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Become a truly independent reader. Dear book lover, As you begin your holiday season, we would like to thank you for supporting your community by purchasing gifts from your local bookstore for your family and friends. Communities are made stronger when we invest in locally-owned businesses. Each book in this catalog was selected by your local independent bookseller to make an excellent gift for someone special on your list. By purchasing these books at one of our member stores, you help sustain your local economy and build and maintain a vibrant community. Visit the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association website at for a state-by-state searchable directory of l­ocally-owned and ­operated independent booksellers in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Hundreds of independent booksellers throughout the Midwest will be happy to help you find the perfect gift. The right book makes a lasting impression. Our member stores strive every day to offer a broad selection of great reads, and they love to match their books to the right reader! We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!

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A note on the cover art: The cover art is based on a WPA Poster called “January” created by the Chicago, IL WPA Art Project between 1936 and 1941. The original can be found in the Library of Congress Works Project Administration Poster Collection, call number POS-WPA-ILL .H385, no.2.

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Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards 2012 Winners Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

The Art of Fielding


From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Chad Harbach

Little, Brown & Co. $14.99 paperback

Cheryl Strayed

Knopf/Random House $25.95 hardcover





Children’s Literature Wonderstruck Brian Selznick

Todd Boss

Scholastic $29.99 hardcover

W.W. Norton $24.95 hardcover



Children’s Picture Book Otis and the Tornado Loren Long

Philomel $17.99 hardcover 9780399254772

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Low Pressure Sandra Brown

Fiction The Panther

Nelson DeMille

Grand Central $27.99 hardcover

Grand Central $26.99 hardcover 9781455501557

When Bellamy’s bestselling novel is exposed by a reporter to be the true story of her sister’s murder 18 years ago, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past and find the truth—unless her sister’s killer strikes her first.


Anti-terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Yemen. While there, they will be working to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a ruthless and elusive high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther.

The Lighthouse Road Peter Geye

Unbridled $24.95 hardcover 9781609530846

Peter Geye, author of bookseller favorite Safe from the Sea, has crafted another deeply moving tale. The Lighthouse Road is an immigrant saga about a misbegotten family defined by the rough landscape in which they live and the rough edges of their breaking hearts.

Back to Blood Tom Wolfe

Little, Brown & Co. $30.00 hardcover 9780316036313

A big, panoramic story of the new America based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe’s previous bestselling novels. Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

An American Tune Barbara Shoup

Indiana University Press $19.00 paperback 9780253007421

An achingly poignant story of a family crushed under the weight of suppressed truths, illuminating the irrevocability of choices and their effect on our lives.

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The Malice of Fortune Michael Ennis

Doubleday $26.95 hardcover 9780385536318

Can Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli end a serial killer’s reign of terror? Find out in the new hot historical thriller that Dante Club author Matthew Pearl calls “gritty and glorious.”

TheTime Keeper

Mitch Albom

Hyperion $24.99 hardcover 9781401322786

From the author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Time Keeper is Albom’s most imaginative novel yet about the first man on earth to count the hours. This moving book will inspire readers to consider how precious time really is.

The Waters of Star Lake

Winter of the World: Book Two of

University of Wisconsin Press $26.95 hardcover

Dutton/Penguin $36.00 hardcover

Sara Rath


Set in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, this light-hearted mystery weaves together romance, environmentalism, and history into a poignant story of female friendship and empowerment.

Carry the One

the Century Trilogy Ken Follett 9780525952923

The sequel to the New York Times bestseller Fall of Giants, Winter of the World is another epic tale featuring the same families along the rise of the Third Reich and World War II. Grippingly told, Follett deftly weaves together historical fact and brilliant storytelling.

Carol Anshaw

Simon & Schuster $15.00 paperback 9781451656930

The violent events of a single night echo across 25 years in the lives of three siblings in this stunning novel by New York Times bestselling author Carol Anshaw. One of the most acclaimed books of the year.

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The Round House

The Casual Vacancy

HarperCollins $27.99 hardcover

Little, Brown & Co. $35.00 hardcover

Louise Erdrich 9780062065247

New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich’s newest novel illuminates the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and whites live uneasily together. The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining masterpiece of literary fiction.


