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F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: Toward the Summit
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota
Toward the Summit
Paperback      ISBN: 087839107x
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.

When the Heavens Fell: The Youngers in Stillwater Prison
When the Heavens Fell
The Youngers in Stillwater Prison
Paperback      ISBN: 0878391800
Hardwood Heroes: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball
Hardwood Heroes
Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball
Hardcover      ISBN: 0931714931

Hardwood Heroes tells the tale of Minnesota basketball, including high school, college and professional male and female teams. It is a great book full of wonderful stories, along with personal memories and photos.



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

Blue Star: The Story of Corabelle Fellows, Teacher at Dakota Missions, 1884-1888
Blue Star
The Story of Corabelle Fellows, Teacher at Dakota Missions, 1884-1888
Paperback      ISBN: 0873512456

In 1881, young Corabelle Fellows, well-educated and gently bred, overcame her parents' objections and left her upper-class home in Washington D.C. to become a church-sponsored teacher among the Indian people of Dakota Territory. For the next several years, she taught English, art, and domestic science on Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Cheyenne River reservations. In return for her friendship, the students affectionately gave her the name Blue Star. A keen observer, especially of Indian Women's and Children's lives, she learned much about their family traditions. Her teaching career ended in 1888 when she married Samuel Campbell, A Dakota mixed-blood.

Fifty years later, Corabelle recalled her experiences in Dakota land for Kunigunde Duncan, who turned them into this book, first published in 1938. Her story, with its personal perspective on the Indians struggles to keep their religion, lands, language, and way of life, will both intrigue and enthrall readers

A new Introduction by Bruce D. Forbes, professor of religious studies at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, highlights the inevitable dichotomy between the openness Corabelle Fellowes expressed toward the Indians and her failure to understand the negative impact of the federal government's assimilation policy.

The Quiet Hours: City Photographs
The Quiet Hours
City Photographs
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816643288

A visual tribute to the industrial spaces and commercial interiors of Minnesota's prewar era. A milling district along the Mississippi River. A railroad bridge on Washington Avenue. Jim's Hamburgers in Duluth. A spiral staircase in the Schmidt Brewery. These are the spaces that capture the moods of Minnesota's prewar era. These are the everyday places where ordinary people lived and worked. These are the images that show us the remnants of a city's past. In The Quiet Hours, Mike Melman records a vanishing era of Minnesota's towns and cities through a series of seventy black-and-white photographs taken from 1985 to 2002. Working in the half-light of predawn hours, Melman brings a new perspective to familiar places, one shaped by his training as an architect and his particular affinity for old buildings. Melman's atmospheric photographs give us insight into the bygone life of a city where we had not thought to look for one before. In his essay, Bill Holm compares Melman's work to that of Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, artists who embrace and celebrate the urban experience. Holm writes, "These photographs take us a long way toward an understanding of that mighty heart of a city. . . . These are very American pictures in their stubbornness, then integrity, and their dogged affection for the working-class life buried inside them." Through his artistic and historic images, Melman exposes the speed at which American cities change and presents a gritty yet contemplative portrait of urban Minnesota.

Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the State Fair
Blue Ribbon
A Social and Pictorial History of the State Fair
Paperback      ISBN: 0873512529

More than 300 black-and-white illustrations vividly portray the fair and its many faces. Historic photographs show long-gone amusements-the wooden Cannon Ball roller coaster, an organ grinder and his monkey, reenactments of famous battles at the Grandstand-as well as early versions of fair scenes that know no era: crowds, traffic jams, trinket sellers, prize winners. Reproductions of advertisements, posters, ribbons, lapel pins, and newspaper cartoons give a glimpse of the cheerful hype of promoters and the tongue-in-cheek commentary that accompanied their efforts. And contemporary photographs capture the fair's varied moods and scenes, from the early-morning preparations in a church dining hall through the stresses and joys of showing animals, the thrill of the Midway, the lure of deep-fried foods, and the excitement of being crowned a queen, to the clean-up of tons of garbage in the night's wee hours.

Along with the glitter and the fun, the Minnesota State Fair has always been a microcosm of midwestern life. Almost 150 years of cultural, social, aesthetic, economic, and technological change have left their mark on the venerable institution. And, at the same time, the fair has made its mark on society-urban as well as rural. Displays of women's work or farm machinery, the fine arts or the prize bull-all have been part of the fair's dual mission of education and entertainment. Each of Blue Ribbon's chapters focuses on one such topic, showing how the state fair grew and responded to prevailing tastes and conditions-and how it sometimes acted as a powerful agent of change.

Art and architecture, politics, social movements, and agricultural history are all part of this story-along with the dimensions of giant radishes, the memories of early fairgoers, and a listing of the calories in favorite state fair foods. Like the fair itself, this book offers something for everyone. Here are the sights, if not the smells and sounds, of "The World's Greatest State Fair."

Leftover Lefse: Modern Day Sagas
Leftover Lefse
Modern Day Sagas
Paperback      ISBN: 0934860483

First came The Lutefisk Ghetto. Then there was Leftover Lutefisk. Now Art Lee brings us a third collection of stories about Scandinavian America. Leftover Lefse focuses on modern tales, which are as entertaining and enlightening as his earlier works.

Norwegians in Minnesota
Norwegians in Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 0873514211

The Norwegians, who first arrived in territorial days, created lasting farming settlements, especially in the Red River Valley. Their Lutheran churches continue to dot the landscape. But their experience was also urban, as they entered the trades and industries of the Twin Cities. Today, the Norwegian influence is evident in Minnesota art, culture, cuisine, and speech. Norwegian culture permeates the state's character and helps define Minnesota's unique social, political, and business environment.