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Two Great Mystery Novels from Lake Country Booksellers

A bottle of Tattersall Bootlegger, a spirit featuring distilled lime and lemon peels, sits next to "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens.

Co-owner Nancy Thysell recommends Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley (Atria Books, 2014). “I love historical fiction, and a friend introduced me to this series. The wealthy adoptive father of a family of sisters dies unexpectedly and leaves each daughter a clue about where she came from. This is the first book of a series. If you like historical detail, mystery, romance and time-switch stories, you’ll enjoy this series,” says Thysell.

September Book Reccommendations

Adult Choice
Carol Jackson, manager of the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview, offers a suggestion for a good read for adults.

In a long-awaited sequel to Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher’s Thurber Prize–winning novel ,The Shakespeare Requirement takes readers back to protagonist Jason Fitger’s life as he deals with personal and institutional problems as the newly appointed chair of the English Department at Payne University.

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Summer Reading Suggestions from the Staff at Local Libraries

Adventurous Reading
White Bear Lake children’s librarian Ann Wahlstrom suggests a great summer read for kids.

Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi follows the adventure of 12-year-old Aru during her school break. While her friends are on vacation, Aru is stuck waiting at the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, where her mom works. While there, Aru accepts a seemingly innocent dare—because curses can’t be real, right?

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Daring Adventures on Lake Superior

A coming-of-age story, the young adult/adult novel, Redemption’s Run, follows 12-year-old Kacie Aldrich and her quest to find a father she never knew. Set in the picturesque Apostle Islands of Bayfield, Wisconsin, the novel captures the courage of a young girl searching for answers.

Author Jane Fredericksen worked on the book on and off for 15 years, originally writing it as a movie script. In its fifth year, the Star Tribune’s summer serial, which ran chapters of the book each day for 10 weeks, chose Redemption’s Run out of 150 books.  

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Two Local Authors Share Their Love of Writing and the Release of New Books

Two local authors have recently published books, and we talked to each of them about their inspirations and process. Sarah Ahiers’ first book, Assassin’s Heart, came out last year and was a 2017 Minnesota Book Award finalist. The sequel, Thief’s Cunning, was released in June. Joseph Kuefler’s first book, Beyond the Pond, was published in 2015, his second, Rulers of the Playground, this past spring.

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Local Emergency Dispatcher Chronicles Her Call History

When Caroline Burau became tired of chasing people around for the scoop as a reporter for the White Bear Press, she transitioned to a new role: an emergency dispatcher. She remembers being terrified taking her first call back in 2002: theft from a car. She also remembers the first call that kept her up at night: a suicide.

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Puppy Tales

Puppa-na-wuppana is a beagle with a long name and a magical nose, and now the hero of two children’s books with stories of all of the trouble he manages to find. Local author Cindy Koebele was inspired by the real-life Puppa-na-wuppana, her own dog, when her beagle’s mischievous adventures got her thinking, “You know, this would be a really great book. We need to write a book,” she says. Koebele approached her co-worker Lori Weaver, and the two soon had a picture book and a chapter book self-published through Koebele-Weaver Enterprises.

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