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The Prey by Tom Isbell
Written by UMD theater professor Tom Isbell, this hot debut trilogy is a riveting story of survival, courage, and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method. After the Omega (the end of the end), 16 year old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised, but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp, the Sisters, who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the “good of the Republic,” by a government eager to use twins in their dark research. In their plight for freedom, these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.
006221601
Price: $17.99
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Allie's Adventure on the Wonder by Erika Adams
Written by Duluth author, Erika Adams, a graduate of UMD
Synopsis:
Allie Little lives in a perpetual Wonderland . . . with all of the confusion and none of the wonder. Diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder, Allie is continually forced down a rabbit-hole of contradiction and misunderstanding. Whatever Allie reads, sees, or hears can—and does—turn into nonsense, and the time to be “curiouser and curiouser” about her surroundings is a luxury that the more “sensible” but less patient people around her seldom allow. But one day, she takes a trip on a ferry called the Wonder and meets a mentally unstable yet wise man named Charlie. It is through her unlikely friendship with this mad character that Allie learns not only to better cope with her condition, but to find the courage to make her way in the real world.

163192386
Price: $9.99
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The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
Author Kao Kalia Yang

In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America, but their history remains largely unknown. Driven to share her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir is a tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together.

Born in Thailand’s Ban Vinai Regugee Camp, Yang immigrated to St. Paul, Minnesota when she was only six years old. With a journalist’s heart for truth and a storyteller’s gift for lyricism, Yang describes her family’s harrowing escape from Laos, their life in the refugee camps, the hardships and great joy of caring for a growing family in a new land, and her own experiences with American life and learning.

Through this moving, intimate portrait of a family, she also give voice to the dreams, wisdom, and traditions passed down from her grandmother and shared by an entire community.

156689208
Price: $15.95
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The Dangerous Islands by Seamas Cain
The Dangerous Islands by Séamas Cain is an unusual coming-of-age tale. The novel describes the experiences and emotions of a young man living through the era of Civil War in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1998. The hero of this novel, an Irish-American like Cain, undergoes a journey of the mind as well as a journey of the body, in a process of self-realization in another country. Indeed, Cain based many of the protagonist's activities on his own thoughts, dreams, and experiences in Northern Ireland in that era.

Says Cain, “In my youth, in Northern Ireland, I was active in the Civil Rights Movement, People's Democracy, and later the Peace Movement. My experiences from those times were filtered into the composition of The Dangerous Islands. Indeed, much of the novel was written in Belfast or Limavady and Dungiven — though I am a Minnesota Irishman.”


095630011
Price: $20.00
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The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume Two
Authors Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, Ph.D

Need to understand today’s economy? This is the book for you. The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume Two: Macroeconomics is the most accessible, intelligible, and humorous introduction to unemployment, inflation, and debt you’ll ever read.

Whereas Volume One: Microeconomics dealt with the optimizing individual, Volume Two: Macroeconomics explains the factors that affect the economy of an entire country, and indeed the planet. It explores the two big concerns of macroeconomics: How economies grow and why economies collapse. It illustrates the basics of the labor market and explains what the GDP is and what it measures, as well as influence of government, trade, and technology on the economy. Along the way, it covers the economics of global poverty, climate change, and the business cycle. In short, if any of these topics have cropped up in a news story and caused you to wish you grasped the underlying basics, buy this book.

080903361
Price: $17.95
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The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Volume One
Authors Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, Ph.D

Need to understand today’s economy? This is the book for you. Google’s chief economist, Hal Varian, once wrote, “You don’t need a brand-new economics, you just need to see the really cool stuff, the material they didn’t get to when you studied economics.” The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume One: Microeconomics is all about integrating the really cool stuff- such as auction theory, adverse selection, and the prisoner’s dilemma – into the funniest and most digestible overview of microeconomics you’ll ever read.

080909481
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Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam
Author Kim Heikkila

Historian Kim Heikkila delves into the experiences of fifteen nurse veterans from Minnesota, exploring what drove them to enlist, what happened to them in-country, and how the war changed their lives.

These women, among approximately six thousand military nurses who served in Vietnam, saw themselves as nurses first and foremost: their job was to heal rather than to kill. After the war, however, the very professional selflessness that had made them such committed military nurses also made it more difficult for them to address their own need as veterans. Reaching out to each other, they began healing from the wounds of war, and they turned their energies to a new purpose: this group of Minnesota's launched the campaign to build the national Vietnams Women's Memorial. In the process, a collection of individuals became a tight-knit group of veterans who share the bonds of a sisterhood forged in war.

