Chapter 2: Fair Trade Books in Red Wing

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx Before we get started, I want you to take a moment and dream up...

Chapter 5: Driftless Books and Music in Viroqua, Wisconsin

If you walk into Driftless Books and Music too quickly, you’ll miss the headstone leaning out against the front stairway. It commemorates La Crosse’s very own Freddie Slack. “The Original Hipster and King of...

Dear Woodbury

Dear Woodbury, We were close once. Really close. I vividly remember those days, right after my wife and I got married back in 2011. We had this little one-bedroom townhome off Courtly Road and Lake Road. The...

Chapter 1: Valley Bookseller and Daily Grind Coffee in Stillwater

My wife and I spent St. Patrick's Day making up for postponed Valentine's Day plans. This year's romantic adventure? A 171-mile drive to a used book store in Viroqua, Wisc. We planned stops at...

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