List of Authors and Their Works
I'm Thinking It Over. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1985.
Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Benrud, Eleanor M., and Bert Webber
Last Sibling: A North Dakota Memoir. Pacific Northwest Books, 1990.
Benson, Bjorn, Elizabeth Hampsten, and Kathryn Sweney, eds.
Day In, Day Out: Women's Lives in North Dakota. University of North Dakota, 1988.
Dakota Cowboy: My Life in the Old Days. 1958; rep, Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1985.
Chances of a Lifetime. Scribner’s, 2001.
Those Days: An American Album. 1986; rep., Laurel, 1987.
Trees, Why Do You Wait? America's Changing Rural Culture. Island Press, 1991.
Dewald, Sandi, ed.
Gazing Forward, Glancing Back, Remember Always: Memories Retold and Relived by the Community of Streeter, North Dakota. Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, 2000.
Eastman, Charles A.
Indian Boyhood. 1902; 1971; Time-Life, 1993.
The Blue Jay's Dance. HarperCollins, 1995.
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country. National Geographic, 2003.
Fellows, Corabelle, ed.
Kunigunde Duncan. Blue Star: The Story of Corabelle Fellows. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990.
Foell, Lillian Agnew, ed. with Bonnie Foell Olson
Lil's Courage. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1996.
Chokecherry Places. Johnson Books, 1998.
Assassinating Shakespeare: Confessions of a Bard in a Bush. Saqi Books, 2006.
Goodbird, Edward, as told to Gilbert L. Wilson
Goodbird the Indian: His Story. 1914; rep., Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1985.
Guy, William L.
Where Seldom Was Heard a Discouraging Word. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1992.
Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews. Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, 2013.
Mother's Letters: Essays. Univ. of Arizona Press, 1993.
Hasselstrom, Linda, et al, eds.
Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West. Mariner Books, 1998.
Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Gallery Books, 2012.
Five Days in November (with Lisa McCubbin). Gallery Books, 2013.
Prairie Silence: A Memoir. Beacon Press, 2013.
Horne, Esther Burnett, and Sally McBeth
Essie's Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher. Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1998.
Hudson, Lois Phillips
Reapers of the Dust. 1964; rep., Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1984.
Westhope, Life as a Former Farmboy. Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2009.
Dakota Circle: Excursions on the True Plains. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2000.
Jackson, Phil, and Hugh Delehanty
Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior. Hyperion, 1995.
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home, Henry Holt and Co., 2009.
Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems. Grand Central Publishing, 2012.
Jenkinson, Clay S.
Message on the Wind: A Spiritual Odyssey on the Northern Plains. Marmath Press, 2002.
Life 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives. Crown Publishing, 2005.
Stepping Twice into the River: Following Dakota Waters. Univ. Press of Colorado, 2005.
Klosterman, Chuck (Featured Author)
Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota. Scribner, 2001.
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto. Scribner, 2004
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story. Scribner, 2005.
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas. Scribner, 2006.
Eating the Dinosaur. Scribner, 2009.
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined). Scribner, 2013, 2014.
L' Amour, Louis
Education of a Traveling Man. Rep.; Bantam, 1990.
Miss Peggy Lee: An Autobiography. 1991; rep, Bloomsbury Pub. PLC; New Ed, 2002.
Lillehaugen, Sigrid Gjeldaker, Kristie Nelson-Neuhaus, Ann Nordland Wallace, and Theresse Lundby
Live Well: The Letters of Sigrid Gjeldaker Lillehaugen. Syren Book, 2004.
Low, Ann Marie
Dust Bowl Diary. Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1984.
The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere. Counterpoint Press, 2006.
Meek, Jay, and Martha Meek, eds.
Prairie Volcano: An Anthology of North Dakota Writing. Dacotah Territory Press, 1995.
Set the Ploughshare Deep. Ohio Univ. Press, 2000.
Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder. New World Library, 2002.
Dakota: A Spiritual Biography. 1993; rep., Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Plotkin, Kathy L.
The Pearson Girls: A Family Memoir of the Dakota Plains. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1998.
Pritzkau, Philo T.
Growing Up in North Dakota: A Memoir. Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, 1996.
Grass of the Earth: Immigrant Life in the Dakota Country. 1950; rep., Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1994.
Reinke, Cecil Eugene
An American Family Story. Trafford Publishing, 2006.
Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail. 1888; rep., 1983; 1985; 1999; 2000.
