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The Sentence

by Louise Erdrich

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The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
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Birchbark Books

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Interior of Birchbark Books featuring shelves of books and canoe on ceilingTookie, the protagonist of The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, works in a Minneapolis bookstore called Birchbark Books, which is owned by Erdrich herself both in reality and this work of fiction. As is shown in the novel, where the author appears as a minor character, the store serves the local community and carries a wide selection of merchandise. Erdrich opened Birchbark in Minneapolis in 2001, as a way of sharing her interest in books with her daughters. The store is located on West 21st Street in the city's Kenwood neighborhood.

Birchbark's website calls the establishment "that increasingly rare thing—a tiny independent bookstore" as well as "a neighborhood bookstore, and also an international presence." The store is not part of a chain and is not tied to a corporation. According to the site, the staff selects books carefully, stocks some books that cannot be found anywhere else and places special orders for customers. Lit Hub refers to it as "a marvel of eccentricity, warmth,...

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