About Nodin Press

Since 1967 Nodin Press has published more than two hundred books dealing with aspects of Minnesota and the surrounding region. The subjects range from nature guides (Jim Gilbert's Minnesota Outdoor Wonders) to sports trivia books (Vikings Trivia and Puck Heaven), award-winning gardening books (Grow It. Eat It.) to warm-hearted exercises in nostalgia (Green Stamps to Hot Pants). Nodin Press also publishes popular urban guides (Exploring the Twin Cities with Children), travel guides (The Seven States of Minnesota), and biographies (The Pillsburys of Minnesota).

Recent titles have included essays by sculptor/educator Anthony Caponi and poetry by Margaret Hasse, Emilio DeGrazia, Athena Kildegaard, Cary Waterman, Linda Back McKay, and Greg Watson.


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- RECENT RELEASES -

Lucia Morning in Sweden
Ewa Rydaker
978-1-935666-65-3
8.5 x 11, 36 pages, $8.99

The book tells the story of Sankta Lucia through the eyes of three children in modern-day Sweden. It describes their giddy activities, brought to life in colorful, full-page illustrations, and also provides sheet music, recipes, and sewing patterns for the costumes traditionally worn by children on this day, when many Swedish people celebrate the legacy of Lucia and the coming of the light with coffee, saffron buns, ginger snaps, and wonderful singing.

Salt Heart
Kate Dayton
978-1-935666-49-3
6 x 9, 84 pages, $16

Ostensibly a book of poems about sailing, islands, oceans, and, yes, salt, Kate Dayton’s spare, and sometimes almost surreal imagery conjures the tissue of lives that continue in the midst of devastating losses. With a poet’s sensitivity to how language can touch inner and outer worlds simultaneously, Dayton delivers a powerful rendering of experience that’s as elemental as salt itself.

By the Way
John Toren
978-1-935666-47-9
5½ x 8½, 290 pp, $19.95

Award-winning author John Toren offers an eclectic portrait of modern life in essays ranging in subject from kale soup to pre-Columbian astronomy, with stops along the way at a World Press conclave, a naturalists’ convention, a concert pianist’s master class, a bookseller trade show and a Louisiana crayfish festival. A paean to the French philosopher Denis Diderot is followed by a descriptive analysis of warehouse work. There’s something for everyone in this wide-ranging, thoughtful collection.

Minnesota's Outdoor Wonders
Jim Gilbert
10 x 8, full color, $19.95
978-1-935666-42-4

Field biologist Jim Gilbert has taken a month-by-month approach to the Minnesota seasons, emphasizing the marvels that surround us at every turn of the earth’s yearly cycle. The break-up of the ice, the sound of summer frogs, the call of the loon, and the splendor of maples in autumn are only a few of the events that will thrill and inspire children and adults alike. Copiously illustrated with color photographs.

Sixteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Malice
edited by the Minnesoa Crime Wave
6 x 9, 172 pp, $16.00
978-1-935666-43-1

Following on the heels of their popular anthologies Silence of the Loons and Resort to Murder, the Minnesota Crime Wave (Carl Brookins, Ellen Hart, and William Kent Krueger) has assembled a new collection of stories set amid the lakes of woods of Minnesota. The authors include Lori Lake, Carl Brookins, Elizabeth Gunn, Ellen Hart, David Housewright, Jessica Lourey, Joel Arnold, Judith Borger, Lois Grieman, Marilyn Victor, Mary Logue, Pat Dennis, and Rich Thomas. The “local color” in this sparkling collection will challenge everything you thought you knew about "Minnesota Nice."

Exploring the Twin Cities with Children
Ninth edition, thoroughly revised and updated
Elizabeth French
6 x 9, $14.95, plastic comb binding
174 pages
978-1-935666-32-5

This popular guide, thoroughly revised and updated, describes in detail a wealth of opportunities available to families and their children for outings at museums, parks, and shops throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Complete with entry fees, opening and closing times, discount opportunities. It also has a section on day trips to nearby attractions.

