Winter Reading Challenge for Adults

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Participate in the annual Winter Reading Challenge.  Challenge yourself and read books in all genres.  Submit a drawing slip at the library for each book you read for a chance to win gift certificates to the bookstore.  Full rules and lists are available at the store or the library.

Event date: 
Monday, November 2, 2020 - 9:00am to Monday, May 3, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Northwind Book & Fiber
205 Walnut St.
Spooner, WI 54801
Dread Nation Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062570611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

New York Times bestseller; 6 starred reviews!

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.


Milk and Honey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

“Rupi Kaur is the Writer of the Decade.” – The New Republic

#1 New York Times bestseller milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose.


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

In this bestselling, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


The Story That Cannot Be Told Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534430693
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

“By turns surprising, poetic, and stark, The Story That Cannot Be Told is one that should most certainly be read.” —Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee
“A mesmerizing debut.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A powerful middle grade debut with three starred reviews that weaves toge


New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature! 


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
 


The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524746025
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Published: Dutton - February 4th, 2020

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A READ WITH JENNA TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK! 

“Brave, fresh . . . unforgettable.”The New York Times Book Review


Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142001431
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2002

“Plague stories remind us that we cannot manage without community . . . Year of Wonders is a testament to that very notion.” – The Washington Post


So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America


Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985801
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Published: Random House - April 4th, 2017

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

Look for Brené Brown’s new podcast, Dare to Lead, as well as her ongoing podcast Unlocking Us!


Man's Search for Meaning Cover Image
By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807014271
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Published: Beacon Press - June 1st, 2006

A book for finding purpose and strength in times of great despair, the international best-seller is still just as relevant today as when it was first published.

“This is a book I reread a lot . . . it gives me hope . . . it gives me a sense of strength.”
—Anderson Cooper, Anderson Cooper 360/CNN


The Crucible Cover Image
By Arthur Miller, Christopher W. E. Bigsby (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780142437339
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 25th, 2003

A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community

A Penguin Classic

 


Lord of the Flies Cover Image
By William Golding, Lois Lowry (Afterword by), Jennifer Buehler (Contributions by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780399501487
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Published: Penguin Books - December 16th, 2003

Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.
 
This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.


The Wild Iris Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780880013345
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Published: Ecco - November 1st, 1993

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

From Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück, a stunningly beautiful collection of poems that encompasses the natural, human, and spiritual realms


Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553351392
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Published: Bantam - March 1st, 1992

In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment.


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316322423
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2015

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

As seen on Netflix with David Letterman

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781592402038
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Published: Avery - April 11th, 2006

The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in our world—period.


A Short History of Wisconsin Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870204401
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Published: Wisconsin Historical Society Press - July 8th, 2010

Rediscover Wisconsin history from the very beginning. A Short History of Wisconsin recounts the landscapes, people, and traditions that have made the state the multifaceted place it is today.


With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780792276470
Availability: Backordered
Published: National Geographic Kids - September 1st, 2004

An award-winning author chronicles the story of the women's suffrage movement in America, using compelling period photographs--including some never before published--to illustrate the vivid narrative.


I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781982155841
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 25th, 2020

Now a Netflix original movie, this deeply scary and intensely unnerving novel follows a couple in the midst of a twisted unraveling of the darkest unease. You will be scared. But you won’t know why…

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there.