Canoeing with the Cree. Borealis Books, 75th Anniversary edition, 2005.
Not So Wild a Dream. 1946; rep., Atheneum, 1976.
Sinner, George A. (Bud), and Bob Jansen
Turning Points: A Memoir. Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2011.
Collection of Cowboy Logic: A Look at the Lighter Side of Going Broke, Raising Cattle and Living on the Prairie. Sandhill, 2002.
Cowboy Logic Continues: Homegrown Insight on Ordinary Things. Sandhill, 2004.
Cowboy Logic Family Style. Sandhill, 2012.
Tales & Memories of Western North Dakota. McCleery & Sons, 2002.
Thompson, Era Bell
American Daughter. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1986.
Dakota Diaspora: Memoirs of a Jewish Homesteader. 1984; rep., Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1988.
Flood Stage and Rising. Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2005.
Dakota Kraut: Collected Notes on How I Learned to Love My Accent and My Ancestry, 1983-2003. Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, 2003.
Waheenee, as told to Gilbert L. Wilson
Waheenee: An Indian Girl's Story Told by Herself. 1921; Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1981.
Walker, Charles H.
Combat Officer: A Memoir of War in the South Pacific. Random House, 2004.
Welk, Lawrence, with Bernice McGeehan
Wunnerful, Wunnerful! The Autobiography of Lawrence Welk. 1971; Bantam, 1973.
Wendland, Audrey K.
Florence: The True Story of a Country Schoolteacher in Minnesota and North Dakota. Beaver's Pond Press, 2004.
Acts. HarperCollins, 1993.
What I Think I Did. Basic Books, 2001.
A Step from Death: A Memoir. Counterpoint, 2008.
Woodward, Mary Dodge, ed. by Mary Boynton Cowdrey
The Checkered Years. 1937; rep., with subtitle, A Bonanza Farm Diary, 1885-88, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1989.
Nothing to Do but Stay: My Pioneer Mother. Univ. of Iowa Press, 1991.
Prairie Cooks: Glorified Rice, Three-Day Buns, and Other Reminiscences. Univ. of Iowa Press, 1993.
North Dakota Top Memoirs
Rachel Calof's Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains. Indiana Univ. Press, 1995.
Rachel Calof’s story began with her childhood in Russia. In 1894, 18-year-old Rachel journeyed from the Ukraine to marry Abraham Calof, a man she had never met. Together they traveled to Garske, ND, where they homesteaded. During their years in North Dakota Rachel Calof bore nine children. In spirited prose, Calof recounts their brutal existence on the homestead near Devils Lake: the harrowing winters with little food and even less fuel, the lack of privacy, the multiple childbirths under primitive conditions.
Boots and Saddles Or, Life in Dakota With General Custer. 1885; Kessinger Publishing, 2004.
The Wild West from a wife's perspective! Mrs. Custer describes her life on the plains with the general until his disastrous defeat at Little Big Horn. She nursed frostbitten soldiers, camped among the Sioux, and saw the capture of
Rain-in-the Face. All the while she maintained a home—no mean feat in a land of punishing blizzards, scorching summers and few amenities. And she gives us quite a different picture of the Custer we are used to today.
Essie's Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher
This is the story of Esther Burnett Horne, an accomplished and inspiring educator in Indian boarding schools where she had also been a student. In Essie’s Story the reader finds an individual perspective on the complex meaning of boarding school education for Indian people’s lives and cultural identities.
We learn about the daily life at Haskell Indian Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, and about the challenges and rewards of teaching for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Wahpeton, North Dakota. Horne’s life story illustrates that boarding school experiences, both positive and negative, became fundamental components of twentieth-century Indian people’s identities as individuals and communities. Above all, Horne’s life illuminates the ongoing struggle by Native teachers and students to retain their cultural identities within a government educational system designed to assimilate them.
The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere
No matter how far we wander, it's an indisputable fact that who we are is intimately connected to where we're from. In this splendid family memoir, Debra Marquart explores the complicated geography of home and the strange symbiosis between place and identity. Raised on her family's North Dakota farm, a place she loathed for its unending drudgery, Marquart couldn't wait to shake the dust of the Great Plains from her feet. Yet, years later, when she returned for her beloved father's funeral, she rediscovered a connection to the land and to her family's pioneer history that surprised her mightily. For all of us who have stood poised between the need to escape and the desire to return home, this poignant and beautifully written book rings singularly true.
