Not long ago I raved about a first novel written by a neighbor down the road at Lake Elmo. His name was Jim Trevis.
As the River Falls Reads program winds down and folks who have read and enjoyed Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel about the Battle of Gettysburg, “The Killer Angels,” I’m happy to report that although Shaara died in 1988, his family lives on in the person of his son, Jeff Shaara.
“October 27, 1940, Sunday — Went to chapel all day as usual. Our big meeting next Sunday. Gwilym Rees will be preaching.”
“Thirty Rooms to Hide In,” by Luke Longstreet Sullivan (University of Minnesota Press, $24.95) has a subtitle that sort of grabs you: “Insanity, Addiction, and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic.”
There’s all manner of biography and serious history new to bookshelves this winter.
Someone on your holiday gift list who likes to read books by and about characters in the upper midwest? There’s a plethora in that category this year.
My wife and I love to travel to Italy. We love the landscape, the architecture, the food and the people. We’ve just completed our eighth trip to Italy where we stayed at the Tuscan estate of our longtime acquaintances, Caterina and Aurelio Pellegrini.