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reating the coziest holiday can be quite simple. Buy books for everyone on your gift list, gather up your family, prepare some snacks, grab your favorite blanket, and enjoy many winter nights wrapped in the pages of a good book. When you shop this holiday, be sure to remember the wonderful gift of reading. The books in this catalog were selected to please everyone on your list—and to draw you into your local independent bookstore. It’s a bookseller’s unique pleasure to welcome your questions and help you find the coziest gifts you never knew you needed. And remember, if a bookstore isn’t near you, you can buy books at indie bookstores online or over the phone.

May you find peace and love this holiday season through the magic of books.


1 Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards 2 Midwest Favorites 4 Great Fiction

8 Adult Nonfiction

12 Food Writing & Cookbooks 14 Fascinating Lives

15 Middle Reader & Young Adult 18 Children’s Nonfiction

19 Children’s Picture Books Midwest Independent Booksellers Association We are your connection to the best locally owned and operated independent bookstores and booksellers throughout the Midwest. We are a nonprofit trade association that supports the success and growth of independent bookstores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Cover and interior illustrations by Teagan White, illustrator of Mice Skating (Sterling Children’s Books), see page 20

Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards FICTION




The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century


Dan Egan

Louis V. Clark (Two Shoes)

$16 | 9781101969991

W. W. Norton & Company

Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Peter Geye

$27.95 | 9780393246438

$15.95 | 9780870208157



The Girl Who Drank the Moon

One North Star: A Counting Book

Kelly Barnhill

Phyllis Root

Algonquin Young Readers

Illustrated by Beckie Prange and Betsy Bowen

$17.95 | 9781616205676

University of Minnesota Press $16.95 | 9780816650637


Midwest Favorites

Death at Gills Rock

Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound

Patricia Skalka

Andrea Swensson

University of Wisconsin Press

University of Minnesota Press

$16.95 | 9780299304546

$24.95 | 9780816632336

Dave Cubiak is back, and now he’s the sheriff in town. Investigating the deaths of three elderly men, he untangles a web of lies and betrayal.

Beginning in the year of Prince’s birth, 1958, with the recording of Minnesota’s first R&B record, Got to Be Something Here traces the rise of the distinctive Minneapolis Sound through two generations of political upheaval, rebellion, and artistic passion.

Old Farm Country Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, and Memories Jerry Apps and Susan Apps-Bodilly Wisconsin Historical Society Press $26.95 | 9780870208300 Story master Jerry Apps teams up with daughter Susan Apps-Bodilly to share the farm family food that only his mother knew how to make in this warm-hearted, memoir-style cookbook plucked right from Eleanor Apps’s Depression Era recipe box.

A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters Amy Freeman and Dave Freeman Milkweed Editions

The Land Remembers: The Story of a Farm and Its People

$35 | 9781571313669

Ben Logan

When Amy and Dave Freeman learned of a danger facing the Boundary Waters, they decided to speak on behalf of the wilderness. This is the story of their year bearing witness to this special landscape and a passionate argument for the value of wilderness.

University of Wisconsin Press

The Clue in the Trees: An Enchantment Lake Mystery

$19.95 | 9780299309046

Margi Preus

A beloved American memoir of a farm and its people in the 1920s and ’30s, recalling Ben Logan’s boyhood in Wisconsin’s driftless region. This edition includes an introduction by environmental writer Curt Meine.

University of Minnesota Press


$16.95 | 9781517902193 Teenage detective Francie Frye returns to Enchantment Lake in northern Minnesota looking for answers, only to get dragged into a new mystery she might not survive. A delightful Northern tale for young bookworms.

