Author Nora Murphy had a lot of questions about the land her family settled when they came to America, fleeing the potato famine in Ireland.

In a series of essays dedicated to trees in Minnesota, Murphy walks the line, as Heid Erdrich put it, between writing "what she has learned of people, not about them."

Taiyon Coleman contributed one of the essays in this engrossing, eye-opening view of the state by sixteen  non-white writers.

Black, Latino, Asian and Indigenous voices share their Minnesota; what it's like to be a person of color in "one of the whitest states in the nation."

"The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.  They make one story become the only story."  ~ Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie