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Become a truly independent reader. Dear book lover, As you begin your holiday season, please consider supporting your community by purchasing gifts from your local bookstore for your family and friends. Communities are made stronger the more we invest in locally owned businesses. Each book in this catalog was selected because it will make an excellent gift for someone special on your list. By purchasing these books at one of our member stores, you'll help sustain the businesses in your own backyard and create 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. Be sure to clip the coupon off the back of this catalog before you visit your store. If you can’t shop in person, please buy your books online from any independent store or order by phone or fax. Our booksellers will be happy to make sure your holiday shopping experience is successful. We all appreciate your business!

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table of contents Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards Fiction Biography & Memoir


3 4–6 7 Adult Fiction

Reference & Humor


Wingshooters Nina Revoyr Akashic Books

Art, Architecture, & Photography Food Writing & Cookbooks

$15.95 Paperback


The Wilder Life My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie Wendy McClure Riverhead/Penguin

$25.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9781594487804






Holiday & Inspiration


Books of the Midwest

ISBN: 9781936070718

Adult Nonfiction



Swallowing the Soap

Children’s Literature

William Kloefkorn

Moon Over Manifest

University of Nebraska Press/ Bison Books

$26.95 Paperback

Children’s Picture Books


Young Adult Literature


Store Locations


ISBN: 9780803234055

Clare Vanderpool Delacorte Press/Random House

$16.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780385738835

Children’s Picture Book

Elsie’s Bird Jane Yolen Illustrated by David Small Philomel/Penguin

$17.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780399252921



The Night Circus

Lethal Sandra Brown #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with a heart-pounding thriller in which a mother and her daughter must run for their lives from the very people who swore to protect them.

Erin Morgenstern “Playful and intensely imaginative…populated with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyperelegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book.” —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife Doubleday $26.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780385534635

Red Mist A Scarpetta Novel

Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group

Patricia Cornwell With high-tension suspense and cutting-edge technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves why she’s the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer.

$26.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9781455501472

Kill Alex Cross James Patterson The president’s children have been kidnapped—and detective Alex Cross races to save them before it’s too late. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him in the dark.

Putnam/Penguin Group (USA)

$27.95 Hardcover Available 12/6/11

ISBN: 9780399158025

Little, Brown & Company/ Hachette Book Group

$28.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780316198738

V is for Vengeance Sue Grafton Adding on to her successful crime fiction series, Sue Grafton doesn’t miss a beat in Kinsey Millhone’s twentysecond rendezvous with suspense, mystery, and vengeance. Putnam/Penguin Group (USA)

$27.95 Hardcover Available 11/14/11


ISBN: 9780399157868

Zero Day David Baldacci The U.S. Army’s most reclusive Special Agent tackles the toughest crime in this brilliant new thriller in which the murder of a family leads to a ring of deception in a town where nothing is what it seems. Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group

$27.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780446573016


The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt A Novel in Pictures Caroline Preston A visually stunning novel told through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, magazine ads, menus and more on every page, and starring an unforgettable heroine in the energetic bohemian culture of the 1920s. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers

$25.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780061966903

The Little Bride Anna Solomon In this stunning debut novel inspired by the Jewish settlement of the Great Plains, Minna Losk journeys to South Dakota as a mail-order bride—but doesn’t find the wealth and freedom she seeks. Riverhead Trade/Penguin Group (USA)

$15.00 Paperback ISBN: 9781594485350

The Wedding Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel Jennifer Chiaverini The New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series continues with a novel that celebrates one of America’s most romantic and enduring traditions.

The Best of Me Nicholas Sparks A heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world.

Dutton/Penguin Group (USA)

$25.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780525952428

The Betsy-Tacy Treasury

Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group

$25.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780446547659

The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books Maud Hart Lovelace The first four books together in one volume, following Betsy Ray and friends in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with forewords by Judy Blume, Esther Hautzig, and Johanna Hurwitz and illustrations

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth An Isabel Dalhousie Novel Alexander McCall Smith In the eighth installment of the beloved Isabel Dalhousie series, our inquisitive heroine helps a new friend discover the identity of her father. Pantheon Books/Random House

by Lois Lenski. Harper Perennial Modern Classics/ HarperCollins Publishers

$15.99 Paperback ISBN: 9780062095879

$24.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780307379184

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Northwest Angle William Kent Krueger In Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods, a detective and his daughter find an abandoned Ojibwe baby and his murdered mother. Fast-paced and emotional, Northwest Angle is the latest mystery in an award-winning series. Atria/Simon & Schuster

$24.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9781439153956

Game Over The Christmas Wedding James Patterson A heartwarming holiday love story about the unstoppable power of family and marriage, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season. Little, Brown & Company/Hachette Book Group

$25.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780316097390

Bernie DuBois A senator is murdered for her stand on gaming issues. A conflicted protagonist sinks into a life of gambling and crime. In this riveting story, DuBois reveals the struggles of those with gambling problems. Trellis Publishing, Inc.

