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Kevin Kling's Holiday Inn
Kevin Kling's Holiday Inn
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0873517660

Kevin Kling's first book, The Dog Says How, brought readers into his wonderful world of the skewed and significant mundane. Kling does it again in Kevin Kling's Holiday Inn, a romp through a yearful of holidays and a lifetime of gathering material.

A wiener dog with an amazing capacity for destruction impresses the whole family and contributes to their collection of favorite disastrous Christmas stories. A Choctaw and a nun go trick-or-treating on Halloween. A boy makes a frightening decision every year when he chooses which classmate gets the "Be Mine" Valentine. Kevin takes his mom to a Fourth of July demolition derby-and then he takes an epic trip around the bases at a ball game on Memorial Day.

From tomfoolery with his brother in the backseat of their dad's car through his carefully considered instructions for ice fishing, Kling never loses the spirit of his story or holds back on its humor.

Me: A Memoir
Me
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0930100565

Brenda Ueland's own passionate coming-of-age story set in Minneapolis and Greenwich Village is the focus of this classic autobiography, first published in 1939. "She writes with spontaneous, confident zeal."--"New York Times" "It is her masterpiece."--Patricia Hampl

Wildflowers of Minnesota Field Guide
Wildflowers of Minnesota Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1885061633

A field guide to 200 of Minnesota's beautiful wildflowers

Full-page photos and descriptions make this the best guide to Minnesota's wildflowers

  • organized by color and size
  • icons make visual identification quick and easy
  • full-page, professional-quality photographs
  • easy-to-read format presenting information critical to accurate identification
  • identifies plants typical of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and native prairies
Last Standing Woman
Last Standing Woman
Hardcover      ISBN: 0896582787

Welcome to our history and heritage center. From Big Rigs to Custer and the Little Bighorn, we have an eclectic mix of special and regional interest books perfect for the reader looking for more information on a favorite subject

Minnesota Seasons
Minnesota Seasons
Hardcover      ISBN: 0965338142

Top outdoor and nature writers share favorite tales of life in the woods, fields, waters and wilds of Minnesota. Featuring: Bob Cary, Sam Cook, Jim Klobuchar, Dennis Anderson, Steve Grooms, Peter Leschek, Richard Massey, Kent Cowgill, Sigurd Olson, Doug Stange, Shawn Perich and 17 others.

Winter Sign
Winter Sign
Paperback      ISBN: 0816629692

The locus of Jim dale Huot-Vickery's life is a remote cabin in the northern wilderness of Minnesota's Boundary Waters region. More often than not, it is winter here, a fierce, beautiful season that dominates all living things with its relentless cold grip. This is the inspiration for Winter Sign, the profound story of fifteen years of surviving the seven-month-long odyssey of winter in the far north.

"We know parkas, mukluks, mittens, snowshoes, skis, and sled dogs", Huot-Vickery writes. "Snow sparkles gold on cloudless winter mornings. There are shell-pink sunsets. Stars glimmer among northern lights. For those of us who know this land, however, beauty is only part of the winter story. There are those long nights, those we rarely speak about, that surely and irrevocably shift the soul".

Against this backdrop, Huot-Vickery writes authoritatively on the ecology of the area, poetically about the beauty of snow, and philosophically about winter's probing of the human spirit. He explores the world of nature and the constant struggle for survival, including his own interactions with white-tailed deer and wolves.

Huot-Vickery circles around paradoxes and themes that invade the land and his life: nature's beauty and bounty pitted against danger and death; the challenge of self-reliance and the depths of isolation; loss and restoration.

And always there is the unrelenting winter, filled with wonder and terror. At turns poignant and harrowing, Winter Sign explores the solitude of the dark night of the soul, and the sustenance and inspiration winter's wild beauty provides.9



Barefoot on Crane Island
Barefoot on Crane Island
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513630

he Myers family--practical, idealistic father, dainty, dignified mother, serious older brother Bob, rascally younger brother Everett, and Marjorie, the middle child and only girl--moved to the island cottage every summer once school let out and stayed until classes began again. Her story of those peaceful seasons is a fond reminiscence of a loving and supportive family and a powerful reminder of the timeless beauty of Minnesota summers at the lake.

"Crane Island, 'a tiny scrap of land in the remote western end of Lake Minnetonka's Upper Lake, ' is the setting for Marjorie Myers Douglas's engaging memoir, Barefoot on Crane Island. Children here form pirate gangs that meet at midnight in the icehouse, play tiddly winks with watermelon seeds, and gather in canoes to watch the sunset. Lovingly rendered, Crane Island recalls all of our summers at the lake. Yet it will appeal particularly to those readers eager for a return to a remembered time, before automobiles and television, when imagination and friendship were enough to fill the long summer days." --Mary Francois Rockcastle, author of Rainy Lake

The author has captured the summer-at-the-lake experience so familiar to many residents of the Upper Midwest. Writing about her coming-of-age years on Crane Island during the early part of this century, she reminds us of youthful adventures and the woods, water, and social activities that still occur in our Minnesota vacation places." --Carol Ryan, Star Island Historian

Birds of Minnesota Field Guide
Birds of Minnesota Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1885061501

Contains 111 species--all Minnesota birds No need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don't live in our stateEasy to use color guide. See a yellow bird and you don't know what it is? Go to the yellow section Fact-filled, containing the information you want to know.Compare feature: not sure which woodpecker you're seeing? This feature helps you decide Contains range maps showing where in Minnesota you'll find the birds in summer, winter or all year.Full page photos with corresponding full-page descriptionsStan's Notes include naturalist information and interesting gee-whiz facts.

Canoeing With the Cree
Canoeing With the Cree
Paperback      ISBN: 0873511522

"Canoeing with the Cree is an all-time favorite of mine."--Ann Bancroft, Arctic explorer "Imagination and determination are the stuff of this book." --The Beaver In 1930 two novice paddlers--Eric Sevareid and Walter C. Port--launched a secondhand 18-foot canvas canoe into the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling for an ambitious summer-long journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Without benefit of radio, motor, or good maps, the teenagers made their way over 2,250 miles of rivers, lakes, and difficult portages. Nearly four months later, after shooting hundreds of sets of rapids and surviving exceedingly bad conditions and even worse advice, the ragged, hungry adventurers arrived in York Factory on Hudson Bay--with winter freeze-up on their heels. First published in 1935, Canoeing with the Cree is Sevareid's classic account of this youthful odyssey. The newspaper stories that Sevareid wrote on this trip launched his distinguished journalism career, which included more than a decade as a television correspondent and commentator on the CBS Evening News.

Falls of St. Anthony
Falls of St. Anthony
Paperback      ISBN: 0873512057

The Mississippi's major waterfall played an important role in the development of lumbering, flour milling, and hydroelectric power in Minneapolis. The revised edition contains more than 50 photographs and a new epilogue by the author describing the commercial development along the waterfront since the 1960s.