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BOOKS Illustration Š Barbara McClintock from The Mitten written by Jim Aylesworth published by Scholastic Inc. 2009


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c o v e r The Mitten Jim Aylesworth illustrated by Barbara McClintock When a little boy loses a mitten in the snow, a passing squirrel discovers it’s the perfect place to warm his icy toes. But he’s not the only animal with that idea! The artwork for this catalog is taken from this book. {Scholastic Inc.} 9780439925440 $16.99

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The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir Katrina Kenison Through her own story of midlife upheaval, the author invites mothers to rediscover the wonder of ordinary days with their families as they approach the “letting go” that comes with raising teenagers. {Grand Central} 9780446409483 $23.99

The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir John Grogan A universal story of growing up, outgrowing home, making peace with the past, and the life journey we all take to find our own voice and place in the world—with some laughs along the way. {Harper Paperbacks} 9780061713309 paper $14.99

Notes Left Behind Brooke and Keith Desserich This heartbreaking true story of one unforgettable little girl’s battle with brain cancer, told by her parents, is a moving and inspirational reminder to cherish the moments we have with our loved ones. {Morrow} 9780061886393 $19.99

feel a bond with other “indies” and other independent businesses of all types. You’ll see our “IndieBound” logo on these pages as an expression of that bond, and on page 15 you’ll find a list of “things you just did” by shopping with us, your local, independent bookstore. We really appreciate your business. We’ve again included lists of “indie” favorites and, new this year, Great Lakes, Great Reads, books that we love to recommend that have a regional setting or are by a regional author. We think you’ll love to read them, and we wish you the happiest of holidays.

Stones Into Schools Greg Mortenson From the author of the #1 bestseller Three Cups of Tea, here is the continuing story of this determined humanitarian’s efforts to promote peace through education in Afghanistan and Pakistan. {Viking} 9780670021154 $25.95 True Compass: A Memoir Edward M. Kennedy For the first time, one of America's greatest leaders tells his personal story - of his legendary family, politics, and 50 years at the center of national events - an inspiring legacy to readers and to history. {Twelve} 9780446539258 $35

Something for everyone


I Am America (And So Can You) Stephen Colbert The phenomenal #1 bestseller is now in paperback! In it, Colbert shares his deeply held knee-jerk beliefs on The American Family, Race, Religion, Sex, Sports, and many more topics, conveniently arranged in chapter form. {Grand Central} 9780446582186 paper $15.99

Eating the Dinosaur Chuck Klosterman The bestselling author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs returns with an all-original nonfiction collection of questions and answers about pop culture, sports, and the meaning of reality. {Simon & Schuster Inc.} 9781416544203 $25

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe Theodore Gray An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-beforeseen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table, along with fascinating facts, figures, and stories of the elements. {Black Dog & Leventhall} 9781579128142 $29.95

Prehistoric Life David Burnie With astonishing images of skeletons and fossils created using cutting-edge technology, this comprehensive visual encyclopedia explores dinosaurs, early man, and plant life in unparalleled detail. {DK Publishing, Inc.} 9780756655730 $40

Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure Matthew Algeo Matthew Algeo chronicles the 2,500-mile road trip Harry and Bess Truman took after Harry left office, with detours into topics such as America’s highway system and the decline of Main Street America. {Chicago Review Press} 9781556527777 $24.95

Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger Tom Weschler and Gary Graff A photo-driven insider’s look at Bob Seger’s career from the early days to his breakthrough as a world-famous musician. {Wayne State University Press / Painted Turtle} 9780814334591 $27.95

The Great Depression: A Diary Benjamin Roth A first-person account of living through the Great Depression, by a Youngstown, Ohio, lawyer, who recorded his struggle to make sense of the economic chaos unfolding around him, with haunting parallels to our own time. {Public Affairs} 9781586487997 $24.95

The Human Brain Book Rita Carter Combining the latest findings in neuroscience with stateof-the-art illustrations, this comprehensive book reveals fascinating details about this most potent human organ. Includes an interactive DVD-ROM. {DK Publishing, Inc.} 9780756654412 $40