$14.95 Paperback ISBN: 9781930650121

Must-read Minnesota novels from Milkweed Editions

The Long-Shining Waters

American Boy

Vestments New in paperback

Danielle Sosin Set on the shores of Lake Superior, The Long-Shining Waters is the story of three women separated by centuries but connected by common geography: the inland sea. “The first great novel of Lake Superior.” —Minnesota Monthly $24.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9781571310835

Larry Watson The highly anticipated new novel from the author of Montana 1948. “A gripping, poignant coming-ofage story that will bury itself in your heart. An American classic.” —Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding $24.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9781571310781

John Reimringer Winner of the Minnesota Book Award and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best of 2010, Vestments is the story of a priest struggling with his faith and the violent legacy of his father. Now available in paperback. $16.00 Paperback ISBN: 9781571310866


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Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family’s Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom Yangzom Brauen A powerful and emotional memoir about the tragic history of Tibet as told through three generations of extraordinary Tibetan women. “Paints a vivid picture of Tibetan experience.” —The Dalai Lama St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan

$26.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780312600136

Homeless Come Home An Advocate, the Riverbank, and Murder in Topeka, Kansas Benedict Giamo Part biography and part crime drama, this piercingly honest assessment of homelessness in America marks the death of homeless advocate David Owen in Topeka, Kansas. University of Notre Dame Press

$25.00 Paperback ISBN: 9780268029814

A View of the Lake Living the Dream on Lake Superior Beryl Singleton Bissell This beautifully written memoir chronicles the joys and challenges of moving to a small rural community on Lake Superior following an impulsive home purchase by the author and her husband. Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc.

$16.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780942235746

Charles Dickens: A Life Claire Tomalin Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin renders the tumultuous life of England’s greatest novelist, a man of extraordinary contradictions whose vices and virtues were intertwined as surely as his life and his art. Penguin Group (USA)

$35.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9781594203091

A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors Peter Smith Funny, honest, and emotionally moving, Peter Smith explores the messy episodes of his own life and uncovers a simple reassurance we should take to heart: we’re all on this wild ride together. University of Minnesota Press

$17.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780816675579

Lorine Niedecker A Poet’s Life Margot Peters The first full biography of Wisconsin poet Lorine Niedecker reveals an uncompromising artist whose burning talent and grit carried her through periods of desperation and despair. The University of Wisconsin Press

$34.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780299285005



The Kingdom New Testament A Contemporary Translation

1,000 Places to See Before You Die Second Edition: Completely Revised and Updated with Over 200 New Entries Patricia Schultz The world’s bestselling travel book is back and more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly in a full-color edition. Completely revised and updated with 200 new entries, 28 new countries, and 500 photographs! Workman Publishing

$19.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780761156864 Available 11/15/11

Seriously…I’m Kidding Ellen DeGeneres With a New York Times bestseller under her belt, the much-loved and hilarious entertainer riffs on many of her favorite topics— from hosting a talk show to what makes her happy. Grand Central Publishing/ Hachette Book Group

N. T. Wright N.T. Wright, the premiere Bible scholar and Anglican bishop, provides a new way to encounter the worldchanging teachings of the New Testament by offering a more vibrant and accurate translation of the original Greek text. HarperOne/HarperCollins Publishers $25.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780062064912

Green Travel Guide to Northern Wisconsin Environmentally & Socially Responsible Travel Pat Dillon and Lynne Diebel Explore Wisconsin’s wild and beautiful Northland in a whole new way with this informative tour of the region’s best in ecofriendly lodging, restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities. The University of Wisconsin Press

$19.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780299284145

$26.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780446585026

Just My Type A Book About Fonts Simon Garfield Foreword by Chip Kidd A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks a compelling question. What does your favorite font say about you? Gotham/Penguin Group (USA)

$27.50 Hardcover ISBN: 9781592406524


You Are Not So Smart Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself David McRaney An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs and self-delusions that make us feel wise, based on David McRaney’s popular blog of the same name. Gotham/Penguin Group (USA)

$22.50 Hardcover ISBN: 9781592406593

The Heights Anatomy of a Skyscraper


Kate Ascher Ascher’s work is a triumphant ode to the most monumental aspect of modern civilization. Saturated with vivid illustrations and unforgettable anecdotes, The Heights is the ultimate guide to the inner workings of skyscrapers. Penguin Group (USA) $35.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9781594203039 Available 11/10/11

America’s Great Railroad Stations A Home of Her Own Nancy R. Hiller Photographs by Kendall Reeves For some, home is simply a place to eat, sleep, and store possessions. For others, home offers intimate and rewarding opportunities for selfexpression. A Home of Her Own showcases a wide variety of homes and tells

the stories of their making. University of Indiana Press

$29.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780253223531

The Art Museum Phaidon This imaginary museum created and curated by Phaidon houses the finest art collection ever assembled. Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, its rooms display around 3,000 masterworks that tell the history of world art. Phaidon Press $200.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780714856520

