Local and Regional

From beautiful coffee table books full of photographs of the region to histories of the logging and iron ore mining industries, biographies of important regional people to memoirs of the communities and neighbors we live amongst, the Village Bookstore is your gateway to Minnesota regional books!

 

Author Event: Douglas Woods Saturday August 12th, 11:00 to 12:30

Author Event: Douglas Woods Saturday August 12th, 11:00 to 12:30

 This Saturday Village Bookstore & Gifts will be hosting Douglas Wood, the author of the children’s book Old Turtle, and his memoir Deep Woods, Wild Waters along with many others. This author has been described as “Minnesota’s renaissance man” for his many unique talents such as writing, playing music and being a wilderness quide. His books have received much praise, the Bloomsbury Review calling Old Turtle ” a stunningly beautiful epiphany of world fellowship and understanding.” Doug is also the recipient of a handful of awards like the Minnesota Book Award and the Parent’s Choice Award. He’s performed at the White House and the Lincoln Center in New York. While he’s here, Doug...

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New Releases: August 1st

This Tuesday a bunch of books were released! Check out the new texts we received below!   Hardcover Adult Fiction: The Almost Sisters by Joshilynn Jackson Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase   Softcover Adult Fiction: Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks   Young Adult Fiction: Frostblood by Elly Blake Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson  

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Everybody’s Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll in Minnesota

Everybody’s Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll in Minnesota

If you didn t experience rock and roll in Minnesota in the 1960s, this book will make you wish you had. This behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big. It was a brief, heady moment for the musicians who found themselves on a national stage, enjoying a level of success most bands only dream of. In “Everybody’s Heard about the Bird,” Rick Shefchik writes of that time in vivid detail. Interviews with many of the key musicians, combined with extensive research and a phenomenal cache of rare photographs, reveal how this monumental era of Minnesota rock music evolved. The chronicle begins with musicians from the 1950s and...

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Warrior Nation: A History of Red Lake Ojibwe

Warrior Nation: A History of Red Lake Ojibwe

The Red Lake Nation has a unique and deeply important history. Unlike every other reservation in Minnesota, Red Lake holds its land in common and, consequently, the tribe retains its entire reservation land base. The people of Red Lake developed the first modern indigenous democratic governance system in the United States, decades before any other tribe, but they also maintained their system of hereditary chiefs. The tribe never surrendered to state jurisdiction over crimes committed on its reservation. The reservation is also home to the highest number of Ojibwe-speaking people in the state.Warrior Nation covers four centuries of the Red Lake Nation’s forceful and assertive tenure on its land. Ojibwe historian and linguist Anton...

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Minnesota: State of Wonders

Minnesota: State of Wonders

Photographer Brian Peterson and writer Kerri Westenberg team up to document the four corners of Minnesota each in a different season. Springtime awakes in the northwest with prairie chicken dances and unfurling, delicate plants. Tallgrass prairies and historic American Indian lands trumpet the full glory of summer. Autumn colors dazzle the Mississippi River Valley, and winter in the Arrowhead region holds both harsh cold and exquisite beauty. Author: Brian Peterson Publisher: State of Wonders US SRP: $39.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: December 2015

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Come, You Taste: Family Recipes from the Iron Range

Come, You Taste: Family Recipes from the Iron Range

Potica or kolache, sarma or braciole, lutefisk or baccala, fattigman or lefse—Minnesota’s Iron Range has a culinary language all its own. The pursuit of rich iron ore in the early twentieth century drew workers who hailed from Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, Italy, and many other places, and as the men went to work in the mines, their families adjusted together to this new land. The immigrants’ children, that first generation, grew up in multiethnic communities where grandmothers shared the bounty of their gardens and the products of their kitchens—and everyone savored a new mix of food traditions. Come, You Taste celebrates the cuisine of these numerous groups and features fond memories of neighborhoods now gone, of flavors and scents...

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Hockey Moms Aren’t Crazy!

Hockey Moms Aren’t Crazy!