State by State edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey Inspired by the classic WPA State Guides of the 1930s, this modern collection features original, thought-provoking, and revealing portraits of each of the 50 states by 50 leading novelists and journalists. {Ecco} 9780061470912 paper $16.99

Sporting Life


Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America’s Pasttime Mark Frost The bestselling author of The Match recreates the most exciting baseball game ever played, with an unprecedented behind-thescenes look at this remarkable event, full of historical significance and human drama. {Hyperion Books} 9781401323103 $26.99 Guide to Great Lakes Fishes Gerald Smith A comprehensive, full color guide to more than fifty fishes common to all the Great Lakes. {Univ of Michigan Press} 9780472033751 paper $24.95

Guide to

Great L akes Fishes

Gerald r. smith

illustrations by emily s. Damstra

The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Thomas, author of the internationally bestselling The Hidden Life of Dogs, creates a fascinating and moving account of the year she spent observing deer in the wild. {Harper} 9780061792106 $24.99

The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heartstopping World Series - The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds Joe Posnanski The perfect gift for any baseball fan—a retelling of the season that is the material of sports legend. {Morrow} 9780061582561 $25.99

Medicine for the Outdoors Paul S. Auerbach, MD A lifesaver when help is hours… or days, away! Written in a straightforward manner to help the everyday outdoorsperson focus on “improvisational medicine” - making do with what you can find in the wilderness. {Elsevier Health Science} 9780323068130 paper $24.95 The Sibley Guide to Trees David Allen Sibley An astonishingly elegant book -monumental in scope but small enough to take into the field -- the perfect gift for hikers, birders, environmentalists and nature lovers by the celebrated creator of the Sibley Guide to Birds. {Knopf} 9780375415197 $39.95

When the Game Was Ours Larry Bird and Earvin Magic Johnson with Jackie Macmullan “At long last the great book on Bird and Magic -- their own account, told from behind the scenes, inside huddles, confidential phone conversations, backseats of cars, and most importantly, from their inner hearts.” —Sally Jenkin {Houghton Mifflin Harcourt} 9780547225470 $26

Ken Schultz’s Essentials of Fishing: The Only Guide You Need to Catch Freshwater & Saltwater Fish Ken Schultz An updated, concise version of the internationally known expert’s classic book on fishing. Thematically organized, with solid and practical information, it is the perfect gift for the fishing buff on your list. {John Wiley & Sons, Inc.} 9780470444313 $40 M Is for Michigan Football Greg Nelson An entertaining and informative collection of photographs, historical facts, and trivia from University of Michigan football. {Univ of Michigan Press} 9780472033874 paper $12.95


' Ti s t h e s e a s o n Merry Christmas, Splat Rob Scotton Splat wonders if he’s been a good enough cat this year to deserve a really big present. Just to make sure, he offers some last-minute help to his mom but messes up completely and is sure his Christmas is ruined. {HarperCollins Children’s Books} 9780060831608 $16.99

The Art of a Christmas Carol Diana Landau Everyone knows the classic story, but this book takes us behind the scenes for this fall’s release of the Robert Zemeckis movie, with looks at the performances, technology, and art that will make it a classic film as well. {Disney} 9781423121046 $35

The Polar Express: 25th Anniversary Edition Chris Van Allsburg To commemorate its 25th anniversary, a lavish gift edition of this holiday classic has been created. It includes a CD audio recording by Liam Neeson and a silvery keepsake “All Aboard” ornament. {Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children} 9780395389492 $18.95

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas Jane O’Connor illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser Ooh la la! Christmas is Fancy Nancy’s favorite time of year. In this merriest of stories, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way! {Harper Collins Children’s Books} 9780061235900 $17.99 Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Gennady Spirin Gennady Spirin’s sumptuous paintings bring new life and spectacular beauty to this classic song, making it a gift to be treasured at Christmastime. {Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books} 9780761455516 $16.99 Also available: The Night Before Christmas 9780761452980 $16.99

An Irish Country Christmas Patrick Taylor It’s the season for miracles and Barry Laverty, M. B. and Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly have their hands full in the third installment of this New York Times bestselling series. {Tom Doherty Assoc} 9780765320728 paper $14.99

