Books

Minnesota author Cheryl Strayed used her hike (an expedition she was woefully unprepared for) on the Pacific Crest Trail to exorcise her personal demons. Another Minnesotan embarked on the same trip within a month of Wild's release for no other reason than turning 40 and wanting to.

Gail Francis on apowerful sense of optimism and feeling of being more connected to people and the country, how the context made all the difference and what she learned about helping others and allowing herself to be helped.

 

Need a last minute gift idea for your art-loving friend? Want a suggestion of a good book to cozy up with this winter? Annie Dugan shares several ideas of art book options to pick up this holiday season, including:

Timothy Pearce

 

Thousands of women are locked up in U.S. prisons and one Minnesota Group is working to get books in the hands of the incarcerated. The Women's Prison Book Project based in Minneapolis's the Seward neighborhood, organizes donations to prisoners nationwide. Dixie Treichel from KAXE reports.

Author Paul Hillmer says his book  evolved from a class assignment to have his Hmong students conduct interviews with their parents.

How an oral - not written - history, a people without a "home country" and fleeing rather than emigrating a place redefines who you are, on MN Reads.

Annie Dugan issues an assignment to listeners: to read Linda Grover's "The Dance Boots" by the end of the month so you can take part in the Duluth Public Library/Duluth Art Institute's One Book, One Community events, including a book discussion and an exhibit of the pow-wow photographs of Ivy Vainio.  Annie Dugan is the curator of the Duluth Art Institute and she has the details:

We will talk with author Jeff Miller about his book Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop, a chronicle of Jeff and his partner's first year operating both an ice cream shop and a bed and breakfast in Hayward, Wisconsin. For more information about Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop visit www.mnhs.org.

6/5 MN Reads: "Scoop: Notes From A Small Town Ice Cream Shop" by Jeff Miller

Dave Kenney and co-author Thomas Saylor take a look at a forgotten decade that put Minnesota on the national map.