Biography / Memoir

A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck
Bette Hammel
978-1-947237-15-5 / $16.95

At the age of 92, Bette Hammel looks back at a life rich with humorous incidents and meaningful encounters, capturing the flavor of the post-war advertising world and the excitement of modern architectural design. She discusses how meeting and marrying architect Richard Hammel changed her life, and touches on the strokes of luck that helped her inveigle her way into Grace Kelly’s wedding with the Prince of Monaco in 1956. Of equal interest are Bette’s adventures in the Betty Crocker kitchens, her weekend producing a TV ad on the North Dakota prairies, the pleasures and challenges of raising her daughter, Susan, becoming a grandmother, and sailing with friends along the Dalmatian Coast.

Don Fraser: Minnesota's Quiet Crusader
Iric Nathanson
978-1-947237-02-5 / $19.95

As a Minnesota state senator, U.S. congressman, and Minneapolis mayor, Don Fraser was deeply involved in the key issues of his era, including the civil rights struggle, the war in Viet Nam, and the efforts to combat urban poverty.

Taking Sides with the Sun
Dale R. Schwie
978-1-935666-96-7 / $29.95

The author tells the story of Herbert W. Gleason, who abandoned a career as a Congregational minister in midlife and went on to become one of the most distinguished landscape photographers of his age. He took many photographs of Yosemite, Zion, and other parks for the National Park Service, roaming the Sierras with John Muir and Stephen Mather. But at the core of Gleason’s achievement lies a series of photographs he took over a period of nearly forty years that document the places Henry David Thoreau visited and referred to in his voluminous writings. The book is thick with Gleason's photos and also contains an extensive bibliography.

Creating a Real School
Pat and Larry Schafer with Lori Sturdevant
978-1-935666-88-2 / $25.00

Lake Country School of Minneapolis has won widespread acclaim for excellence over many decades. This book describes how two dedicated individuals, Larry and Pat Schaefer, along with a talented group of colleagues and the hearty support of countless families, parents, and children, laid the foundations and nurtured the community on which that achievement rests.
Raising Twins
Freya Manfred
978-1-935666-77-6 / $19.95

Raising twins is a “true life” adventure, as this lively narrative by poet Freya Manfred makes clear. Full of good advice and timeless anecdotes, it will fascinate the parents of twins and make other readers wish they’d had a set themselves.

IKE : Minnesota Hockey Icon
Jim Hoey
978-1-935666-84-4 / $19.95

One of the legendary figures in Minnesota hockey history, Eveleth native Willard Ikola joins with local author Jim Hoey to tell the story of his many decades in the game. He won three state titles in high school as an all-tournament goalie for Eveleth and two NCAA titles with the Michigan Wolverines. After helping the U.S. take the silver medal in the 1956 Olympics, “Ike”became a coaching legend in thirty-three spectacular years at Edina High School. He was noted for his record eight state titles with the Hornets, and became beloved for his modesty, class, and integrity.

And One Fine Morning
Nick Hayes
$24.95 (pb)

At the heart of And One Fine Morning lies the story of the heart attack, failed recovery, and death of Mark Hayes, the author’s father, in the mid-1950s, when he was at the height of his career as one of Minnesota’s most successful modernist architects. It's also a story of the “Minnesota Irish” who emigrated from Ireland during the Great Hunger, with the author’s family among them; of the family’s pioneer days on the North Dakota prairie, and the vibrant life of the Irish-American community they became a part of and helped to sustain on Minneapolis’s North Side in the early decades of twentieth century.

The Pillsburys of Minnesota
Lori Sturdevant with George Pillsbury
6 x 9, 438 pp (hc)

Pillsbury is a household word in many parts of the world, but in Minnesota it carries a special ring. Here Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant chronicles the family's pioneering role in making Minneapolis the milling capitol of the world. She explores the career of Minnesota governor “Honest John” Pillsbury, Alfred Pillsbury's impact on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Philip's remarkable success at reviving a moribund milling giant, and George's efforts to fashion a more inclusive Republican Party.

Green Stamps to Hot Pants
Growing Up in the 50s and 60s

Genny Zak Kieley
$19.95 (pb) 192 pp
ISBN 978-1-932472-73-8
Intermixing social research and personal nostalgia, Genny Kieley creates a portrait of a simpler era, of ice-cream socials and twice-a-day newspaper delivery, sock hops and doo-wop music, first loves, first heartbreaks, and afternoon parties fueled by 45s. Cars had fins and television had just arrived.

Conversations with Jon Hassler
Joseph Plut
$19.95 (pb)
release date: May 1, 2010

Jon Hassler developed a large following in the course of his writing career, and In the years preceding his death, his long-time friend Joe Plut interviewed him extensively about the origins, publication history, and themes associated with each of his nine novels; they discussed his agents and editors, his movie and TV deals and theatrical spin-offs. The result is a series of casual conversations offering food for thought to anyone interested in how a novelist handles his material, and even greater stimulation to fans who cherish North of Hope, The Love Hunter, Staggerford, or Simon’s Night among their favorite works of fiction.



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