Roger Straus III, Ed Breslin, and Hugh Van Dusen An evocative and stunning photographic tribute to the enduring cathedrals of American travel and the role they still play in the country’s landscape. Viking Studio/Penguin Group (USA)

$40.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780670023110

Let’s Be Reasonable Joel Sartore An award-winning photographer for National Geographic and a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, Nebraska native Joel Sartore pairs his extraordinary photographs and engaging stories. University of Nebraska Press

$21.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780803235069

Once There Were Castles Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities Larry Millett Millet presents ninety gorgeous lost mansions and estates, organized by neighborhood and illustrated with photographs and drawings. An absorbing read and a crucial addition to the region’s history. University of Minnesota Press

$39.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780816674305

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Bluestem: The Cookbook Colby and Megan Garrelts with Bonjwing Lee James Beard Award nominated chef Colby Garrelts and pastry chef Megan Garrelts showcase local, Midwestern ingredients and artisanal producers in 100 seasonally driven recipes from their Kansas City Bluestem restaurant.

Heartland: The Cookbook

Andrews McMeel Publishing

Judith Fertig Presenting 150 recipes for farm-bounty fare with a modern twist and lush full-color photography, Judith Fertig’s Heartland melds contemporary cooking with an authentic and appreciative approach to life in the heartland.

$45.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9781449400613 Available 11/8/11

Gudrun’s Kitchen Recipes from a Norwegian Family

Andrews McMeel Publishing

$35.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9781449400576

The Northern Heartland Kitchen More Than 200 Recipes to Satisfy Seasonal Appetites Beth Dooley Delicious and practical solutions to the challenge of eating well and locally in the upper Midwest. This essential guide celebrates the region’s chefs, farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and home cooks. University of Minnesota Press $29.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780816667352

Balzac’s Omelette

Irene O. Sandvold, Ingeborg Hydle Baugh, Edward O. Sandvold, and Quinn E. Sandvold Equal parts cookbook, immigrant story, and Norwegian family memoir, Gudrun’s Kitchen features hundreds of recipes for comfort food from a time when families and friends gathered at the table and ate with one another every day. Wisconsin Historical Society Press $22.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780870204623

All About Roasting A New Approach to a Classic Art

Anka Muhlstein This charming, erudite, and witty look at the ways cuisine and culinary arts feature in Balzac’s work is a perfect gift for lovers of food, literature, and French culture.

Molly Stevens Molly Stevens, James Beard award winning author of All About Braising, provides delicious recipes and explains the principles behind this essential technique. It’s like having the best cooking teacher in the kitchen with you.

Other Press

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honoré de Balzac

$19.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9781590514733


$35.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780393065268

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FOOD WRITING & COOKBOOKS Ultimate Food Journeys The World’s Best Dishes & Where to Eat Them Eyewitness Travel An ideal planner for foodie travelers who want to experience authentic food in its original setting, Ultimate Food Journeys provides a different way to see the best regions, towns, and cities in the world: through their food. $40.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780756686000

Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking Packed with photos of delicious desserts and detailed instructions on how to prepare them, Illustrated Step-byStep Baking provides essential tips and detailed directions for every occasion’s tastiest treats. $35.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780756686796

DK Publishing

Comfort Food Fix

Food Rules

Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy

An Eater’s Manual

Ellie Krieger New York Times bestselling author Ellie Krieger presents a healthy take on classic American comfort food with 150 soul-satisfying recipes, each featuring nutritional information, mouth-watering color photos, and tips for eating well. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. $29.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780470603093

$29.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780714862538

Penguin Group (USA)

$22.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9781594203084

The Family Meal

The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookbook

Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià

Essential Recipes for Every Home Cook

This is the first book of home-cooking recipes by Ferran Adrià, the world’s most influential chef. It contains 93 recipes for the simple, quick dishes the elBulli staff eat for dinner, organized into 31 tasty and cost-effective menus. Phaidon Press

Michael Pollan Illustrated by Maira Kalman Now beautifully illustrated and full of even more wisdom, this hardcover collaboration will be the edition families pass down to share lessons for eating healthfully—and joyfully—for all their lives.

The Editors of Good Housekeeping The first ring-binder cookbook from the famed Good Housekeeping test kitchen! Includes 375 delicious recipes from appetizers to main dishes to desserts; colorful icons to indicate low-calorie, heart-healthy, and other special dishes; and smart phone tags and URLs that link to 35 Good Housekeeping how-to cooking videos. Hearst/Sterling Publishing

$29.95 Hardcover with Ring-Binder ISBN: 9781588169051



Animal The Definitive Visual Guide, 2nd Edition

Incredible Journeys: Amazing Animal Migrations Animal Planet This book for young readers showcases an array of amazing creatures—including the African wildebeest, the plains zebra, the American monarch butterfly, the Mexican free-tailed bat, and many more—as they face predators, endure near starvation, and traverse perilous terrain. Kingfisher/Macmillan $19.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780753467268

David Burnie and Don E. Wilson Fully revised and updated, Animal brings together the expertise of natural history specialists and outstanding wildlife photographers to illustrate and explain the incredible range of creatures in the animal kingdom. DK Publishing