Cloves & Honey
Athena Kildegaard
6x9, 108 pp, $16.00
978-1-935666-36-3

Cloves & Honey came about as the result of the author’s year-long discipline of writing a
single love poem every day—a daunting but also deeply satisfying project. The best of these poems, winnowed and reworked but as fresh as the day they were written, have been gathered here into a single volume that tracks the seasons, the various forms love can take, the ebb and flow of domestic affection, and a host of other themes captured in daily interactions with family, friends, and the surrounding countryside. In a time of anxiety and unrest, Cloves and Honey explores the mysterious power of love to heal, enliven, and inspire.

Seasonings
Emilio DeGrazia
6x9, 102 pp, $16.00
978-1-935666-41-7

Emilio DeGrazia has written poetry of unusual liveliness and penetration throughout his career, and now the best of them have been brought within the covers of a book. Many of them reflect the author's Italian-American heritage, and quite a few offer seemingly spontaneous responses to everyday occurrences—his son's final at-bat at a baseball game, a wedding, a visit to an old folk's home. He can take us in a few lines from “the firmament aswirl with iron-cored galaxies” to “a kitchen sizzling with the fragrance of garlic in olive oil.”

Little Dickens
Tom Hegg
ill. Kevin Cannon
7x10, 48 pp (hc) $19.95
978-1-935666-33-2

Tom Hegg, author of the million-seller, A Cup of Christmas Tea, takes several Dickens characters from different novels, mixes them together with newly-minted ones, puts them all in Mortal Danger, and sets the story to wickedly clever verse. The book will add a special delight to your holiday gatherings when read aloud, and illustrations by Kevin Connor make it the perfect gift for those hard-to-please characters on your shopping list.

Miss Priss and the Con Man
Jill Breckenridge
6x9, $19.95
192 pp
978-1-935666-29-5

Noted author Jill Breckenridge tells the story of her charismatic yet wildly unreliable father, whose pursuit of that elusive “big deal” led to financial disaster and a prison term. It's a tale of silver mines, movie stars, booze, and violence, told from the perspective of the little girl who lived through it all.

Sports and All That Jazz: The Percy Hughes Story
Jim Swanson
6 x 9. $19.95, pb
172 pp
978-1-935666-31-8

Based on extensive interviews, this book tells the story of jazz artist and tennis professional Percy Hughes, who entertained audiences at many venues throughout the Twin Cities for decades, including the Flame on Nicollet Avenue and the Point Club in Golden Valley. The region was a Swing Era hotspot, and Swanson recreates the flair of the period in loving detail.

Celebrations with Carmela's Cucina
Carmela Hobbins
8 x 8, $19.95, pb (color)
144 pages
978-1-935666-26-4

Carmela Hobbins has taught cooking classes and led tours to Italy for many years. Here she expands upon her best-selling cookbook, Carmela's Cucina , with recipes and coordinated celebratory menus from southern Italy for family gatherings and large-scale social events. Husband Bob provides insight into wine pairings.

Puck Heaven: Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament Trivia
Jim Hoey
6x9, $19.95, pb
224 pp
978-1-935666-28-8

Jim Hoey, author of the best-selling Twins Trivia , explores the fascinating world of the Minnesota state high school hockey—its rivalries, heroic come-backs, glaring disappointments, injuries, winning streaks, and remarkable feats of individual athleticism.

Book of Fire
Cary Waterman
6 x 9, $16.00 pb
96 pp
978-1-935666-30-1

Cary Waterman writes about travel to Iceland, the myth of Persephone, the luxuriousness of the Minnesota seasons and the difficult realities of a nation at war. Her poems cut close to the heart and pulse with reverence for all life.

