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Ryan Johnson, Published April 30 2014

Regional reads: Pick up a book with local ties this summer

FARGO – It’s finally warm enough to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

But the season of weekends at the lake, family vacations and soaking up the sun still is a great time for curling up with a new book.

Here are a few of the latest releases with ties to the region.

• “Great Expectations Gone Awry, or the Frederick Keys Mystery,” by Matthew Zisi, is the third book in the author’s Oliver Drake fictional mystery series. This time around, Drake investigates a North Dakota baseball player who goes missing after throwing a no-hitter in his minor league debut; available through Amazon.com.

• “A Second Helping of Murder and Recipes: A Hot Dish Heaven Mystery,” by Jeanne Cooney, is the sequel to the Hallock, Minn., native’s “Hot Dish Heaven: A Murder Mystery with Recipes” from last year that reached No. 1 on Amazon’s rural humor sales category. The sequel, which will be released June 1, once again is set in the Red River Valley: available through Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble.

• “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth,” a hardcover book published by South Korea as a token of gratitude for U.S. veterans who fought there, is now available to Korean War era veterans in North Dakota. The state Department of Veterans Affairs distributed more than 1,500 of the books to county veteran service officers, who will give them for free to veterans who served between June 27, 1950 and May 7, 1975, as well as their surviving family members; visit www.nd.gov/veterans to find out more.

• “The Gib Bromenschenkel Story,” by Connie L. Nelson, is a short monograph released late last year by the North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies Press. The 34-page monograph follows the legacy of Bromenschenkel, the longest-serving Fargo city commissioner on the commission from 1970 until 2002; visit www.ndsu.edu/ahss/

publications/broadsides/ for ordering information.

• “Master of Rail Art” collector’s book and box set, by Larry Fisher. The New Rockford, N.D., native and resident of Las Vegas since 1969 has devoted his time to his oil, pen and ink and acrylics paintings since retirement. This new collector’s box set will be available for delivery by the end of June; available through www.heritagearteditions.com.

• “The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains,” by Kensal, N.D.-native James Solheim, is a new picture book about two childhood friends who lose contact when one moves around the world with her parents. Now based in Omaha, Neb., more than 430,000 children got free copies of his last book, “Born Yesterday,” after Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program selected it; available through Amazon.com or at Barnes & Noble.

• “The Existential Millennial Crisis,” by Paul Huhn, made it into the top 5 of two of Amazon’s e-book categories upon its release last December. The Fargo author’s book explores some of the biggest topics in life, including philosophy, religion, truth, free will and meaning; e-book available through Amazon.com.

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