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Cheri’s Books

Canned Fruit

I have been sorting through old files of stuff, deciding what to throw and what to save. Occasionally I’ll come across something I forgot that I wrote and judge it worthy of resurrection. This piece was written for the final day of a women’s studies class I taught at the University of Minnesota in [...]

A Minnesota Book Award!

The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape has won the 2017 Minnesota Book Award for Minnesota Nonfiction, the category for works of nonfiction with subject matter related to Minnesota.

Petersen’s Cafe 2: Herman High Remembered

Herman High is a bum.  A bum isn’t a bad person—just somebody with no place to live and no food to eat, somebody who wears the same clothes over and over and wanders around begging. Herman High doesn’t beg, though. He doesn’t talk at all. He’s “dumb,” like “deaf and dumb,” but not deaf. [...]

Petersen’s Cafe, Alden, MN

I was unusually lucky to get to spend many days of my childhood in a small-town beer joint. My maternal grandparents, Francis and Alma Petersen, were the owners and proprietors, the bartender and the cook, the rule enforcer and the wise comforter of Petersen’s Cafe. If not the heart of Danish American life in [...]

A Near Century of Voting

Today, August 26, 2016, marks 96 years since American women won the right to vote. For the first time in U.S. history, we have a woman running for President with a serious chance of winning; yet her public image has been sullied by decades of misogynistic vitriol. I know it when I see it, [...]

The Guardian Angel (part 2 of Shock and Awe)

Once I was discharged from St. Eriks Sjukhus, I continued my journey through the Swedish women’s movement. Karin Westman Berg, who might be called the Mother of Women’s Studies in Scandinavia, welcomed me into her labyrinthine Uppsala apartment, where I would stay many times throughout the 1970s, and invited me to a symposium on [...]

Shock and Awe

I have been sick with a respiratory virus for the last week or so, and as a result, I had to postpone a trip to San Francisco. Lying in bed with a headache, as well, has given me pause to recall other times when illness coincided with, or impeded, travel. The time I have [...]

Leathered and Layered

I recently bought–on a rare shopping whim–a sturdy new wallet to replace my worn combination of zippered billfold, coin purse, and handmade leather cardholder. I always have a hard time discarding trusted old objects, but retiring the cardholder has been particularly difficult. I have been carrying it for 46 years. I bought it from [...]

Official announcement

Yesterday I returned page proofs to the managing editor at the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Today the press’s spring catalog arrived in the mail. It’s time for the official announcement of my forthcoming book:  The Big Marsh.

Click on the link for all the information about it. Here, in the meantime, [...]

And Keep Watching

I am almost finished with the final revision of my book, which is now titled, for certain, The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape. Minnesota Historical Society Press is publishing it in spring of 2016. When it is out of my hands and safely in production–soon!–I will blog again, and I look [...]