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Roots & Ties: A Scrapbook of Northeast Memories
Roots & Ties
A Scrapbook of Northeast Memories
Paperback      ISBN: 0931714958

Genny√s book about northeast Minneapolis began when her grandparents√ handmade trunk came into her possession. Full of family history, the trunk enticed her to delve into the chronicles of the neighborhoods that she and so many others called home.

Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss: Personal and Professional Insights on the Animal Lover's Unique Grieving Process
Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss
Personal and Professional Insights on the Animal Lover's Unique Grieving Process
Paperback      ISBN: 161539981x

Author Sid Korpi explains, “The pain of losing a beloved animal companion is unlike any other. However, because our society on the whole discounts our grief as frivolous since we've "merely lost an animal," too many of us feel we must keep silent in our anguish or be labeled somehow defective. Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss ends the misperception that we must suffer in solitary confinement and thus prolong, or stay permanently stuck in, our grief. The book melds the author's personal perspectives, as both a pet lover and animal chaplain, and astounding stories with those of professionals (such as veterinarians, animal communicators, and religious leaders) and other animal lovers the world over to help you make the pet-grieving process as positive as possible.

You Are Worth It: 52 Weeks to Honoring, Loving, and Nurturing Your Soul
You Are Worth It
52 Weeks to Honoring, Loving, and Nurturing Your Soul
Paperback      ISBN: 1940014328

Nourish your spirit through examining your hopes and dreams. Relish in your friendships, courage, and possibilities. Seek joy and wisdom in day-to-day life, and above all else, remember that you are more than good enough. You Are Worth It is a journey through encouraging and uplifting affirmations. Through 52 weeks of guided challenges and declarations, you'll be brought to a place of self-acceptance and gratitude. After a year's worth of work on yourself, you'll be excited to embrace the limitless possibilities that await you with a confident and abundant mindset.

The Great American Scrapbook
The Great American Scrapbook
Paperback      ISBN: 1539590747

Beginning during George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech of May 1, 2003 and culminating on Election Night '04, THE GREAT AMERICAN SCRAPBOOK (Americana #5) follows more important issues like Brock McCoy falling in love, the perils of three fictional Minneapolis rock 'n' roll bands, and two long-lost siblings' efforts to maintain the historical significance of a newspaper woman murdered in the 1920s. Brock, 31, lives in his mother's basement. Newly returned from Toronto, he stumbles into a gig as bass player in an all-female rock band-and must dress the part. He falls in love with Jenna on lead guitar. Back home he does what he can to ease the burden on his sister Nancy and her Gulf War I-related PTSD, as well as comfort his mother and her back that just won't heal. On a table in the basement is an old scrapbook that Brock helps Peaches try to turn into something publishable. While Grace, the murdered scribe, wrote unflinchingly about war, racism and religion, Brock flinches often as he comes to grips with the fact that nothing's really changed.

When God Was a Little Girl: A Story About God, Creation, and What It Means to Be Human
When God Was a Little Girl
A Story About God, Creation, and What It Means to Be Human
Hardcover      ISBN: 1592989551

"Tell me a story, Daddy . . . about when God was a little girl." Susanna's playful request begins a whimsically profound tale woven between father and daughter. This imaginative retelling of creation sparkles with joy, its words and images offering gentle wisdom and genuine insight. You may never think about God, creation, or yourself in quite the same way.

Retail Schmetail: One Hundred Years, Two Immigrants, Three Generations, Four Hundred Projects
Retail Schmetail
One Hundred Years, Two Immigrants, Three Generations, Four Hundred Projects
Hardcover      ISBN: 159298956x

Retail Schmetail is a lively, thorough, and slightly irreverent examination of 100 years of American retailing. Twin brothers and mid-century entrepreneurs Al and Lou Stein ran a Milwaukee shop that seemed more like a garage sale than a bona fide retail operation. While neither of these from the gut marketing guys had a formal education, they compensated for it with their ingenuity, drive, and legendary sense of humor. Al's oldest son, Sandy, spent countless hours observing antics and absorbing insights in this petri dish of fifties consumerism. This primed him for a wide-ranging career in retail design and consumer trending, shared in these pages. Here he lifts the veil on the psychological, emotional, and design constructs that separate the defining brands from the also-rans, with clear insight on what the virtual reinvention of retail means for all of us. No guide is more qualified than Sandy Stein to tell us why we buy what we buy, and how we'll buy and sell in the future. Ret

The Last Ferryman
The Last Ferryman
Paperback      ISBN: 1626524939

In 1939--and for several decades preceding that year--the only way to cross the river at Millerville, Illinois, was by ferry. It seemed there always was a ferry in Millerville. Buck Shyrock, the local ferryman, knew that better than most. Being a ferryman was in Buck's blood--his grandfather and father both had ferried folks across the Wabash, from the Illinois side to the Indiana side and back again. To Buck's way of thinking, Millerville was a "ferry town ... and it'll keep on bein' a ferry town." Even though in recent years there was talk of building a bridge across the river, that's all it was--just talk. Buck was sure of it.

Buck's certainty is shaken, however, by the appearance of Floyd Bailey, a roll of blueprints tucked firmly under his arm, and by the growing awareness that Bailey is to act as project engineer on the erection of a suspension bridge--a bridge that will mean the end of Buck's way of life.

Murder at Spirit Falls
Murder at Spirit Falls
Paperback      ISBN: 0878396144

Perched above Spirit Falls in the lush Wisconsin woodland, Robin Bentley's cabin is remote enough for her and her book club friends to shed the restraints of city living, hike in the woods, take moonlight walks and go skinny dipping under the waterfall. But when a body washes up below the falls, the No Ordinary Women find themselves up to their bifocals in a real mystery. And one of them could be the next victim.

My Love Affair With England: A Traveler's Memoir
My Love Affair With England
A Traveler's Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0345385659

Writing a love letter to Great Britain, the America author celebrates badger-watching in the countryside, the London theatre, ghost-hunting, tour guiding students, and other pleasures of traveling through England. Reprint.

A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing
A Stranger's Journey
Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing
Paperback      ISBN: 0820353469

Long recognized as a master teacher at writing programs like VONA, the Loft, and the Stonecoast MFA, with A Stranger's Journey, David Mura has written a book on creative writing that addresses our increasingly diverse American literature. Mura argues for a more inclusive and expansive definition of craft, particularly in relationship to race, even as he elucidates timeless rules of narrative construction in fiction and memoir. His essays offer technique-focused readings of writers such as James Baldwin, ZZ Packer, Maxine Hong Kingston, Mary Karr, and Garrett Hongo, while making compelling connections to Mura's own life and work as a Japanese American writer.

In A Stranger's Journey, Mura poses two central questions. The first involves identity: How is writing an exploration of who one is and one's place in the world? Mura examines how the myriad identities in our changing contemporary canon have led to new challenges regarding both craft and pedagogy. Here, like Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark or Jeff Chang's Who We Be, A Stranger's Journey breaks new ground in our understanding of the relationship between the issues of race, literature, and culture.

The book's second central question involves structure: How does one tell a story? Mura provides clear, insightful narrative tools that any writer may use, taking in techniques from fiction, screenplays, playwriting, and myth. Through this process, Mura candidly explores the newly evolved aesthetic principles of memoir and how questions of identity occupy a central place in contemporary memoir.