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Beagle, Sister Wolf Books' Night In offers 'good reads'

Frigid temperatures did not deter avid readers arriving for Beagle Books and Sister Wolf Books fourth annual Night In.

Night In is for book club members or book club wannabes, Sally Wills explained of the recent unveiling of possible reads for the coming year.

  "It's always the third Saturday in January, and the timing is very intentional," she said. "It's a fun night out after the holidays are over and the grim reality of several more weeks of winter weather has set in. Also, there is very little competition from other events on a Saturday evening in January."

  Night In is held as a customer appreciation event, with refreshments served, and each person gets a bag of book-related materials.

The first event drew 17 people, the numbers growing to 50 this year.

Through the support of publishers, participants take home a bag with a book and book-related materials.

"The heart of the event" is a "book talk" - recommendations of 20 books Beagle Books' Jennifer Geraedts and Wills feel are particularly well suited for book groups. 

This year's selections include "In One Person," by John Irving; "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Trail," by Cheryl Strayed; "No One is Here Except All of Us," by Ramona Ausubel; "The Good American," by Alex George; "The Snow Child," by Eowyn Ivey; "A Slave in the White House," by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor;

"Canada," by Richard Ford; "A Land More Kind than Home," by Wiley Cash; "The Paris Wife," by Paula McClain; "The World Without You," by Joshua Henkins; "The Round House," by Louise Erdrich; "38 Nooses," by Scott W. Berg; "The "Memory of Love," by Linda Olsson; "Monkey Mind, A Memoir of Anxiety," by Daniel L. Smith;

"Flight Behavior," by Barbara Kingsolver; "End of Your Life Book Club," by Will Schwalbe; "Drive," by Daniel H. Pink; "White Truffles in Winter," by N.M. Kelby; "Chaperone," by Laura Moriarty; "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless, A Memoir," by Jeremy Jackson, and "Lighthouse Road," by Peter Geye.

On request, Geraedts and Wills also do "book talks" throughout the year with groups, tailoring suggested reads to the group with whom they are meeting. Book clubs registered with the stores receive a discount and books can be custom ordered.

  The open book clubs affiliated with Beagle Books include a men's club, meeting at 8 a.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Beagle Books year around.

A women's group meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursdays, September through May, at Beagle Books.

A Current Events group meets at 5 p.m. the third Saturday at Beagle Books.

Sister Wolf Book groups include women's clubs meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesdays every other week and at 7 p.m. Thursdays, every other week, May through September.