Where Are All the Minnesotans? Karlyn Coleman Illustrated by Carrie Hartman Minnesota Historical Society Press $16.95 | 9781681340401 Minnesotans are a hardy lot, undaunted by snow and cold. Armed with wool and fleece, they embrace the winter season and all the opportunities for adventure, activity, and celebration it brings.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions Patrice Johnson Minnesota Historical Society Press $24.95 | 9781681340432 “This book makes me want to go into the kitchen and plan a holiday party! Patrice updates the flavors and shapes of traditional Christmas classics like Swedish meatballs and Lucia buns, creating a fresh new approach to these old-world treats.” —Beatrice Ojakangas, author of The Great Scandinavian Baking Book

Caroline Fraser

First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom

Metropolitan Books

Chris Riemenschneider

$35 | 9781627792769

Minnesota Historical Society Press

The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie book series. Offering fresh insight and new discoveries about Wilder’s life and times, Caroline Fraser reveals the complex woman who defined the American pioneer character, and whose artful blend of fact and fiction grips us to this day.

$34.95 | 9781681340449 A richly illustrated history of one of America’s premier rock clubs. “The club has survived so many changes in downtown Minneapolis and in the music industry against many odds to become a worldwide landmark among musicians and music fans.” —Bob Mould, singer/ songwriter/guitarist


The Driftless Reader Edited by Curt Meine and Keefe Keeley University of Wisconsin Press $26.95 | 9780299314804 The enigmatic Driftless Area of the Upper Midwest is anthologized with readings and illustrations from the region’s Native people, explorers, scientists, farmers, journalists, poets, and artists, including Black Hawk, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldo Leopold, and David Rhodes.

Great Fiction

Not a Sound


It Devours!

Heather Gudenkauf

Nancy Burke

Park Row Books

Gibson House Press/IPG

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

$15.99 | 9780778319955

$18.95 | 9780986154164

Harper Perennial

Amelia is finally getting back on her feet after a tragic accident. But when she discovers a woman’s body in the dense bush by the river she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

The lush Amazon rainforests. A remote tribe. The steady encroachment of “civilization.” In this luminous novel, the alltoo-human experiences of fear, love, and loss become amplified with potentially disastrous consequences. “A titanic feat of imagination…dramatically powerful.” —Terry Turner

$21.99 | 9780062476050

Girl in Disguise

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

A Girl Called Sidney

Sourcebooks Landmark

Cherise Wolas

Gibson House Press/IPG

$25.99 | 9781492635222

Flatiron Books

$18 | 9780986154126

For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not. An extraordinary historical fiction novel featuring a little-known American heroine.

$27.99 | 9781250081438

In singer-songwriter Courtney Yasmineh’s debut novel, teenager Sidney flees Chicago for a rural Minnesota town in the wake of her parents’ disintegrating relationship. “A gritty coming-of-age story” for “readers who enjoy raw, gut-wrenching prose and intense tales of rebels.” —Booklist

Greer Macallister

The Indie Next selection about a woman who struggles with the sacrifices required by motherhood and how an unthinkable betrayal confirms her deepest fears.


From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring faith and science.

Courtney Yasmineh

How to Be Black

Dust Tracks on a Road

Bad Feminist

Devil in the Grove

Baratunde Thurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Roxane Gay

Gilbert King

$10 | 9780062692313

$10 | 9780062695796

$10 | 9780062695697

$10 | 9780062692320

The Known World

The Round House



Edward P. Jones

Louise Erdrich

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Linda Hirshman

$10 | 9780062692344

$10 | 9780062357274

$10 | 9780062697226

$10 | 9780062692306

Harper Perennialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall 2017 Olive Editions Harper Perennial Olive Editions are small-format paperbacks of some of our bestselling titles featuring beautiful and unique hand-drawn cover illustrations. All Olive Editions will be available for a limited time only.


Great Fiction

Future Home of the Living God

My Absolute Darling

Louise Erdrich

Riverhead Books


$27 | 9780735211179

$28.99 | 9780062694058

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

Gabriel Tallent

Caroline Sarah Miller William Morrow $25.99 | 9780062685346

A Column of Fire

For over 80 years, readers have been delighted by the adventures of the American frontier’s most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House on the Prairie books, but for the very first time, Caroline “Ma” Ingalls’ story is being told. Being published with the full backing of the Little House Heritage Trust, Caroline will speak to old fans and new readers alike!