The perfect gift for the holiday season AND the hockey MOM in your family! Hockey Moms… if we can’t laugh at ourselves, who can we laugh at? (Besides Soccer Moms!) This book pays tribute to Hockey Moms everywhere with hilarious illustrations, jokes and stories – including contributions from Hockey Moms and hockey greats, like Mike Eruzione! Finally, a book that gives us the credit we deserve! (Well, okay, our kids deserve a little credit, too.) Author: Jody Anderson Publisher: Adventure Publications US SRP: $7.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: October 29, 2013

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Minnesota’s State Parks

Minnesota’s State Parks

Connect with nature at Minnesota’s state parks! Whether you want to hike, bike, fish, bird-watch or geocache, there’s something for everyone in Minnesota’s state parks. See a lighthouse, climb a rock wall, explore a mine or a cave, or simply relax beside a calming lake or a babbling river. This comprehensive guide to all 75 state parks and state recreation areas will help you find that great picnic spot or the perfect campsite – everything you need to know is at your fingertips. Author: Anne Arthur Publisher: Adventure Publications US SRP: $16.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: April 23, 2013

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Pictograph Quest

Pictograph Quest

James W. Rhodes, a retired-coach and teacher from Greenway High School, is a free-lance writer and photographer who lives in Coleraine.  An avid outdoorsman with a love of travel, Jim has guided canoeists in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, bicycled, backpacked, and traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.    His book, Pictograph Quest, is the story of dreams fulfilled.  Jim, a Boundary Waters canoe guide, dreamed of emulating the voyageurs of old with a canoe trip along the famed Voyageur Highway from Rainy Lake to Lake Superior.  Photographing all documented pictographs in Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario would be another dream fulfillment.  Jim is also the author of Dorothy Molter, Boundary Waters...

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The New Midwestern Table

The New Midwestern Table

“The Midwest is rising,” writes Minnesota native Amy Thielen, host of “Heartland Table” on Food Network–and her engaging, keenly American debut cookbook, with 200 recipes that herald a revival in the region’s cuisine, is delicious proof. Amy Thielen grew up in rural northern Minnesota, waiting in lines for potluck buffets amid loops of smoked sausages from her uncle’s meat market and in the company of women who could put up jelly without a recipe. She spent years cooking in some of New York City’s best restaurants, but it took moving home in 2008 for her to rediscover the wealth and diversity of the Midwestern table, and to witness its reinvention. ” The New Midwestern Table” reveals all that she’s come to love–and...

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Feathers

Feathers

Feathers are possibly the most amazing body covering in the entire animal kingdom. No other covering does all that feathers do. From the delicate down feathers that keep birds warm to the sturdy flight feathers that allow birds to soar, these marvelous structures are something to admire. This book is filled with stunning, incomparable photos, and it promises to delight as it walks you through the world of feathers. Everyone who celebrates nature, young and old alike, will appreciate this beautiful, detailed look at bird feathers. Author: Stan Tekiela Publisher: Adventure Publications US SRP: $14.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: May 7, 2014

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Famous Crimes of Minnesota

Famous Crimes of Minnesota

Robberies, murders, kidnappings – Minnesota has been home to several notorious crimes. Some were committed by infamous lawbreakers: the James-Younger gang, John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde and others. But not all misdeeds have been done by career criminals. Take a closer look at more than two dozen unlawful acts that rocked Minnesota and often grabbed headlines across the country. Author: Michael Burgan Publisher: Adventure Publications US SRP: $12.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: July 30, 2013  

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Minnesota Vikings Trivia

Minnesota Vikings Trivia

For more than half a century, the Minnesota Vikings have treated local pro football fans to the gamut of human emotion, filling them with pride with their regular-season consistency and heartache with their playoff flops. Through it all, from Tarkenton and the Purple-People Eaters to Cris Carter, Randy Moss, and Adrian Peterson, the team has been the focal point for Minnesotans every Sunday for four months a year. Now Jim Hoey, author of Minnesota Twins Trivia and Puck Heaven, has compiled a remarkable selection of facts and information about our revered NFL franchise. With 1,212 questions, you’ll find this book a true treasure trove of Viking lore. How much do you know about the Minnesota Vikings? Author: Jim Hoey Publisher: Nodin...

