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WHITE BIRCH, RED HAWTHORN event at Drury Lane Books with Nora Murphy

When Sep 09, 2017
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Drury Lane Books, 12 Wisconsin St. E, Grand Marais, MN 55604
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White Birch, Red Hawthorn (Nora Murphy)Nora Murphy will be at Drury Lane Books on Saturday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. with Marcie Rendon for a reading and signing of her new book, White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir.

 

Nora Murphy tells the story of her ancestors’ maple grove that, long before the Irish arrived, was home to three Native tribes: the Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk. That her dispossessed ancestors’ homestead was built upon another, far more brutal dispossession is the hard truth underlying Murphy’s search for the deeper connections between this contested land and the communities who call it home.

 

"How did her forebears come to own that stand of sugar maples in Stearns County? Who owned it before? What happened to them? Her questions started a quest that has occupied Murphy for 20 years and challenged all her assumptions about her place in this country." —Star Tribune

 

"Writing with unflinching honesty and a willingness to take responsibility for her family’s legacy, Nora Murphy explores the origins of white, European dominion in this country. She blends acute observations, poignant anecdotes, and research, providing a road map for descendants of immigrant families looking for a deeper relationship with their own culture." —Diane Wilson, Executive Co-director, Dream of Wild Health, and author of Spirit Car

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