Minneapolis and St. Paul
AIA Guide to Downtown Minneapolis
AIA Guide to Downtown Minneapolis
Paperback      ISBN: 0873517202

Let architecture critic Larry Millett be your guide to the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, whose architectural histories display the uniqueness of these far-from-identical "twin" cities. Whether gazing at the historic Landmark Center near St. Paul's Rice Park or discovering the Mill City Museum, built in the shell of the Washburn A Mill along the Minneapolis riverfront, these guidebooks will satisfy your craving for details about the structures and the people who built them.

AIA Guide to Downtown Minneapolis includes walking tours for Nicollet Mall, the Warehouse District, the central riverfront, and the Elliot Park and Loring Park neighborhoods.

AIA Guide to Downtown St. Paul offers up the central core, Rice Park, Lowertown, and capitol districts. Each tour is copiously illustrated with current and historic photographs and paired with detailed maps.

These deeply informative guidebooks are perfect for tourists discovering the Twin Cities and residents exploring what is right next door.

AIA Guide to Downtown St. Paul
AIA Guide to Downtown St. Paul
Paperback      ISBN: 0873517210

Let architecture critic Larry Millett be your guide to the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, whose architectural histories display the uniqueness of these far-from-identical "twin" cities. Whether gazing at the historic Landmark Center near St. Paul's Rice Park or discovering the Mill City Museum, built in the shell of the Washburn A Mill along the Minneapolis riverfront, these guidebooks will satisfy your craving for details about the structures and the people who built them.

AIA Guide to Downtown Minneapolis includes walking tours for Nicollet Mall, the Warehouse District, the central riverfront, and the Elliot Park and Loring Park neighborhoods.

AIA Guide to Downtown St. Paul offers up the central core, Rice Park, Lowertown, and capitol districts. Each tour is copiously illustrated with current and historic photographs and paired with detailed maps.

These deeply informative guidebooks are perfect for tourists discovering the Twin Cities and residents exploring what is right next door.

AIA Guide to St. Paul's Summit Avenue and Hill District
AIA Guide to St. Paul's Summit Avenue and Hill District
Paperback      ISBN: 0873516443

Let architecture critic Larry Millett be your guide to one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, a treasure trove of architectural styles and storied homes. This guidebook will satisfy your cravings for details about the structures and the people who built them.

This handy guide expands upon the information in Millet's AIA Guide to the Twin Cities to cover homes, churches, parks, museums, and commercial buildings in the neighborhoods on and near St. Paul's Summit Avenue. Millett provides details about the architect and date of construction along with lively descriptions of design features and telling stories of inhabitants.

This informative guidebook is perfect for tourists discovering the Twin Cities or residents exploring what is right next door.

AIA Guide to the Minneapolis Lake District
AIA Guide to the Minneapolis Lake District
Paperback      ISBN: 0873516451

Let architecture critic Larry Millett be your guide to some of the most picturesque areas in the Twin Cities, a treasure trove of architectural styles and storied homes. This guidebook will satisfy your cravings for details about the structures and the people who built them.

AIA Guide to the Minneapolis Lake District includes walking tours of Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun and Uptown, Lowry Hill, and Lake of the Isles. Each tour is copiously illustrated with current and historic photographs and paired with a detailed map. This deeply informative guidebook is perfect for tourists discovering the Twin Cities or residents exploring what is right next door.

Aia Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul
Aia Guide to the Twin Cities
The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul
Paperback      ISBN: 0873515404

Get ready to discover the great architectural mecca that is Minneapolis and St. Paul. The first comprehensive, illustrated handbook of its kind, AIA Guide to the Twin Cities is the ultimate source to the architectural riches of the metropolitan area. Organized by neighborhood and featuring a wealth of sites--from the highest point on the Minneapolis skyline to the modest St. Paul bungalow vibrant with historical and architectural significance--this invaluable reference has it all:

Illuminating entries for more than 3,000 buildings

Behind-the-scenes details of the structures and their architects

Lively information about local history and regional styles

Highlights of important buildings nearly lost in time

Sixty easy-to-read maps that pinpoint the location of every structure

Dozens of planned walking and driving tours

Over 1,000 photos that illustrate significant buildings and features

Architecture of Minneapolis Parks
Architecture of Minneapolis Parks
Paperback      ISBN: 073856026x

Buildings, bridges, and much more these are the treasures in or near Minneapolis parks that are rarely given attention. This book diverts the reader from the traditional park elements of lakes, woods, streams, and playfields and focuses instead on the rich architectural components they offer. Buildings range from the 160-year-old Godfrey house, believed to be the oldest standing house in Minneapolis, to the recently completed shelters in the Wabun picnic area at Minnehaha Park. Many architects, from Stanford White to Harry Jones to Frank Gehry, have left their marks either on parkland or across the street. Some of their notables are presented in this book. One of the most popular icons of Minneapolis, the Lake Harriet Bandstand, with a long list of predecessors and once painted blue, rounds out this presentation."