J.K. Rowling


When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in a state of shock. A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Mary Casanova

Tamarack River Ghost


University of Wisconsin Press $26.95 hardcover

University of Minnesota Press $16.95 hardcover Unable to speak or remember the events surrounding her mother’s mysterious death, sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, the foster child of a corrupt senator in 1920s northern Minnesota, struggles to regain her voice, memory, and identity. An excellent crossover novel for adults and young adults.

The Bridge

Jerry Apps


When journalist Josh Wittmore moves from the Illinois bureau of Farm Country News to the newspaper’s national office in Wisconsin, he encounters the biggest story of his young career—just as the paper’s finances may lead to its closure.

Karen Kingsbury

The Shoemaker’s Wife


HarperCollins $15.99 paperback

Simon & Schuster $19.99 hardcover New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury shares a heartwarming Christmas story about a devastating flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.

Adriana Trigiani 9780061257100

A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny. Inspired by the author’s own family history, The Shoemaker’s Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write.

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American Boy Larry Watson

The Long-Shining Waters The Fall of Alice K.

Milkweed Editions $15.00 paperback 9781571310958

Powerful and exquisitely crafted, American Boy takes place in the fall of 1962 when the shooting of a young woman in a small town sets off a chain of events, and makes one man pursue her at all costs.

Danielle Sosin

Milkweed Editions $16.00 paperback 9781571310941

Frigid, lethal, and wildly beautiful, Lake Superior is as alluring as it is dangerous. Featuring three women living on its shores, Sosin’s debut is a sensuous story about the universal need for acceptance and love.

Alice K. is a beautiful, star student in Iowa, but under the surface, nothing is as it seems. Behind the facade of small-town life, Alice finds herself at odds with both family and cultural norms when she falls in love with the son of Hmong immigrants.

David Baldacci

James Patterson

Grand Central $27.99 hardcover

Little, Brown & Co. $28.99 hardcover The tree decorating is barely under way before Alex Cross’s phone rings. A horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.


The Forgotten

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross


Jim Heynen

Milkweed Editions $24.00 hardcover


John Puller is called out on another case—and this time, it’s close to home. His Aunt Betsy has been found dead in her Florida apartment. The local police have ruled the death an accident, but Puller isn’t so sure and his discoveries may impact the whole eastern seaboard.

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The Art Forger

Cross Roads

Algonquin Books $23.95 hardcover

FaithWords/Hachette $24.99 hardcover

B.A. Shapiro


With razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists, The Art Forger is an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. It’s a dazzling novel about seeing, and not seeing, the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

And When She Was Good


Anthony is egotistical, proud of being a selfmade business man at the peak of his game, until a cerebral hemorrhage leaves him comatose. Will he have the courage to undo a major injustice he set in motion before falling into a coma?

Live by Night

Dennis Lehane

Laura Lippman

William Morrow & Co. $27.99 hardcover


Dennis Lehane has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and exciting novelists in America today. He’s back with an epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition era of the Roaring Twenties.

William Morrow & Co. $26.99 hardcover A brilliant new novel from New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman about a suburban madam, a convicted murderer whose sentence is about to be overturned, and the child who they will both do anything to keep.

Crimes of Redemption

Linda McDonald

RoadRunner Press $25.00 hardcover 9781937054250

Sheriff Tommy Maynard never recovered from ‘Nam. William Morris is a recluse. Neither damaged soul ever asked themselves what they would do if innocence came calling.


Wm. Paul Young


The Black Box

Michael Connelly

Little, Brown & Co. $27.99 hardcover 9780316069434

Harry Bosch links a bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.


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Flight Behavior

The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief

Barbara Kingsolver

Inspector Gamache Novel Louise Penny

HarperCollins $28.99 hardcover 9780062124265

Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman’s narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel’s inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence.

Minotaur/Macmillan $25.99 hardcover 9780312655464

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups in the wilderness of Quebec. But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back. This is a brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series.

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read and Shop Edited by Ronald Rice, Intro by Richard Russo

Black Dog & Leventhal $23.95 hardcover 9781579129101

In this enthusiastic and heartfelt ode to bookstores and booksellers, over 80 well-known writers pay tribute to the bricks-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.

Monsieur Proust’s Library Anka Muhlstein

Other Press $19.95 hardcover 9781590515662

Reading was so important to Marcel Proust that it sometimes seems he was unable to create a character without a book in hand. In this wonderfully entertaining book, scholar and biographer Anka Muhlstein draws out these themes in Proust’s work and life.