Set the Ploughshare Deep
Fifteen years in the making, Set the Ploughshare Deep is a memoir in prose, verse, and woodcuts by artist Charles Beck. It depicts the conse-quences of Warren's advice for a writer who turned his back on cities and the academic world, who bought and sold, farmed and failed like his forebears, all the while distilling what he saw, heard, or felt into his tall tales and short verses. Timothy Murphy has harvested pheasants and ducks as well as wheat and apples. For him, hunting is often an extended reflection on mortality, yet it also affords apt occasions for his quirky sense of humor.
Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder
Acclaimed author Kent Nerburn creates an incisive character study of a Native American elder, against the unflinching backdrop of contemporary reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas. Nerburn draws us deep into the world of this elder, identified only as Dan, as we journey to where the vast Dakota skies overtake us and the whisperings of the wind speak of ancestral voices.
As this spellbinding story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the power of silence, the difference between land and property, white people's urge to claim an Indian heritage, and the selling of sacred ceremonies. This is a story of fathers and sons, of the struggle for redemption after the loss of innocence, of distinct cultures on a common land.
Grass of the Earth: Immigrant Life in
the Dakota Country
This is an engaging, richly detailed biography of a family of Norwegian immigrant homesteaders in eastern North Dakota in the late 1800s. Educator and world traveler Aagot Raaen wrote this reminiscence late in her life. Like Giants in the Earth and Old Jules, Grass of the Earth deals frankly with a darker side of pioneer life on the prairie.
Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail
No American president has been closer to the working life of the West than Theodore Roosevelt. From 1884 to 1886 he built up his ranch on the Little Missouri in Dakota Territory, accepting the inevitable toil and hardships. He met the unique characters of the Bad Lands—mountain men, degenerate buffalo hunters, Indians, and cowboys—and observed their changes as the West became more populated. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail describes Roosevelt's routine labor and extraordinary adventures, including a stint as a deputy sheriff pursuing three horse thieves through the cold of winter. Whether recounting stories of cowboy fights or describing his hunting of elk, antelope, and bear, the book expresses his lifelong delight in physical hardihood and tests of nerve.
Canoeing with the Cree
In 1930 two novice paddlers—Eric Sevareid and Walter C. Port—launched a secondhand 18-foot canvas canoe into the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling for an ambitious summer-long journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Without benefit of radio, motor, or good maps, the teenagers made their way over 2,250 miles of rivers, lakes, and difficult portages. Nearly four months later, after shooting hundreds of sets of rapids and surviving exceedingly bad conditions and even worse advice, the ragged, hungry adventurers arrived in York Factory on Hudson Bay—with winter freeze-up on their heels. First published in 1935, Canoeing with the Cree is Sevareid's classic account of this youthful odyssey. The newspaper stories that Sevareid wrote on this trip launched his distinguished journalism career, which included more than a decade as a television correspondent and commentator on the CBS Evening News.
Black North Dakotans were indeed something of a rarity in 1914, when young Era Bell Thompson and her family moved to a farm near the small community of Driscoll. In this lively autobiography, Thompson describes the experiences of her North Dakota girlhood: busting broncos with her brothers; making friends with Norwegian and German neighbors; meeting Governor Lynn J. Frazier, for whom her father worked as a personal messenger; running footraces at picnics (and knowing that people were betting on her to win); selling used furniture in Mandan; working her way through college in Grand Forks; and facing prejudice without the support of a large black community. She also discusses the impact of her North Dakota background on her later adventures in St. Paul and Chicago.
Dakota Kraut: Collected Notes on How I Learned to Love My Accent and My Ancestry, 1983-2003.
Dakota Kraut brings together twenty years of the author's publications in magazines, journals, newspapers, and websites. Included are also a radio-play, two poems, and one of the author's nationally award-winning documentary filmscripts. This collection is a must read for anyone interested in evocative writing about ethnicity, memory, and a small-town prairie past.
Primarily fact, but with "some exaggerations," as the author admits in his introduction, this rich, wide-ranging book is a welcome addition for any reader seeking to understand the Germans from Russia ethnic group, who settled in the U.S. between 1881 and 1914, and whose descendants now comprise at least 35 percent of North Dakota's population. Dakota Kraut is a rumination on the fast-disappearing world of the prairie Germans in Dakota: it is also a literary work with power and grace and insight into the human heart, even if the heart is an ethnic one.
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