“What they’re reading” appears as an occasional series in MinnPost’s Book Club Club section. We’re asking well-known and not-so-well-known Minnesotans to tell us about the books they’re reading and recommending to others — and why. In today’s installment, we hear from Emmy-winning “Almanac” political reporter Mary Lahammer.
I’m currently re-reading the “Little House on the Prairie” series with my five-year-old daughter.
We bought the books as research for my upcoming public television documentary, “Minnesota’s Deadliest Blizzards.” We use Laura Ingalls Wilder as a source for the 1880 blizzard. My daughter actually portrays a child who perishes in the 1888 storm.
Also, my family piled in an RV and traveled through South Dakota this summer, which inspired interest in books that are set there.
I love to read and recommend historical fiction to others. My tip is: when you’re at the airport, ask the book store employees what they’ve read. They’ve never steered me wrong!
Some other recent reads I’d recommend have been “The Widow of the South” by Robert Hicks, “The Whiskey Rebels” by David Liss and “The Children’s Blizzard” by David Laskin.
Laskin’s blizzard book also provided some great background for our “Minnesota’s Deadliest Blizzards” documentary.