087351637
Price: $19.95
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An Arch of Birches and Other Stories by Joseph Maiolo
An Arch of Birches is a collection of short stories from Joseph Maiolo. Joseph Maiolo was born in West Virginia, was raised in the Cumberland Mountains of southwest Virginia, and has earned degrees from the University of Virginia (M.A.), the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.F.A.), and the United States Naval Academy (B.S.). He was a professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he taught literature and fiction writing before he passed.
188731797
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Boy, Youth, Man: A Triptych of Novellas by Joseph Maiolo
In A Boys Tale, two brothers in a tough Catholic school for problem boys rely upon each other for safety until a secret is revealed. The Error of the Rings follows a high school student charged with purchasing class rings for his fellow seniors, cumulating in a most memorable prom night. Man of Letters finds a writer apologizing to his estranged wife in a missive recalling an ill-fated visit to the home of his aging mentor.
188731791
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Christmas Here in Northern Lands by C. Haavik & A. Kloss
In this lovely little book of art and verse you will enter into the mystery of Christmas Here in Northern Lands, where we wait with longing in midwinter darkness, for Christmas light to come each year.

Chuck Haavik lives on the North Shore of Lake Superior with his wife Sally and their two beautiful daughters and a yellow lab named Wilhelmina. He loves reading in front of the fireplace, walking in the woods, the smell of jasmine on a moonlit night and the mystery of life in the great northern forests, most especially of course, watching the light at Christmastime!

Aaron Kloss paints landscapes of the forests surrounding the home he shares with his wife Kathy and their children Miriam, Autumn & Caleb in Duluth, MN. When he's not at the easel, he enjoys exploring the endless trails through forests filled with wildlife, rugged rock formations, majestic trees and endless vistas full of inspiration. His paintings can be found in regional galleries and on the walls of people who share his love of the landscape.

149517885
Price: $18.99
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Exploring the Boundary Water by Daniel Pauly
With more than 200,000 visitors annually, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is among the most alluring wilderness areas in the country, unique because it is most often explored by canoe. Comprised of more than one million acres, the BWCAW is an exceptional combination of expansive wilderness, abundant wildlife, and fascinating natural and human history. Exploring the Boundary Waters is the most comprehensive trip planner to the BWCAW, giving travelers an overview of each entry point into the wilderness area as well as detailed descriptions of more than one hundred specific routes - including a ranking of their difficulty level and maps that feature the major waterways, portages, and the designated campsites. The book is crafted so that readers can design their own route through the almost inexhaustible network of lakes and streams. Daniel Pauly, Boundary Waters expert, worked with the U.S. Forest Service, the Minnesota DNR, and local outfitters to gather information about how to obtain a permit, the rules and regulations of the park, safety tips, and how to help maintain the ecological integrity of the wilderness. As engaging as it is informative, Exploring the Boundary Waters not only contributes advice on the pros and cons of each route, but also brings the reader a natural and historical context for the journey by offering insight into the pictographs, mining sites, logging railroads, and ruins one may encounter throughout his or her expedition. With its accessible and personal style, Exploring the Boundary Waters is the perfect guide for anyone - novice or seasoned veteran - arranging a trip to the BWCAW.
081664216
Price: $22.95
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Morgan Park by Arnold R. Alanen
From 1915 to 1971 the large U.S. Steel plant was a major part of Duluth’s landscape and life. Just as important was Morgan Park—an innovatively planned and close-knit community constructed for the plant’s employees and their families. In this new book Arnold R. Alanen brings to life Morgan Park, the formerly company-controlled town that now stands as a city neighborhood, and the U.S. Steel plant for which it was built.

Planned by renowned landscape architects, architects, and engineers, and provided with schools, churches, and recreational and medical services by U.S. Steel, Morgan Park is an iconic example—like Lowell, Massachusetts, and Pullman, Illinois—of a twentieth-century company town, as well as a window into northeastern Minnesota’s industrial roots.

Starting with the intense political debates that preceded U.S. Steel’s decision to build a plant in Duluth, Morgan Park follows the town and its residents through the boom years to the closing of the outmoded facility—an event that foreshadowed industrial shutdowns elsewhere in the United States—and up to today, as current residents work to preserve the community’s historic character.

Through compelling archival and contemporary photographs and vibrant stories of a community built of concrete and strong as steel, Alanen shows the impact both the plant and Morgan Park have had on life in Duluth.

Arnold R. Alanen is professor of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His previous books include Main Street Ready-Made: The New Deal Community of Greendale, Wisconsin and Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America.

081664137
Price: $30.00
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