The Art of Wonder: Inspiration, Creativity, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Art of Wonder
Inspiration, Creativity, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816698929

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 2015, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts asked some of the finest writers, photographers, and illustrators working today to muse about art--the nature of creativity and wonder. No instructions. No rules. The MIA commissioned these imaginative works not as a celebration of itself but of art as inspiration--an anthology of wonder.

The contributors rose to the challenge with fiction, essays, photojournalism, and illustrated stories, by turns delightful and reflective, a contemporary argument for art's ongoing vitality. Interspersed in the book are personal reflections from the museum's own director, curators, and staff on beloved artworks in its collection.


Augie's Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip
Augie's Secrets
The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873518896

There's an old Yiddish saying: two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead. But two living people could keep a secret--as long as one of them was Augie.

Augie Ratner, the proprietor of Augie's Theater Lounge & Bar on Hennepin Avenue, was the unofficial mayor of Minneapolis's downtown strip in the 1940s and '50s. In a few blocks between the swanky clubs and restaurants on Eighth Street and the sleazy flophouses and bars of the Gateway District, the city's shakers-and-movers and shake-down artists mingled. Gangsters and celebrities, comedians and politicians, the rich and the famous and the infamous--all of them met at Augie's: Jimmy Hoffa, Henny Youngman, Kid Cann, John Dillinger, Jack Dempsey, Peggy Lee, Groucho Marx, Lenny Bruce, and Gypsy Rose Lee. Augie Ratner knew everyone, and everyone knew and liked Augie, and they told him everything.

Mixing careful research with long suppressed family and community stories, Neal Karlen, Augie's great-nephew, tells the real story of the seamy underside of Minneapolis, where Jewish mobsters controlled the liquor trade, invented the point spread in sports betting, and ran national sports gambling operations. Even after Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey supposedly cleaned up the town, organized crime quietly flourished. And Augie was at the center, observing it all.

Augie's Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip
Augie's Secrets
The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip
Paperback      ISBN: 0873519329

"Karlen offers a colorful and impressively researched account of the Minneapolis underworld and his fascinating relative that feels right out of Damon Runyon's Guys and Dolls." --Star Tribune

"Deliciously snappy." --American Jewish World

"Karlen brings back the days when Peggy Lee walked into Augie's straight off the bus from North Dakota, when mid-century celebrities like Frank Sinatra visited Hennepin Avenue, and when the most powerful crime lords in the land checked their guns at the door when they visited Augie's." --MinnPost

"Augie's Secrets is filled with stunning, stylish prose that captures the flavor of the Jewish underworld of downtown Minneapolis down to its last rubout and pastrami sandwich." --Paul Maccabee, author of John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks' Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920-1936

Before the Stars: Early Major League Hockey and the St. Paul Athletic Club Team
Before the Stars
Early Major League Hockey and the St. Paul Athletic Club Team
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873514769

In the early twentieth century, before the National Hockey League had established a presence in the United States, a team from St. Paul played at the highest levels of hockey in the country. Sports historian Roger A. Godin resurrects the story of the St. Paul Athletic Club team--the AC's--and argues they were instrumental in turning Minnesota into one of the nation's first hockey hotbeds and gave birth to what is now known as the "State of Hockey." Godin also paints a fascinating history of the evolution of the sport from its amateur days to the arrival of the professional version we see today.

In Before the Stars Godin traces the development of the AC's from their origins to their capture of the MacNaughton Cup in 1916 as winners of the American Amateur Hockey Association title and to their later battles in 1922 and 1923 at the national finals of the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association. Godin profiles players such as Tony Conroy, Ed Fitzgerald, Cy Weidenborner, Emmy Garrett, and Frank "Moose" Goheen, who led the AC's to national prominence and was the second American player elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto after the legendary Hobey Baker. Godin argues that Goheen was the greatest player that Minnesota ever produced and one of the best players of his era.

Readers are taken back to a time when players fielded seven-man teams using rovers, angry skaters swung at opposing coaches and referees, goal umpires raised white flags to signal goals, and fans watched games in massive hippodromes and celebrated their teams in torchlight parades. Before the Stars is a captivating history of the sport's early years and a must read for any hockey fan.