Great Lakes, Great Reads The independent bookstores of our region have banded together to recommend a few new noteworthy books each season that are about our region or by authors who are favorites in the Heartland. Here are a few from 2009. There will be more to come. Look for the Great Lakes, Great Reads logo in the months ahead for new books we independents love to recommend. Dark Places By Gillian Flynn {Random House} 9870307341563 $24

Horse Soldiers By Doug Stanton {Simon & Schuster} 9781416580515 $28

Real Life & Liars Kristina Riggle {Avon A} 9780061706288 Paper $13.99

While I’m Falling Laura Moriarty {Hyperion} 9781401302726 $24.99

Starvation Lake By Bryan Gruley {Simon & Schuster} 9781416563624 $14

Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip By Matthew Algeo {Chicago Review Press} 9781556527777 $24.95

Sworn to Silence Linda Castillo {Minotaur} 9780312374976 $24.95

Silent Hour Michael Koryta {Minotaur} 9780312361570 $24.99

Bad Things Happen Harry Dolan {Putnam} 9780399155635 $24.95


Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting By Michael Perry {HarperCollins} 9780061240430 $25.99


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INDIE FAVORITES The The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz {Riverhead} 9781594483295 paper $14

City of Thieves David Benioff {Plume} 9780452295292 paper $15

The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls {Scribner} 9780743247542 paper $15

The Christmas Cookie Club Ann Pearlman This riveting debut novel follows the rich and complicated friendships among 12 women who meet for a cookie exchange. It is every woman’s story - of struggles and triumphs, what makes them laugh and what has made them cry. {Simon & Schuster Inc.} 9781439158845 $24.95

The Echoes of L’Arbre Croche Donald Johnston Mystery, intrigue, romance, and history in a novel that ranges from Chicago across Lake Michigan to Beaver Island, Michigan. {Univ of Michigan Press} 9780472033966 paper $16.95

The echoes of l’Arbre croche

A tale of murder & intrigue on the Great Lakes

Donald A. Johnston

Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson {Picador} 9780312427085 paper $14

The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd {Penguin Books} 9780143114550 paper $15

Starvation Lake Bryan Gruley {Touchstone Books} 9781416563624 paper $14

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Knit the Season Kate Jacobs From the #1 bestselling author comes another heartwarming Friday Night Knitting Club novel — a loving, moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family. {Putnam} 9780399156380 $24.95

The Last Song Nicholas Sparks In the tradition of his beloved bestseller, A Walk to Remember, Sparks delivers a compelling family drama centered around a rebellious teenage girl’s romantic awakening and first encounter with heartbreak. {Grand Central} 9780446547567 $24.99

Real Life & Liars Kristina Riggle Sometimes you find happiness where, and when, you least expect it. On the weekend of Mirabelle Zielinski’s anniversary party, lies will be revealed, hearts will be broken...but love will also be found. {Avon} 9780061706288 paper $13.99


t h r illi n g s t o r i e s Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America Rusty McClure and David Stern In this taut Hitchcockian thriller, a fugitive fighting to clear his name uncovers a deadly conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels of government and stretches back to the founding of America. {Ternary} 9780984213207 $24

Hardball Sara Paretsky Chicago politics—past, present, and future—take center stage in bestselling author Sara Paretsky’s brilliant new V.I. Warshawski novel. {Putnam} 9780399155932 $26.95

I, Alex Cross James Patterson Alex vows to capture the psycopath who brutally murdered his niece before he kills again. With astonsihing plot twists and electrifying revelations, this is the most suspenseful Alex Cross novel yet. {Little Brown} 9780316018784 $27.99

Coral Castle Rusty McClure and Jack Hefron The first book to take an indepth look at one of America’s most intriguing places, built in the 1920s and ’30s by an eccentric Latvian immigrant, in hopes of wooing back the fiancée who had jilted him. {Ternary} 9780984213214 paper $18.95 The End Salvatore Scibona In this National Book Award finalist, a street carnival in 1950s Cleveland reaches a riotous pitch, as one day of calamity sheds light on the struggles, follies, and pride of five members of the community. {Riverhead Trade} 9781594484056 paper $16 Ford County John Grisham In this collection of stories, John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, and reminds us once again why he is America’s favorite storyteller. {Doubleday} 9780385532457 $21.95