Ken Follett Viking

Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng Penguin Press $27 | 9780735224292 From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

International bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, two stories set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge. The saga continues with Follett’s magnificent epic, A Column of Fire.


Book Illustrations by Jessica Collette

$36 | 9780525954972

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

The Devil’s Wedding Ring

Forest Dark

Vidar Sundstøl

Nicole Krauss

Carmen Maria Machado

University of Minnesota Press


Graywolf Press

$25.95 | 9781517902803

$27.99 | 9780062430991

$16 | 9781555977887

A mysterious disappearance at a 13th-century church in his native Norway draws detective Max Fjellanger into an old case—and a world of ancient ritual, superstition, and present-day danger.

From Nicole Krauss, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, an achingly beautiful novel about personal transformation that interweaves two stories: that of an older lawyer who disappears in the Israeli desert after abandoning his family and fortune, and that of a younger woman, a novelist, whose own quest takes her out of her conventional domestic life in New York and into the same Israeli desert.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

The Child Finder Rene Denfeld

Hiddensee Gregory Maguire William Morrow $26.99 | 9780062684387 From Gregory Maguire, the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, comes the imaginative story of the famous Nutcracker and the mysterious, one-eyed toymaker who carves him.

Harper $25.99 | 9780062659057 Richly atmospheric and deeply suspenseful, The Child Finder is a new novel from Rene Denfeld, the author of The Enchanted, about an investigator known for her unique ability to find missing children.


Adult Nonfiction

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

Jocko Willink


Workman Publishing Company

$24.99 | 9781250156945

$60 | 9780307700254

$22.95 | 9780761189817

A vivid, beautifully written, richly illustrated history of the conflict that tore America apart—the companion volume to the major multipart Ken Burns PBS film.

Find your will, find your discipline, and you will find your freedom. In Discipline Equals Freedom, the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Extreme Ownership describes how he lives that mantra: the mental and physical disciplines he imposes on himself in order to achieve freedom in all aspects of life.

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen

Combining macabre humor with science and storytelling, Nate Pederson and Dr. Lydia Kang recount the lively history of medical misfires. With vintage illustrations, photographs, and advertisements throughout, Quackery reveals an important yet disturbing side of the ever-evolving field of medicine.

Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women Kate Moore Sourcebooks $17.99 | 9781492650959 New York Times bestseller! The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice.

James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti W. W. Norton & Company $39.95 | 9780393634020 For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, and cellphone networks reveal the natural world as never before. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world.


St. Martin’s Press

This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm Ted Genoways W. W. Norton & Company $26.95 | 9780393292572 Farming lies at the heart of our national identity, yet its future is in peril. Following one family from harvest to harvest, Genoways explores the history of the American small farm and offers a vivid, nuanced portrait of one family’s fight to preserve their legacy in the face of tremendous obstacles.

From Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst, the editors of Flow, an international magazine that celebrates slowing down, come three unhurried books by Workman Publishing Company.

A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness $27.50 | 9780761193777 The gorgeously crafted pages of this book mix articles, inspiring quotes, and what the editors call “goodies”— bound-in cards, mini-journals, stickers, posters, blank papers for collaging, and more—giving readers an experience to savor in this busy world.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures

A Year of Tiny Pleasures Page-A-Day 2018 Calendar

$9.95 | 9780761193760

$14.99 | 9781523500147

The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures is a small, personal reminder to make sure you’re enjoying the little things. With its prompts, thoughts, and quotes, this pocket-sized book helps you notice what makes you happiest. And with A Year of Tiny Pleasures Page-A-Day Calendar, enjoy 365 days of small joys that can turn a day around.

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup John Feinstein Doubleday $28.95 | 9780385541091 From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled, a dramatic chronicle of the bitterly-fought 2016 Ryder Cup pitting a U.S. team out for revenge against the Europeans determined to keep the Cup out of American hands.

Annie Spence Flatiron Books $19.99 | 9781250106490 What would you say to the books in your life? This collection of love letters and break-up notes written by a librarian is the consummate book-lover’s book.


