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Don't Judge a Book by Its Movie: 16 Books to Read Before You See the Movie

Book-to-film adaptations have been incredibly popular the last few years, and this year is no different. However, since we all know that the book is always better than the movie, here are 16 you'll want to read before the movie is released this year. 

Labor Day (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780061843419
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 8/2010
In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's "Atonement" and Nick Hornby's "About a Boy," acclaimed author Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy. In theaters January 31

ISBN-13: 9781599951508
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Center Street, 9/2010
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to save the world's great art from the Nazis. In theaters February 7

Winter's Tale (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780156031196
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days.
Published: Mariner Books, 6/2005
A breathtaking novel by the author of "A Soldier of the Great War," this is a book about the beauty and complexity of the human soul, about God, love, and justice. In theaters February 14

Vampire Academy (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781595141743
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days.
Published: Razorbill, 8/2007
Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots. In theaters February 14

A Long Way Down (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781594481932
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days.
Published: Riverhead Trade, 5/2006
In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own morality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances. In theaters March 7

Divergent (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062024039
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 2/2012
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. In theaters March 14

ISBN-13: 9780525478812
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days.
Published: Dutton Juvenile, 1/2012
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. Start stocking up on tissues now, this movie hit theaters June 6.

ISBN-13: 9781439165652
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner, 8/2011
This story is about how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. It is a fable that is a testament to the inevitability of destiny. In theaters August 8

The Giver (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780385732550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember, 1/2006
Winner of the Newbery Medal and named as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Lowry's unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by his community to be trained by The Giver. In theaters August 15

Dark Places (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780307341570
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books, 5/2010
A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes. In theaters September 1

ISBN-13: 9780452296367
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days.
Published: Plume, 6/2010
"This Is Where I Leave You" is Jonathan Tropper's most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind--whether we like it or not. In theaters September 12

ISBN-13: 9780385737951
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2010
When Thomas wakes up, he's surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got there. The next day, a girl arrives with a surprising message. In theaters September 19

Gone Girl (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780307588371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books, 4/2014
Flynn's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past. In theaters October 3

ISBN-13: 9781400064168
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days.
Published: Random House, 11/2010
In her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in "Seabiscuit." Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant's journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. In theaters December 25

ISBN-13: 9780307476074
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 4/2013
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, "Wild" powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. Release date to be announced

Serena (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780061470844
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days.
Published: Ecco, 10/2009
Penned by an award-winning writer, this Gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge is set against the backdrop of the 1930s wilderness and America's burgeoning environmental movement. Release date to be announced

ISBN-13: 9780060932879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 10/1999
The stories compiled here, almost all of which first appeared in The New Yorker, are from James Thurber's uproarious and candid collection My World and Welcome to It--including the American classic "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"--as well as from The Owl in the Attic, The Seal in the Bathroom, and Men, Women and Dogs. In theaters now!

THOMAS MALTMAN with Little Wolves

04/24/2014 7:00 pm

Join us Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm with author Thomas Maltman and his book Little Wolves at Dragonfly Books. Little Wolves is the 2014 All Iowa Reads selection.

Thomas Maltman

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s, Little Wolves is a penetrating look at a town reeling from a heinous murder. Following the intertwining stories of a young pastor’s wife and a father searching for answers, Maltman teases apart the traditions, assumptions, and stories that make up small-town life. Weaving together elements of folklore and Norse mythology, Little Wolves is a powerful murder mystery and a page-turning literary triumph.

Little Wolves is the All Iowa Reads selection for 2014. Established in 2003 by the Iowa Center for the Book, the All Iowa Reads program encourages Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book to foster a sense of unity through reading. Libraries, book clubs, school, and communities are encouraged to sponsor discussions and host events. Past All Iowa Reads selections have included Driftless by David Rhodes, The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich, and Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.

A MFA graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Maltman’s essays, poetry and fiction have been published in many literary journals. His first novel, The Night Birds won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.” Maltman has taught for four years at Normandale Community College and lives in the Twin Cities area. Little Wolves is his second novel.

Join us to talk with Thomas Maltman and learn more about Little Wolves on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books. This event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Book List

Little Wolves (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781616953430
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Press, 11/2013

Little Wolves (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616951900
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Press, 1/2013

Night Birds (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781569475027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Press, 5/2008

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Kate's Top Eight Reasons to Read eBooks Locally

Why eight? Well, it’s my favorite number. I could come up with a hundred or more reasons, but decided eight is enough.
1. One-Click Registration
First and foremost, getting signed up is straightforward. Dragonfly Books, through our membership in the American Booksellers Association, is affiliated with Kobo in providing ebooks to our customers. Click through and create a Kobo account with our custom Dragonfly Books link and you’ll support us with every download. You can go digital and stay indie!

2. It’s An Amazingly Awesome and Alternative App
Did we overdo the alliteration? Maybe. Yet, the Kobo ereader app is amazingly easy (and fun) to use. Download the app to your android smart phone, your ipad, your iphone, your nexus tablet, your blackberry, your kindle fire, your laptop, your desktop computer, and sideload your Kobo ebooks onto your nook. The Kobo app doesn’t yet work for your yellow legal tablet, but we've put in an enhancement request for this functionality. Or, pick up a Kobo tablet or ereader at Dragonfly Books! You don’t see your device on this list? Drop us a note, and we’ll see if it is supported.