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Minnesota Activity Book

Minnesota Activity Book

How do you make a Minnesota getaway even better? Give your kids the Minnesota Activity Book for hours of fun! From mazes and word finds to maps and pictures to color, it’s a great introduction to the area and is ideal for car rides and quiet time. Author: Paula Ellis Publisher: Adventure Publications US SRP: $5.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: May 1, 2013

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Archaeology of Minnesota

Archaeology of Minnesota

Histories of Minnesota typically begin with seventeenth-century French fur traders exploring the western shores of Lake Superior. And yet, archaeology reveals that Native Americans lived in the region at least 13,000 years before such European incursions. “Archaeology of Minnesota “tells their story–or as much as the region’s wealth of artifacts, evidence of human activity, and animal and plant remains can convey. From archaeological materials, Guy Gibbon reconstructs the social, economic, and political systems–the lifeways–of those who inhabited what we now call Minnesota for thousands of years before the first contact between native peoples and Europeans. From the boreal coniferous forests to the...

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Minnesota Railroads – A Photographic History

Minnesota Railroads – A Photographic History

“The Great Northern Railway, in the eventful year of 1941, met every requirement made of it as the Nation hurriedly prepared for war.” So Great Northern’s president spoke of the Minnesota railroad that transported the tanks and airplanes, materiel and troops, that were critical to America’s military success. This illustrated volume offers an enlightening–and irresistibly entertaining–look at Minnesota railroads from that shining moment, near the end of the romantic era of steam locomotives and luxury passenger lines, to the reemergence of railroads as one of the few profitable transportation industries in our day. Remarkable photographs, many never before published, take us inside the cab of a monumental...

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The Minnesota Book of Skills

The Minnesota Book of Skills

Minnesotans are a highly skilled bunch, whether pursuing traditional activities like wild ricing and pickling, or tastefully displaying taxidermy, or selecting the right fishing bait. Skills particularly appropriate to Minnesota– such as creating seed art or baking a Bundt cake–may be fully on display at the state fair, a prime opportunity to join with neighbors in celebrating our many talents. Best of all, Minnesotans are eager to share their skills with newcomers or the newly inspired, and for “The Minnesota Book of Skills” many freely offered their expertise in conversations with author Chris Niskanen. Get the inside scoop from Joe Hautman, who has won four federal duck stamp contests. Learn to sing like a voyageur from Francois...

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The Oranges Are Sweet

The Oranges Are Sweet

From Minnesota author Paul Sailer comes “The Oranges are Sweet” which is a deeply moving story about Major Don M. Beerbower, who was from Hill City, Minnesota,  and the men who served with him during World War II. When he died strafing a German airdrome north of Reims, France, on August 9, 1944, he was the leading ace in the Ninth Air Force with 15.5 aerial victories and the commanding officer of the 353rd Fighter Squadron. The Fighting Cobras, as the unit was known, ended the war with 290.5 aerial victories, more than any other squadron in the United States Army Air Forces. Author: Paul Sailer Publisher: Loden Books US SRP: $34.99 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: May 1,...

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Walk in Their Dust

Walk in Their Dust

What was life really like for our pioneering ancestors as they trekked across our country in the mid-1800s? Two men can tell you. They followed those trails for over two thousand miles, walking the equivalent of a marathon nearly every day for three months! Walk in Their Dust is about the experiences Grand Rapid natives Barry Lane and his colleague Niels Henriksen had in 1973 while hiking from Mexico to Minnesota along the routes used by America’s early settlers. The two imitated the lifestyle of the pioneers as much as they could, and they experienced many of the same things that challenged the wagon trains including dust storms, intense thirst, blizzard conditions, flash floods, and risk from both predators and man. Sometimes feel...

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Little Minnesota

Little Minnesota

When you think Minnesota, you might immediately picture the scenic North Shore or the bustling Mall of America. But Minnesota is much more than that. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is peppered with small communities, and Little Minnesota spotlights 100 towns with populations around or below 100. Each entry features folks who know what it means to help their neighbors and locales that range from quaint to historic! Author: Jill Johnson Publisher: Adventure Publications US SRP: $16.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: November 2011

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Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet

Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet

A turtle’s shell, an etched rock, a false morel, a trout lily–all inspire a closer look, a chance to see A to Z in Minnesota’s natural scenes. Minnesota author David LaRochelle and Minnesota photographer Joe Rossi team up to create this wonderful children’s picture books! Simple text and beautiful photographs depict nature scenes in Minnesota with elements that resemble letters of the alphabet! Author: David LaRochelle Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press US SRP: $16.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: November 1, 2010