The Next Best Thing
Linda Back McKay
6 x 9, $16.00, pb,
96 pp
978-1-935666-24-0

Traversing the landscapes of love, time, grief, humanity, and hope, the poems in this book offer a rollicking range of styles and tones from poignant lyricism to mordant prose, from somber honesty to wild speculation. McKay is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, poet, teaching artist, citizen, traveler, floor scrubber, motorcycle enthusiast, old soul and nature lover. (She can tap dance, too.)

Deadly Treats
e
dited by Anne Frasier
6 x 9, pb, 240 pp
$16.95
978-1-935666-18-9

This collection of Halloween short stories features witches, zombies, vampires, food critics, crazy writers, ghosts, suburban housewives, and aliens. Among the contributors are Bill Cameron, David Housewright , Heather Dearly, Julia Buckley, Kelly Lynn Parra, Marilyn Victor, Mark Hull, Leandra Logan, Pat Dennis, Patricia Abbott, Paul Brazill, Michael Allan Mallory, Stephen Blackmoore, Paula Fleming, and Anne Frasier.

Cooking in Canoe Country
Robert Black with
Susan Peterson, Carmen Black
and Maja Black
6 x 9, 102 pp
$19.95 pb (full color)
978-1-935666-25-7

The author, former director of the Cornell College Wilderness Team in Ely, Minnesota, has logged countless hours with students, family and friends in the Quetico and BWCAW. Here he shares his insights on camp cooking for groups who travel in the roadless border region. Recipes, tips, and photos make the book a celebration in itself.

The Pillsburys of Minnesota
Lori Sturdevant with George Pillsbury
6 x 9, 438 pp (hc)
29.95
978-1-935666-22-6

Pillsbury is a household word in many parts of the world, but in Minnesota it carries a special ring. Here Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant chronicles the family's pioneering role in making Minneapolis the milling capitol of the world. She explores the career of Minnesota governor “Honest John” Pillsbury, Alfred Pillsbury's impact on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Philip's remarkable success at reviving a moribund milling giant, and George's efforts to fashion a more inclusive Republican Party.

A Hundred Lives Since Then
Gail Rosenblum
6 x 9, 184 pp
$19.95
978-1-935666-19-6

In A Hundred Lives Since Then , award-winning StarTribune columnist Gail Rosenblum has gathered a collection of wry and pithy observations on a host of family experiences. She brings a refreshing perspective to subjects ranging from home remodeling and a parent's late-life romance to a child's show-and-tell and the neighborhood book club. With self-deprecating humor, she reminds us how difficult it can be to hire a babysitter, how frightful to take a young child on an amusement park ride.

What Music Remains
Greg Watson
6 x 9 78 pp
$14.00
ISBN: 978-1-935666-21-9

In What Music Remains, Greg Watson chronicles moments of poignancy and loss, and helps readers discover what might be in the next room, transforming the domestic usual into the universal extraordinary. These poems begin in the silence of loss and disappointment, and moves toward music and light—“all that good blonde sunlight spilling / out onto the ground at once.”

Whose Hand?
Judy Borger
6 x 9, $16.95, pb,
212 pp
978-1-935666-05-9

When a flustered fisherman pulls a severed human hand from Minneapolis's Lake Harriet, newspaper reporter Skeeter Hughes sets out to identify the deceased owner. Is it the eighteen-year-old runaway with a college scholarship waiting for her? Or the Nazi holocaust survivor turned successful furrier? Could it be the thirty-something research director for a manufacturer of medical devices?

Fancy Sips and Party Dips
complied by Nancy Lockhart
6 x 9, $ 16.95, pb
168 pp, plastic comb binding
978-1-935666-27-1

This little gem offers recipes for classic dips, hors d'oeuvres (hot and cold), and drinks, from liver pate and smoked oyster and cheese spread to Guacamole and Whisky Sour Punch.

More Bang for your Buck
Peter Heegaard
6 x 9, $19.95, pb
218 pages
968-1-935666-34-9

Peter Heegaard describes how modern economic analysis can lead to wiser use of society's resources to better human lives. Drawing on a variety of national studies and think tank publications, he develops a convincing case for long-term investment in people's lives through neighborhood organizations, government aid programs, early-childhood education funding, and other means. The books should be of interest to legislators, community organizations, and fund managers alike.

