Minnesota Biographies and Memoirs
Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time
Chasing Dreams
Living My Life One Yard at a Time
Hardcover      ISBN: 1629372757
When University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill stepped down due to health concerns in October 2015, he said, I can’t do what I love doing anymore.
Citizen Swain: Tales from a Minnesota Life
Citizen Swain
Tales from a Minnesota Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816694613
"For an insider's take on the last eighty years in Minnesota history, sit down with Tom H. Swain's memoir. It is a personal look at the people and events that shaped the state's history, written by a civic and business leader--and a true public servant--with a genuine knack for telling a story. From business to athletics, politics to education, Swain is a key player. He's been a mayor, a University of Minnesota vice president, a chief of staff to former Minnesota governor Elmer L. Andersen, and a member and chair of numerous nonprofit and civic boards. In Citizen Swain: Tales from a Minnesota Life, he brings his vibrant presence and meaningful contributions to life eloquently, giving readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of institutions and their leaders.Swain was more than a witness to state history. He helped make it happen. Readers learn what it was like to be a part of Governor Andersen's administration--including details about the dramatic vote recount that ended his term. Swain's dedication to education and sports shine through as he speaks of his service at the University of Minnesota. Over the years in positions ranging from ticket manager in the athletic department to vice president, Swain got to know Gopher coach Bernie Bierman and three University of Minnesota presidents--Nils Hasselmo, Mark Yudof, and Robert Bruininks. Twenty-three years at the St. Paul Companies gave him profound insight into the state's oldest corporation.Whether he's describing the hard work behind the scenes of the massive civic celebration of the state's centennial or growing up in 1930s and 1940s Minneapolis, Swain's passion for making Minnesota a better place comes through in these remembrances, told with warmth, respect, and not a small amount of wit. CitizenSwain will be an inspiration to anyone seeking to make positive change through active citizenship. "--
A Country Doctor's Casebook: Tales from the North Woods
A Country Doctor's Casebook
Tales from the North Woods
Paperback      ISBN: 0873514742
"Beautiful, humorous, and lucidly written, A Country Doctor's Casebook is a heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking treasure of American rural medical history. For those who may have become disenchanted about the craft of medicine, here the enchantment returns." Pierre Delattre, author of Woman on the Cross, Episodes, and Tales of a Dalai Lama "This pioneer physician's account of medicine, life, and death in the north of northern Minnesota is suffused by humanitarian warmth and humor. We all are there: Native Americans and immigrants, our lives beset by accidents and illness, and above all the love and dedication making us who we are, helped by our own Galen. A great read."Robert Treuer, author of The Tree Farm: Replanting a Life "A Country Doctor's Casebook is a delight--wonderfully written with a wry sense of humor. These stories ring true: compassionate, gentle, loving portraits of people for whom Dr. MacDonald cared deeply."David Hilfiker, md, author of Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at His Work and Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor?s Journey with the Poor
A Country Doctor's Chronicle: Further Tales From The North Woods
A Country Doctor's Chronicle
Further Tales From The North Woods
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873515099
House calls. Flu epidemics. Terminal illnesses. Coroner duties. Fishhook incidents. For more than three decades, Roger A. MacDonald served the people of Minnesota?s north woods as a family practitioner and jack-of-all-trades, even responding to the occasional ?barn call? for ailing animals. In this new collection of stories, MacDonald takes readers on another round of house calls, office visits, and emergency summons. His remote practice saw patients of every age and type, from a local child with a penchant for putting things up his nose to a dedicated church pianist with untreatable cancer, from a teenager with unexplained seizures to a vacationing Mafioso recovering from a heart attack. MacDonald offers tales of patients, colleagues, and neighbors, probing their very human responses to medical dilemmas and sharing humorous and touching episodes in equal portions. A Country Doctor?s Chronicle is a charming collection of vignettes?some hopeful, some heartbreaking?that offer a unique look at a bygone era of twentieth-century rural America.
Crusader and Feminist: Letters of Jane Grey Swisshelm 1858 - 1865
Crusader and Feminist
Letters of Jane Grey Swisshelm 1858 - 1865
Hardcover      SKU: 1199311340
Crusaders: The Radical Legacy of Marian and Arthur Lesueur
The Radical Legacy of Marian and Arthur Lesueur
Paperback      ISBN: 0873511786
Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir
Deep Woods, Wild Waters
A Memoir
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816631735
Wait, young Douglas’s grandfather says as the bobber twitches on the surface of Little Lake. Be patient. And so begins an encounter with the promise and wonder of nature that will last a lifetime. Deep Woods, Wild Waters traces the winding path that carried Douglas Wood from one wonder to the next, through a landscape of rocks, woods, and waters, with stops along the way for questions and reflections that link human nature to the larger mysteries of the natural world. Like life itself, the author’s way is not linear. One landmark leads back to a favorite campsite, another prompts him to consider the “gospel of rocks,
The Doctors Mayo
The Doctors Mayo
Paperback      SKU: 1199109991
The Dog Says How
The Dog Says How
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0873515994
In this wonderfully original collection of autobiographical stories, popular storyteller and NPR commentator Kevin Kling deftly weaves pitch-perfect scenes of childhood antics and adulthood absurdities with themes of overcoming tragedy, forging lifelong friendships, and living with disabilities in a complex world. In “Circus,” Kling recollects how his love of boats, animals and adventure inspired him to join a traveling circus troupe—but it was the all-you-can-eat buffet that cinched the deal. In “Dogs,” Fafnir, Kling’s new wiener puppy, leads him into the world of show dogs, those resembling “cleaning implements—perfumed, powdered, and pampered.” In the poignant title story, Kling straddles the realm of the ordinary and one rivaling Dante’s underworld as he learns how to use voice-recognition software after his near fatal motorcycle accident. These and many more classic and never-before-told tales are collected in The Dog Says How. In Kling’s universe, “the mundane becomes magical, the fantastic becomes accessible and through it all his profound sense of curiosity about the world transforms the everyday to the timeless” (Queen Anne News). Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis.
The Dog Says How
The Dog Says How
Paperback      ISBN: 1681341182
Captivating stories of growing up, traveling the world, and relying on the strangeness of others bring Kling fans to their feet and a fresh audience to its knees—bowled over by laughter.