The Gathering Storm Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, looms before unready humankind in book twelve of Robert Jordan’s bestselling Wheel of Time® series. {Tom Doherty Assoc} 9780765302304 $29.99

In a Perfect World Laura Kasischke Jiselle’s fairy tale life quickly unravels as she struggles with a new marriage, stepchildren who hate her, and a world-wide plague that all force her to make choices she had never imagined. {Perennial} 9780061766114 paper $13.99

Nine Dragons Michael Connelly In this new thriller by the #1 bestselling author of The Scarecrow, Detective Harry Bosch is close to solving a case, but drops everything and flies to Hong Kong to search for his daughter who has gone missing. {Little Brown} 9780316166317 $27.99

True Blue David Baldacci Just out of prison, a young ex-cop sets out to rebuild her life and track down the ones who framed her in this latest thriller by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divine Justice. {Grand Central} 9780446195515 $27.99

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Hill • Graunke

Kindness shared between a boy and a dog

Genuine Prints LLC

Blue Moon Magic: A Sticker Activity Storybook This interactive sticker book will provide kids hours of fun recreating scenes featuring their favorite fairies from “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.” Over 100 colorful vinyl stickers provided. {Disney} 9781423119241 $14.99

by Meggan Hill

photography by Susan M. Graunke

Nico & Lola Meggan Hill photography by Susan M. Graunke Nico must search his heart to find ways to be kind while taking care of an adorable dog named Lola. Tender messages and captivating photographs are woven together in this heartwarming tale. {Genuine Prints, LLC} 9780615230405 $16.95

Otis Loren Long In the tradition of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has created an unforgettable new story - and character - celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance. {Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers} 9780399252488 $17.99

Carl’s Snowy Afternoon Alexandra Day Carl, everyone’s favorite Rottweiler, is back for a wintertime romp! Left at home with a babysitter, Carl and baby Madeleine escape for an afternoon of sledding and playing in the snow. {FSG} 9780374310868 $12.99

A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes Matthew Reinhart Phenomenal paper engineering brings an added dimension - literally - to the classic telling of Mother Goose’s most treasured nursery rhymes. A family keepsake to read for years to come. {Simon & Schuster Children’s Book Group} 9781416918257 $26.99

First Ballet Deanna Caswell This beautiful picture book recreates all the joy and wonder of the first theatrical experience - the velvet curtain, the spotlight, the graceful dancers - for children to relive again and again. {Disney} 9781423113539 $16.99

Percy, the Perfectly Imperfect Chicken Rick Rieser “CRACK" went an egg and Percy joins the flock. Experience Percy's life journey in fantastic full color illustration. What everyone discovers is a message of hope important for all children. {Fast Pencil} GLBA 2009:Layout Paper 1 7/20/09 978160746445 $12.95

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Trouble Gum Matthew Cordell Two piglets at loose ends are given some gum by their Grammy, but not without a reminder about the bubblegum rules. Unsurprisingly, they can’t resist the temptation and break them all, and more, with hilarious results. {Feiwel & Friends} Page 1 9780312387747 $16.99

Children’s Picture Book

by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

Stranger in the Woods; Lost in the Woods; & First Snow in the Woods Beautiful wildlife photography illustrates these 3 classics. Children of all ages will love the images and the charming stories! (HC $19.95 ea.) SITW 9780967174808; LITW 9780967174884; FSITW 9780977010868

Three New York Times Best Sellers!