Wreck This Journal

(Expanded Edition) Keri Smith Penguin $15.00 softcover 9780399161940

A brand-new edition of the beloved bestseller, now with 32 new pages! This interactive journal features prompts designed to incite your creative (or creatively destructive) side.

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Midwest Favorites Embracing Fry Bread:

Confessions of a Wannabe Roger Welsch University of Nebraska Press $19.95 paperback 9780803225329

With requisite humility and a healthy dose of humor, Roger Welsch tells the story of his lifelong relationship with Native American culture. This is a memoir with heart and candor.

Light on the Prairie:

Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days

Nancy Plain

University of Nebraska Press

$16.95 paperback 9780803235205

Alongside sixty-two of Solomon D. Butcher’s iconic photographs, Light on the Prairie conveys the irrepressible spirit of a man whose passion would give us a firsthand look at the men and women who settled the Great Plains.

Return to Wake Robin: One

Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts Marnie Mamminga Wisconsin Historical Society Press $22.95 hardcover 9780870204913

Five generations of Mamminga’s family have been rejuvenated by times together in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. In a series of evocative remembrances, Mamminga takes us to Wake Robin, the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 near Hayward.

Going Full Circle: A

1,555-Mile Walk Around the World’s Largest Lake

Mike Link & Kate Crowley

Lake Superior Port Cities $18.95 paperback 9780942235234

Walk along with husband and wife team Mike Link and Kate Crowley as they set off on a shore-hugging journey around the world’s largest freshwater lake. As naturalists and travel writers, they chronicle their hike through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario.

Hawk Ridge:

Minnesota’s Birds of Prey Laura Erickson & Betsy Bowen, illustrator University of Minnesota Press $24.95 hardcover


The follow-up to Twelve Owls, a guide to understanding the eagles, hawks, and falcons of Minnesota, by two of the state’s most beloved authors.

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Green Bay Packers: Trials,

Minnesota Railroads:

Triumphs, & Tradition William Povletich

Wisconsin Historical Society Press $26.95 paperback 9780870204975

Green Bay Packers tells the improbable story of professional football’s most iconic team and gives a unique window into the rise of modern professional sports.

Spirit of the Ojibwe: Images

Holy Cow! Press $28.95 paperback 9780982354506


This lavishly illustrated volume offers an enlightening and irresistibly entertaining look at Minnesota’s railroads, from the romance of steam locomotion and luxurious passenger travel to the prosperous engines of today.

Collector’s Edition Eric Severeid

Minnesota Historical Society Press $24.95 hardcover

“These extraordinary portraits of Ojibwe elders convey the warmth, the kindness, the humour and the ongoing endurance of our people. What a thoughtful celebration.” —Louise Erdrich

Resorts of Wisconsin:

Exploring the Heritage and History of Wisconsin’s Family Resorts

Adam Swenson & Neil E. Johnson NLJ Books $34.99 hardcover


University of Minnesota Press $39.95 hardcover

Canoeing with the Cree

of Lac Courte Oreilles Elders

Sara Balbin, James R. Bailey, Thelma Nayquonabe

A Photographic History, 1940–2012 Steve Glischinski

Highly researched with more than 800 photos, this book captures the essence of the classic Wisconsin resort. The stories behind these properties take readers from simple family vacations to storied gangster battles.


The collector’s edition of the beloved classic that recounts the adventurous 2,250-mile canoe trip by two rookie paddlers from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, with an annotated map suitable for framing and a keepsake tin.

The Minnesota Book of Skills:

Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction, & More

Chris Niskanen

Minnesota Historical Society Press $19.95 hardcover 9780873518680

This playful yet practical guide, outlining skills from building a campfire to identifying urban wildlife, will fully prepare Minnesota natives and newcomers alike for life in the North Star State.

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Cookbooks Frontera:

Margaritas, Guacamoles, and Snacks Rick Bayless W.W. Norton $24.95 hardcover 9780393088922

This brand new collection from America’s leading authority on Mexican cooking brings you recipes for prized margaritas, guacamoles, and snacks.

True Food:

Seasonable, Sustainable, Simple, Pure Andrew Weil, Sam Fox & Michael Stebner Little, Brown & Co. $29.99 hardcover 9780316129411

Weil and Fox have a mission: every dish must be delicious and it must promote the diner’s wellbeing. True Food supports this, with fresh recipes that are seasonal, inviting, and easy to make.

