Memoir

Personal accounts of North Dakotans

Baccus, Jim

 I'm Thinking It Over. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1985.

 

Baumgardner, Jennifer

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.

 

Blasingame, Ike

Dakota Cowboy: My Life in the Old Days. 1958; rep, Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1985.

 

Christopher, Warren

Chances of a Lifetime.  Scribner’s,  2001.

 

Critchfield, Richard

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.

 

Erdrich, Louise

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.

 

Gilfillan, Merrill 

Chokecherry Places. Johnson Books, 1998.

 

Goltz, Thomas

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.


 

Hagerty, Marilyn

Grand Forks:  A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews.  Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, 2013.

 

Hampsten, Elizabeth

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.

 

Hill, Clint

Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Gallery Books, 2012.

Five Days in November (with Lisa McCubbin). Gallery Books, 2013.

 

Hoffert, Melanie

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.

 

Hulse, Dean

Westhope, Life as a Former Farmboy. Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2009.

 

Isern, Tom

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.

 

Janzen, Rhoda

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.


 

Karlgaard, Rich

Life 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives. Crown Publishing, 2005. 

 

King, Robert

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.

 

Lee, Peggy

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.

 

Marquart, Debra 

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.

 

Murphy, Timothy 

Set the Ploughshare Deep. Ohio Univ. Press, 2000.

 

Nerburn, Kent 

Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder.  New World Library, 2002.

 

Norris, Kathleen

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.

 

Raaen, Aagot 

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.

 

Roosevelt, Theodore 

Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail. 1888; rep., 1983; 1985; 1999; 2000.

 

Sevareid, Eric 

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.

 

Taylor, Ryan

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.

 

Taylor, Steve

Tales & Memories of Western North Dakota. McCleery & Sons,  2002.

 

Thompson, Era Bell 

American Daughter.  Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1986.

 

Trupin, Sophie

Dakota Diaspora: Memoirs of a Jewish Homesteader. 1984; rep., Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1988.

 

Varley, Jane

Flood Stage and Rising. Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2005.

 

Vossler, Ron 

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.

 

Woiwode, Larry

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.

 

Young, Carrie

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.

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