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Left Home at 16

Left Home at 16

Frank Antilla has experienced his fair share of life-altering events. He said his “strong will, perseverance, and deep faith” has guided him through his challenging life. Frank Antilla’s life story began in North Dakota in 1927 as the youngest of 15 children. Survival was unimaginably tough and by the time he was five, Frank had lost his father and moved to Minnesota with his mother and three of his older siblings. His mother eventually got a job in a hotel in Bovey but before that, she and Frank had many adventures. There was lots of moving. They started their Minnesota life in a woodsy log cabin as part of a Finnish community. The older siblings moved on leaving Frank and his mother to find a house at Lawrence Lake. Life on a lake...

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Puck Heaven

Puck Heaven

Think you’re a true hockey fan? Prove it! The author of the best-selling Minnesota Twins Trivia explores the fascinating world of Minnesota state high school hockey–its rivalries, heroic comebacks, glaring disappointments, injuries, winning streaks and remarkable feats of individual athleticism.  The perfect gift for any MN hockey enthusiast! Author: Jim Hoey Publisher: Adventure Publications US SRP: $19.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: November 2011

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Weird Minnesota

Weird Minnesota

Hail Minnesota! For its beautiful lakes, charming towns, and hardy citizens. We have so much that other states envy: giant Indian mounds, the world’s largest Paul Bunyan, and the Twins and the Vikings. We spawn musicians of all types, from the Andrews Sisters to Bob Dylan, and we’ve never lacked for presidential candidates: Eugene McCarthy, Walter Mondale, and, of course, Harold Stassen all gave it a whirl or two—or three—and it’s fine with us that none of them made it to the White House. They gave it their all, just like Minnesotans do every day. Yes, we’re musical and political, but we’re also very, very weird. We have more strange sites, strange history, and, happily, strange folks than we deserve. And...

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The Opposite of Cold – The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition

The Opposite of Cold – The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition

A full-color history and celebration of Finnish sauna in the western Great Lakes region. One of our best-selling books of 2010! Great Christmas gift! As many in the north country can attest, one of life’s great pleasures resides in the tradition of sauna-sitting in 180-plus-degree heat and throwing cool water on oven-hot stones to create a blast of steam (called “loyly”), followed by a jump in the lake, standing naked in subzero temperatures (or even a roll in the snow), or just relaxing on the cooling porch. To the uninitiated, there is a strange, alluring mystique to the art of Finnish sauna. But to an ever-increasing number of people-from their small urban saunas to backwoods and lakeside retreats-the culture and...

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Little Minnesota

Little Minnesota

State birds, flowers, trees, and animals brought to board book form for the youngest book lovers.  Toddlers will delight in this boardbook filled with rhyming riddles framed by brightly painted clues,introducing elements that make Minnesota so special! GRAND RAPIDS native Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of more than 45 books and has earned national acclaim through award-winning children’s classics such as Michigan’s official state book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Children’s Choice Award winner The Legend of the Loon, The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell, and many others. Kathy-jo enjoys writing about nature, folklore, and its effect on all our lives. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter for associations, school...

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Voices of Pokegama – A History of the Place Around a Lake (Hardcover)

Voices of Pokegama – A History of the Place Around a Lake (Hardcover)

This book is a history of Pokegama, the area around the lake that started as a glacial lake and is now a reservoir of the Upper Mississippi.  Over the last 140 years, Pokegama has been farmed, timbered, and mined, all the while becoming a prime place for living and vacationing Minnesota’s North Woods.  This book gives voice to the many people who have lived around Pokegama Lake.  NEW LOWER PRICE!   Author:  Ann K Ryan Publisher: Greater Pokegama Lake Association Hardcover US SRP: $25.95 Pub Date: 2005

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Voices of Pokegama – A History of the Place Around a Lake (Paperback)

Voices of Pokegama – A History of the Place Around a Lake (Paperback)

This book is a history of Pokegama, the area around the lake that started as a glacial lake and is now a reservoir of the Upper Mississippi.  Over the last 140 years, Pokegama has been farmed, timbered, and mined, all the while becoming a prime place for living and vacationing Minnesota’s North Woods.  This book gives voice to the many people who have lived around Pokegama Lake. NEW LOWER PRICE!   Author:  Ann K Ryan Publisher: Greater Pokegama Lake Association US SRP: $15.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: 2005

