A Daughter Remembers
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
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 not far from 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. A new introduction by Borealis Books editor Sarah P. Rubinstein sketches the history of the English colony and tells how the Lovelaces worked together to bring it alive in this delightful book.
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
Paperback ISBN: 0934860793
Read this splendid collection of real-life stories about eerie happenings, unexplainable events and mysterious situations. The book is perfect for sharing around a campfire or up north at the cabin, and it's sure to hold any reader's interest.
Go Deep & 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