Meaning Beyond Reason
Anthony Caponi
6x9 134 pp
$19.95
ISBN: 978-1-935666-20-2

The book explores the relations between reason and intuition as it relates to art, education, religion, rhetoric, and science, arguing that verbal concepts often create false gods, obscure understanding, and impinge upon the vital engagement in life.

 

 

- More Recent Publications -

Selected Poems of Lucille Broderson
Lucile Broderson
6 x 9, 88 pp
$17.00
978-1-935666-06-6

The veteran poet shares her thoughts on life, love, the passing seasons, and her beloved North Shore environs in this collection of poems that spans more than a half-century of creativity. Edited by Michael Dennis Brown.

Nicollet Island
Christopher and Rushika Hage
8 x 8 240 pp
$19.95
ISBN: 978-1-935666-03-5

Nicollet Island lies at the heart of old Minneapolis, and its buildings are steeped in history. Authors Christopher and Rushika Hage here tells the story of the island and its inhabitants from pioneer days to the Hippie era and on to the island's recent renaissance as part of the more widespread development of the Mississippi waterfront.

Vacation Days
John Toren
6x9 240 pp
$19.95
ISBN: 978-1-935666-04-2

John Toren, author of the best-selling travel guide The Seven States of Minnesota , here shares stories of summers at the family cabin and excursions to the Boundary Waters and other remote corners of the state and to points farther afield, including the Apostle Islands, the Rockies, Yosemite and Utah's remote canyon country.

Golfing the Les Bolstad Way
Robert Iver Hustrulid
98 pp full color $19.95 (includes instructional DVD)
ISBN: 978-1-935666-15-8  

Les Bolstad won numerous state golf championships and taught many other golf champions as coach of the University of Minnesota golf teams for 30 years, including LPGA champion Patty Berg. If John Mariucci was the father of hockey in Minnesota, then Les was Mr. Golf. Now his insights into both the mechanics and the philosophy of golf have been brought together in a single full-color volume small enough to fit in your golf bag.

The Wind Blows, the Ice Breaks:
Poems of Loss and Renewal by Minnesota Poets
edited by Ted Bowman and Elizabeth Bourque Johnson
6 x 9 (pb) 208 pp $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-935666-00-4

This anthology contains a wide array of poems by Minnesota poets dealing with the experience of personal loss, grief, and recovery. Among the specific themes are divorce, the death of a child, and giving up a child for adoption. The selections also include moving descriptions of healing and the return of high spirits. Among the poets included are Deborah Keenan, Wang Ping, John Berryman, James Wright, and Robert Bly.

Voice from the Mountain
Anthony Caponi
$20.00 / 192 pages (pb)
978-1-935666-01-1

The author describes his boyhood in the mountains of central Italy and his experience as an American immigrant, where the sights and sounds of a new culture stimulated his development as an artist. The conflict between these worlds reached a climax during World War II, when he returned to face friends and relatives in his home town as an American soldier. Caponi weaves rustic charm and philosophical insight into a fluid narrative with echos that carry the reader far beyond the particulars of time and place.

And One Fine Morning
Nick Hayes
$24.95 (hc)
978-1-932472-98-1

At the heart of And One Fine Morning lies the story of the heart attack, failed recovery, and death of Mark Hayes, the author’s father, in the mid-1950s, when he was at the height of his career as one of Minnesota’s most successful modernist architects. It's also a story of the “Minnesota Irish” who emigrated from Ireland during the Great Hunger, with the author’s family among them; of the family’s pioneer days on the North Dakota prairie, and the vibrant life of the Irish-American community they became a part of and helped to sustain on Minneapolis’s North Side in the early decades of twentieth century.

