Pitch in to the Ace in the City Back2School Book Drive

Join Magers & Quinn and Ace in the City as we collect books for Ace’s Back2School Bash!

Ace in the City’s vision is to cultivate a community of belonging, starting in South Minneapolis. At the annual Back2School Bash on August 11, 2018, backpacks and school supplies will be sold at greatly discounted rates to families. Kids will also be able to pick out a book to take home with them.

Through the month of July, Magers & Quinn is partnering with Ace to collect books for the bash. Please consider donating a book!

There are several ways to participate:

  1. Browse the list of books below and select a title to donate. We will deliver it directly to Ace in the City for the bash. *Though PayPal will ask for your shipping address, the books will not be delivered to your home.*
  2. Donate a monetary amount, which will be used to purchase books for the Back2School Bash. You can donate money by scrolling to the bottom of this page and selecting one of the monetary options. 

To learn more about Ace in the City and this event, click here.

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All book prices include sales tax. $5 and $10 donations do not include tax. As a reminder, even though PayPal asks for your shipping address, the books will not ship you. Magers & Quinn will deliver the donated books directly to Ace in the City. 

Suggested titles: Grades K-1

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)

Chicka,Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin Jr. (board book, S&S) – 9781442450707


Click Clack Moo Cows That Type

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (paperback, S&S) – 9781481465403


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (paperback, PRH) – 9780140562736


Anno’s Counting Book

Anno’s Counting Book (hardcover, Harper) – 9780690012873


A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes (paperback, Scholastic) – 9780439598385


Suggested titles: Grades 2-3

Frog and Toad are Friends

Frog and Toad are Friends (paperback, Harper) – 9780064440202


Stuart Little

Stuart Little (paperback, Harper) – 9780064400565


Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken!

Ellray Jakes is NOT a Chicken – (paperback, PRH) 9780142419885


Sofia Martinez: Picture Perfect

Sofia Martinez: Picture Perfect (paperback, Capstone) - 9781479557776


Suggested Titles: Grades 4-5

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (paperback, PRH) – 9780763680909


Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 (hardcover, Hachette) – 9780810993136


The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish (paperback, PRH) – 9780375871146



Ghost (paperback, S&S) - 9781481450164



Wonder (hardcover, PRH) – 9780375869020


Suggested titles: Middle Grades (6-8)

What I Leave Behind

What I Leave Behind (hardcover, S&S) – 9781481476560



Chains (paperback, S&S) – 9781416905868


Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice (paperback, S&S) – 9781481492072


The Giver

The Giver (paperback, HMH) – 9780544336261


Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl (paperback, PRH) - 9780399546457


Suggested Titles: Grades 9 and Up

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give (hardcover, Harper) – 9780062498533


The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star (hardcover, PRH) - 9780553496680


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (hardcover, PRH) – 9781524700485


You’re Welcome, Universe

You’re Welcome, Universe (paperback, PRH) – 9780399551444


Suggested Graphic Novels

(especially good for grades 3-6)

El Deafo

El Deafo (paperback, Hachette) – 9781419712173


Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper

The Stonekeeper (paperback, Scholastic) – 9780439846813


American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese (paperback, MPS) - 9780312384487



Smile (paperback, Scholastic) – 9780545132060



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Three baseball books to read if watching the Twins is too hard

It’s no secret that the Twins aren’t playing very well this year. Their performance has lots of baseball fans looking for other ways to get their joy out of the sport. So why not read a book instead?

Down To the Last Pitch by Tim Wendel
on our shelves & online now*: $12, hardcover

The idea of the Twins winning the 2018 World Series is getting harder and harder to comprehend. If you need a reminder of what that would look like, check out this in-depth exploration of the last time the Twins won the World Series. Not only does this harken back to the Twins glory days, it also takes a deeper look at non-baseball things that affect how we watch the sport, including religion, cultural identity, and domestic abuse.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
on our shelves & online now: $10, hardcover

Maybe watching the Twins has made real baseball too hard to read about. Read about the baseball team at the fictional Westish College as they struggle with obsession in pursuit of glory in the sports world and contentment in their personal lives. It’s a book that’s just as beautiful in its descriptions of the sport, as it is intriguing in its exploration of human nature.

Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella
on our shelves & online now: $4, paperback

Maybe the realism of some baseball novels are still too difficult for you. Perhaps you need something more fantastical. This book, the source material for Field of Dreams, is a beautiful look at how we carve out our identities in relation to the things they love. Whether its our family, our professions, or our favorite baseball teams.

– Charlie



*We’re a used bookstore too! Prices listed here reflect our stock at the time of this article’s posting. These used copies may sell, or even more might become available! If used copies run out, new copies can also be purchased online at magersandquinn.com.

Need a Break? 4 Books that Give You Permission to Do Just That

Let’s face it: even though summer is arguably the most fun season, it can be just as stressful as any other time of year. The pressure to plan adventures and trips is high, plus most of us still have to go to work every day, or maybe even have kids home from school who need entertainment. It’s also wedding season, which brings travel and expenses and demands from family or friends.

This much fun and excitement and sunshine can be draining, so don’t forget to take a breather when you need it! Luckily, there are a bunch of books that can help with this very thing. Here’s a few highlights that celebrate relaxation or give advice on how to let some stuff go:

The Joy of Doing Just Enough by Jennifer McCartney
$14, hardcover

McCartney’s slim little book breaks down the ways to live well by not over-promising. The chapters illuminate how to do “just enough” in your home, relationships, work, social life, culture, and health & beauty. Includes lots of personality quizzes and fun ideas to try.

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl
$25, hardcover

Minnesota favorite Hampl returns with this brilliant, inspiring meditation on the lost art of leisure, daydreaming, and solitude. Weaving personal experience with history, literature, and science, Hampl reminds us that there is pure value in downtime and invites us to reclaim it.

Mindfulness on the Go by Jan Chozen Bays, MD
$12, paperback

A tiny paperback that will fit in a pocket or purse, with 25 quick Zen exercises to slow you down and re-focus your mind. Also includes expanded reflections on the exercises for when you have more time. A handy little book!

Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom
$25, hardcover

A travelogue of Rosenbloom’s solo trips to four different cities, the lessons of this book can also be applied at home. Rosenbloom finds that the time she spent alone abroad–eating, looking, and trying new things–translate into a way of living every day that can enrich our lives. Relishing the world without the burden of company, we can rediscover the value and benefits of solitude.

Take it easy out there!