$50.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780756686772

Animals and the Kids Who Love Them

Creating Dairyland

Extraordinary True Stories of Hope, Healing, and Compassion

How Caring for Cows Saved Our Soil, Created Our Landscape, Brought Prosperity to Our State, and Still Shapes Our Way of Life in Wisconsin Edward Janus Why are there cows in Wisconsin anyway? The story of dairying in Wisconsin is the story of how our very landscape and way of life were created. Wisconsin Historical Society Press $26.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780870204630

Allen and Linda Anderson An extraordinary collection of heartwarming stories for animal lovers of all ages—and for anyone who wants to smile or needs to heal. New World Library

$14.95 Paperback ISBN: 9781577319597 Available 11/10/11

Birds in Our Backyard Say Hello to Minnesota’s Feathered Friends

Rin Tin Tin The Life and the Legend Susan Orlean In a moving work of narrative nonfiction, the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief traces the life and enduring legacy of Rin Tin Tin—beloved canine hero and enduring international icon. Simon & Schuster

$26.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9781439190135


Adele Porter, Photography by Bill Marchel From common loons to white-breasted nuthatches to ruby-throated hummingbirds, whether migrating or nesting or feeding or singing, explore Minnesota’s birds through the seasons in this delightful full-color picture book. Minnesota Historical Society Press

$16.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780873518369


Timelines of History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to the Events that Shaped the World Smithsonian Beginning with the emergence of our earliest African ancestors through the cultures of the present day, Timelines of History makes the past accessible to families, students, and the curious reader. DK Publishing

$50.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780756686819

Jacqueline Kennedy Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy Foreword by Caroline Kennedy Introduction and Annotations by Michael Beschloss Seven unprecedented interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy about her life with John F. Kennedy, unsealed and available for the first time as a book and 8-CD box set. Hyperion $60.00 Hardcover and 8 CDs ISBN: 9781401324254

Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

Lions of the West Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion

Ian W. Toll Tells the epic tale of the first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history. Pacific Crucible illuminates the greatest naval war in history.

Robert Morgan From Thomas Jefferson’s birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, America’s manifest destiny, expanding boundaries, and adventurous spirit come to life in Robert Morgan’s skilled hands.

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

$32.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780393068139 Available 11/14/11

Algonquin Books

$29.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9781565126268

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Haunted Wisconsin Third Edition

From the Handaxe to the Credit Card

Michael Norman Now even more haunted! Filled with unsolved supernatural mysteries and eerie accounts of ghosts and phantoms, the newly updated Haunted Wisconsin remains a spooky favorite for readers of all ages.

Neil MacGregor From the renowned director of the British Museum, a revealing, kaleidoscopic, and handsomely designed history of humanity told through the things people have invented and made. Viking/Penguin Group (USA) $45.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780670022700

Terrace Books/The University of Wisconsin Press

$19.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780299285944

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HOLIDAY & INSPIRATION Dear Me Warren Hanson Imagine finding a letter you wrote to yourself at a very different time of your life. It’s so full of wisdom, you decide to write back, beginning a wonderful correspondence that lasts over the years. $14.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780931674624 “What a gift it would be to have a conversation with the person we were and the person we will become. In these pages, Warren Hanson has given us that gift.” —Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

Up North: Reflections Moments & Memories Joe Brandmeier Eighty pages of awe-inspiring images of nature woven together with reflections that will inspire and uplift your soul. $19.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780931674600

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TRISTAN PUBLISHING books with a message

Spirit of the Lights


The Conference of the Birds

Chuck Frederick When Marcia Hales enters a holiday lighting contest, something shining more brightly than electricity attracts and heals those in need. Small miracles can indeed occur amid thousands of twinkling lights.

Five Windows on the Season

Peter Sís Celebrated children’s book author and illustrator Peter Sís creates his first book for adults, a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the classic twelfth-century Sufi epic poem, The Conference of the Birds.

Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc.

$16.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780942235111


Adam Gopnik A stunningly beautiful meditation buoyed by Gopnik’s trademark gentle wit, Winter is at once an enchanting homage to the season and a captivating journey through the modern imagination. House of Anansi Press, Inc.

$19.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780887849756

Penguin Group (USA)

$27.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9781594203060

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Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars Carl Corey A stunningly evocative collection of documentary pictures, Tavern League serves as a sociological snapshot of an important segment of the Wisconsin community— one whose evolution, and even continued existence, stands in question in a young twenty-first century. Wisconsin Historical Society Press

$29.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780870204784

Resorts of Minnesota: Exploring the Heritage and History of Minnesota’s Family Resorts Neil E. Johnson with Adam Swenson Photographs by Mark J. Harlow, Doug Ohman, and Scott Pederson The author traveled over 40,000 miles to capture the stories of the best family-run resorts in Minnesota. With stunning graphic design and over 1,000 color images, Resorts of Minnesota is the ideal gift. NLJ Books $34.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780983084594