3. Cuz it’s K-K-K-Katie!
Ok, a bit corny, but 98% of the time when you call Dragonfly Books during regular business hours (563-382-4275), you’ll reach a Kate on the other end of the phone. Both Kate R and Kate S read voraciously in all formats (print and digital), and both Kates have Kobo tablets and ereaders, in addition to experience using the Kobo app on non-Kobo devices such as smart phones and other tablets. Can they be stumped? Possibly. But one or the other Kate will either be able to answer your question or find out the answer for you.

4. Splendiferously the Same Selections
Best selling authors. Obscure works of literature. Poetry. Science Fiction. Romance. Fantasy. How To. How Not To… There’s an ebook for every chapter in your life. Four million titles. Sixty-eight languages. Seriously, it’s the same digital ebook and digital catalog as sold by the mega-corporations. The difference? Profits stay local when you purchase through your Kobo app.

5. Profit Portion Pledged to Public and Private Schools
Dragonfly Books has pledged that 90% of the profits from ebook sales get donated to local public and private schools. In 2013, through the Dragonfly Books "Books in the Classroom Program" over $400 in additional book purchases (our match to PTO purchases) were placed in John Cline classrooms. Purchasing ebooks locally will help us give back even more. We’d love to give away thousands of dollars worth of books in 2014!

6. Privacy is Paramount
Locally, only the account administrator has access to your ebook purchase history. Our store policy is to never review your information unless you have a question which requires us to do so.

7. What Does the Fox Say?
Support your local independent bookseller, of course. Listen closely. It’s true.

8. Consumer Choice
Bottom line, you as a consumer can exercise choice. The mega-corporations don’t advertise this, but for almost all digital reading devices, you can choose how you purchase your ebooks. Just as you choose to support main street businesses, you can support independent bookstores with your ebook purchases. Do you know who your bookseller is?

Let's Talk about Small Business Saturday!

Let's talk about Small Business Saturday! The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the national campaign that American Express is advertising. We have partnered because our community is built on small business. All but a handful fit into the small business category. We appreciate having national recognition of the impact these businesses make to our communities, schools, economy, and fabric of our success and vitality. We also appreciate the strong message to support our small businesses, not just on Small Business Saturday.

Technology in today's world has made it extremely easy to bypass the local business for cheaper deals delivered right to your doors. The internet allows you to be your own lawyer, purchase insurance, invest, bank, and shop without ever leaving your couch. Yet, local businesses are putting people to work, paying taxes that support city infrastructure and schools, and they give generously when asked for support. Their existence relies on their customers and clients. And the customers and clients benefit far more from the relationships that are built. It keeps us all connected to the greater community.

Keep our community strong by supporting those who live, work and play here too. Make the local choice your first choice this Small Business Saturday and every day!

This guest blog post is written by Nikki Brevig, Director of the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce. It was orignially written for the Decorah Chamber Friday Focus (Nov. 2013), and is reposted with permission.

Plan Ahead and Plan Locally | Guest blog post by Emily Kurash

Halloween is just around the corner, which means that in less than a week the holiday season will officially begin. With these beautiful crisp fall days I'd rather think about pumpkin patches and apple orchards than about December and the snow flying, but many shoppers have already begun their gift-hunting for their loved ones. In light of our current economic situations, many of us want to make mindful shopping choices and still get awesome gifts. Last year I challenged myself to do all my holiday shopping locally. I like shopping. I'm good at shopping, but I admit, I don't do a great job of planning my shopping ahead. That means every year, a few days before Christmas I would find myself wandering through crowded malls with other non-planners, getting crabby in full parking lots and waiting for something to jump out at me. Last year I changed my game. I took several evenings and shopped our local retailers. Instead of cramming my shopping into one harrowing day and hours of driving, I spent several enjoyable days spread out over a few weeks (special holiday open houses and late night shopping hours on Thursdays made this super easy) looking for something great that people would actually love. This also meant that there was plenty of time to wrap gifts in re-purposed paper or let the stores do the gift wrapping instead of cramming them into gift bags.

For an entire week before Christmas, all my beautifully wrapped gifts stood under the tree (a first, as my gifts never made it under the tree on time) and when gift-opening day arrived, I was thrilled to see the genuine excitement and appreciation on everyone's faces, and their surprise at my "where did you find this?!" answers.

So while you're thinking about buying your Trick-or-Treat candy, think ahead a month or two. I challenge all of you to do at least half (if not more!) of your holiday shopping locally. I can guarantee you will be surprised at how easy and rewarding it actually is to keep money local. And if you really run out of ideas, there are always Chamber Dollars to do the work for you!

Plan Ahead and Plan Locally, a guest column brought to you by Emily Kurash, a Dragonfly Books regular. This was written for the Decorah Chamber Friday Focus (Oct. 2011), and is reposted with permission.