When Snowflakes Fall New for 2009! This little board book, a spin-off of First Snow in the Woods, teaches what animals do when snowflakes fall. Perfect for little nature lovers. (Board Book $7.95) WSF 9780977010899



Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc.


f li g h t s o f f a n c y Family Huddle Archie, Eli, and Peyton Manning illustrated by Jim Madsen Huddle up with the most famous family in football. Peyton and Eli Manning are now NFL Superstars, but they are still kids in Family Huddle. The boys joke around and play football at every opportunity. {Scholastic Inc.} 9780545153775 $16.99

Walt Disney’s Peter Pan Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson This cheeky retelling by the authors of the Peter and the Starcatchers series and the vibrant concept art of the animated movie are woven into an entertaining new take on a classic story. {Disney} 9781423113232 $16.99 Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Cynthia Rylant Newbery Medalist Rylant’s unforgettable retelling is the perfect complement to the breathtakingly expressive illustrations created to set the tone for Walt Disney’s first animated classic. {Disney} 9781423118619 $16.99

Jan Brett’s Snowy Treasury Jan Brett Jan Brett’s four “snowy” favorites - The Gingerbread Baby, The Mitten, The Hat, and The Three Snow Bears - with their memorable characters, collected together in one beautiful edition! {Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers} 9780399254017 $29.99 Me & My Animal Friends Ralph Covert illustrated by Laurie Keller Kids’ rock star Ralph Covert’s playful lyrics coupled with Laurie Keller’s whimsical illustrations take readers on a zany adventure across land and water in happy celebration of animal friends of all kinds. {Henry Holt} 9780805087369 $16.99

World of Fairies: At the Dawn of Pixie Hollow Calliope Glass An abundance of fairy facts, profiles of your favorite pixies, and beautiful illustrations on every page makes this the ultimate guide to uncover the secrets of the earliest recorded age of the Never fairies. {Disney} 9781423108801 $19.99 Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green Eileen Spinelli illustrated by Anne Kennedy Miss Fox’s class (Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class) returns, and this time they’re going green! When Miss Fox arrives at school riding her bycycle, her simple act ripples throughout the school. {Albert Whitman & Company} 9780807551660 $16.99

Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) Florence Parry Heide illustrated by Lane Smith Princess Hyacinth has a problem she floats! How does one keep her on the ground? And what happens if she floats away? A classic author and illustrator have created an unforgettable character sure to charm and delight young readers. {Schwartz & Wade} 9780375845017 $17.99

Dinosaur Park illustrated by Steve Weston Readers can use press-out dinosaur pieces to travel through four alluring worlds of dinosaurs. A field guide is included to find answers to questions and track down footprints that appear across every scene. {Kingfisher} 9780753463833 $17.99

stirring stories


Al Capone Shines My Shoes Gennifer Choldenko Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz with his family, and he and the cons are about to get a lot closer in this much anticipated sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts. {Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers} 9780803734609 $17.99

Blood Promise: A Vampire Academy Novel Richelle Mead With the recent fatal attacks at St. Vladimir’s, Rose must abandon her best friend and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most? {Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers} 9781595141989 $16.99

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma Trenton Lee Stewart illustrated by Diana Sudyka In this third installment of the series, an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, and the heroes must unravel clues relating to a nefarious plot that will bring them closer to danger than ever before. {Little Brown} 9780316045520 $16.99 Shiver Maggie Stiefvater From a talented new writer comes a love story with a chilling twist. In this compelling young adult novel, a werewolf and the girl he once saved from his wolf pack fall in love during his final summer in human form. {Scholastic Inc.} 9780545123266 $17.99

The Demon King Cinda Williams Chima Wizards are in search of a stolen, magic amulet, and the Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of a reformed thief and a rebellious princess collide in this stunning new page-turner. {Disney} 9781423118237 $17.99

The Maze Runner James Dashner Thomas and the other boys confined to The Glade have no memory other than their names. One day a girl arrives with a message that suggests Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. {Delacorte BFYR} 9780385737944 $16.99

Million-Dollar Throw Mike Lupica What would you do with a million dollars if you were 13? When Nate, whose nickname is “Brady,” gets a chance to make a throw that could save his family, he’ll need the inspiration of a friend as much as his strong arm. {Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers} 9780399246265 $17.99

Versus: Warriors Steve Stone Ten of the greatest warriors of history meet in battle for the first time. Versus explores who would triumph and why, comparing weaponry, armor, tactics, and codes of honor. Who will win? {Kingfisher} 9780753419168 $19.99

