau
940.5472 Chr
Peace Like A River
Leif Enger
FIC Eng
63 Documents The Government Doesn't Want You To Read
Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
320.973 Ven
Poison Pages
Michael Dahl, Martín Blanco
J FIC Dah
Abercrombie Trail : A Novel Of The 1862 Uprising
Candace Simar
FIC Sim
Pursuit Of Honor [Audiobook]
Vince Flynn, George Guidall
FIC Fly
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Lorna Landvik
FIC Lan
Reluctant Burglar
Jill Elizabeth Nelson
FIC Nel
Aquifer : A Novel
Jonathan Friesen
YA FIC Fri
Rules Of Prey
John Sandford
FIC San
Baby, It's Cold Outside : A Novel
Susan May Warren
FIC War
So Brave, Young, And Handsome [Audiobook]
Leif Enger, Dan Woren
FIC Eng
Because Of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo
J FIC DiC
Some Like It Hot : The Sauna, Its Lore And Stories
Nicolyn Rajala
728.96 Raj
Boundary Waters
William Kent Krueger
FIC Kru
Stalking Susan
Julie Kramer
FIC Kra
Calculated Revenge
Jill Elizabeth Nelson
FIC Nel
Swing Around The Sun
Barbara Juster Esbensen, Cheng-Khee Chee
J 811.54 Esb
Cecile : Gates Of Gold
Mary Casanova
J FIC Cas
The Apothecary's Daughter
Julie Klassen
FIC Kla
Eating The Honey Of Words : New And Selected Poems
Robert Bly
811 Bly
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
F. Scott Fitzgerald
FIC Fit
Haunted Ground
Erin Hart
FIC Har
The Dancing Master
Julie Klassen
FIC Kla
Heiress
Susan May Warren
FIC War
The End
David LaRochelle, Richard Egielski
E LaR
Hit By A Farm : How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Barn
Catherine Friend
630.9776 Fri
The High Divide : A Novel
Lin Enger
FIC Eng
Hop!
Phyllis Root, Holly Meade
BB Roo
The Klipfish Code
Mary Casanova
J FIC Cas
If You Want To See A Caribou
Phyllis Root
E Roo
The Last Man : A Thriller
Vince Flynn
FIC Fly
In The Lake Of The Woods
Tim O'Brien
FIC OBr
The Night Rainbow
Barbara Juster Esbensen, Helen Davie
E Esb
Jerk, California
Jonathan Friesen
YA FIC Fri
The Plague Of Doves
Louise Erdrich
FIC Erd
Killing Kate : A Novel
Julie Kramer
FIC Kra
The Staggerford Murders [Large Print]
Jon Hassler
LP FIC Has
Lake Wobegon Days
Garrison Keillor
FIC Kei
The Things They Carried : A Work Of Fiction
Tim O'Brien
FIC OBr
Listening Point
Sigurd F. Olson
MN 574.9 Ols
The Twelve Days Of Christmas In Minnesota
Constance Van Hoven, Mike Wohnoutka
E Van
Little House In The Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
J FIC Wil
The Vanishing
Wendy Webb
FIC Web
Monster Fish : The Adventure Of The Ichthyosaurs
Michael Dahl, Garry Nichols
J 567.93 Dah
These Granite Islands : A Novel
Sarah Stonich
FIC Sto
Moo!
David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka
E LaR
Undiscovered Country
Lin Enger
FIC Eng
Mud
Mary Lyn Ray, Lauren Stringer
E Ray
Vacationland
Sarah Stonich
FIC Sto
My Heart Is Like A Zoo
Michael Hall
E Hal
Winter Is The Warmest Season
Lauren Stringer
E Str
Northwest Angle : A Novel
William Kent Krueger
FIC Kru