Tale Of Two Mini-tomes

If you were to look for either of the books, “Dosed” by Isaiah Nielson, or “My Dakota, Tales of Happiness and Heartbreak on the Prairie,” by Alan Quale, you might miss them — they’re that small. Both are very opposite books — one’s a memoir, one is fiction — and yet they have similarities. First,…
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“Dress Gray”

One would expect a book titled, “Dress Gray: The life and times of a West Point Cadet,” to be about West Point, right? It’s much more than that, if you’re William Ekberg and have a daughter, Susie Ekberg Risher of Fargo, for a co-author. For the most part, “Dress Gray” is a love story. The majority of…
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What I’m Reading Now

I’m taking a break from local books at the moment, and I’m reading “The Help” by Kathryn  Stockett. Set in Mississippi in 1962, the novel revolves around three women: Skeeter, a white woman who wants to write; and Aibileen and Minny, two black women who work as housemaids. Skeeter is a college graduate who didn’t…
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“A Crooked Number”

In most novels, there’s a discernible crescendo — a building of the plot —  to a big resolution. That is not the case in “A Crooked Number” by Nathan Jorgenson of Minneapolis. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. “A Crooked Number” is about Grant Thorson, a boy who grows up on a farm outside Halstad,…
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What’s Next

When I saw the name Nathan Jorgenson on a book in the pile of possible books to review, I knew I’d seen that name before. Turns out I’ve seen the author’s name twice before: on a book called “The Mulligan” and another entitled “Waiting for White Horses.” I recall “The Mulligan” was about a guy who…
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