The spring books are coming, so many great ones written by and about Minnesotans that it’s hard to decide which one to single out. In fiction, mystery/crime writers have been busy, with several new books in popular series, as well as intriguing debuts. In nonfiction, we get the first in-depth look at the life of George Floyd, as well as an examination of the Slender Man’s attack on a girl by his two friends in Wisconsin. Here is his clipping and saving list, compiled with information from early reader copies and publishers, listed by publication dates. This is just the first wave of books for spring/summer. We’ll bring you new ones as fast as we can.
“The Agathas” by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (Delacorte Press) — Alice Ogilvie’s best friend has gone missing in the town of Castle Cove, and Alice and her guardian, Iris, try to solve the mystery with the help of Agatha Christie’s books. They have no idea of the danger they are getting into. Glasgow, a former Minnesota resident who lives in Tucson, Arizona, is the bestselling author of “Girl in Pieces” and “You’d Be Home Now.” Lawson is the author of “The Lucky Ones,” one of the best Kirkus books of 2020. She lives in Washington, DC (May 3)
“The Barrens: A Novel of Love and Death in the Canadian Arctic” by Kurt Johnson and Ellie Johnson (Arcade Publishing) — Two young women embark on a summer adventure canoeing down the rapids of the Thelon River through the uninhabited badlands of subarctic Canada in this debut novel from a team of father-story writers. and daughter who live in São Paulo. When one of the women falls to her death shortly after, her partner, an inexperienced oarsman, must continue alone on the grueling and dangerous journey to save themselves and return the body of her lover to civilization. (May 3)
“The Moments Between Dreams” by Judith F. Brenner (Greenleaf Book Group Press) — In this debut novel, Carol reflects on why her dreams have been derailed. Her daughter is hospitalized in isolation with polio and her husband, who has slapped her over a minor disagreement, is drafted into World War II. The author draws parallels between what the world has faced before and what it is facing now due to the COVID pandemic. Full of unsettling dilemmas, yet energetic and hopeful about love and life. (May 3)
“Something evil” by David Housewright (Minotaur Books) — The nineteenth crime novel in the award-winning Housewright series with private investigator Rushmore “Mac” McKenzie discovering that the wealthy former St. Paul police officer has retired from a second career as an investigator who takes over of the cases of relatives and friends. . But when his “better half” Nina asks him to help her friend Jenness Crawford, he agrees. The woman’s grandmother left her 19th century castle which has been a hotel/resort for over 100 years and Jenness believes one of her heirs killed her grandmother. McKenzie is trapped in the castle filled with feuding relatives, veteran servants and a would-be assassin. Housewright has won a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award and three Minnesota Book Awards. (May 24)
And there it stood She” by Joshua Moehling (Poisoned Pen Press) — Another debut thriller that begins when two teenagers break into a remote lake house looking for prescription drugs, unaware that Emmett Burr has secrets he’s been keeping in his basement. He takes advantage of his tormentors and the lines blur between victim, abuser and protector. Sheriff’s deputy Ben Pickard is in the small town of Sandy Lake, Minnesota, leading the investigation of the missing teens, when he is forced to reveal his own secrets and dig deep to uncover the dark underbelly of the place he is now. call home. (June)
“Cougar Claw” by Cary J. Griffith (Adventure Publications) — In his second Sam Rivers mystery, Griffith sends US Fish & Wildlife special agent and wildlife biologist to examine the scene of a deadly mountain lion attack on a human. This is an unlikely event, but wealthy business owner Jack McGregor is found dead and physical evidence points to the animal. With the help of reporter Diane Talbott and her wolf dog Gray, Rivers’ investigation reveals many motives for McGregor’s murder. Sam’s knowledge of the countryside, mountain lions and the criminal mind are put to the test as he tries to solve the case and stay alive. (June)
“The lost” by Jeffrey B. Burton (Minotaur Books) — Mason “Mace” Reid is back for his third adventure with his pack of corpse dogs he calls The Finders. His star student, Vira, is a golden retriever. Reid lives outside of Chicago and specializes in detecting human remains. In “The Lost,” a home invasion-turned-kidnapping at the mansion of wealthy Kenneith J. Druckman leads Mace and Vira to a north Chicago suburb where Druckman was robbed and abandoned while his wife and young daughter were taken away. kidnapped. When Vira finds the body of her mother, a former supermodel, everyone is on high alert to find Druckman’s missing 5-year-old daughter. But the trail Vira finds in the property’s dense woods leads directly to Druckman himself. With the help of Det. Kippy Gimm, Reid and Vira race against the clock to rescue the boy. (June)
