Local Authors Fill Summer Reading List – InForum

FARGO – With so many books and so little time, it can sometimes be daunting to sift through the stacks at your local library or bookstore, no matter the time of year.

But summer is precious here, 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 on the beach.

The titles can be purchased online or at various local bookstores and stores in and around the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo communities. (Pro tip: Zandbroz Variety in downtown Fargo has an entire table dedicated to local reads.)

A Song for Liv by Wayne Gudmundson

“A Song for Liv was not only a gift to his daughter, but also a personal meditation on place, the search for personal and ethnic identity, and the complexities involved, much of which lies in the mists (and myths) of time only the old landscapes of these stories remain. Combining travel notes, Icelandic history and lore, and family connections, Gudmundson Form here weaves – best characterized as a hybrid – a tapestry that is at once inviting and approachable, with each side entry a strophic lyric of the larger song.” – Thom Tammaro , three-time Minnesota Book Award winner and author of When the Italians Came to My Home Town and Italian Days & Hours.

Genre: Photography, letters, memoirs
NDSU press
Available online from NDSU Press

“Radium” by John Enger

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From NDSU Press: Radium is about two unfortunate brothers from an unfortunate town in the flat farmlands of western Minnesota. Jim and Billy live together in a trailer by the side of a ditch in a turnip field until Billy gets into trouble and then they go on the run. They drive cars fast. They go west. They live on the run, always about three days away 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 actions and is willing to do anything to keep Billy free.

Genre: fiction
NDSU press
Available online from 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 when she was called a racial slur against someone of white and Native American descent. Apple’s name, chosen by her Indian mother on her deathbed, has a double meaning: my cherished apple of the eye, but also the negative connotation – a person who is red or Native American on the outside but white on the inside. After her wealthy father gave her the boot one summer, Apple reluctantly agrees to visit her Native American relatives on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern North Dakota for the first time. But when Apple meets her Indian relatives this summer, she realizes she may have found a place where she belongs.

Genre: YA, Native American Studies
NDSU press
Available online from NDSU Press

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

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

From Amazon: In the frozen north, there’s something about sitting in a comfortable chair with a warm drink and reading a good book. With a variety of short stories, poems, and a record-breaking snowstorm, this anthology will appeal to a wide range of readers. So make yourself comfortable and enjoy Tales from the Frozen North.

Genre: Anthology, essays, short stories
Available at 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, especially horses? Using the Theodore Roosevelt National Park for Wild Horses/Mustangs as an example, you will receive information on horse color, identification, herd dynamics, gang structure and much more. Other animals such as bison are also included. All of this is written in an anecdotal style by a biologist with an eye for animal behavior and the park’s overall ecology. The majority of the book will consist of about 150 photos that I and my sister Uta Prüß have taken over the past 8 years.

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“My Two Fathers” by Lisa Seljevold

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“My Two Fathers” by Lisa Seljevold

There are many ways to be a family and they are all great when they include love and support. Join our main character to a new school and meet her new classmates, especially one who doesn’t understand her family dynamics. “My Two Dads” is a story about learning about differences with an emphasis on acceptance and appreciation.

Genre: Children
Pelton Press
Available from Pelton Press

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