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Growing up in Minnesota

Ten Writers Remember Their Childhoods

1976

Chester G. Anderson, editor

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In this collection of essays, ten famous Minnesotan writers tell what it meant to them to grow up in Minnesota. Their reminiscences range from northern Minnesota to north Minneapolis, from the snug comfort of a Victorian home to the struggles of urban poverty. All say something not only about a particular time and place but also about the experience of growing up a Minnesotan.

In this collection of essays, ten famous Minnesotan writers tell what it meant to them to grow up in Minnesota. Their reminiscences range from northern Minnesota to north Minneapolis, from the snug comfort of a Victorian home to the struggles of urban poverty. All say something not only about a particular time and place but also about the experience of growing up a Minnesotan.

Contributors include Chester G. Anderson, Meridel Le Sueur, Harrison E. Salisbury, Gerald Vizenor, Keith Gunderson, Shirley Schoonover, Toyse Kyle, Robert Bly, Edna and Howard Hong, and Mary Hong Loe.

Every person has a work of fiction in them, and that is to remember their childhood. Even the plainest of stories gives off a certain glow. The best of the stories in this collection have the excitement of that discovery about them, of writers working at the very dim edges of memory and, then, of whole landscapes lighting up suddenly.

Garrison Keillor

In this collection of essays, ten famous Minnesotan writers tell what it meant to them to grow up in Minnesota. Their reminiscences range from northern Minnesota to north Minneapolis, from the snug comfort of a Victorian home to the struggles of urban poverty. All say something not only about a particular time and place but also about the experience of growing up a Minnesotan.

Contributors include Chester G. Anderson, Meridel Le Sueur, Harrison E. Salisbury, Gerald Vizenor, Keith Gunderson, Shirley Schoonover, Toyse Kyle, Robert Bly, Edna and Howard Hong, and Mary Hong Loe.

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Every person has a work of fiction in them, and that is to remember their childhood. Even the plainest of stories gives off a certain glow. The best of the stories in this collection have the excitement of that discovery about them, of writers working at the very dim edges of memory and, then, of whole landscapes lighting up suddenly.

Garrison Keillor

A marvelous collection of memories and ideas.

Barbara Flanagan

When you mention Minnesota, most Americans would probably respond: cold, snow, Indians, north woods. They picture a state peopled almost entirely by blonde, lumbering Swedes. What jumps from the pages of Growing Up in Minneosta is that the state defies the old stereotypes. It has immense diversity.

Minneapolis Tribune

Growing Up in Minnesota is the kind of charmingly truthful book that can be read and reread with enjoyment for years to come.

Mankato Free Press

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