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Dear Reader,

Thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts, for sharing your love of books with us in 2018. It was a great year for Content, and we're excited to continue to serve you in 2019. We're looking back on a year of amazing author events, fascinating book club picks, and innumerable great conversations with you about books we've loved, and looking ahead to a year full of more such delights. We feel so lucky to be a part of this community. 

Interested in what Content readers loved this past year? Scroll down for our 2018 bestseller lists, and stop in to pick up anything you missed. We'll hope to see you in the shop soon!

Poetry Night: Faribault Poets

Thursday, January 10th @ 7 pm

Join us at Content to hear the following Faribault poets, presented by The Northfield Poet Laureate:

Peter Allen has been published in Green Blade, the Rural American Writers magazine (Plainview, MN) , Poet-Artist Collaboration of Crossings in Zumbrota, Poetic Strokes anthology of poetry and has self published two poetry books, Chronology and Not All Things Can Be Written.

Larry Gavin is the author of Stone and Sky (Red Dragonfly Press).

Audrey Kletscher Helbling is a poet, journalist and blogger. You can find out more about her at her Minnesota Prairie Roots blog.

John Reinhard is the author of two poetry collections, On the Road to Patsy Cline and Burning the Prairie. He earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan where he received a Hopwood Award, and has also been honored with a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction and Loft-McKnight Award for poetry. He teaches at South Central College in Faribault.

Kristen Twitchell is the director of Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault.

Find details on our website, and let us know you're coming on Facebook

Love books? Join the club!

We have two in-house book clubs at Content, and we'd love to see you at one -- or both!

Monday, January 14th @ 7PM
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr 

Content's in-house book club is open to all, and features a diverse selection of great reads. It meets at 7pm on the second Monday of the month at Content. This month's selection is Nicholas Carr's thought-provoking THE SHALLOWS: WHAT THE INTERNET IS DOING TO OUR BRAINS, which provides an in-depth look at technology's effects on the mind. Learn more on our website, and let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 15th @ 7PM
Graphic Novel Book Club: Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

Hosted by comics über-geek David Wolff, this group is fun and accessible for adventurous readers who are curious about the medium, and interesting for even the most die-hard fans. Since graphic novels are quick and engrossing, this could be a great book club for you if your reading time is limited, or are looking to expand your horizons. We read a diversity of titles that show the range of the art form while giving us plenty to talk about. Selections are generally for mature readers, and are available at our usual 10% book club discount. No need to sign up, just show up! Learn more on our website, and let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Got your own book club? Tell us about it!

If you have a book club of your own and haven't signed your group up with Content yet, add that to your list of easily-accomplished New Year's resolutions. If you add your group to our list, give us a bit of contact information and the titles you're planning to read (we appreciate a few weeks' notice, and a rough idea of the number of books your members will buy), we'll feature your books on our book club shelf, and offer a 10% discount on your selections. It's easy -- just give us a call at 507-222-9238, email us at, or stop in and talk with a bookseller any day of the week. 

Content's Bestsellers of 2018

It's not as straightforward as you might think to sort out our bestsellers over a month or a year, but it's always a fun exercise. We love to see which books our customers have loved, remember the author events we've hosted throughout the year, and see what our amazing crew of local authors have accomplished. 

Top Ten Bestsellers

(excluding event sales)

  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  2. The Rending and the Nest  by Kaethe Schwehn
  3. The Wait: Love, Fear, and Happiness on the Heart Transplant List by Jennifer Bonner and Susan Cushman
  4. Educated by Tara Westover
  5. Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer
  6. The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
  7. Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
  8. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  9. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  10. Almost Everything by Anne Lamott

Top Ten Author Event Bestsellers

  1. The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn
  2. The Wait: Love, Fear, and Happiness on the Heart Transplant List by Jennifer Bonner and Susan Cushman
  3. The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
  4. Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
  5. Claire's Hair: A Tale of Hair, Heart, and Humor by Mary Bleckwehl, ill. Sara Weingartner
  6. The Existentialist's Survival Guide by Gordon Marino
  7. Where Privacy Dies by Priscilla Paton
  8. Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer TIED with Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers by Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo
  9. Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith TIED with Hush Hush, Forest by Mary Casanova, ill. Nick Wroblewski
  10. The Body of the World by Mary Moore Easter
See you in the stacks!
- Jessica, Nate, and all the staff at Content
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