Minnesota Biographies and Memoirs
Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age
Through No Fault of My Own
A Girl's Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0816673063

On Christmas Day, 1926, twelve-year-old Clotilde "Coco" Irvine received a blank diary as a present. Coco loved to write--and to get into scrapes--and her new diary gave her the opportunity to explain her side of the messes she created: "I'm in deep trouble through no fault of my own," her entries frequently began. The daughter of a lumber baron, Coco grew up in a twenty-room mansion on fashionable Summit Avenue at the peak of the Jazz Age, a time when music, art, and women's social status were all in a state of flux and the economy was still flying high.
Coco's diary carefully records her adventures, problems, and romances, written with a lively wit and a droll sense of humor. Whether sneaking out to a dance hall in her mother's clothes or getting in trouble for telling an off-color joke, Coco and her escapades will captivate and delight preteen readers as well as their mothers and grandmothers.
Peg Meier's introduction describes St. Paul life in the 1920s and provides context for the privileged world that Coco inhabits, while an afterword tells what happens to Coco as an adult--and reveals surprises about some of the other characters in the diary.

To Touch A Heart
To Touch A Heart
Paperback      ISBN: 1420889141

To Touch a Heart is an amazing combination of short stories and poetry that will leave you in "stiches" or touch the deepest parts of your heart. Mixed with a "twist" these short tales will be experiences that you can identify in your own life but will enable you to look each day in a new way. Whether you are young or old, male or female these stories are great entertainment To Touch a Heart

Tucker Lake Chronicle: Thirteen Months in the North Woods
Tucker Lake Chronicle
Thirteen Months in the North Woods
Paperback      ISBN: 1947237179

A chronicle of high-spirited adventures during a year spent in a one-room cabin on the Canadian border.

Twelve Years and Thirteen Days: Remembering Paul and Sheila Wellstone
Twelve Years and Thirteen Days
Remembering Paul and Sheila Wellstone
Paperback      ISBN: 0816644284

Essay by Jeff BlodgettSenator Paul Wellstone is remembered for his infectious enthusiasm and his ardent devotion to helping all people gain a voice in American politics. In a remarkable collection of more than seventy photographs, Twelve Years and Thirteen Days commemorates the WellstonesOCO commitment to social and economic justice and will be an inspiration to those throughout the country who share their values."

Twenty-five Cents and God:an Unbelievabl
Twenty-five Cents and God:an Unbelievabl
Paperback      SKU: 1199079634
Undefeated: The Life of Hubert H. Humphrey
Undefeated
The Life of Hubert H. Humphrey
Library      ISBN: 0822599538

Focuses on the compassion and strength of character that helped Humphrey through the ups and downs of his political career

Wanda Ga'g: Storybook Artist
Wanda Ga'g
Storybook Artist
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873515455

Famous for her elegantly written and whimsically illustrated children's books Millions of Cats, The Funny Thing, Snippy and Snappy, and Tales from Grimm, Wanda Gag (1893-1946) lived a life not unlike that of the characters in the German fairy tales that her grandparents told her as a girl.
In a new biography for young readers, award-winning author Gwenyth Swain brings the visionary and eccentric artist to life. Swain takes readers into Wanda s girlhood in rural Minnesota, where, from an early age, her artistic talents flourished. Yet Wanda, the eldest of seven siblings, was pushed abruptly into adulthood when her father s untimely death left her in charge of the household. After years of struggle, Wanda Gag was finally able to go to New York to pursue her passion. Her art was eventually featured at top galleries and her books, influenced by her love of nature and animals, became wildly popular among children and critics across the United States.Complemented by Wanda s illustrations, letters, and diary entries, Wanda Gag: Storybook Artist illuminates for young readers the amazing life of a charismatic artist who triumphed over adversity to realize her dreams."

Wanda Ga'g: Storybook Artist
Wanda Ga'g
Storybook Artist
Paperback      ISBN: 0873515447

Famous for her elegantly written and whimsically illustrated children's books Millions of Cats, The Funny Thing, Snippy and Snappy, and Tales from Grimm, Wanda G g (1893-1946) lived a life not unlike that of the characters in the German fairy tales that her grandparents told her as a girl.

In a new biography for young readers, award-winning author Gwenyth Swain brings the visionary and eccentric artist to life. Swain takes readers into Wanda's girlhood in rural Minnesota, where, from an early age, her artistic talents flourished. Yet Wanda, the eldest of seven siblings, was pushed abruptly into adulthood when her father's untimely death left her in charge of the household. After years of struggle, Wanda G g was finally able to go to New York to pursue her passion. Her art was eventually featured at top galleries and her books, influenced by her love of nature and animals, became wildly popular among children and critics across the United States.

Complemented by Wanda's illustrations, letters, and diary entries, Wanda G g: Storybook Artist illuminates for young readers the amazing life of a charismatic artist who triumphed over adversity to realize her dreams.

We Made It Through the Winter: A Memoir of a Northern Minnesota Boyhood
We Made It Through the Winter
A Memoir of a Northern Minnesota Boyhood
Paperback      ISBN: 087351212x

In this delightful memoir, O'Meara recounts a ten-year-old boy's year in the northern Minnesota sawmill town of Cloquet at the turn of the twentieth century. A talented historian/novelist, he vividly evokes the sights and sounds, joys and sorrows of family life set against the background of the lumbering industry when white pine was still king.

Season by season, O'Meara evokes the sights and sounds of family life and work in an era when the crisp days of autumn meant "digging in," and when it was up to the boy in the family to stack firewood for the kitchen range and dig enough potatoes "to last until the return of spring." The author's words recreate the bone-chilling cold of a Minnesota winter when a boy snared rabbits to help supply the family table, when "your ears could freeze to a dead, marble-like whiteness after only a few minutes of exposure," and when a boy's father was gone "up in the woods" to work in one of the forty-odd logging camps near Cloquet. The arrival of spring was marked by his father's return from the camps while summer meant bare feet, the "noisy frontier exuberance" of the Fourth of July, and summer visitors--gypsies, traveling circuses, and chimney sweeps.

A talented historian/novelist, O'Meara vividly evokes the sights and sounds, joys and sorrows of family life set against the background of the lumbering industry when white pine was still king.

We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter
We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down
Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter
Paperback      ISBN: 0816683468


Rachael Hanel's name was inscribed on a gravestone when she was eleven years old. Yet this wasn't at all unusual in her world: her father was a gravedigger in the small Minnesota town of Waseca, and death was her family's business. Her parents were forty-two years old and in good health when they erected their gravestone--Rachael's name was simply a branch on the sprawling family tree etched on the back of the stone. As she puts it: I grew up in cemeteries.

And you don't grow up in cemeteries--surrounded by headstones and stories, questions, curiosity--without becoming an adept and sensitive observer of death and loss as experienced by the people in this small town. For Rachael Hanel, wandering among tombstones, reading the names, and wondering about the townsfolk and their lives, death was, in many ways, beautiful and mysterious. Death and mourning: these she understood. But when Rachael's father--Digger O'Dell--passes away suddenly when she is fifteen, she and her family are abruptly and harshly transformed from bystanders to participants. And for the first time, Rachael realizes that death and grief are very different.

At times heartbreaking and at others gently humorous and uplifting, We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down presents the unique, moving perspective of a gravedigger's daughter and her lifelong relationship with death and grief. But it is also a masterful meditation on the living elements of our cemeteries: our neighbors, friends, and families--the very histories of our towns and cities--and how these things come together in the eyes of a young girl whose childhood is suffused with both death and the wonder of the living.