The Family Classics Diabetes Cookbook American Diabetes Association $21.95 paperback 9781580404846

From the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Forecast magazine, the best 140 recipes, each with a full-color photo, in one convenient, gorgeous edition.

The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook

King Arthur Flour W.W. Norton $24.95 paperback 9781581571783

The trusted companion of scores of home bakers is finally available in paperback! With hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes, it is simply the only baking book you’ll ever need.

Gran Cocina Latina

Maricel E. Presilla W.W. Norton $45.00 hardcover 9780393050691

Gran Cocina Latina unifies the vast culinary landscape of the Latin world, from Mexico to Argentina and the Carribean, and gives home cooks the first comprehensive collection of recipes from this region. This is a one-of-a-kind cookbook to be savored.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Deb Perelman

Knopf $35.00 hardcover 9780307595652

The long-awaited cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen—home cook, photographer, and celebrated food blogger. From salads to slaws to savory tarts and galettes, Deb Perelman is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking.

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The Hobbit & Philosphy: For When

You’ve Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way William Irwin (editor), Gregory Bassham, Eric Bronson John Wiley & Sons

Ordinary Sacred: The Simple Beauty of Everyday Life

Kent Nerburn

New World Library $14.00 paperback 9781608680771

There is a hidden meaning in life’s most ordinary moments. Ordinary Sacred reveals the hidden beauty waiting to be discovered in each and every life.

$17.95 paperback 9780470405147

A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved classic. This book ponders a host of deep questions raised in Tolkien’s timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply “nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things” that “make you late for dinner,” or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events?

What Really Matters

Papa’s New Home

Jessica Lynn Curtis Steve Harmon, illustrator $16.95 hardcover 9780931674648

Little Jessie is struggling to understand the death of her beloved grandfather, until the night she is able to visit him in Heaven, his new home. Papa’s New Home delivers a message of hope for a child experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Warren Hanson

peace in peace out Joan Steffend

$16.95 hardcover 9780931674570

Joan Steffend encourages us to find peace inside ourselves and to share that peace with others. Includes journal pages for personal reflections and dreams.

$15.95 hardcover 9780931674785

What Really Matters is a book that reminds us to put all things into perspective and that ultimately, what really matters is love.

TRISTAN PUBLISHING books with a message


TRISTAN Publishing

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Fascinating Lives The John Lennon Letters John Lennon & Hunter Davies, editor

Little, Brown & Co. $29.99 hardcover 9780316200806

A lifetime of letters collected for the first time from the legendary musician and songwriter. With unparalleled knowledge of Lennon and his contemporaries, Davies illuminates a never-before-seen intimate side of the private genius.

Letters Home to Sarah:

The Civil War Letters of Guy C. Taylor Edited by Kevin & Patsy Alderson University of Wisconsin Press $26.95 hardcover 9780299291204

Forgotten in an attic for over a century, these letters were written by a young farmer-turned-soldier who served in the 36th Wisconsin Regiment in the American Civil War. Taylor conveys in vivid detail his own experiences and emotions and shows himself a keen observer of all that is passing around him.

The Last Lion:

Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940–1965

William Manchester & Paul Reid Little, Brown & Co. $40.00 hardcover 9780316547703

Spanning the years of 1940-1965 and more than twenty years in the making, The Last Lion is a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of Winston Churchill, a brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring.

Being Santa Claus Sal Lizard with Jonathan Lane

Gotham/Penguin $20.00 hardcover 9781592407569

Sal Lizard was in his twenties when his beard and hair turned completely white. Today he appears everywhere as Santa, from malls to schools and hospitals. Being Santa Claus reveals heartwarming true stories and lessons from his twenty-year career spreading Christmas magic.

Lamar Hunt:

A Life in Sports Michael MacCambridge Andrews McMeel $27.99 hardcover 9781449423391

Written by award-winning author Michael MacCambridge, Lamar Hunt is the definitive and official biography of one of the 20th century’s most important and beloved sporting figures—the soft-spoken, strong-willed man whose audacious challenge to the NFL transformed the landscape of American sports.

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38 Nooses:

Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End

Scott W. Berg

Pantheon/ Random House $27.95 hardcover 9780307377241

A riveting account of the Dakota War of 1862, which culminated in the largest government-sanctioned execution in United States history. Written with uncommon immediacy and insight, 38 Nooses is a revelation of a hidden but seminal moment in our country’s history.