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100 Years Bovey Farmer’s Day

100 Years Bovey Farmer’s Day

Local historians come together again with two new books to celebrate the centennial of Bovey, Minnesota!   Author:  Donald Boese & Patricia Walls Publisher: City of Bovey US SRP: $15.00 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: 2011

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Bovey – A Century of Change II

Bovey – A Century of Change II

Local historians come together again with two new books to celebrate the centennial of Bovey, Minnesota!   Authors:  Donald Boese & Patricia Walls Publisher: City of Bovey US SRP: $20.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: 2011

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Bringing Back the White Pine

Bringing Back the White Pine

One of the state’s foremost authorities on white pine trees, Jack Rajala, has written Bringing Back the White Pine, a 150-page historical and how-to guide for landowners, tree lovers and policy makers. Conversations and concerns about declines in Minnesota’s white pine resource have run broad and deep in the state during recent years. “The passion and rhetoric about forestry issues have blinded many to the simple truth that to have more white pine we must grow more white pine,” says Jack. “I wrote this book for anyone who wants to help get the job done.”   Author:  Jack Rajala Publisher: Jack Rajala US SRP: $11.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: January 1,...

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Minnesota’s Iron Country – Rich Ore, Rich Lives

Minnesota’s Iron Country – Rich Ore, Rich Lives

Northern Minnesota is a land of beauty and heritage, but also a land wealthy in natural resources. Its rich iron ore has shaped the destiny of the United States and in times of war helped to protect the world. Marv Lamppa recounted this history in his acclaimed PBS television series “Iron Country.” Now, the full story is available as a book – an exploration of Minnesota’s Iron Country – revealing the lives of a remarkable people and the industrial and political forces that built a region and a nation. Author: Marvin Lamppa Publisher: Lake Superior Port Cities US SRP: $19.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: January 1, 2004          

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Prairie, Lake, Forest – Minnesota’s State Parks

Prairie, Lake, Forest – Minnesota’s State Parks

Waterfalls and underground caverns, lady’s slippers and dwarf trout lilies, cross-country skiing and fishing adventures–alluring photographs and captivating stories survey these and other delights of Minnesota’s popular state parks.   Author:  Chris Niskanen Photographer: Doug Ohman Publisher: Minnesota Historical Press US SRP: $29.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: April 1, 2010

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Only in Minnesota

Only in Minnesota

This is a pictorial tribute to all that makes the state unique. A combination of the natural, historical and cultural facets of life in Minnesota, it showcases the people and what they do for fun, where they do for fun, where they live, their favorite places, and more. Over 160 dazzling four-color photographs–showing a variety of subjects, from farms and churches to tourist destinations and state parks; from nature scenes to city festivals and cultural events–make this book shine.   Author: Berit Thorkelson Photographer: Roxanne Kjarum Publisher: Voyageur Press US SRP: $19.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: May 1, 2003

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North Country – The Making of Minnesota

North Country – The Making of Minnesota

In 1862, four years after Minnesota was ratified as the thirty-second state in the Union, simmering tensions between indigenous Dakota and white settlers culminated in the violent, six-week-long U.S.Dakota War. Hundreds of lives were lost on both sides, and the war ended with the execution of thirty-eight Dakotas on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesotathe largest mass execution in American history. The following April, after suffering a long internment at Fort Snelling, the Dakota and Winnebago peoples were forcefully removed to South Dakota, precipitating the near destruction of the areas native communities while simultaneously laying the foundation for what we know and recognize today as Minnesota.   Author: Mary Lethert...

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Song of Sampo Lake

Song of Sampo Lake

A gripping depiction of frontier life on the Minnesota Iron Range- For fifteen-year-old Matti Ojala and his family, Finnish immigrants in Minnesota in 1900, starting a new life in America is both a hardship and an opportunity. After a tragic mining accident kills their beloved uncle, the family turns away from the iron mines to pursue the dream of owning a homestead in the wilderness.     Author: William Durbin Publisher: University of Minnesota Press US SRP: $11.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: February 14, 2011 (Reprint edition)

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