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Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am

On Saturday, September 14th at 10:00am Tony Steeno will be in the store reading and signing copies of his book, Beyond the Lighthouse, Over the Mountains. This is a free kids event, perfect for ages 4-9. Reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

Three friends embark upon a hero's journey, questing for a distant treasure. The way is arduous and fraught with peril, yet the trio boldly presses on. Much to their relief, help comes along when they least expect it --- a guiding bright light, help from a thoughtful village. But is the kindness of strangers enough to help the three friends survive vicious storms, fend off fire-breathing monsters and conquer their own fears? Find out as the adventure builds a toward a prize worthy of a treasure chest. 

Beyond the Lighthouse, Over the Mountains is a fairy tale of contrasting experiences where cozy spaces exist within the context of a formidable journey and dire situations. it is a book to be shared-- to be ready by a parent, grandparent, or friend, with a child they care about -- in the shade of a tall tree on a warm summer day, or snuggled by the fireside on a cold winter evening. 

Tony Steeno has lived a unique life. His experiences growing up and life as a dad strongly shaped Beyond the Lighthouse, Over the Mountains, his first book.
 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to have J. Ryan Stradal back to the store on Thursday, September 26th for a 6pm Wine & Cheese reception to discuss his latest book, The Lager Queen of Minnesota. This is a free event though reservations are appreciated. To RSVP please call us at 231-347-1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

 

A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself. 
With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots. It's Blotz." Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it's not too late.
Meanwhile, Edith's granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up--will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?
Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted. 

 

J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles.

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