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch Julie Pandl

Algonquin Books $13.95 paperback 9781616201722

Part coming-of-age story, part window into the mysteries of the restaurant business, Julie Pandl provides wisdom about the bonds between fathers and daughters and the simple pleasures that lie in the daily ritual of breaking bread.

Building Taliesin:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home of Love and Loss

Ron McCrea

Wisconsin Historical Society Press $35.00 paperback 9780870206061

Through letters, memoirs, and contemporary documents, author Ron McCrea tells the fascinating story of the building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, which would be the architect’s principal residence for the rest of his life. Photos show rare views of Taliesin under construction and illustrate Wright’s own recollections of the first summers there and the craftsmen who worked on the site.

I Will Not Leave You Comfortless Jeremy Jackson

Milkweed Editions $24.00 hardcover 9781571313324

With storytelling informed by a profound sense of place, Jackson stands poised to join the ranks of renowned memoirists the likes of Tobias Wolff. Readers will be charmed and transformed by his unforgettable coming-of-age tale.

Forced into early retirement by a spinal condition, Steven Wolf reluctantly How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life leaves his family and moves to Arizona for its warm winter climate. A lifelong Steven D. Wolf with dog lover, the former hard-driving Lynette Padwa attorney is drawn to a local group that Algonquin Books $23.95 hardcover rescues retired racing greyhounds. 9781616200459 When Comet, a once-abused cinnamon-striped racer, chooses to “adopt” Wolf, he has no idea that a life-altering relationship has begun for both of them.

Comet’s Tale:

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Underwater Dogs

Great Gifts America Again:

Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t Stephen Colbert Grand Central $28.99 hardcover 9780446583978

America is broken! And we can’t exchange it because we’re 236 years past the 30-day return window. Luckily, we have Stephen Colbert to give America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.

Seth Casteel

Little, Brown & Co. $19.99 hardcover 9780316227704

These portraits by award-winning pet photographer Seth Casteel capture new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most lovable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work.


A MotionPicture Book

Dan Kainen & Carol Kaufmann Workman $24.95 hardcover

The Complete Calvin & Hobbes Bill Watterson

Andrews McMeel $100.00 paperback 9781449433253

The complete groundbreaking collection, in paperback at last! Every Calvin and Hobbes cartoon, slipcased and georgeously packaged in four full-color volumes. A treasure for every fan.

Lauren Conrad Beauty


Experience a safari up close as the animals run, stalk, and bound across the page. With an evocative you-are-there journal of the trip, this book delivers the romance of being on a safari and the almost visceral thrill of seeing animals in motion.

The Little House Books

Lauren Conrad

Laura Ingalls Wilder



HarperCollins $21.99 hardcover Whether she’s in front of the camera or behind the scenes, style icon Lauren Conrad has spent years learning from the pros, and now she’s sharing all her beauty secrets.

Library of America $75.00 hardcover Rediscover an American classic: The Library of America presents all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House novels in a beautiful collector’s boxed set.

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The Definitive History of Costume and Style

DK Publishing

The Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Making Your Own Clothes


$30.00 hardcover

DK Publishing

$50.00 hardcover

Tracing the evolution of fashion from ancient times to the catwalk couture of today, this stunningly illustrated guide looks at three thousand years of shifting trends and innovative developments in the clothing world, with everything you need to know about changing fashion and style.


Whether updating an old top or creating a nifty A-line skirt from scratch, this essential guide is the dressmaking bible no budding seamstress should be without. Dressmaking covers everything you need to know to make, alter, and customize clothes.

Star Wars Origami:

The BetsyTacy Treasury Maud Hart Lovelace

36 Amazing PaperFolding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Chris Alexander Workman $16.95 paperback 9780761169437

Kids love origami—and what could be cooler than transforming a piece of paper into Boba Fett, Yoda, or R2-D2? And not just any paper, but custom-designed paper illustrated with art from the movies. Star Wars® Origami marries the fun of paper folding with the obsession of Star Wars®.

HarperCollins $15.99 paperback 9780062095879

The first four books together in one volume, following Betsy Ray and friends in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with forwards by Judy Blume, Esther Hautzig, and Johanna Hurwitz, and illustrations by Lois Lenski.

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T Is for Twin Cities: A Minneapolis— St. Paul Alphabet

Children’s Books

Nancy Carlson & Helen L. Wilbur David Geister, illustrator Sleeping Bear Press $16.95 hardcover


T Is for Twin Cities brings together impressive sculptures, historical landmarks, famous people, and the natural beauty of the area to showcase this thriving Minnesota region.

