In this stirring collection of linked stories, Linda LeGarde Grover portrays an Ojibwe community struggling to follow traditional ways of life in the face of a relentlessly changing world.In the title story an aunt recounts the harsh legacy of Indian boarding schools that tried to break the indigenous culture. In doing so she passes on to her niece the Ojibwe tradition of honoring elders through their stories. In "Refugees Living and Dying in the West End of Duluth," this same niece comes of age in the 1970s against the backdrop of her forcibly dispersed family. A cycle of boarding schools, alcoholism, and violence haunts these stories even as the characters find beauty and solace in their large extended families. With its attention to the Ojibwe language, customs, and history, this unique collection of riveting stories illuminates the very nature of storytelling. The Dance Boots narrates a century's evolution of Native Americans making choices and compromises, often dictated by a white majority, as they try to balance survival, tribal traditions, and obligations to future generations.
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.
2016 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice: Fiction It's 1942 and the globe is aflame. Eleanor Sutton, matriarch of a prosperous New Jersey family, struggles to fight the war on the home front. But then long-buried memories rooted in Eleanor's service in the Great War come to light. These decades-old secrets threaten her marriage to George--and bring his own carefully guarded secrets to the surface. As the relative peace of the Sutton household is upended, son Edward leaves for the front lines. Younger brother Nat wrestles with shocking revelations while trying to find his way at boarding school. Putting her own future aside to oversee the family Victory farm, daughter Harriet faces the secrets that challenge all her assumptions about family and love. Set against the historical backdrop of World War II, ''Eleanor's Wars' chronicles the personal battles of one heroic woman in a rapidly changing world.
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.
Riding the Lake Superior Circle Tour is on many a motorcyclist's bucket list. "Ride Lake Superior" is one rider's story and guide to discovering the beauty of Lake Superior from the back of her husband's motorcycle. Includes travel tips, motorcycle routes not on the "official" Circle Tour, U.S.-Canadian border crossing tips.
Micheal Sinclair did not want to attend Malworth University. The smallest major campus in Minnesota, located in the sleepy western town of Cold River, was never the ideal space to find himself. And once Mike discovers the secrets that lay behind the school and the town, he delves into a mystery that could change his entire life. Does he dare become the Last Man on Campus?
It's shaping up to be a beautiful Christmas season, until someone from Foxy's past winds up dead. Fearing she's being stalked by her friend's killer, Foxy flees to a resort in northern Minnesota. But trouble follows her. Setting aside their holiday plans, Robin, Cate and the rest of the No Ordinary Women book club mobilize to come to her aid, but a blizzard may keep them from getting there in time. An almost forgotten memory from Foxy's checkered past will determine whether or not she becomes the next victim.
A first of its kind, Mapping Your Retirement is a step-by step, hands-on guide and workbook based on your values, interests, and resources. Representing the research and knowledge of 15 contributors with extensive backgrounds in their fields of expertise, Mapping Your Retirement focuses on three key components: maintaining your health, managing your money, and living life fully. One of 77 million baby boomers reaches 50 every 7 seconds. Studies show that most people do not plan sufficiently for retirement. Those who do often reduce the plan to numbers: How much should I save? Will it be enough? But finances are only one part of the equation. Having purpose in life, doing what matters, nurturing rewarding relationships, maintaining your health, and contributing to something larger than the self are just as essential.
"Transit becomes an act of transcendence in Mary Austin Speaker's The Bridge. I love how each section of the book ends almost where it begins, how the world comes as it goes, flash after flash - and just when things begin to blur we "awake to astonishing / geometry," to an awareness that "ascent is only a way / toward another opening." The Bridge limns with unmatched grace the internal and external process of daily passage." -Joseph Massey