Minnesota Twins Trivia
1,061 Questions (and answers, too!)
Jim Hoey
$19.95 (pb)
978-1-932472-99-8

Since they arrived in Minnesota in 1961, the Minnesota Twins have treated local baseball fans to decades of world-class play. Now, author Jim Hoey has brought together a remarkable collections of facts about the team, its players, their most thrilling victories and their crushing defeats. He’s arranged them into decades, All-Star appearances, statistical records, non-player personnel, post-season exploits, and other categories. How well do you know the Twins?

Make It Minnesotan!
Sesquicentennial Cookbook
150 years of Recipes and Stories from Minnesota Kitchens
$19.95 (pb) 236 pp
ISBN: 978-1-932472-74-5

The recipes contained in this delightful cookbook were gathered by the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Cookbook Committee from every corner of the state, then sampled and judiciously winnowed to a robust selection of the finest and most diverse of the bunch. They reflect both the remarkable diversity of the state’s population and the broad sweep of its history. From rabbit to rhubarb, from venison to veggie burgers, there’s something here for everyone who’s interested in cooking—and eating— good food!

Conversations with Jon Hassler
Joseph Plut
$19.95 (pb)
978-1-932472-97-4
release date: May 1, 2010


Jon Hassler developed a large following in the course of his writing career, and In the years preceding his death, his long-time friend Joe Plut interviewed him extensively about the origins, publication history, and themes associated with each of his nine novels; they discussed his agents and editors, his movie and TV deals and theatrical spin-offs. The result is a series of casual conversations offering food for thought to anyone interested in how a novelist handles his material, and even greater stimulation to fans who cherish North of Hope, The Love Hunter, Staggerford, or Simon’s Night among their favorite works of fiction.

Jim Gilbert’s
Minnesota Nature Notes

Jim Gilbert
$27.95 (pb) 304 pages
full color
ISBN 978-1-932472-68-4

Jim Gilbert, consulting naturalist for WCCO Radio, has gathered his wealth of knowledge about animals, plants, stars, and seasons into the pages of a single remarkable book! He takes us through the Minnesota seasons, week by week, sharing scattered observations about temperatures, the agricultural cycle, the arrival and departure of ice on the lakes, and other phenomena. Illustrated with more than 150 full-color photographs.

Green Stamps to Hot Pants
Growing Up in the 50s and 60s

Genny Zak Kieley
$19.95 (pb) 192 pp
ISBN 978-1-932472-73-8
Intermixing social research and personal nostalgia, Genny Kieley creates a portrait of a simpler era, of ice-cream socials and twice-a-day newspaper delivery, sock hops and doo-wop music, first loves, first heartbreaks, and afternoon parties fueled by 45s. Cars had fins and television had just arrived.

The Seven States of Minnesota
John Toren
ISBN 978-1-932472-51-7 $19.95 (pb)
Revised edition, June, 2010

In this collection of driving tours, complete with maps and photographs, Toren explores Minnesota's exotic landscapes, taking us from the roadless splendor of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to the majestic bluffs of the Mississippi Valley, and from the gaping mines of the Mesabi Iron Range to the quiet allure of the aspen parklands and the Coteau des Prairie, with plenty of insights and observations on the state's geography, history, and culture along the way.

Wild Rice for All Seasons Cookbook
Beth Anderson
180 pages (pb) / $12.95
ISBN:978- 1-932472-26-6

This classic, now in its 14th printing, takes us beyond soup and holiday stuffing to an entire new universe of tasy dishes featuring Minnesota’s home-grown grain. More than 150,000 copies now in print.

Grow it! Eat It!
Linda Larson /Jessica Allen Johnson / Arlene Gardinier
144 pages / $16.95
1-932472-33-9


Linda Larson’s gardening book includes information about planting, harvesting and cooking a wide array of fruits and vegetables, with added sections on culinary and medicinal herbs and flowers. The volume is enhanced by brilliant photographs and lush pastel drawings of individual plants. Geared toward zones 3 and 4. Winner of the Ben Franklin Award / Best Gardening Book of 2005

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