Waddle! Rufus Butler Seder Created by the optical genius behind Gallop! and Swing!, Waddle! will inspire prancing, hopping, stomping, and scampering. Its language is a joy, the rhymes inspiring, the animals full of life. And now it’s in color. Its surprise ending gives something else to grab the reader literally! {Workman Publishing Co} 9780761151128 $12.95 Gallop! 9780761147633 $12.95 Swing! 9780761151272 $12.95


tickle your mind 109 Forgotten American Heroes Chris Ying and Brian McMullen, in cooperation with McSweeney’s This unique history book looks at 109 forgotten American heroes—from activists, politicians, ordinary citizens, even pets and inanimate objects—that have played a role in who we are as a nation. {DK Publishing, Inc.} 9780756654054 $19.99

INDIE FAVORITES Stealing Buddha’s Dinner Bich Minh Nguyen {Penguin Books} 9780143113034 paper $14

Lost Worlds John Howe This visually stunning book is a window on an historical, archaeological, and mythological journey through lost worlds, from Aratta and Mohenjo-Daro to Atlantis and Camelot. {Kingfisher} 9780753461075 $22.99

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book edited by Anita Silvey In this attention-grabbing family gift book, more than 100 celebrities and public figures recall the instructing, illuminating, and inspiring lessons they have learned from children’s books. {Roaring Brook Press} 9781596433953 $29.99

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin {Simon & Schuster} 9780743270755 paper $21 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini {Riverhead} 9781594483851 paper $16

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies Jule Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton This treasury of over 150 poetry and song selections, brought to life with stunning watercolors, is a collection that families will grow with and cherish throughout the years. Includes a CD. {Little Brown} 9780316040495 $24.99 Return to the Hundred Acre Wood David Benedictus illustrated by Mark Burgess Winnie-the-Pooh and all his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are all back in new adventures that capture the style of A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard. {Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers} 9780525421603 $19.99

Still Alice Lisa Genova {Simon & Schuster Inc. / Pocket} 9781439102817 paper $15

The White Tiger Aravind Adiga {Free Press} 9781416562603 paper $14

The English Major Jim Harrison {Grove/Atlantic} 9780802144140 paper $14

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Ad Hoc at Home Thomas Keller Revered chef Thomas Keller turns his imagination to the American comfort foods closest to his heart with quicker, easier, family-style recipes for dishes like fried chicken, coconut cake, and his dad’s favorite meatballs. {Artisan} 9781579653774 $50 My Bread Jim Lahey with Rick Flaste Jim Lahey’s celebrated no-work, no-knead method of baking is perfect for home cooks who want to make beautiful, deeply flavored breads but find traditional recipes dauntingly complicated. {W. W. Norton} 9780393066302 $29.95

The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion Sharon Tyler and Bill Herbst The authoritative new volume for discerning home chefs and everybody else who wants to become more knowledgeable about good food and elegant dining, arranged alphabetically for easy reference. {Barron’s Educational Series Inc} 9780764162411 $29.99


green living with chef daniel orr

Jane Snow Cooks Jane Snow Jane Snow, former food editor for The Akron Beacon Journal, understands the tastes and traditions of Northeast Ohio. This diverse collection of recipes and stories is food for thought and table. {Univ of Akron Press} 9781931968652 paper $19.95

FARMfood Daniel Orr Renowned chef Daniel Orr features recipes influenced by his midwestern roots as well as a global culinary career, while advocating use of wholesome ingredients, locally and sustainably grown. {Indiana University Press} 9780253221032 paper $29.95

The Eat.Sleep.Read. calendar is the perfect gift for people who are obsessed with books or authors or publishing, people for whom reading is a way of life or for whom books provided a life-changing experience. There are a number of recent books with a kindred theme. Here is just a small sample:

The Silver Spoon Pasta Editors of Phaidon 350 easy-to-make pasta recipes from the team behind the Italian classic, The Silver Spoon, with descriptions and tips for cooking all pasta shapes and combining them with the right sauces. {Phaidon Press Inc.} 9780714857268 $39.95

