Minnesota Writing
Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Malice: From the Land of Minnesota Nice
Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Malice
From the Land of Minnesota Nice
Paperback      ISBN: 1935666436

The Minnesota Crime Wave presents stories of mayhem by Minnesota'Aos finest mystery writers. Some will scare you. Some will make you cringe. All will put to rest the myth of Minnesota Nice If you read these before bed, don'Aot expect sweet dreams.

Forgotten Spirits
Forgotten Spirits
Paperback      ISBN: 087839768x

It's shaping up to be a beautiful Christmas season, until someone from Foxy's past winds up dead. Fearing she's being stalked by her friend's killer, Foxy flees to a resort in northern Minnesota. But trouble follows her. Setting aside their holiday plans, Robin, Cate and the rest of the No Ordinary Women book club mobilize to come to her aid, but a blizzard may keep them from getting there in time. An almost forgotten memory from Foxy's checkered past will determine whether or not she becomes the next victim.

Frederick Manfred
Frederick Manfred
Paperback      ISBN: 087351372x

In this poignant memoir, poet-novelist Freya Manfred recounts the artistic life and death of her father, the prolific and highly regarded author Frederick Manfred. Using family letters and passages from her father's novels as well as her own memoirs, she explores their powerful personal and literary relationship, which spanned nearly five decades. Freya manfred described what it meant to be the daughter of a strong-willed man who was dedicated, sometimes at great cost, to a creative life. Her story starts with the tender power and beauty of his funeral in 1994, then moves back to a clear-eyed and often humorous depiction of their home life, which was shaped by her father's insistence on the quiet and solitude necessary for his writing. She remembers the shift in their relationship as her literary career blossomed and he added the roles of mentor and friend. Finally, she shares frank and loving detail of her family's struggle to help her father die well.

Paperback      ISBN: 1938900308

Fiction. In five stories of genre and structure, of dissolution and fracturing, GENERICS explores the edges and ends of female identity: societal expectations of beauty, the transience of girlhood, postpartum depression, cinematic stereotypes of women in love. From a romantic comedy played in reverse to an instruction manual for women in the workplace, these stories ask us to test the fragility of genre and identity, and the assumptions that uphold them. These stories are woven together--and catalyzed by--brief, semi-autobiographical interludes that provide a connecting thread: interludes about family, growing up, and what it means to be from a place and of a people. The collection finds cohesion through this fragmentation; ultimately, GENERICS becomes a collection that talks to and about itself, crossing the boundaries of reality and fiction.

Gentlemen from England
Gentlemen from England
Paperback      ISBN: 0873512871

Maud Hart Lovelace--internationally famed author of the Betsy-Tacy children's books--joined literary forces with her husband, Delos, to produce Gentlemen from England, first published in 1937. It's the fictionalized story of a real nineteenth-century English colony near Fairmont, Minnesota, located near Maud Lovelace's hometown of Mankato.

Tales of the immigrant British men and women, striving to recreate English country estates on the Minnesota prairie, intrigued the Lovelaces. The authors' thorough research became the basis for this vivid novel of colorful fox hunts, festive balls, and English family life set on the huge bean farms bought from a land speculator.

Ghost Stories of Minnesota
Ghost Stories of Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 1894877071

In Minnesota, much more than the magnificent scenery will take your breath away. Tales of fright-filled folklore span the length and breadth of the North Star State: * Phantom soldiers of the Civil War walk the remains of historic Fort Ripley, near Little Falls * Renovations to the elegant Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul awakened the ghost of Ben, the spirit of a stagehand from the early 1900s * After one of her clients suffers through a series of disturbing ghostly events, a Minneapolis realtor offers ghost-busting services to potential buyers * The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Center is haunted by the mischievous ghost of renowned Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis * The last prisoner to be hanged in Minnesota is one of many spirits haunting the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul * After the worst mining disaster in state history, the ghost of a miner and the phantom sound of his warning whistle chased new workers away from the Milford Mine * Minnesota's paranormal experts reveal their approaches and some of the ghostly events they've witnessed. * From mischievous manifestations to grisly ghosts of vengeance, eerie apparitions arise in Rochester, Winona, Avon, Camden, Chanhassen, Stillwater, Montevideo, St. Cloud, Le Sueur and more.