Clifford Collection: The Original 6 Stories!

Norman Bridwell Scholastic $12.99 hardcover 9780545450133

Celebrate Clifford’s 50th anniversary with this collection of six classic stories that were originally published beginning in 1963.

LEGO Batman : Visual Dictionary DK Publishing $21.99 hardcover 9780756697877

It’s the firstever guide to LEGO® Batman™! This reference combines DK’s famous Visual Dictionary format with the adventurous world of the LEGO Caped Crusader. Explore each LEGO Batman set according to its location, key themes, events, and characters.

The LEGO Book DK Publishing $24.99 hardcover 9780756666934

Discover all there is to know about one of the world’s most beloved toy companies. This beautiful, newly updated edition celebrates the fascinating story of LEGO® bricks and the history behind them. LEGO Ninjago Each beautifully Character illustrated spread Encyclopedia features tons of fun DK Publishing $18.99 hardcover facts on the different 9780756698126 characters, variants of each minifigure, and the various vehicles, weapons, and locations that make up the LEGO® Ninjago world.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2012 The LEGO Group. Produced by DK Publishing under license from the LEGO Group. TM & ©DC Comics.

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I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King, Jr., Kadir Nelson, illustrator Schwartz & Wade/ Random House $18.99 hardcover 9780375858871

In time for its 50th anniversary comes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s classic speech that defined the American civil rights movement, illustrated by Caldecott honorwinning and New York Times bestselling illustrator Kadir Nelson.

Llama Llama Time to Share

Star Wars:

A Galactic PopUp Adventure

Matthew Reinhart Scholastic $36.99 hardcover 9780545176163

A brand-new explosive, interactive, pop-off-the-page book about George Lucas’s Star Wars movies from New York Times bestselling author Matthew Reinhart. The lightsaber changes color!


Anna Dewdney

Mike Haines Julia Frohlich, illustrator



Viking/Penguin $17.99 hardcover Llama Llama doesn’t want to share his toys with his new neighbors. But when fighting leads to tears, Llama Llama learns that it’s better to share. Ideal for any child who needs a little encouragement in sharing.

Leave Your Sleep

Natalie Merchant Barbara McClintock, illustrator Farrar, Straus & Giroux $24.99 hardcover 9780374343682

This collection of classic children’s poetry, adapted to music by Natalie Merchant, opens the door to a wondrous world. Barbara McClintock’s richly imagined art creates a memorable reading, looking, and listening experience.

Kingfisher $16.99 hardcover Featuring retro illustrations, sturdy interactive elements, and words that move beyond the pages, this book packs an immense amount of entertainment into a tiny package.

Spiral Draw

Editors of Klutz

Klutz $19.99 paperback 9780545459921

Create gorgeous geometric art with draw-right-on-’em pages. Translucent gears and rubber feet were engineered for maximum ease of use. Updated project ideas and a six-color quick-switch pen inspire stunning rainbow-bright spirals.

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Oh, No!

Candace Fleming Eric Rohmann, illustrator Schwartz & Wade/ Random House $17.99 hardcover

Skippyjon Jones: Cirque de Ole! Judy Schachner

Dial/Penguin $17.99 hardcover


Children will delight in repeating the refrain “Oh, No!” as one animal after another falls into a deep hole in this irresistible read-aloud by popular picture book creators. A classic in the making.

Charlie and the Christmas Kitty Ree Drummond Diane deGroat, illustrator HarperCollins $17.99 hardcover 9780061996573

In this hilarious book, Ree Drummond delivers a story about getting into the holiday spirit and finding the good in all. Even though Charlie didn’t put a kitty on his list, he learns that if you keep an open heart, new friends can come in unexpected packages.

Nightsong Ari Berk Loren Long, illustrator

Simon & Schuster $17.99 hardcover 9781416978862

Chiro, a young bat, is nervous about flying into the world for the first time without his mother. A beautiful and touching coming-of-age story with mesmerizing artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long and lyrical text from Ari Berk.


In his newest adventure, the irresistible Skippyjon Jones swings into the spectacular Cirque de Olé, where his pals, the Chimichango gang, perform feats of derring-do. There are many acts, but only Skippito the Strong can perform the trickiest stunt of all.