Eat.Sleep.Read. Packed with 365 days of book puzzlers, trivia, and brain twisters, this calendar makes the perfect gift for the reader on your list – a year-long entertainment! {Bookazine/Partners} Wall mount or desk calendar 9780982465318 $12.95

The Book Thief is the story of a poor girl in World War II Germany who scratches out a meager existence stealing something she can’t resist – books. Inkheart, and its sequels, Inkspell and Inkdeath, follow the adventures of a girl who is literally “drawn into a book.” The Library Lion is an affectionate tribute to the library, where there may be lots of rules, but none about lions! And Wild About Books is a rollicking, rhymed picture book about what happens when a bookmobile comes to the zoo.

Among books for adults, Carlos Zafon’s Shadow of the Wind is an international bestseller, an atmospheric novel of intrigue revolving around an obscure book that someone is going to any lengths to destroy. On the other hand, People of the Book, traces the efforts of people over the centuries to preserve a book, the famed “Sarajevo Haggadah.” Lolita in Tehran is a moving memoir of the risks a group of teachers and students went to to discuss books in the early days of Iran’s Islamic revolution and reminds us of the priceless heritage we have in our country to write, publish, sell, buy, read, and discuss any book we please. And The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, a remarkable tale of the Isle of Guernsey during the German occupation.


around the region

Above the North

Above the North Marge Beaver A spectacular collection of aerial photographs of Michigan, from Ludington north to Mackinac Island; in full color. {Univ of Michigan Press} 9780472115495 $45

Above the North



These stunning bird’s-eye views offer rare and beautiful glimpses of northern Michigan’s unique terrain from the lofty perch of photographer Marge Beaver’s camera lens. Beaver’s breathtaking four-season photographs transform our view of Michigan into a magical land. From the Sleeping Bear Dune in winter with its vertiginous sandy edifice, to a Coast Guard cutter shattering the icy Straits, to the ghostly silhouette of a sunken ship and the brilliant turquoise waters of Crystal, Torch, Elk, Charlevoix, and Glen lakes, these are images of Michigan as you’ve never seen her before. All of these, plus arresting photographs of orchards in snowy-white bloom, winding rivers, and city harbors make this a book a collector’s item for anyone who loves Michigan.

Co-published by

The University of Michigan Press and Petoskey Publishing

Aerial Photography of Northern Michigan by Marge Beaver

Above West Michigan

Above West Michigan


Above West Michigan Marge Beaver Stunning bird’s eye views offer a rare and beautiful perspective of the West Michigan shoreline, in full color. {Univ of Michigan Press} 9780472116409 $45


These stunning bird’s eye views offer rare and beautiful glimpses of West Michigan’s rivers, lakes, and shoreline from the lofty perch of photographer Marge Beaver’s camera lens. Beaver’s breathtaking four-season photographs transform our view of Michigan into a magical land. From the working harbors and lights along Lake Michigan, to the playful inland lakes, to the fruit-covered orchards, spectacular flowers, and fun-filled festivals, these are images of Michigan as you’ve never seen her before. All of these, plus arresting photographs of winding highways, snake-like rivers, and city harbors make this book a collector’s item for anyone who loves Michigan.

Aerial Photography of West Michigan by Marge Beaver

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Barns of Illinois Alaina Kanfer photographs by Larry Kanfer With more than 100 full color photographs of dozens of barns, Barns of Illinois presents these proud emblems of the heartland as never before--a unique chronicle of a state and its evolving way of life. {Univ of Illinois Press} 9780252032745 $39.95

Isadore’s Secret Mardi Link A gripping account of the mysterious disappearance of a young nun in a northern Michigan town and the national controversy that followed when she turned up dead and buried in the basement of her own convent. {Univ of Michigan Press} 9780472050796 paper $22.95

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Inkheart - Cornelia Funke {Scholastic} 9780545043238 Paper $9.99 Inkspell - Cornelia Funke 9780439554015 Paper $9.99 Inkdeath - Cornelia Funke 9780439866286 $24.99 The Book Thief - Markus Zusak {Knopf} 9780375842207 paper $11.99 The Library Lion Michelle Knudsen Kevin Hawkes (illus.) {Candlewick} 9780763637842 Paper $6.99 Wild About Books Judy Sierra Marc Brown (illus.) {Knopf} 9781419608128 $16.95

Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon {Penguin} 9780143034902 $16 People of the Book Geraldine Brooks {Penguin} 9780143115007 $15 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows {Dial} 9780385341004 Paper $14 Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi {Random House Trade} 9780812979305 Paper $15

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2009 Great Lakes Book Award Winners Fiction

The Great Perhaps Joe Meno With wit and humor, this new work presents the Caspers, a family of cowards. It’s a revealing look at anxiety, ambiguity, and the need for complicated answers to complex questions. {W.W. Norton} 9780393067965 $24.95


The Foie Gras Wars Mark Caro When a celebrity chef forswore foie gras and the City of Chicago banned it, a fierce food fight erupted that spread beyond epicurean circles to the bigger question of how we should treat the animals we eat. Simon & Schuster 9781416556688 $25

Children’s Chapter Books The Blind Faith Hotel Pamela Todd When her family falls apart and she moves to Illinois, Zoe feels like her whole world is going to pieces. She wonders how she’ll survive but finds an answer in an unlikely place and an unlikely person. 9781416954941 $16.99

Children's picture books That Book Woman Heather Henson illustrated by David Small A rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history - the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see stories amid the “chicken scratch” and made them into lifetime readers. 9781416908128 $16.99

2009 Great Lakes Book Award Finalists Fiction Dark Places by Gillian Flynn—Random House

Children’s Chapter Books After the Train by Gloria Whelan—Harper Collins

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick—Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

I Put a Spell on You by Adam Selzer—Random House

Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley—Simon & Schuster

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka—Penguin Group

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski— Harper Collin

9780061768064 $25.95

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming—Random House

General Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting by Michael Perry—Harper Collins

My Brother Abe by Harry Mazer—Simon & Schuster

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9781416938842 $15.99

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton—Simon & Schuster

Children’s Picture Books Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich, Will Hillenbrand (Illus.)—Candlewick Press

9781416580515 $28

Ripped by Greg Kot—Simon & Schuster

9781416547273 $25

A Splintered History of Wood Spike Carlsen—Harper Collins

9780061373565 $24.95

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Birds by Kevin Henkes Laura Dronzek (Illus.)—Harper Collins

9780061363047 $17.99

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes—Harper Collins

9780061552052 $17.99

The Underwear Salesman by J. Patrick Lewis, Serge Bloch (Illus.)— Simon & Schuster

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Thank you for buying local! Here are a few of the things you just did! 1. You kept dollars in our economy For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community. 2. You embraced what makes us unique You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way? 3. You created local jobs Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors. 4. You helped the environment Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them. 5. You nurtured community We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.


You conserved your tax dollars Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong—right here in your community!

7. You created more choice We pick the books and gifts we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market. 8. You took advantage of our expertise You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it? 9. You invested in entrepreneurship Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community. 10. You made us a destination The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

You made the holidays a little bit happier right here at home. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Release dates and prices of books are subject to change. Some titles may be out of stock but can usually be ordered in a few days.

Happy Holidays! It is with great pleasure that we present this selection of some of the finest books of the season. Gripping novels, provocative history, books on entertainment and sports, delights for children, delights for the cook, books about nature and our region, there’s something to appeal to people of all ages and interests. And if you don’t find exactly the right volume in these pages, there are lots more in the store. Our staff is always happy to help you find the perfect book. Our catalog has lots of other things to pique your interest, like the lists of “Indie Favorites” and “Great Lakes, Great Reads” – books that we and our independent bookstore friends from around the Midwest love to recommend. As an independent business, we really appreciate it when you decide to “Buy Local.” By doing so, you make the community stronger and the holidays a little happier right here at home. Whether it’s for a family member or a friend, an adult or a child, a book makes the perfect gift, one that can be opened again and again. We hope you’ve found one here that we can pass on “From Our Shelves to Yours.”

— We wish a joyous season to you and yours!