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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: Rez Life : an Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life 2013
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: Fool Me Twice : Fighting the Assault On Science in America 2012
Otto, Shawn
Fool Me Twice : Fighting the Assault On Science in America
Award for General Nonfiction
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: Pioneer Modernists : Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists 2012
L'Enfant, Julie
Pioneer Modernists : Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists
Award for Minnesota
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: A Song at Twilight : of Alzheimer's and Love : a Memoir 2012
Paddock, Nancy
A Song at Twilight : of Alzheimer's and Love : a Memoir
Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
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
  Cover Art: Whorled : Poems 2012
Lee, Ed-Bok
Whorled : Poems
Award for Poetry
What does it mean to be a Global Citizen in an era of constant war, rampant industrialization, and ever-advancing technology? Lee's ever-wandering cultural and spiritual nomads struggle to make sense of what it means to be a citizen of an increasingly homeless world. In a world where "all love is immigrant," Whorled confronts and celebrates the many complications of global politics through meditations on war, migration, and culture. In settings from San Francisco to Seoul, the Midwest to Kazakhstan, Ed Bok Lee considers what it means to be a citizen in a world where "you can't win the past / or stalk redemption."
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Carrier : Untangling the Danger in My DNA 2011
Rough, Bonnie J.
Carrier : Untangling the Danger in My DNA
Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
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
  Cover Art: Find the Girl : Poems 2011
Darst, Lightsey
Find the Girl : Poems
Award for Poetry
This debut explores the transition from girlhood to womanhood and America's fascination with missing and exploited children.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: News to Me : Adventures of an Accidental Journalist 2011
Hertzel, Laurie
News to Me : Adventures of an Accidental Journalist
Award for Readers' Choice
In this memoir, Hertzel recounts her journey into the world of journalism from starting her first newspaper before she was a teenager to her 18-year career at the Duluth News-Tribune in the 1970s when journalism was a predominantly male profession. She relates the story in the context of the Midwestern city and its people and events like the Congdon murders, the establishment of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and the rise of Indian treaty rights.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: North Country : the Making of Minnesota 2011
Wingerd, Mary Lethert
North Country : the Making of Minnesota
Award for 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: The Opposite of Cold : the Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition 2011
Nordskog, Michael
The Opposite of Cold : the Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition
Award for General Nonfiction
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: I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson 2010
Lintelman, Joy K.
I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson
Award for General Nonfiction
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: Opening Goliath: Danger and Discovery in Caving 2010
Griffith, Cary J.
Opening Goliath: Danger and Discovery in Caving
Award for Minnesota
Adventure writer Cary Griffith recounts riveting and life-threatening tales of exploration in the limestone caves of southeastern Minnesota and the man-made caves of St. Paul.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows 2010
Nerburn, Kent
The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows
Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
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: The Compassionate Carnivore: or How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old Macdonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat 2009
Friend, Catherine
The Compassionate Carnivore: or How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old Macdonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat
Award for General Nonfiction
Looks at the ethical, practical, and economic aspects of raising and eating meat humanely.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota 2009
Sommer, Barbara W.
Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota
Award for 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: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir 2009
Yang, Kao Kalia
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
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: The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot 2008
Baxter, Charles
The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot
Award for General Nonfiction
Charles Baxter inaugurates The Art of, a new series on the craft of writing, with the wit and intelligence he brought to his celebrated book Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Florist's Daughter 2008
Hampl, Patricia
The Florist's Daughter
Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Prompted by her mother's death, the author reassesses her Midwestern youth as the daughter of a debonair, Czech florist father and an Irish mother with a talent as a storyteller, detailing life during the postwar years and the turbulent sixties.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota 2008
Hoverson, Doug
Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota
Award for 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: A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility 2007
Akcam, Taner
A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility
Award for General Nonfiction
A landmark assessment of Turkish culpability in the Armenian genocide, the first history of its kind by a Turkish historian.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
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