Blue Guitar Highway Cut From Plain Cloth The 2011 Wisconsin Workers Protests Dennis Weidemann Personal stories and photographs paint a stirring portrait of ordinary citizen protesters who are as diverse as America itself. Full color. Berens House $34.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780979685217

From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways Ellen F. Steinberg and Jack H. Prost Reveals the distinctive flavor of Jewish foods in the Midwest and tracks regional culinary changes over time. “Presents classics such as gefilte and matzos alongside lesser-known dishes. A nostalgic look at preserving authenticity while embracing creativity.” —Publishers Weekly University of Illinois Press $32.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780252036200

Paul Metsa In this close-up, dizzying view of his life, Paul Metsa captures the thrill of the 1980s Twin Cities music scene and takes us with him onto the stage to rock alongside Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. University of Minnesota Press

$24.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780816676422

History Afield Stories from the Golden Age of Wisconsin Sporting Life Robert C. Willging Stories of sportsmen past come to life in History Afield, an account of the many and varied sporting pursuits that are part of the Wisconsin tradition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press

$24.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780870204296


CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS Making a Friend Alison McGhee Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal Bestselling author of Someday delights us with a heartfelt tale about a boy and his friendship with a snowman. This tender story about the power of friendship stays with readers long after turning the last page. Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

$16.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9781416989981

Strega Nona’s Gift Tomie dePaola When Big Anthony smells the delicious treats Strega Nona is cooking, he decides just a taste couldn’t hurt. Wrong! He gets his desserts, while Strega Nona surprises everyone else with a special gift. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers Group

$17.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780399256493

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New Skates

Albert Whitman & Company

The Christmas Tree Ship Carol Crane Illustrated by Chris Ellison Based on true events, this regional holiday tale shares the fate of a schooner affectionately called The Christmas Tree Ship and its tradition of delivering holiday

Maj Lindman Set on a wintry Christmas morning in Sweden, this classic holiday tale returns after an absence of thirty years in a deluxe hardcover edition complete with removable paper dolls.

$14.99 Hardcover with paper dolls ISBN: 9780807524961 trees to Chicago. Sleeping Bear Press $15.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9781585362851

A Bad Kitty Christmas Nick Bruel Wreck the halls! Bad Kitty is back in a fullcolor picture book— and here for the holidays in a mischievous Christmas caper by fan-favorite author and illustrator, Nick Bruel.

Clancy’s Christmas Stampede & Other Christmas Story-Poems Jim Zitzelsberger Fifteen new narrative poems for Christmas including “Clancy’s Christmas Stampede,”Santa at the throttle in “Casey-Come-Christmas,”and a new rendition of the traditional Christmas story. Read together, sing, and celebrate! Moki Lane Publishing $8.95 Paperback ISBN: 9780615387055


Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

$15.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9781596436688


Train Trip Deanna Caswell, Illustrated by Dan Andreasen A lucky boy is going to visit Grandma! As much as he looks forward to seeing her, the train ride is the best part, with bridges to cross, instruments to study, and aisles to tromp in. All aboard! Disney Hyperion/Disney Book Group $16.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9781423118374

Twelve Owls Laura Erickson Illustrated by Betsy Bowen Written with wit and a remarkable command of bird lore, the charming and informative Twelve Owls features enchanting pictures of Minnesota owls by award-winning artist Betsy Bowen. University of Minnesota Press $19.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780816677580

Grandpa Green Lane Smith Lane Smith, the bestselling author of It’s a Book, evokes a stunning and timeless story of family history and love creating the perfect book for grown-ups and those still growing.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Eric Carle From the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Unleash the artist inside every child with this vibrant tribute to creativity, complete with a red crocodile, purple fox, polka-dotted donkey—and tons of imagination. Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group

$17.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780399257131

Loon Susan Vande Griek, Illustrated by Karen Reczuch The haunting call of a loon evokes summertime for many people. This gorgeously illustrated prose poem follows two baby chicks through the first year of their life. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, Inc.

$18.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9781554980772

Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

$16.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9781596436077

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A Celebration of Birds & Nature!

The Wizard of Oz™ A Scanimation® Book 10 Classic Scenes from Over the Rainbow Rufus Butler Seder We’re off to see the wizard! The magic of Scanimation meets the wonderful Wizard of Oz, bringing to life 10 memorable scenes from the movie that has enchanted generations of viewers. Workman Publishing $14.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780761163732

How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant? A Munch-and-Sip Pop-Up Book Caitlin Friedman Illustrated by Shaw Nielsen In this warmly illustrated and interactive picture book full of tabs, gatefolds, and pop-ups, the reader gets to help Oscar feed the giant! Kids have fun and learn about helping others in need.


Tea with Lady Sapphire Sharing the Love of Birds From the warmth of the breakfast nook a grandma and her grandchildren peer out the frosty window waiting for Lady Sapphire—the majestic pileated woodpecker who stars in this heartwarming celebration of nature. $19.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780982762516 From the authors of Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc.

