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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.

John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks' Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920-1936
John Dillinger Slept Here
A Crooks' Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920-1936
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513169

Paul Maccabee's John Dillinger Slept Here is not just one of the best books ever written about Minneapolis-St. Paul, it is one of the best books of local history I have ever read -- about any city anywhere on Earth. While writing Public Enemies' I kept it on my desk at all times. I daresay one cannot call himself a real Minnesotan if you haven't read it. The book is just that darned good."--Bryan Burrough, author of Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and Birth of the FBI, 1933-34, the basis for Public Enemies, the movie starring Johnny Depp

This book is based on more than 100,000 pages of FBI files and wiretaps, prison and police records, and mob confessions. Interviews with 250 crime victims, policemen, gun molls, and family members of criminals bring these public enemies to life. Crime historian Paul Maccabee takes you inside the bank robberies, gangland assassinations, and police intrigue of St. Paul's 1920s and1930s gangster era. You'll also find Crooks' Tour maps and more than 130 rare FBI, police, and family photographs.

Praise for John Dillinger Slept Here:

"A landmark study of gangland crime."--William J. Helmer, author of Dillinger: The Untold Story

"Maccabee is an authority on his subject which makes John Dillinger Slept Here an enthralling read. " --St. Paul Pioneer Press

Irish in Minnesota
Irish in Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 087351419x

In St. Paul, where they were outnumbered by Germans immigrants, they nonetheless left a lasting legacy, so that today most Minnesotans think of St. Paul as an Irish town. As farmers and laborers, policemen and politicians, maids and seamstresses, their hard work helped to build the state. Wherever they settled, the Irish founded churches and community organizations, became active in politics, and held St. Patrick's Day parades, inviting all Minnesotans to become a little bit Irish. Author Ann Regan examines the history of these surprising contradictions, telling the diverse stories of the Irish in Minnesota.

You Know You're a Minnesotan If...
You Know You're a Minnesotan If...
Paperback      ISBN: 1885061625

Ed Fischer is a cartoonist syndicated throughout the Upper Midwest. Here, he lends his perspective on what it means to be a Minnesotan. Clever cartoons portray the stamina, fortitude and practical nature of residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. You'll laugh as you relate to the outrageously funny observations about life in Minnesota.

Grass Roots: The Universe of Home
Grass Roots
The Universe of Home
Paperback      ISBN: 1571312072

A collection of essays drawn from the author's experience in rural Minnesota considers the contrast between the clarity of truth in nature and man's attempt to define it himself

Butterflies of the North Woods
Butterflies of the North Woods
Paperback      ISBN: 0967379318

Butterflies of the North Woods is a field guide to 61 of the most common butterflies in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Author Larry Weber has been a science teacher for 34 years. He lives with his wife on an old farm in Carlton County, Minnesota where he watches, photographs and writes about critters, including butterflies.
-- Innovative format that makes field identification a snap
-- Easy-to-use red bar phenograms show you when to look for each species
-- User-friendly fieldmark arrows point to the distinguishing characteristics of each butterfly
-- Seven handy appendixes including a phenology flight chart, habitat guide and binocular buying guide
-- Sturdy field guide size so you can take it with you

Minneapolis-St. Paul Then & Now
Minneapolis-St. Paul Then & Now
Hardcover      ISBN: 1571456872

Celebrating America's favorite cityscapes, this series combines historic interest and contemporary beauty. Then and Now features fascinating archival photographs contrasted with specially commissioned, full-color images of the same scene today. A visual lesson in the historic changes of our greatest urban landscapes.

Short Bike Rides in Minnesota
Short Bike Rides in Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 0762702079

Globe Pequot's Short Bike Rides "TM" series offers delightful short and moderate tours for all levels of cyclists. Each ride profile includes precise directions, excellent road maps, and vivid descriptions of the points of interest along the way. Also featured is "comfort" information -- the location of restaurants, bathroom facilities, and attractions located along the route.

Featuring a ride through Afton Park along the St. Croix River, a rail-to-trail trip along the Gateway Trail, and a scenic excursion along Lake Superior.

"Day-trippers should check this series -- some revised -- some new editions -- of Short Bike Rides..". -- Self

Tales of the Old North Shore: Paintings and Companion Stories
Tales of the Old North Shore
Paintings and Companion Stories
Hardcover      ISBN: 0942235290

Howard Sivertson is a well-known northwoods artist and writer -- a painter with a gift for storytelling. These two talents are again combined in his newest book, Tales of the Old North Shore. Featuring 43 of his spectacular paintings, he spins a yarn to accompany each. Snoose Moose to the The Mysterious Mosquito Fleet, Sivertson tells us about the characters and gives us a taste of the drama played out in the Lake Superior area during pioneer times.

Minnesota's Irish
Minnesota's Irish
Hardcover      ISBN: 0942934075

A Lively Account in text and photos that highlights the accomplishments of such national and international figures as Archbishop John Ireland (whose Catholic colonization program brought thousands of Irish families to farms in southwestern Minnesota), F. Scott Fitzgerald (the golden boy of the jazz age he created), and oil-rich philanthropist Ignatius Aloysius O'Shaughnessy.