Recommended Local Winter Reads

A few of our favorite selections from local and regional writers to warm up your winter downtime!

King Cover Image
ISBN: 9781532673795
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Published: Resource Publications (CA) - February 21st, 2019

Gospel in an age devoid of miracles, King: A Mystery is set in the year of Obama's first election, a year of catastrophic floods. Tom King, twin brother of religious leader Joshua King, tells the story of night watchman Arnie Mikesh's investigation of the death and life of Joshua, whose car wreck he discovers on a country road.

Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper Cover Image
ISBN: 9780664265670
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Published: Westminster John Knox Press - August 13th, 2019

"An ideal guidebook to facing the inevitable." Foreword Reviews

Eldorado, Iowa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999472965
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Published: Bowen Press - April 1st, 2019

The year is 1875, and a young physician's wife, Sarah Archer, is settling into a new life on the Iowa frontier, expecting her first child. A survivor of the Civil War, she wrestles with troubling memories of her childhood on her family's Alabama plantation. As Sarah struggles amid anger, love, and the inherited lies of "ladyhood," she realizes that her greatest struggle is within herself.

The Lighthouse Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609531003
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Published: Unbridled Books - June 4th, 2013

Against the wilds of sea and wood, a young immigrant woman settles into life outside Duluth in the 1890s, still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country, abandoned and adrift; in the early 1920s, her orphan son, now grown, falls in love with the one woman he shouldn t and uses his best skills to build them their own small ark to escape.

Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393635164
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 20th, 2019

A Best Book of the Year as chosen by Nature, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.

A groundbreaking exploration of the relationship between capitalism, communism, and Arctic ecology since the dawn of the industrial age.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563058
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 23rd, 2019

A National Bestseller!

The perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day. 
—Washington Post

“[A] charmer of a tale. . . Warm, witty and--like any good craft beer--complex, the saga delivers a subtly feminist and wholly life-affirming message.”
—People Magazine

Fishing Through the Apocalypse: An Angler's Adventures in the 21st Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493037414
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Published: Lyons Press - March 1st, 2019

What does the future hold for fish and the people who pursue them? Fishing Through the Apocalypse explores that question through a series of fishing stories about the reality of the sport in the 21st century.

Fiddling with Fate (Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738760902
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Published: Midnight Ink - September 8th, 2019

Chloe has a devil of a time unraveling the mysteries of Norway's fiddle and dance traditions

Nothing More Dangerous Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316509725
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Published: Mulholland Books - November 12th, 2019

Missouri native Allen Eskens' "stunning small-town mystery" (New York Times Book Review) is "a coming-of-age book to rival some of the best, such as Ordinary Grace." (Library Journal, starred review)


Suicide Woods: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450062
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 15th, 2019

A spine-tingling new collection of stories from the acclaimed author of Thrill Me and The Dark Net

The End of the Wild Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316245135
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 26th, 2018

Now available in paperback, this timely coming of age novel takes on the controversial issues of fracking and environmental protection.

Stay away from my woods.

Scandi Bites: 50 Recipes for Sweet Treats, Party Food and Other Little Scandinavian Snacks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781787134072
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - October 15th, 2019

This is the perfect gift for Scandi-philes who want to bring a little Nordic charm into their kitchen. With over 60 sweet and savory recipes for all sorts of bite-size snacks, treats, fingerfood, bakes, and pastries, it will provide plenty of inspiration for every occasion throughout the year.

This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019


“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land...This story is as big-hearted as they come.” —Parade

A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace.

Wild Honey from the Moon Cover Image
By Kenneth Kraegel, Kenneth Kraegel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763681692
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Published: Candlewick - November 5th, 2019

In an epic adventure like no other, an unflappable mother will stop at nothing to find a cure for her ailing young son — even if it means traveling to the moon itself.

Where are you going?”
To the moon. A quick trip.”
But you can’t fly.”

Home in the Woods Cover Image
By Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator), Eliza Wheeler
ISBN: 9780399162909
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 1st, 2019

This stunningly beautiful picture book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Eliza Wheeler is based on her grandmother's childhood and pays homage to a family's fortitude as they discover the meaning of home.