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Ryan Johnson, Published November 17 2013

Regional reads: Settle into winter with these books

FARGO – ‘Tis the season for staying indoors to stay away from the cold wintry weather outside.

It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a good read, and there are plenty of new or recent releases of books written by local authors or focusing on regional subject matter.

Here are a few of the latest releases with local flavor.

• “To Elinor, a romance in two voices,” by Jane Beaton Bartow, relies on excerpts from letters that the Fargo native’s father wrote to her mother while he was serving overseas to examine the conflicts experienced by women on the home front during World War II; available at Barnes & Noble or through Amazon.com.

• “Blackberry Blossom,” by self-published author Mattie Richardson, is the fourth novel from the 19-year-old Sheldon, N.D., native. The historical novel follows 16-year-old Molly as she runs away from home, meets a boy named Pepper and grows up during the Great Depression; available through Amazon.com or at local stores in Ransom County, N.D.

• “When You Don’t See the Light” is Steele, N.D., poet Troy Brusven’s tribute to his late mother, who died July 26, 2007. Brusven decided he wouldn’t write again after the poem he wrote for her funeral, but five years later, he began working on the poems that fill this collection; available through www.rosedogbookstore.com.

• “The Russian Germans under the Double Eagle and the Soviet Star: Including a Pictorial History of Cities, Landscapes and People,” by Bernd Langin. The new book was translated from German to English and published by the North Dakota State University Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, examining the rise and fall of this German minority; available to order online through http://library.ndsu.edu/


• “Prairie Sky,” by Concordia College professor W. Scott Olsen, is the 10th book from this high-flying local author and pilot. Olsen reflects on flying and the grace of altitude in this new release; available at Barnes & Noble or through Amazon.com.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan Johnson at (701) 241-5587