Workman Publishing

$18.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780761157526

Can You See What I See? Toyland Express Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve Walter Wick From the bestselling search-and-find series, follow the life of a toy train from the workshop to the attic, only to be rescued at a yard sale and brought to life again. Scholastic, Inc.

ZooZical Judy Sierra, Illustrated by Marc Brown A storytime spectacular from the #1 New York Times bestselling team that brought you Wild About Books. Sing along when animals take center stage in a song-anddance extravaganza! Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House

$17.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780375868474

$13.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780545244831


Your local independent bookseller will help you find the books you love!


Big Little Brother Kevin Kling, Illustrated by Chris Monroe This charming first children’s book by celebrated storyteller Kevin Kling, with whimsical drawings by Chris Monroe, traces a familiar arc from sibling rivalry to brotherly love. Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press

$17.95 Hardcover ISBN: 9780873518444

Puff, the Magic Dragon Pop-Up Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton Illustrated by Eric Puybaret Paper engineered by Bruce Foster Puff flies into a new dimension in this spectacular pop-up, featuring extra gatefolds and enchanting special effects. Sterling Children’s Books

$26.95 Hardcover with 4-song CD ISBN: 9781402787119

Otis and the Tornado Loren Long Otis and his friends are playing follow-the-leader when the day turns frightening—a tornado! Most animals are safe, but the bull is still locked in his pen! Otis must save the day. Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group

$17.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780399254772

Every Thing On It

Blowin’ in the Wind

Shel Silverstein From beloved author and artist Shel Silverstein, Every Thing On It is a wondrous poetry collection following in the tradition of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic.

Lyrics by Bob Dylan Illustrated by Jon J Muth One of the most powerful songs of all time comes vibrantly to life with illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Jon J Muth. This touching and timely picture book will be treasured by adults and children alike. Sterling Children’s Books

$17.95 Hardcover with CD ISBN: 9781402780028

HarperCollins Children’s Books

$19.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780061998164


YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE LEGO® Star Wars® Character Encyclopedia With more than 400 captivating images and tons of fascinating facts, LEGO® Star Wars® Character Encyclopedia is sure to keep fans reading for hours! Includes LEGO® Star Wars® minifigure. $18.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780756686970

The LEGO® Ideas Book Unlock Your Imagination Use what you have to make something new! Featuring inspirational LEGO® builds, tips to supplement and enhance LEGO® creations, and expert advice from LEGO® Master Builders, The LEGO® Ideas Book will encourage creativity in kids of all ages. $24.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780756686062 DK Publishing

Ship Breaker

Shatter Me


Paolo Bacigalupi Vivid, brutal, and thematically rich, Ship Breaker, from the author of The Windup Girl, is a gritty highstakes adventure set in a futuristic world where oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer.

Tahereh Mafi Juliette has the power to kill with a single touch—and the power to save her shattered world. Thrilling and original, Shatter Me introduces an electric new YA talent, debut author Tahereh Mafi.

Maggie Stiefvater The thrilling conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling series. The stakes are higher than ever. Wolves are being hunted, lives are being threatened, and love is harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group

HarperCollins Children’s Books

Scholastic, Inc.

$17.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780062085481

$17.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780545259088

$9.99 Paperback ISBN: 9780316056199


Available 11/15/11

YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Wonderstruck Brian Selznick Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben’s told in words and Rose’s in pictures— weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.

Liesl & Po Lauren Oliver, Illustrated by Kei Acedera New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver’s first novel for middle grade readers glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places. HarperCollins Children’s Books $16.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780062014511

Scholastic, Inc.

$29.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780545027892

The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition Norton Juster Illustrated by Jules Feiffer Celebrate 50 spectacular years of The Phantom Tollbooth, featuring essays from esteemed authors and educators, photos of the author and illustrator, and the beloved story of Milo

Bluefish Pat Schmatz Thirteen-year-old Travis has a secret: he can’t read. But a shrewd teacher and a sassy girl are about to change everything in this witty and deeply moving novel. Candlewick Press

and the Lands Beyond. Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House

$24.00 Hardcover ISBN: 9780375869037

$15.99 Hardcover ISBN: 9780763653347

Many of your favorite local bookstores now sell e-books! Through the American Booksellers Association’s collaboration with Google Editions, many local bookstores now fully stock and deliver e-books, and often at the same price as any other online store. This holiday season, as you give the gift of an e-reader or receive one yourself, please visit your local bookstore’s website to discover if they sell e-books or talk to a bookseller about how to keep your e-book purchases local. Your local independent bookseller will help you find the books you love!


find the perfect books at your LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLER! During the holidays and every day of the year, MIBA’s locally owned and operated independent bookstores look forward to helping you with your book shopping. Go to to find an interactive directory of all our member bookstores listed below and to locate the bookstore closest to you. Many of our stores actively stock all the books in the catalog and all should be able to order them for you quickly if necessary. ILLINOIS

Book People

SIUE University Bookstore

Sioux City • 712-258-1471

Normandale Community College Bookstore

University of St. Thomas Bookstore

Edwardsville • 618-650-2105

Hill Avenue Book Co.

