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SPRINGinto reading

plan their summer reading. The lists are drafted. The intentions are made. But, for many, the leaves fade and we slip into fall before nary a page has been turned. You can skip the planning this spring. Just read. Here’s your list.

is a must-tuck-in- your-carry-on.

Our first selection If

you’re not heading on vacation, carve out a few hours and take a mini-holiday with A

Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts by

N. M. Kelby. The col- lection of stories — varying from touch- ing to hilarious — takes readers on a delightful journey. Unforgettable tales of an eccentric coyote fur-wearing mother, a twisted Girl Scout troop bent on selling the most cookies, and a rockstar who yearns to be buried in his 1953 Cadillac Eldorado are just a few sweet treats inside.

Undead

and

Unwelcome by Mary Janice Davidson might not seem like your typical sunny- day read. We recom- mend relaxing with the eighth book of the award-winning Undead series on a rainy spring evening — with a glass of vino in hand. After a long day, unwind with vampire queen/suburban wife Betsy Taylor as she reluctantly reigns over the liv- ing world. Like many, Betsy would prefer to spend her time shoe shopping, but she has her obligations — The vampire community sees her as their prophesied queen. There is one good thing about being queen of the undead… the sexy vampire king Eric Sinclair! Get in touch with the roots of many

Minnesota women

with I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson

by Joy K. Lintelman. The nonfiction work is a portrait of writer Mina Anderson, who emigrated

from

Sweden to Wisconsin and then to the Twin Cities where she worked as a domestic servant. The story follows Anderson’s move to rural Mille Lacs County where she and her husband worked on a farm, raised seven children, and con- tributed to rural Swedish community life. More than Anderson’s biography, this book explores why young Swedish women left their homeland and what they found in America.

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family

Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang shares the his- tory of a newer Minnesota immigrant — the author. Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, Yang was transplanted to Saint Paul at the age of 6. This is the journal of her family’s escape from Laos, their life in refugee camps, and the difficulties and joys that came with finding a new life in America. It’s spring and the roses are nearly red

and violets blue. For transformative verses to withstand the changing seasons, pick up Find the Girl by poet Lightsey Darst. The author’s debut collec- tion printed this spring, providing a rich and honest chronicle of the tran- sition from girlhood to womanhood. You won’t find poems about pearls, ribbons and curls here, but rather explorations of myths, murder

BY RACHEL DREWELOW

with excellent reads penned by Minnesota women

Spring seems to be the season that people

mysteries, playing hooky and an even an ugly obsession with exploited children. At times unpleasant, it is more often enlight- ening — and always begging to be read. If you are someone who fantasizes about

quitting your job to ‘live off the land,’ pick up Keeping

Watch, 30 Sheep, 24 Rabbits, 2 Llamas, 1 Alpaca, and a Shepherdess with a Day Job to

meet a couple who tried to do just that. Author Kathryn Sletto and her hus- band Terry get into a real life, page-turning predicament when the purchase of two sheep quickly grows to an entire flock plus llamas, an alpaca and several angora rabbits. Read about how leaving the fast-paced modern world and opting for the simple life can sometimes be everything but. Learn about the modern-era backbone of Minnesota’s agricultural, food processing, manufacturing, and service industries with Latino Minnesota by Leigh Roethke. This nonfiction work takes readers inside the vibrant, diverse community which has

made economic, cultural and social contri- butions to the state for the past century. The book details how, like immigrant groups before, Latinos came to Minnesota in search of opportunities to better their lives. The book traces the Latino journey beginning with the earliest settler, to the Mexican colonia that grew up in St. Paul after World War I, to newcomers from Central and South America. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52
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