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Local authors fill up summer reading list – InForum

FARGO — With so many books and so little time, meaningdering the stacks at the local library or bookstore can sometimes feel daunting no matter what time of year it is.

But around here, summer is precious, so we’ve saved you a little time and compiled a short list of books written by local authors that are sure to be perfect for afternoons in the hammock, on the boat or the beach.

Titles are available for purchase online or at various local bookstores and shops in and around the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo communities. (Pro tip: Zandbroz Variety in downtown Fargo has an entire table devoted to local reads.)

“A Song for Liv” by Wayne Gudmundson

“As well as a gift to his daughter, ‘A Song for Liv’ is a personal meditation on place, the search for personal and ethnic identity, and the complexities therein, much of which is located in the mists (and myths) of time with only the ancient landscapes of those stories remaining. Combining travel notes, Icelandic history and lore, and family relationships, Gudmundson form here—best characterized as hybrid—weaves a tapestry that is at once inviting and accessible, each page entry a stanza-like lyric of the larger song.” —Thom Tammaro , three-time Minnesota Book Award recipient and author of “When the Italians Came to My Home Town” and “Italian Days & Hours.”

Genre: Photography letters memoir
NDSU Press
Available online at NDSU Press

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“Radium” by John Enger

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From NDSU Press: Radium is about two bad-luck brothers from a bad-luck town in the flat farmland of western Minnesota. Jim and Billy live together in a trailer house on the ditch-side of a beet field until Billy gets into trouble, and then they go on the run. They drive cars fast. They go west. They live on the lam, always about three days from a federal manhunt. Laws are broken, but with an older brother his only true friend on earth—a brother he loves more than his own next breath—Jim justifies their deeds, willing to do anything to keep Billy free.

Genre: Fiction
NDSU Press
Available online at NDSU Press

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“Apple in the Middle” by Dawn Quigley

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“Apple in the Middle” by Dawn Quigley

From NDSU Press: Apple Starkington turned her back on her Native American heritage the moment she was called a racial slur for someone of white and Indian descent. Apple’s name, chosen by her Indian mother on her deathbed, has a double meaning: treasured apple of my eye, but also the negative connotation—a person who is red, or Indian, on the outside, but white on the inside. After her wealthy father gives her the boot one summer, Apple reluctantly agrees to visit her Native American relatives on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern Dakota, for the first time. Yet, as Apple meets her Indian relatives this summer, she finds that she just may have found a place to belong.

Genre: YA, Native American Studies
NDSU Press
Available online at NDSU Press

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“Tales from the Frozen North” by Moorhead Friends Writing Group

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“Tales From The Frozen North” by Moorhead Friends Writing Group

From Amazon: In the frozen north, there is something about settling into a comfortable chair with a warm beverage and reading a good book. With a variety of short stories, poems, and a record blizzard, this anthology will appeal to a broad range of readers. So settle in and enjoy Tales from the Frozen North.

Genre: Anthology, Essays, Short Fiction
Available on Amazon

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“Wild and Free in TRNP; The Wild Horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park” by Birgit Pruess

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“Wild and Free in TRNP; The Wild Horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park” by Birgit Pruess

From Amazon: Are you a person who loves wildlife animals, especially horses? Using Theodore Roosevelt National Park as an example for wild horses/mustangs, you will be provided with information about horse color, identification, herd dynamic, band structure, and much else information. Other animals, such as bison will be included as well. All this will be written in an anecdotal style by a biologist with an eye for animal behavior and the overall ecology of the park. The majority of the book will be some 150 photos that I and my sister Uta Pruess took over the past 8 years.

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“My Two Dads” by Lisa Seljevold

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“My Two Dads” by Lisa Seljevold

There are many ways to be a family and they’re all great when they include love and support. Follow along as our main character joins a new school and gets to know her new classmates, particularly one that doesn’t understand her dynamic family. “My Two Dads” is a story of learning about differences with an emphasis on acceptance and appreciation.

Genre: Children’s
Pelton Press
Available on Pelton Press

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