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Great information about The Birchbark House, Common Core as it relates to stories, and Native American story-telling.

Nerdy Book Club

bookstore kiseTucked into a side street near Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis is Birchbark Books, an independent store owned by 2012 National Book Award Winner Louise Erdrich and her sister Heide Erdrich. With its globe lights from an old school house, the original flooring rescued from five layers of linoleum and plywood, the loft and “Hobbit Hole” for children to curl up in with a book, the store is heaven for serious readers.


My out-of-town guests are almost certain to be treated to coffee at the adjacent cafe and then a browse around Birchbark’s table of recommended titles, a rather dangerous spot for bibliophiles easily tempted to add to their collections. There are hand-written notes from staff, neighbors, and from Louise herself! In how many bookstores will you find suggestions from award-winning authors?


Then there’s the unique section of Native American titles. Louise is an enrolled Turtle…

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