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A selection of the winners in nonfiction categories from the past ten years. For more information, go to Minnesota Book Awards.

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Nonfiction
  Cover Art: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir Yang, Kao Kalia
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
Presents the journey from refuge camp to America and the hardships and joys of a family's struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from her beloved grandmother.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: North Country : the Making of Minnesota Wingerd, Mary Lethert
North Country : the Making of Minnesota
Wingerd tells the story of the early history of Minnesota, from the first contact of the native Objibwe, Dakota, and Winnebago peoples with white explorers and trappers, to the US-Dakota War of 1862 and the obliteration of the Indian presence in the minds of white Minnesotan settlers.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past Wilson, Diane
Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past
The author's story about her search for her Dakota family past and Dakota history.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Mni Sota Makoce : the Land of the Dakota Westerman, Gwen
Mni Sota Makoce : the Land of the Dakota
"Much of the focus on the Dakota people in Minnesota rests on the tragic events of the 1862 U.S.--Dakota War and the resulting exile that sent the majority of the Dakota to prisons and reservations beyond the state's boundaries. But the true depth of the devastation of removal cannot be understood without a closer examination of the history of the Dakota people and their deep cultural connection to the land that is Minnesota. Drawing on oral history interviews, archival work, and painstaking comparisons of Dakota, French, and English sources, Mni Sota Makoce tells the detailed history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for at least hundreds of years prior to exile"--Amazon.com, viewed September 18, 2012.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Weatherford, J. McIver
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Flim-flam Man : a True Family History Vogel, Jennifer
Flim-flam Man : a True Family History
An intense psychological portrait of a man--a doting father, a scheming philanderer, a charming scammer, counterfeiter, and would-be killer--is recorded by the daughter who loved him.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Rez Life : an Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life Treuer, David
Rez Life : an Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life
Novelist David Treuer examines Native American reservation life -- primarily Ojibwe reservation life in Minnesota and Wisconsin -- past and present -- illuminating misunderstood contemporary issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation while also exploring crime and poverty, casinos and wealth, and the preservation of native language and culture.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Language of Blood: A Memoir Trenka, Jane Jeong
The Language of Blood: A Memoir
Jane Jeong Trenka dares to ask fundamental questions about the nature of family and identity. Trenka must reacquaint herself with her mother and sisters in Seoul and devise a way to blend two disinct cultures into one she can call her own.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota Sommer, Barbara W.
Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota
Sommer, an oral historian, relates the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), President Franklin Roosevelt's jobs program created during the Great Depression. The program employed more than 77,000 Minnesota residents who worked in the national forests, state parks, and in soil conservation projects, among others.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Carrier : Untangling the Danger in My DNA Rough, Bonnie J.
Carrier : Untangling the Danger in My DNA
The author explains how test results confirmed that she carried the gene for a rare debilitating condition, prompting her to explore the disease's affects on her mother and grandfather, as well as face tough decisions when deciding whether or not to have her own child.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: A Song at Twilight : of Alzheimer's and Love : a Memoir Paddock, Nancy
A Song at Twilight : of Alzheimer's and Love : a Memoir
This is one daughter's story of Lois and Ralph Pearson, whose love of life and each other transcended the darkest moments of war, separation, heartache, and family tragedy to achieve a memorable state of grace spanning six decades of marriage.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Fool Me Twice : Fighting the Assault On Science in America Otto, Shawn
Fool Me Twice : Fighting the Assault On Science in America
Reveals how social and policy changes are failing to support scientific research in such key areas as climate change, energy and genetics, counseling readers on how to overcome such challenges as political denials and a lack of scientific government expertise.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Opposite of Cold : the Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition Nordskog, Michael
The Opposite of Cold : the Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition
In this enjoyable and beautiful book, readers are introduced to the Finnish roots of the sauna, and the role that saunas have played in the Great Lakes region of the US and Canada.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows Nerburn, Kent
The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows
In this fictionalized account of actual events, Nerburn brings the land of the northern High Plains alive and reveals the Native American way of teaching and learning with a depth that few outsiders have ever captured.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Modern Spirit : the Art of George Morrison Morrison, George
Modern Spirit : the Art of George Morrison
The work of Chippewa artist George Morrison (1919-2000) has enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. His paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures have been displayed in numerous public and private exhibitions, and he is one of Minnesota's most cherished artists. Yet because Morrison's artwork typically does not include overt references to his Indian heritage, it has stirred debate about what it means to be a Native American artist. This stunning catalogue, featuring 130 color and black-and-white images, showcases Morrison's work across a spectrum of genres and media, while also exploring the artist's identity as a modernist within the broader context of twentieth-century American and Native American art.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson Lintelman, Joy K.
I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson
An intimate and detailed portrait of young Swedish women who chose to immigrate to America in the nineteenth century--why they left, what they found, and how they survived.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming LaDuke, Winona
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming
An overview of efforts by Native Americans to regain cultural and genetic patrimony and the conditions needed for traditional spiritual practices, including tribal histories, analysis of changes to nutrition, economy, and physical environment, and actions taken toward pollution abatement, dam removal, land and cultural reclamation, and alternative energy production.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Pioneer Modernists : Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists L'Enfant, Julie
Pioneer Modernists : Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists
In the early twentieth century Frances Cranmer Greenman, Alice Hugy, Elsa Laubach Jemne, Clara Mairs, Evelyn Raymond, Jo Lutz Rollins, and Ada Wolfe established successful careers as artists in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. They played significant roles in the development of the art schools, galleries, and arts organizations that make the Twin Cities a major cultural center today. Yet their strong reputations were eclipsed mid-century by the rise of Abstract Expressionism and other male-dominated modernist movements.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota Hoverson, Doug
Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota
A visual history of MInnesota beers and breweries traces the evolution of the state's beer industry, from the 1849 construction of the first brewery to the growth of small-town enterprises that gave way to large companies of regional and national prominence.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Prairie Silence : a Memoir Hoffert, Melanie M.
Prairie Silence : a Memoir
A rural expatriate's struggle to reconcile family, home, love, and faith with the silence of the prairie land and its people nbsp; Melanie Hoffert longs for her North Dakota childhood home, with its grain trucks and empty main streets. A land where she imagines standing at the bottom of the ancient lake that preceded the prairie: crop rows become the patterned sand ripples of the lake floor; trees are the large alien plants reaching for the light; and the sky is the water's vast surface, reflecting the sun. Like most rural kids, she followed the out-migration pattern to a better life. The prairie is a hard place to stay--particularly if you are gay, and your home state is the last to know. nbsp; For Hoffert, returning home has not been easy. When the farmers ask if she's found a "fella," rather than explain that-- actually-- she dates women, she stops breathing and changes the subject. Meanwhile, as time passes, her hometown continues to lose more buildings to decay, growing to resemble the mouth of an old woman missing teeth. This loss prompts Hoffert to take a break from the city and spend a harvest season at her family's farm. While home, working alongside her dad in the shop and listening to her mom warn, "Honey, you do not want to be a farmer," Hoffert meets the people of the prairie. Her stories about returning home and exploring abandoned towns are woven into a coming-of-age tale about falling in love, making peace with faith, and belonging to a place where neighbors are as close as blood but are often unable to share their deepest truths. nbsp; In this evocative memoir, Hoffert offers a deeply personal and poignant meditation on land and community, taking readers on a journey of self-acceptance and reconciliation.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
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