Ghostly Tales of Minnesota
Ghostly Tales of Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 0934860793

The Land of 10,000 Lakes? Perhaps it should be called the Land of 10,000 Ghosts This collection of stories by Ruth D. Hein gets under your skin with eerie happenings, unexplainable events and mysterious situations. There are tales of moving lights, footprints that suddenly stop and disappear, and even a jealous spirit that pushes people down the stairs Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the 33 stories presented here are as entertaining as they are thought-provoking. Warning: Do not read Ghostly Tales of Minnesota alone

The Girl in the Yellow Scarf
The Girl in the Yellow Scarf
Paperback      ISBN: 1983575410

"Sweet and riveting." "A story of strong willed people who follow their dreams." - Amazon. Captures...the change in a person when you add goodness and love to their life." - Goodreads. "The pieces falling into place for Mike's opus are satisfying." - Kirkus Review. Mike Monroe is in need of inspiration. Sarah Davis is in need of opportunity. Together they just might have a chance of reaching their dream - a career in music. But first they'll have to overcome unimagined tragedy, rejection and homelessness to say nothing of challenges from their divergent backgrounds. Struggling musician/composer, Mike Monroe, finds himself stuck in a dingy piano bar in Lower Manhattan after turning his back on a lucrative family business. Alienating his entire family with his decision he meets Sarah Davis, a homeless artist in ill health, in a soup kitchen where he volunteers. Could their shared passion for music lead to successful careers, reconciliation with family and restored health? The Girl in the Yellow Scarf is a heart-wrenching yet hopeful story that delves into the sacrifices involved in realizing a dream in gritty 1980's New York City.

Glory Goes and Gets Some
Glory Goes and Gets Some
Hardcover      ISBN: 1566891019

How is a woman in her thirties, HIV-positive and fresh out of rehab, supposed to find love and work in contemporary, urban America, steering clear of self-pity and doctrinaire "happy-talk"? This linked short story collection shows how Glory goes and gets some.

Emily Carter's debut traces Glory's stay in Minnesota's recovery community, from halfway houses in blighted urban neighborhoods to well-funded treatment centers in bucolic pastures. From her addictions to heroin and alcohol in New York through her unlikely, tenuous, yet rewarding alliances with the full range of treatment mavens in the midwest, Glory gives us an uncensored and irreverent account of her experiences in twelve-step recovery a process that, for all its faults, ultimately works for her. "That first six months, there were an awful lot of people I met who talked the talk, all the time. Their faces seemed to glow, and they'd go on about so-and-so "getting it, getting the program," having that much-touted aura of serenity about them. It was my experience that such persons usually relapsed and stole their roommate's stereo equipment, or charged five thousand dollars worth of lingerie at Neiman Marcus.

Glory Goes and Gets Some is a streetwise and sardonic look at sex, HIV, addiction, and recovery.

Emily Carter's work has received many awards and fellowships, including the Loft/McKnight Award, a Bush Grant, and a National Magazine Award. Her writing has appeared in Story Magazine, Gathering of the Tribes, Between C & D, Artforum, Open City, Great River Review, and Poz Magazine, for which she was the cover subject of the 1998 summer fiction issue. Glory Goes and Gets Some features stories that were originally published in The New Yorker, and the title story was selected by Garrison Keillor for Best American Short Stories 1997. Emily Carter lives in Minneapolis.
Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root: A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender
Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root
A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender
Paperback      ISBN: 1482695987

Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root, Erik Storlie's latest memoir, explores his conflicted prairie-Norwegian roots, a sixties Beat scene in Minneapolis that inspired the early Bob Dylan, friendship with the poets James Wright and Robert Bly, and his almost fifty years of Zen meditation. This book illuminates a tectonic shift in American life, Storlie's embrace of the contemplative arts, and the real-world challenge of bringing an idealistic meditative practice into marriage, divorce, raising children, and the deaths of parents.

Advance Praise for Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root

In Erik Storlie's remarkable memoir, he takes us on a mad tour of Secret Minnesota-and this is not Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon. I loved discovering Storlie's Midwestern beatnik paradise, a place where Bob Dylan and the poet James Wright might show up at the next party. Storlie was one of the original Minneapolis mystics; he searched for the ecstatic, the illegal, and the unspeakable in the bars of Dinkytown. What he found will delight the reader.

--Pagan Kennedy, author of The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex and Other True Stories

In Erik Storlie's superbly detailed and touching memoir, we see how, by way of many tensions with both parents, and by an evolving liberating attention to their veiled individuality ("I knew it was hurt that tensed and wrinkled the skin around his eyes"), he gains insights into their hidden natures and comes to an awareness of what he calls at one point "sorrow beyond my fathoming"....This is wonderfully tender, accurate writing, and brings us into the presences, events and relationships of one writer's past that can enhance the present for all of us.

--Michael Dennis Browne, author of Things I Can't Tell You

Erik Storlie's previous memoir, Nothing on My Mind, recounts the arrival of psychedelics in Berkeley in the mid-1960s and his experiences with Zen teachers Shunryu Suzuki and Dainin Katagiri. He refuses formal Buddhism, convinced that America and Americans need meditation practice, but not the ceremonial and cult-like elements of Japanese Zen. Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root takes us a step further, demonstrating that Asian meditative practice can be reconciled with and can deeply infuse an American life. Here also we meet close up the poets James Wright and Robert Bly.

--Scott Edelstein, author of Sex and the Spiritual Teacher