Featured books at Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore: Shunning Sarah; Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisanal Farms from America’s Heartland

Shunning Sarah

“Remember Witness—that truly thrilling movie with Harrison Ford in his heyday?  Shunning Sarah is an even better suspense story filled with horse-driven buggies and folks in black hats.”
—James Patterson

“Shunning Sarah is a compelling novel chock full of all the elements readers of crime fiction crave—a heinous unsolved crime, a complex storyline with the depth we’ve come to expect from Kramer and a heroine you will find yourself cheering on from the top of your lungs.   Riley Spartz is a very human heroine—and a force to be reckoned with.  You will remember her and this story long after you have finished the book—and anxiously await the next installment.”
—Linda Castillo

Shunning Sarah is the next book in Julie Kramer’s bestselling series about TV reporter Riley Spartz.

Minneapolis’s star investigative reporter Riley Spartz is constantly in search of her next TV sweeps piece. When she hears that a young boy is trapped at the bottom of a sink hole, she smells ratings. Little does she know just how big the story will be—not only does it involve a tragic murder, but the local Amish community also.  Once Riley is on the case, she quickly realizes solving it will be anything but easy.

Julie Kramer is a freelance network news producer.  She formerly ran WCCO-TV’s nationally award-winning investigative unit in Minneapolis.  Her debut thriller, Stalking Susan, won the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Mystery, was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Awards, and is also a finalist for the Anthony Award.  She lives with her family in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisanal Farms from America’s Heartland

This beautiful book by writer and photographer Anna H. Blessing introduces readers to the story of the modern heartland farm. The book explores how sustainable practices–and close ties to high-profile chefs and restauranteurs–have propelled the “locally grown” culinary movement into a central feature of life in major cities like Chicago. Blessing lays out the rich histories of 25 Midwestern farms through beautiful photography, fascinating anecdotes from farmers and chefs, and up-close looks at what makes each farm so unique.

Looking at esteemed chefs like Charlie Trotter and Paul Kahan, who scour farmers markets for natural ingredients and develop personal business relationships with small-time farmers, Locally Grown shows how both long-standing and newly founded farms, along with urban farms and metropolitan nonprofit organizations like Growing Power and City Provisions, are boosting the sustainable food movement throughout Chicago and its neighborhoods.

Anna Blessing researched, wrote, and photographed 14 editions of the eat.shop book series in addition to being a regular contributor to many other print and online publications, including Lucky, for which she was Chicago editor for six years.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.


Both books are available at Monkey See Monkey Read in downtown Northfield.

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