Christmas Parade

Sandra Boynton

Simon & Schuster $14.99 hardcover 9781442468139

A delightful Christmas picture book filled with dynamic art from the one and only Sandra Boynton! The story marches to a rousing beat with lively animal musicians playing in a Christmas band.

Return to the Willows

Jacqueline Kelly Clint Young, illustrator Henry Holt/ Macmillan $19.99 hardcover 9780805094138

Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Badger are back for more rollicking adventures along a river in the English countryside in this sequel to The Wind in the Willows, evoking the magic of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved classic.

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Young Adult Literature “Who Could That Be at This Hour?”

Lemony Snicket Seth, illustrator

Little, Brown & Co. $15.99 hardcover 9780316123082

Far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started asking questions that he shouldn’t have. Now he has written an account that should not be published. This is the first volume.

Theodore Boone: The Accused John Grisham

The Fire Chronicle

John Stephens

Knopf/Random House $17.99 hardcover 9780375868719

The highly anticipated sequel to The Emerald Atlas! Kate, Michael, and Emma embark on a perilous journey to harness the power of the Books of Beginning. But will it be enough to save them?

The Raven Boys Maggie Stiefvater

Scholastic $18.99 hardcover 9780545424929

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. From the bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Keeping Safe the Stars

Dutton/Penguin $16.99 hardcover

Sheila O’Connor

Theo Boone might only be 13, but he’s already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend’s abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet.



Putnam/Penguin $16.99 hardcover

Pride, Nightingale, and Baby are orphaned and living with their grandfather, but he falls seriously ill, leaving the children to fend for themselves. A poignant story about family and love, O’Connor has delivered another extraordinary and mesmerizing tale.

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Lois Lowry

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $17.99 hardcover 9780547887203

From two-time Newbery winner comes the long-awaited sequel to The Giver. A stirring and intensly powerful story that wrestles with ideas of human freedom and the bonds of love.

The High-Skies Adventure of Blue Jay the Pirate Scott Nash

Candlewick $17.99 hardcover 9780763632649

Hoist the Jolly Robin! Offering a bounty of illustrations and a host of memorable characters, here is a treasure for anyone who has ever wanted to take to the sky and see where fortune blows.

The Immortal Von B. M. Scott Carter

$18.95 hardcover 9781937054304

When Josie moves to Europe so her dad can lead a secret world genetics lab, she doesn’t think life could get any worse.

The Bulldoggers Club: The Tale of the Ill-Gotten Catfish

Young Adult Literature Starry River of the Sky Grace Lin

Little, Brown & Co. $17.99 hardcover 9780316125956

Newbery award honor author Grace Lin brings another enthralling fantasy featuring her marvelous full-color illustrations. Starry River of the Sky is filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and new adventures.

Letters to a New School Teacher, Vol. 2 U.S. Teachers of the Year

$15.00 hardcover 9781937054120

In this great gift book, a new crop of award-winning teachers shares their single best piece of advice for new or aspiring teachers.

Barbara Hay

$16.95 hardcover 9781937054151

Being a member of The Bulldoggers Club means you love rodeo, but it’s also a ticket to fishing, roping, and adventure.

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Matched Trilogy Book 3

Ally Condie

Dutton/Penguin $17.99 hardcover 9780525423669

Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched Trilogy. After leaving Society, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again.

Merits of Mischief:

The Bad Apple

T. R. Burns

Aladdin/ Simon & Schuster $16.99 hardcover 9781442440296

After getting into trouble at school, 12-year-old Seamus Hinkle is sent to Kilter Academy where, in order to excel as he always has, he must behave badly. The start of a mischievous new middle grade series!

The Fault in Our Stars John Green

Dutton/Penguin $17.99 hardcover 9780525478812

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet. A powerful novel on love, loss, and life.

Stealing Air

Trent Reedy

Scholastic $16.99 hardcover 9780545383073

Moving to Iowa was not Brian’s idea, but meeting Alex and Max might just end up being his ticket to making his dream come true: flying his own airplane, if the boys can get it off the ground!

Ashen Winter

Mike Mullin

Tanglewood Books $17.95 hardcover 9781933718750

It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series.

The Unwanteds: Island of Silence

Lisa McMann

Aladdin/ Simon & Schuster $16.99 hardcover 9781442407718

The second book in the middle-grade dystopian fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter,” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.

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2012 Winter Catalog  

A catalog of books for independent bookstores

2012 Winter Catalog  

A catalog of books for independent bookstores