Bloomington • 952-487-7010

Minneapolis • 651-962-4343

Book World

Spirit Lake • 712-336-5672

Book Break

True Colors Bookstore

Freeport • 815-232-7323

The Learning Post

Buffalo • 763-682-6790

Minneapolis • 612-821-9630

Book World

Urbandale • 515-331-8008

Buffalo Books & Coffee Buffalo • 763-682-3147

Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore

Scout and Morgan Books

Minneapolis • 612-824-9984

Galena • 815-776-1060

The Bookstore Glen Ellyn • 630-469-2891

Book Mouse Ottawa • 815-433-7323

Great Debate Books Quincy • 217-221-9673

Book World Sterling • 815-564-9440


Rainy Day Books Fairway • 913-384-3126

The Book Barn Leavenworth • 913-682-6518

Claflin Books & Copies Manhattan • 785-776-3771

I Love A Mystery Mission • 913-432-2583


Watermark Books and Cafe

Iowa State University Book Store

Wichita • 316-682-1181

Ames • 515-294-0245

University Book & Supply Cedar Falls • 319-266-7581

The Book Vine Cherokee • 712-225-2445

Dragonfly Books Decorah • 563-382-4275

Beaverdale Books Des Moines • 515-279-5400

River Lights Bookstore, 2nd Edition Dubuque • 563-556-4391

Bookadee Forest City • 641-585-1414

Book World Fort Dodge • 515-955-2665

Pioneer Bookshop Grinnell • 641-236-1696

Courtyard Books Keokuk • 319-524-4605

The Next Chapter Knoxville • 641-828-7323

Book World

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore

Detroit Lakes • 218-847-0133

Minneapolis • 612-824-6347

The Bookstore at Fitger’s

Wild Rumpus

Duluth • 218-727-9077

Minneapolis • 612-920-5005

UMD Stores

Turtle Town Books & Gifts

Duluth • 218-726-7286

Nisswa • 218-963-4891

Second-Floor Bookstore

South Central College Bookstore

Ely • 218-365-6745

Excelsior Bay Books

North Mankato • 507-389-7221


Excelsior • 952-401-0932

Carleton College Bookstore

Book World Charlevoix • 231-547-2005

The Source Comics & Games

Monkey See, Monkey Read

Book World

Falcon Heights • 651-645-0386

Northfield • 507-645-6700

Escanaba • 906-786-3973

Victor Lundeen Co.