“They drown our daughters” by Katrina Monroe (Poisoned Pen Press): This debut novel is a story of mothers and daughters. Through a queer and feminist lens, Monroe weaves a gothic tale of a woman’s quest to save her daughter from the violent generational trauma that can manifest through a dangerous ghost. This is one of the “buzziest” books of the season, and CrimeReads named it one of the 16 horror novels to watch for in 2022. (July 12)
“Child Forever: A Memoirs of a mother on autism and finding joy” by Kate Swenson (Park Row Books) — When the author’s son, Cooper, was diagnosed with severe nonverbal autism, his world stopped. As Cooper grew older, Kate experienced the pain and exhaustion that comes with having to fight for her child in a world against them. But she learned, through hard work and personal growth, that Cooper wasn’t the one who needed to change. Swenson is the creator of the Finding Coopers Voice blog and Facebook page. She is a contributor to Today Parents, the “Today” TV show, and the Love What Matters blog. (April)
“His name is George Floyd” by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa (Viking) — Subtitled “One Man’s Life and The Struggle for Racial Justice,” Washington Post reporters tell for the first time the full story of the life of George Floyd, whose murder under the knee of a police officer from Minneapolis. officer ignited protests. From the Houston housing projects where Floyd faced the systemic pressures that come with being a Black man in America, to his family’s roots in slavery and sharecropping, to the segregation of his schools, to the over-policing of the Black community from Minneapolis and an indifference to his struggle with addiction, the book shows how this ordinary man came to die on a Minneapolis street. Based on hundreds of interviews with family and friends of Floyd. (may 17th)
“Revolution of the Mini-Forest” by Hannah Lewis (Chelsea Green Publishing) — The first book in a movement to restore biodiversity to our cities and towns by transforming vacant lots, backyards, and degraded land into mini-forests through the Miyawaki Method. This unique approach to reforestation was devised by Japanese botanist Kira Miyawaki as a way to create small forests that grow quickly in small places and are more biodiverse than those planted using conventional methods. Explore the science behind why mini-forests work and their myriad environmental benefits, including cooling urban heat islands, establishing wildlife corridors, improving soil health, sequestering carbon, creating habitats for pollinators and more. (June)
“Seven Aunties” by Staci Lola Drouillard (University of Minnesota Press) — A mosaic of memories and reminiscences, poetry, testimonials, love letters and family traditions in an unconventional portrait of ways of life largely lost to history that reveals women who defied the expectations and the overwhelming odds of making a place in the world for the next generation. The author is a descendant of the Lake Superior Anishinaabe Grand Portage Band and lives in the Grand Marais. (June)
“Spirit Matters: White Clay, Red Exits, Distant Others” by Gordon Henry (Holy Cow! Press) — Collection of poetry by a member/registered citizen of the White Land Anishinaabe Nation in Minnesota, told in packets and articles, letters, images, repetitive themes, rhythms, and sounds. Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Erdrich says of the collection: “(It is) haunted by people whose voices are so indelible that they speak of a world beyond this one: a mighty country where stories are spells that inhabit the living. .. a captivating and mysterious book. ” (June 14th)
“wonderlands” by Charles Baxter (Graywolf Press) — In his new collection of essays, some of which were first delivered as craft talks at the Bread Loaf writers’ conference, Baxter shares years of wisdom about what makes fiction work, from the nature of wonderlands in the fiction of Haruki Murakami and other fabulists, to reflections on his own life. Baxter is the author of 14 books, including novels, short fiction, and poetry. He is retired after 18 years teaching in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Minnesota. (12th of July).
“Slenderman: Online Obsession, Mental Illness, and the Violent Crime of Two Midwestern Girls” by Kathleen Hale (Grove Press) — It was big news in the Twin Cities and across the country in 2014 when two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin tried to kill their friend, who survived 19 stab wounds. The author, a Wisconsin native living in Los Angeles, relied on court transcripts, police reports and individual reports to reveal the full story about the girls who wanted to appease a creature born of the internet. A look at the meaning of justice, accountability and victimhood and the lack of child psychiatric services in the country. (August)