A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $27 | 9780544883734 Through letters and diaries that have never been published before, A Secret Sisterhood resurrects the forgotten friendships between some of our best-loved female authors and their littleknown literary collaborators. They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always—until now—tantalizingly consigned to the shadows.

Adult Nonfiction

Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing - Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth

10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything, Second Edition

Michael Korda

Mark Jacob and Stephan Benzkofer


Agate Midway

$29.95 | 9781631491320

$22.95 | 9781572842083

Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk— surely one of the most heroic episodes of the war.

Curated from the Chicago Tribune’s popular weekly column of the same name, this is a fun, fascinating collection of intriguing and surprising facts on a variety of subjects, presented in a high-end gift package.

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne Hachette Books $28 | 9780316314046 Move beyond competing— start creating your uncontested marketplace, your own Blue Ocean! Blue Ocean Shift is the essential follow-up to Blue Ocean Strategy, the 3.6 million copy global bestseller. World-reknown professors Kim and Mauborgne deliver the definitive guide to shift yourself, your team, or your organization to new heights of confidence and growth.

The Wisdom of Sundays: LifeChanging Insights from Super Soul Conversations Oprah Winfrey

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse

Flatiron Books

Rich Cohen

$27.99 | 9781250138064

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Oprah Winfrey showcases gems of insight that inspiring spiritual leaders of our time have shared with her on the enriching series Super Soul Sunday.

$26 | 9780374120924


Rich Cohen’s The Chicago Cubs is a portrait not only of a team, but also of a city, a game, and what it means to be a perpetually disappointed fan who is finally rewarded.

Gift from the Garden: A Treasure of Revelations for Life’s Changes Remarkable Books: The World’s Most Beautiful and Historic Works DK $30 | 9781465463623 A beautifully illustrated, chronological guide to more than 75 of the world’s most celebrated, rare, and seminal books and handwritten manuscripts ever produced. This coffee table-worthy book is a great gift for those with an interest in literature and art and design.

National Geographic Night Vision: Magical Photographs of Life After Dark Photographed by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel Written by Susan Tyler Hitchcock National Geographic $40 | 9781426218521 The world is a different place after dark, and this magnificent photography book illuminates the wonders that emerge after sunset.

Bernie DuBois Trellis Publishing, Inc. $12.95 | 9781930650268 Gift from the Garden applies a gentle approach to changes and phases that happen in a woman’s life, and compares these stages to plants in this graceful, poignant book. DuBois’ writing is both restorative and inspirational as she helps build a vision that works for every woman’s life.

Making Winter: A HyggeInspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months

The Blue Zones of Happiness: A Blueprint for a Better Life Dan Buettner National Geographic $26 | 9781426218484 A New York Times–bestselling author reveals the surprising secrets of the world’s happiest places—and how we can apply the lessons of true happiness to our lives.

Reactions: An Illustrated Exploration of Elements, Molecules, and Change in the Universe Theodore Gray

Emma Mitchell

Black Dog & Leventhal

Lark Crafts

$29.99 | 9780316391221

$24.95 | 9781454710561

With Reactions, bestselling author Theodore Gray continues the journey that began with the tour de force The Elements and continued with Molecules. A beautifully illustrated, inspiring guide to how things work, Reactions explains important concepts like energy, entropy, and time while opening a world of great ideas.

Embrace the warmhearted philosophy of hygge with these 25 crafts and recipes, which range from gorgeous trinkets to snuggly woolens. There’s no need to be an expert with a crochet hook or a whiz in the kitchen to complete the beautiful projects, which include vintage ornaments, baked plum and orange blondies, crocheted boot cuffs, and more.


Food Writing and Cookbooks

Veganomicon, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero Da Capo Lifelong Books $35 | 9780738218991 The 10th anniversary edition of this beloved classic features 25 new dishes, more than 250 updated recipes, sumptuous color photos, and tips for making your kitchen a vegan paradise.

America: The Cookbook Gabrielle Langholtz Phaidon Press $49.95 | 9780714873961 Take a culinary road trip across the country with authentic recipes from every state and contributions from 100 food experts and chefs, including Andrew Zimmern, Stephanie Izard, and Anita Lo.

