Last week, we reviewed spring novels. Today, we look at non-fiction books, from skiing to fishing to baseball to what happened to us in the 1990s.
“Rise: My Story” by Lindsey Vonn (Dey St., available now)
The first memoir of a Minnesota native, the most decorated female skier of all time, an Olympic gold medal-winning alpine ski racer who holds four World Cup titles overall and She is one of only six women to have won World Cup races in all five alpine skiing disciplines. Now retired, Vonn writes about Buck Hill skiing in Minnesota and the towering mountains of Colorado, focusing on pushing her body past the breaking point and her battle with physical trauma as well. such as mental problems, including decades-long depression and low self-esteem. . Vonn’s candid reveal has received praise from some of the nation’s standout athletes, including Wayne Gretzky, Billie Jean King and Tom Brady.
“Rounding Home: Field Baseball, Prose, Meditation, and Visuals” by Bill Meissner (Finishing Line Press, February)
Following her well-received collection of short stories “Light at the Edge of the Field,” Meissner provides 100 photographs of small-town amateur baseball fields accompanied by short prose. As a retired teacher in the St. Cloud State, Meissner is also a photographer. He has photographed fields in Minnesota from Sartell’s Championship Field to the ballpark in Cold Spring in 1910 to the home field of Miesville Mudhens. He introduces readers to a remote, hand-built Henry J. Meyer field hidden in rural Stearns County, and an abandoned, overgrown field in Orrock. His writing goes beyond baseball to reflect on how the game has become a metaphor for our lives. A piece of prose that is a tribute to Hank Aaron’s early great struggles against discrimination. For information, visit: facebook.com/wjmeissner/.
“From Hollywood with Love: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of the Romantic Comedy” by Scott Meslow (HarperCollins, February)
Meslow grew up in White Bear Lake, and after spending time in New York and Los Angeles, recently moved back to Minneapolis. He describes his debut book as “a historical and cultural analysis of modern romantic comedy – drawn from dozens of new interviews and many, many hours of research – starting with “When Harry Met Sally,” which includes films like “Pretty Woman” and “Knocked Up”… and ends with the rise of Netflix rom-com series like “To All the Boys” and “The Kissing Booth” .” His book received rave reviews from Kirkus and Booklist.
“A Natural Curiosity: The Story of the Bell MuseumBy Lansing Shepard, Don Luce, Barbara Coffin and Gwen Schagrin (University of Minnesota Press, March)
Happy Birthday to the University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History, on its 150th anniversary. Its new homes at Larpenteur and Cleveland in St. Paul is the fifth house of the museum. Bell’s journey, which began in 1872 as a one-room cupboard of curiosities, encompasses the discoveries, moments and personalities that have made the museum what it is today and includes ornithologists, botanist, financier and conservationist. “From conception as part of a state-requested geological and natural history survey, to the most recent projects in technology, environmental science, and DNA sequencing, the Bell Museum has informs, explains, and expands our relationship with the natural world,” the publisher wrote. The oversized format allows for many interesting photographs of people over the years working on programs relevant to the profound changes in society, science, and the natural landscape throughout its existence. Museum. And for those who love the museum’s dioramas created by artist Francis Lee Jaques, there are paintings of them all, from beavers to wolves, fish to birds. (Find a story about events and exhibits celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Bell in Life Sunday, January 16.)
“The Nineties: A Book” by Chuck Klosterman (Penguin Books, February)
Klosterman, born 1972, is an author and journalist who grew up on a ranch in Wyndmere, ND, so we’ll consider him an honorary Minnesotan. He is the author of eight non-fiction books, including “Kill Yourself To Live”. In his new book, he recounts what happened in the decade that, he says, has seen the greatest change in human perception of any decade in American History. From the fall of the Berlin Wall and the attack of the Twin Towers to the end of the landline and the beginning of the ubiquity of mobile phones, Klosterman ponders the rise of the Internet, politics before 9/11 and claim that it was the last era that held the idea of a true, heady mainstream before the media dispersed into multiple platforms.
“Stand Before His People: Emmegahbowh and Ojibwe” by Verne Pickering and Stephen Schaitberger (Beaver’s Pond Press, now available)
As whites finally began to listen to native voices, more and more books were written about Native Americans with names unfamiliar to most of us. Such was the case with Emmegahbowh, the first Bishop of Ojibwe priest during the tumultuous 1800s, when the US government introduced treaties that would be broken and displaced indigenous peoples from their homeland. This coffee table-sized book, with its delightful illustrations and engaging layout, tells the story of this extraordinary man’s life from 1813 to 1901. He spoke Ojibwe and English. , lived among the Ojibwe and participated in the politics of relations and treaties between the Ojibwe, the US government, and settlers desiring land in India for logging and farming. Emmegahbowh left behind a record of her work, much of which is presented in this book, including insights into Ojibwe culture and beliefs.
With June coming up (remember that warm month?) University of Minnesota Press is releasing three exciting books.
“Smashing! Twenty days in 1970 when teachers in Minneapolis broke the law” is by William D. Green, award-winning author, and vice president of the Minnesota Historical Society. His book tells the complex and dramatic history of an illegal strike that permanently changed labor relations and Minnesota politics.
“Seven Aunts” by Staci Lola Drouillard is part memoir, part cultural history in memory of seven aunts who kept the nest and family together, telling an important, often overlooked story of the women of the village. 20th century, the “German and British, Anishinaabe and French, born in the forest North and Midwest farm country. They move from time to time, and they scramble when their man turns mean, when he runs out of money, when babies – and lots of them – add more trouble but even more love. than “.
“Walleye: A Beautiful Fish of the Dark” by Paul J. Radomski on the holy grail of game fish, on how to catch them, understand their biology and history, and ensure their survival.
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