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June 11, 2010

What to read next?

Filed under: Authors, MHS press — pennefesm @ 7:52 am

We love summer reading lists! Here are our Press staff picks for your summer pleasure.

A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts book coverA Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts: Stories  by N. M. Kelby: Ten perfect stories to guide your trip through the dark (and often funny) side of love.—Anne Kaplan, editor

Food Will Win the War: Minnesota Crops, Cooks, and Conservation during World War I by Rae Katherine Eighmey: Meet the Minnesotans at home who planned, gardened, canned, and cooked their way through a massive conservation effort that fueled the war abroad. Recipes included!—AK

The Days of Rondo  by Evelyn Fairbanks:  A warmhearted coming-of-age story that pictures life in St. Paul’s now-vanished African American community.—AK

The Summer of Ordinary Ways: A Memoir by Nicole Lea Helget: I gave this book to my mother as a birthday gift. She couldn’t put it down. “Beautifully written,” she said.—Erica Hartmann, editor

Keeping Watch: 30 Sheep, 24 Rabbits, 2 Llamas, 1 Alpaca, and a Shepherdess with a Day Job by Kathryn A. Sletto: After reading it myself, I purchased a copy for my mother and strongly recommended it to a friend. Good read; funny stories.—Jennifer Wagner, Press volunteer
Damn Good Food: 157 Recipes from Hell’s Kitchen by Mitch Omer and Ann Bauer: The first cookbook I actually read cover to cover. I enjoyed learning about Mitch’s life and how he developed many of his recipes, and I loved the comments on some of the recipes.—JW

Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past by Diane Wilson: Wilson starts to ask her mother questions about her past and suddenly finds her family’s direct connection to the Dakota War of 1862, the most painful event in Minnesota’s history. In this beautifully written and deeply personal story, she demonstrates my favorite aspect of regional history: we are surrounded by stories about ourselves that we just haven’t yet uncovered. –Ann Regan, editor in chief
The Fires of Autumn: The Cloquet-Moose Lake Disaster of 1918 by Francis Carroll and Franklin Raiter: Half disaster book, half critical history, and fully a compelling story of what happens when government doesn’t own up to its responsibilities. Read this on a hot day, and it will give you chills.—AR
While the Locust Slept: A Memoir by Peter Razor: An Ojibwe boy grows up at the state orphanage in Owatonna in the 1930s and survives an indenture with an abusive farmer. Teen years you’re glad you didn’t live.—AR

Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods by Cary J. Griffith: If you’re an adventurer you may be fascinated with the solo, round-the-world journey of sixteen-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland and her stranding in the Indian Ocean. Now transfer that danger and excitement to our northern wilderness. Lost in the Wild is a suspenseful read—a survival odyssey—for those who embrace that wilderness full on. Hikers, kayakers, and canoeists love this book!—Pam McClanahan, director

Canoeing with the Cree: A 2,250-mile voyage from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay by Eric Sevareid, with a foreword by Ann Bancroft: I reread this book before my first Boundary Waters long canoe trip and have taken it back on trail again since, sharing segments each night with my paddling partners. Written over forty years ago and with nearly 50,000 copies sold to date, this narrative of the novice journey by young Eric and Walter never fails to inspire me.—PM

A People’s History of the Hmong by Paul Hillmer: A riveting exploration of the tragedies and triumphs of the Hmong, many of whom fought on the American side during the Vietnam War, whose children and grandchildren today are my neighbors—and maybe also yours.—Shannon Pennefeather, managing editor

AIA Guide to Downtown Minneapolis by Larry Millett: With the brand-new draw of Target Field, what better place to be outside this summer than the Mill City? This lightweight guidebook answers your questions about who, what, and where as you explore Minneapolis’s urban neighborhoods.—SP

 Happy reading!

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