Minnesota Biographies and Memoirs
The Remarkable Journey of Alan Page
Hardcover ISBN: 1600785042
Chronicles a former All-Pro and MVP Minnesota Vikings defensive linemen's rise from being one of the "Purple People Eaters" to being elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the first African-American to ever win a major election in the state.
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Paperback ISBN: 1932472835
Professional football players were once ìHuckleberry Finns in helmets.î Today they are millionaires, and their game is a colossus. Jim Klobuchar explores the phenomenon with stories and wit. Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant shares his own ideas.
Life in the Hot Seat
Paperback ISBN: 0873516028
“At a pace matching the flashing lights on a 911 console, Caroline Burau puts us in the hot seat and shows us the madness, the sadness, and the gallows humor of a profession that serves and protects in ways we never dream. And by telling us what goes on when the microphone is silent, she has taken the voice on the radio and given it heart.” Michael Perry, author of Population 485 and Truck: A Love Story “A witty, gritty look at life on the receiving end of our cries for help.” Reader’s Digest (Editor’s Choice) You answer a call from a fourteen-year-old boy asking for someone to arrest his mother, who is smoking crack in their bathroom. You talk with him until the cops arrive, making sure there are no weapons around and learning that his favorite subject in school is lunch. Five minutes later, you have to deal with someone complaining about his neighbor’s clarinet practice. What is it like to be on the receiving end of desperate calls for help . . . every day? Caroline Burau, a former newspaper reporter and nursing student who couldn’t stand the sight of blood, takes a job as an emergency dispatcher because she likes helping people. But on-the-job training at the comm center proves to be more than she bargained for. As she adjusts to a daily life of catastrophe and comedy, domestics and drunks, cops and robbers, junk food and sarcasm, lost cats and suicides, she discovers that crisis can become routine, that coworkers can be mean—that she must continue to care and, at times, learn how to let go. “The day may come when I have to dial 911. I hope to God that the person who answers is Caroline Burau or someone like her. Funny, honest, and elegantly simple, this book left me with a sense of grace and hope.”—Alison McGhee, author of Shadow Baby, Rainlight, Was It Beautiful? and Falling Boy Caroline Burau is a 911 dispatch operator for the police and fire departments in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Back to Mississippi
A Personal Journey Through the Events That Changed America in 1964
Hardcover ISBN: 0786867965
Traces the author's horrified realization of her family's ingrained racism, ties to the Ku Klux Klan, and involvement in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers, discussing the particular impact her discovery had on her perception of her father. 40,000 first printing.
Behind the Cameras
Minnesotans in the Movies
Paperback ISBN: 1932472533
Rolf Canton explores the careers of Minnesotans who have worked behind the scenes in the movie industry. Canton draws from many sources to flesh out the film careers and the Minnesota connections of the talented individuals who make movies happen.
Best Seat in the House
Mark Rosen's Sports Moments and Minnesota Memories
Hardcover ISBN: 076034132x
Mark Rosen was hired by WCCO television at the age of 17 and has been a part of the ’CCO team for more than four decades. During that time he has become one of the most popular and respected sports media celebrities in the Twin Cities, state, and region—a true icon on the Minnesota sports scene. In this first-person account, Rosen shares his experiences working with athletes, journalists, and a variety of local notables. He describes the most memorable moments from the playing fields and behind the scenes, and he offers insights gleaned from four decades in the business. Beyond being a major local TV and radio personality, Rosen is very active in the community and has established a reputation for his honesty, integrity, and credibility. The stories and anecdotes contained in this book offer a rare inside look into the worlds of sports, media, and even politics from the perspective of someone who is a legend in his field.