In Books, Amy Goetzman covers the Twin Cities literary scene through reviews of new books, Q&As with Minnesota authors and visiting writers, and items about writing and book-related events. Her articles appear on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Books also features occasional articles from The Christian Science Monitor.
Janet Horvath’s late father George had once played cello in an orchestra at a displaced persons camp in Germany after World War II. He told her the story of when Leonard Bernstein guest conducted.
Reese, along with co-author Jean Mendoza, wrote “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People” — an adaptation of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.”
A new book details the life of journalist and activist Elias Demetracopoulos, who discovered that the Greek military dictatorship had secretly funneled over a half million dollars in illegal campaign contributions to the Nixon presidential campaign in 1968.
An excerpt from the new book “Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale,” by journalist Adam Minter.
Moby Dick’s was a bar “that folks visited just to say they’d been there.” An excerpt from the forthcoming book, “Closing Time: Saloons, Taverns, Dives, and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities,” by Bill Lindeke and Andy Sturdevant.
ALSO: Books & Bars: Frank Herbert’s “Dune” at the Amsterdam; “The Wizard of Oz Movie Sing-Along” at Lake Harriet Bandshell; and more.
Mai Neng Moua describes life as an American Hmong as like having a split personality, and says her generation struggles with this duality.
In Millett’s latest, Holmes investigates a series of murders that may have begun in Munich with a mastermind who eluded him more than 20 years earlier.
“We pay attention to the concentration camps, but we forget that it started with hatred, and with a big lie and the creation of alternative facts,” said author Fred Amram.
In Ted Roosevelt Jr., Brady found an adventuresome, fun-loving and deeply principled man who contributed to his country through public and military service.
“They woke me from a dead sleep and I was only partially comprehending what they were saying. The whole committee was there …,” Barnhill said.
“Canoes: A Natural History in North America” follows the development of the canoe from its early dugout and birch bark construction to today’s high-tech models.
His memoir, “School House: Lessons on Love and Landscape,” is a coming-of-age tale in which personal growth is achieved largely by retreating from the world.
During McMahon’s research journey, he interviewed dozens of autoworkers and their descendants from every era of the St. Paul plant’s history.
Ojakangas’ first cookbook, “The Finnish Cookbook,” was published in 1964 and remains in print today.
“I have written this book from the perspective of someone inside a small rural town looking out, but I could only do it the way I have because I’ve been living outside of it for almost 20 years,” said Ash.
“I wanted to write a fast-paced, exciting thriller with strong, complex, intelligent female characters,” said author Jess Lourey.
“I wanted people to experience what I experienced, going through all the boxes and being overwhelmed,” said writer Danny Sigelman. “People are like, ‘Who’s in the book?’ I’m like, ‘Everybody.’ ”
In Geye’s latest novel a father and son head deep into the woods for a long season of winter camping — but the weather is the least of their worries.
In “Amateurs,” a loosely knit group of 30-something friends fret about relationships, trying to make a mark in the world and wondering what to do next.