American Seafood: Heritage, Culture, and Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea Barton Seaver Sterling Epicure $50 | 9781454919407 This book is for foodies, anglers, cooks, and history buffs. It’s an essential guide for anyone to better understand the ingredients on our tables and the history of one of America’s most important industries. It’s a master class on seafood and a love letter to fishermen.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

Mary Dougherty Wisconsin Historical Society Press $29.95 | 9780870208287 A locavore’s collection of global recipes with a Northwoods twist, a small-town heart, and a farm-to-table setting.

Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley University of Minnesota Press $34.95 | 9780816699797 The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen dispels outdated notions of Native American fare and features healthful plates that embrace venison, duck, blueberries, amaranth, and wildflowers. It is a delectable introduction to the modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories.


The Sweet Spot: Dialing Back Sugar and Amping Up Flavor Bill Yosses and Peter Kaminsky Pam Krauss/Avery $35 | 9780804189019 The former White House pastry chef for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama presents a healthy, delicious collection of dessert recipes that are low in sugar, but high in flavor, proving you can have your cake, and eat it too!

Utensil illustrations by Jessica Collette

Life in a Northern Town: Cooking, Eating, and Other Adventures along Lake Superior

Naturally Vegetarian: Recipes and Stories from My Italian Family Farm Valentina Solfrini

Stock the Crock: 100 MustHave Slow-Cooker Recipes, 200 Variations for Every Appetite


Phyllis Good

$35 | 9781101983591

Oxmoor House

A stunning cookbook from the creator of the award-winning blog Hortus Cuisine, featuring 125 all-vegetarian dishes from the author’s family farm in northeastern Italy that offer readers a glimpse into the recipes that come with the changing of the seasons.

$21.99 | 9780848753146 Bestselling author Phyllis Good’s Stock the Crock brings together the expertise of America’s most popular slow-cooker authority with a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative, and easyto-prepare recipes—each with variations allowing readers to customize the dish according to their dietary needs.

The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating in America St. Martin’s Griffin $35 | 9781250074331 “It’s Moosewood’s world. We’re just eating in it.” —New York Times The creators of America’s beloved natural foods restaurant are back with The Moosewood Restaurant Table, their new book with over 250 brandnew, never-before-published recipes.

Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home Jessica Easto with Andreas Willhoff Agate Surrey $19.95 | 9781572842335 A comprehensive guide to improving home coffee making, written by a coffee enthusiast for coffee enthusiasts. From demystifying the science of extraction and manual brewing techniques on 10 devices to choosing equipment and beans, this accessible guide focuses on issues—cost, time, taste, and accessibility—that home coffee brewers negotiate.

The Blue Apron Cookbook Blue Apron Culinary Team Harper Wave $39.99 | 9780062562760 From the kitchens of Blue Apron—a meal delivery service that has become wildly popular nationwide for its healthy, easy-to-make, and delicious recipes—a cookbook featuring 150 step-by-step recipes for technique-driven “essential meals” that transform novice cooks into home chefs.


National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer Garrett Oliver, Nancy HoalstPullen, and Mark Patterson National Geographic $40 | 9781426218330 This visually stunning and comprehensive beer atlas includes more beers and more countries than any other book of its kind.

Fascinating Lives

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books

Swimming with Elephants: My Unexpected Pilgrimage from Physician to Healer

Grove Press

Marta McDowell

Conari Press

$26 | 9780802126467

Timber Press

$18.95 | 9781573247016

A Really Big Lunch collects many of Jim Harrison’s food pieces for the first time—and taps into his larger-than-life appetite with wit and verve. Harrison’s legendary gourmandise is on full display.

$27.95 | 9781604697278

After having witnessed human suffering early in her career and within her own family during her 20+ years studying and practicing medicine, Minnesota’s own Sarah Seidelmann longed for a way to address more than just physical needs. This is the story of her three-month sabbatical and her journey from physician to shamanic healer.

A Really Big Lunch: The Roving Gourmand on Food and Life Jim Harrison

On the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth, author Marta McDowell celebrates Wilder’s relationship with the American frontier. Illustrated with beloved images from the Little House series, the book is a treasure for readers enchanted by Laura’s wild life.

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

Danger, Man Working: Writing from the Heart, the Gut, and the Poison Ivy Patch Michael Perry Wisconsin Historical Society Press $18.95 | 9780870208409 New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry returns with what he humbly refers to as “a shovel full” of introspective essays on everything from musky fishing, puking, and mountain-climbing Iraq War veterans, to the frozen head of Ted Williams.

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate


Al Franken

Ron Chernow


Penguin Press

$28 | 9781455540419

$40 | 9781594204876

From Senator Al Franken, this #1 New York Times bestseller is the story of an awardwinning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and residents, Ulysses S. Grant.


Middle Reader and Young Adult

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

Esme Dooley and the Kirkkomaki Circus

Philip Pullman

Chris Grabenstein

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Random House Books for Young Readers

Jane Donovan and Holly Trechter

$22.99 | 9780375815300

$16.99 | 9780553536065

$19.99 | 9781939360052

The search for Dust begins in Volume I of an epic new trilogy set in the world of the series His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, the #1 bestselling author of The Golden Compass.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Chris Grabenstein brings readers another Lemoncello story. Mr. Lemoncello is testing out his new fabulous fact-finding frenzy game and the winner will win spectacular prizes!

Facing wicked shenanigans, Esme and her cousin Tommy don their sleuth’s hats to solve a mystery. This humorous middle-grade adventure received a gold medal in the Mom’s Choice Awards. “Exceptional, original, and inherently entertaining from cover to cover.” —Midwest Book Review

Sky Candle Press

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Dusti Bowling Sterling Children’s Books

Beyond the Bright Sea

$14.95 | 9781454923459

Lauren Wolk

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job in Arizona, Aven she knows she’ll become the center of unwanted attention at her new school and she’ll have to answer the question over and over again. Can Aven face her fears, solve a mystery, and help her friend, too?

Dutton Books for Young Readers

Victoria Jamieson

$16.99 | 9781101994856

$12.99 | 9780525429999

The newest book from awardwinning poet and author of the bestselling Newbery Honor– winning Wolf Hollow. Crow has lived in the Elizabeth Islands with two companions her entire life, but questions her history after a mysterious fire appears across the water.

First crushes, Friend drama, and…jugglers? Impy learns it’s not so easy being a noble knight-in-training in middle school. From the author of the New York Times bestseller, Roller Girl.


All’s Faire in Middle School Dial Books

Middle Reader and Young Adult

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

All the Crooked Saints

Lucy Strange

Scholastic Press

Chicken House

$18.99 | 9780545930802

$16.99 | 9781338157475

From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family. “Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one.”

A beautifully tangled story of friendship, fairy tales, and family secrets. For those who loved Pax and The War That Saved My Life.

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

Maggie Stiefvater

Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown Eric Litwin Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Orchard Books $17.99 | 9780545883795 Knock knock! Groovy Joe, the fun-lovin’, guitar-strummin’, easy goin’ doggy is back and ready for a dance party with you—and a whole new mathlovin’ doggy crew!

Mark Twain with Philip Stead Illustrated by Erin Stead

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition

Doubleday Books for Young Readers

J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay

James Nicol

$24.99 | 9780553523225

Arthur A. Levine Books

$16.99 | 9781338118582

Introducing a never-beforepublished children’s story from Mark Twain, brought to life by Philip and Erin Stead, creators of the Caldecott Medal– winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

$39.99 | 9780545791342

A special middle-grade debut of magic and courage in a world of witches, written with the charm and enchantment of books like Circus Mirandus and The Apothecary.

The third book in the bestselling Harry Potter series, now illustrated in glorious full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay!


The Apprentice Witch Chicken House

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend Little, Brown Books for Young Readers $17.99 | 9780316508889 This #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick starts a new series by debut author Jessica Townsend about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magic world. Perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Neil Gaiman!

Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe Written and illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell Aladdin $13.99 | 9781534405608 In Nikki Maxwell’s newest diary, she’s counting down to the end of the school year and facing an unexpected crush catastrophe! The new kid likes Nikki, but the last thing she wants to do is hurt Brandon, her year-long crush!

The Thing About Jellyfish


Ali Benjamin

Katherine Applegate

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Feiwel & Friends

$8.99 | 9780316380843 Now available in paperback, this National Book Award finalist and instant New York Times bestseller is a stunning debut novel about grief and wonder. “A heartfelt read for kids and adults.” —First For Women

Chimera: A Weregirl Novel C. D. Bell

$16.99 | 9781250043221 New from Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling author Katherine Applegate comes an extraordinary middle grade novel about never losing hope. Wishes have a way of coming true.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding Alexandra Bracken Disney-Hyperion


$16.99 | 9781484778173

$17.99 | 9781937133580 Nessa Kurland is WEREGIRL. Catastrophe strikes when Nessa’s mother is arrested and held without bail. A mysterious bank account in Nessa’s name leads her to dark secrets about her past and a father she has never met. Nessa’s transformation is only just beginning.


Lemony Snicket meets Hocus Pocus in this darkly delightful fantasy from #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken, about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family’s curse. Book one in a duology.

Children’s Nonfiction

1,000 Facts About the White House

Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook

DK Children’s Encyclopedia

Sarah Wassner Flynn

Shel Silverstein

$24.99 | 9781465462077

National Geographic Children’s Books


$24.90 | 9781426328749

Runny Babbit, the lovable star of Shel Silverstein’s New York Times bestselling poetry book, is back. Runny Babbit Returns, a collection of neverbefore-published poems and drawings, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.

A brand-new traditional general reference title for kids that encompasses all that DK is about: age-appropriate, jargon-free text accompanied by detailed images on a variety of topics all in one place, from science and nature to history and the arts.

Step inside America’s most famous residence and discover 1,000 amazing facts, including White House celebrations and decorations, presidential kids and pets, and the fascinating story of the building and the people who shaped it.

$19.99 | 9780062479396


Hockey: Then to WOW! The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

Star Wars Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away Christian Blauvelt DK $19.99 | 9781465465214 If the Star Wars™ saga has you stumped, we’ve got your back. Star Wars Made Easy answers questions about the movies, the Star Wars universe, and much more! © & TM 2017 LUCASFILM LTD. Used under authorization.

Sports Illustrated

My Journey to the Stars

$19.99 | 9781683300113

Scott Kelly Illustrated by André Ceolin

Sports Illustrated Kids takes readers on a journey through time to show how hockey grew up. Using in-game action photography and fun illustrations, experts show kids how the gear, players, strategy, and fans have changed since the NHL dropped the first puck in 1917.

Crown Books for Young Readers $17.99 | 9781524763770 Scott Kelly was an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things. This holiday season, discover astronaut Scott Kelly’s awe-inspiring journey in this fascinating picture book memoir.


Children’s Picture Book

Good Day, Good Night Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Loren Long HarperCollins $18.99 | 9780062383105 From beloved children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown comes a never-beforepublished story featuring her signature word pattern from the classic Goodnight Moon that’s brought to glorious life by New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long.

Happy Dreamer Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Orchard Books $17.99 | 9780545865012 Picture book and creativity guru Peter H. Reynolds brings us a universally poignant celebration of the colorful spectrum of what it means to dream and the many ways to find happy.

I Am Bat Morag Hood Sourcebooks Jabberwocky $17.99 | 9781492660323 Perfect for fans of Jon Klassen and Mo Willem! Someone is stealing Bat’s cherries. Is it YOU? Find out in this interactive and hilarious picture book!

Seven Ways to Trick a Troll Lise Lunge-Larsen Illustrated by Kari Vick

Wolf in the Snow

La La La: A Story of Hope

Matthew Cordell

Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Jaime Kim

Feiwel & Friends $17.99 | 9781250076366 When a girl lost in a snowstorm meets a wolf cub who is also alone and scared, she helps him, even though she, too, is far from home. Sometimes it takes the warmth of a friend to weather the coldest storm.