St. Olaf College Bookstore

North Wind Books at Finlandia University

Fergus Falls • 218-736-5433

Northfield • 507-786-3048

Birchbark Books and Gifts

Little Professor Book Center

Hancock • 906-487-7217

Grand Marais • 218-387-2315

Owatonna • 507-455-0969

Book World

Drury Lane Books

Beagle Books

Houghton • 906-482-8192

Grand Marais • 218-387-3370

Park Rapids • 218-237-2665

Book World

Village Bookstore

Book World

Iron Mountain • 906-779-1416

Grand Rapids • 218-326-9458

Park Rapids • 218-732-0770

Book World

Howard Street Booksellers

Sister Wolf Books

Ironwood • 906-932-5787

Hibbing • 218-262-5206

Park Rapids • 218-732-7565

Book World

Bear Books

Bev’s Book Nook

Marquette • 906-228-9490

Isanti • 763-444-4600

Perham • 218-346-2556

Snowbound Books

Bookin’ It Bookstore


Marquette • 906-228-4448

Little Falls • 320-632-1848

Plymouth • 612-360-9131

Book World

Best of Times Bookstore

Sault Ste. Marie • 906-632-0559

Birchbark Books & Native Arts

Book World

Minneapolis • 612-374-4023

Nancy’s Book Nook

St. Ignace • 906-643-7569

Creative Kidstuff

Red Wing • 651-388-6421

Book World


Mason City • 641-424-2665

Book World

Paper Moon

Albert Lea • 507-377-6090

McGregor • 563-873-3357

Book World

Mattingly Music & Books

Alexandria • 320-759-7236

Newton • 641-792-3250

Cherry Street Books

Book Vault

Alexandria • 320-763-9400

Oskaloosa • 641-676-1777

Book World

Prairie Moon Books

Baxter • 218-855-0054

Sheldon • 712-324-3624

Book World Bemidji • 218-444-5523


Cambridge • 763-689-2474

Northfield • 507-222-4153

Red Wing • 651-388-1003

Minneapolis • 612-927-0653

Inspiration Hollow

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Roseau • 218-463-1002

Minneapolis • 612-822-4611

Birds Books

University of Minnesota Bookstore

Rosemount • 651-423-6444

Minneapolis • 612-626-1896

St. Paul • 651-225-8989

Once Upon a Crime Minneapolis • 612-870-3785

Inver Hills Community College Bookstore

Paperback Exchange

St. Paul • 651-450-3534

Minneapolis • 612-929-8801

Common Good Books

Macalester College Bookstore St. Paul • 651-696-6670





St. Paul • 651-646-5506

NDSU Bookstore

Eagle River • 715-479-4425

Princeton • 920-295-4801

Minnesota History Center Museum Store

Fargo • 701-231-8015

MHS Bookstore

Book World

Eau Claire • 715-852-6301

Rhinelander • 715-369-2627

St. Paul • 651-259-3012

Zandbroz Variety Fargo • 701-239-4729

Book World

Book World

Main Street Books

Fond du Lac • 920-922-2980

Rice Lake • 715-234-8038

Minot • 701-839-4050

The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop

Thyme Worn Treasures

Oakes • 701-742-2007

Fort Atkinson • 920-568-9940

The Reader’s Loft

Book World

Books on Broadway

The Red Balloon Bookshop St. Paul • 51-224-8320

St. Kate’s Bookstore St. Paul • 651-690-6855

University of St. Thomas Bookstore St. Paul • 651-962-6855

The Book Mark St. Peter • 507-933-6017

Valley Bookseller Stillwater • 651-430-3385

the bookcliffs Wabasha • 651-565-5312

Sweets ’N Stories Williston • 701-572-1433

Green Bay • 920-406-0200


Book World Chapter 2 Books

Lincoln • 402-477-7770

A Room of One’s Own

Omaha • 402-392-2877

Chapters Books and Gifts

Madison • 608-257-7888

Seward • 402-643-2282

Book World

Wayzata • 952-473-8341


Lake Country Booksellers

Chapter 1 Book Center

LaDeDa Books & Beans

The Bookcase

Aberdeen • 605-225-0632

Book World

Prairie Pages Bookseller

Manitowoc • 920-682-7040

Book World

Pierre • 605-945-1100

The Book Shelf

Book World


Marshfield • 715-387-6667

Book World

Bookends on Main

Paperbacks and Pieces Winona • 507-452-5580

Reading Frenzy Bookshop Zimmerman • 763-856-3736

Antigo • 715-623-2500

Menomonie • 715-233-6252

Pages & Pipes

Next Chapter Bookshop

Appleton • 920-734-2821

Mequon • 262-241-6220

Pages & Pipes

Book World

Arcadia Books Book Look Stevens Point • 715-341-2665

Book World Bookfinders Book World Sturgeon Bay • 920-743-3159

Bramble Bookstore Viroqua • 608-637-8717

Chequamegon Book Co. Washburn • 715-373-2899

Appleton • 920-830-0309

Merrill • 715-539-9557

Rebounds Used Books

Book World

Boswell Book Company

Chesterfield • 314-570-4819

Ashland • 715-685-9998

Milwaukee • 414-332-1181

River Reader

Novel Ideas

Book World

Tribeca GalleryCafe & Books Watertown • 920-206-2885

Book World Watertown • 920-206-9705

Lexington • 660-259-4996

Baileys Harbor • 920-839-1300

Minocqua • 715-356-7071

Cate’s Books and Stuff

Book World

The Prairie Bookshop

Louisiana • 573-754-5388

Baraboo • 608-356-5155

Mount Horeb • 608-437-4118

Main Street Books

Apostle Islands Booksellers


Book World Waupaca • 715-256-9393

Janke Book Store Wausau • 715-845-9648

St. Charles • 636-949-0105

Bayfield • 715-779-0200

Neenah • 920-725-6550

The Book House

Book World

Books & Company

St. Louis • 314-968-4491

Beaver Dam • 920-887-8711

Oconomowoc • 262-567-0106

Left Bank Books

Redbery Books

Apple Blossom Books

St. Louis • 314-367-6731

Cable • 715-798-5014

Oshkosh • 920-230-3395

Left Bank Books

Creekside Books

Paper Tiger Book Store

St. Louis • 314-436-3049

Cedarburg • 262-546-0004

Oshkosh • 920-231-0800

Pudd’nhead Books

Annz Boutique & Books

Book Heads

The Little Read Book Wauwatosa • 414-774-2665

Fireside Books and Gifts West Bend • 262-334-1444

Book World Wisconsin Dells • 608-254-2425

Book World Wisconsin Rapids • 715-421-2570

Chetek • 715-925-2665

Plymouth • 920-892-6657

Book World

Book World

Eagle River • 715-479-7094

Spooner • 715-635-6811

Stevens Point • 715-341-8300


Webster Groves • 314-918-1069

Northwind Book & Fiber

Stevens Point • 715-344-5311

Marinette • 715-735-5188

Willmar • 320-214-0555 Winona • 507-474-1880

Book World

Spring Green • 608-588-7638

Manitowoc • 920-682-9202

White Bear Lake • 651-426-0918

Book World Sister Bay • 920-854-4248

Hudson • 715-220-8818

The Bookworm

Ripon • 920-748-7680 Shawano • 715-524-3837

Hayward • 715-634-6007

Indigo Bridge Books

Rice Lake • 715-736-0233

Portage • 608-742-1989

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