Candlewick Press $17.99 | 9780763658335 Conceived by Kate DiCamillo and featuring enchanting illustrations by Jaime Kim, this nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.


University of Minnesota Press $19.95 | 9780816699773 Trolls are huge and ugly and very, very dangerous; but luckily, their brains are no bigger than a walnut, so even small children can trick them. Seven Ways to Trick a Troll will delight and entertain imaginations of all ages.

Children’s Picture Book

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! Written and illustrated by Elise Parsley Little, Brown Books for Young Readers $17.99 | 9780316376617 The third book in the New York Times–bestselling “MAGNOLIA SAYS DON’T!” series that started with If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! is another cautionary tale of what not to do—this time at the library!

Max and Bird Written and illustrated by Ed Vere Sourcebooks Jabberwocky $17.99 | 9781492635581 The New York Times and USA Today bestselling kitty is back and he has a decision to make: is Bird friend or food?

Mice Skating Annie Silvestro Illustrated by Teagan White Sterling Children’s Books $16.95 | 9781454916321

Maurice the Unbeastly Amy Dixon Illustrated by Karl James Mountford

Sarabella’s Thinking Cap Written and illustrated by Judy Schnacher Dial Books $17.99 | 9780525429180 Sarabella is always daydreaming. It can be hard to focus on school work, but luckily, Sarabella has an understanding teacher who helps her come up with an idea to show everyone exactly who she is.

Sterling Children’s Books $16.95 | 9781454919537 With his melodious voice, fondness for kale, and unfailing politeness, Maurice isn’t quite like other beasts. His concerned Mama and Papa send him to the Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts to learn how to behave badly. This frightfully unbeastly tale about staying true to yourself is for everyone who’s just a little bit different.


For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and snuggling in. But not for Lucy! She loves snow, fluffy wool hats, and skating. Can Lucy find a way to make her friends come out and “mice skate” too? This funny, punny, warmhearted love song to winter will have kids bundling up for some cold-weather fun of their own.

Good Night, Baby Moon

Big Words for Little Geniuses

A Different Pond


Susan Solie Patterson and James Patterson

Bao Phi Illustrated by Thi Bui

$12.99 | 9781465463074

JIMMY Patterson

Capstone Young Readers

A special bedtime story that follows a family of curious rabbits on their nighttime walks to explain the phases of the moon, with a charming design that includes a light-up LED moon.

$17.99 | 9780316502931

$15.95 | 9781623708030

There’s no “gobbledygook” in this clever picture book by Susan and James Patterson, with each letter of the alphabet providing a sophisticated word and definition for “Lilliputian” children to learn. Delightfully whimsical artwork by artist Hsinping Pan brings these big words to life.

Bao Phi awakes early, hours before his father’s long workday begins, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. A successful catch means a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father tells him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

You Must Bring a Hat! Simon Philip Illustrated by Kate Hindley Sterling Children’s Book $16.95 | 9781454926887 Come join the fun—but only if you have a hat, and if you know the entry rules. Unfortunately, there seems to be a surprising number of those, as a young boy discovers. Will he—and the cool collection of animals he befriends along the way— ever get in? Kids will read this thoroughly hilarious cumulative picture book again and again!

12 Sleighs of Christmas Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament Anne Renaud Illustrated by Felicita Sala Kids Can Press $17.99 | 9781771386197 Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament is a fictional picture book tale by Anne Renaud based on a real man named George Crum, a cook in Saratoga Springs, New York, in the 1850s, who is purported to have created the first potato chip in response to a demanding customer.


Sherri Duskey Rinker Illustrated by Jake Parker Chronicle Books $16.99 | 9781452145143 By the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site comes this instant holiday classic. Elves discover Santa’s sleigh is in terrible shape, they let their imaginations go wild—and soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, and more!

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Midwest Booksellers Winter Catalog 2017  
Midwest Booksellers Winter Catalog 2017