Greater is St. Cloud home to many fantastic chefs, musicians, artists, business owners, and even book authors! Check out this list of local reads by St. Cloud area authors, plus some that take place right here!
Three Cups of Tea
Author: Greg Mortenson of St. Cloud, MN
Synopsis from Amazon: Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.
Purchase the book from Amazon, or order the Kindle or Audiobook version here.
Resolute Heart, Murder in Wasilla, Escape to Alaska
Author: Mary Wasche of Sartell, MN
- “Escape to Alaska”: The perfect blend of crime thriller, love story, and uniquely Alaskan setting with cultural insights never before revealed in a story like this.
- “Murder in Wasilla”: A chilling tale of crime and romance in small town Alaska.
- “Resolute Heart”: Rich historical detail weaves throughout this Civil War era tale of romance, lost love, and suspense.
Found on Kindle or Amazon here.
The Children Remember by Sharon Schulte
Author: Sharon Schulte of St. Cloud, MN
Review from North Star Press: “Through photographs, interviews, and personal reflections, Sharon Schulte documents the moving and thought-provoking account of the brave children of Minnesota, who in their own way, served our country during World War II. Their stories demonstrate great resolve, sacrifice, and patriotism, helping illuminate the unique circumstances and struggles that have so keenly defined this great generation of Americans.” – Mary Pawlenty, Former First Lady of Minnesota
Purchase this book on Amazon here.
Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass
Author: Elaine Davis of St. Cloud, MN
Synopsis from Goodreads.com: Welcome to the quite wet Prohibition era of Stearns County- a highly fermented era when according to author Elaine Davis , Nearly 100% of the residents of some areas were involved in the illicit liquor trade, speakeasies reigned with the full support of local citizenry, and local Minnesota 13 brew enjoyed a national reputation. Intertwining insights ranging from ethnicity and religious faith to law enforcement, geography, farm economics and regional history , Davis provides a portrait of those whisky-fueled lawless days that offer both a cautionary tale and an entertaining history lesson. Davis even provides a convenient recipe for Minnesota 13 Moonshine just in case they decide to bring Prohibition back once again.
Find online to borrow at Great River Regional Library as soon as they open back up here.
From Somalia to Snow, What Color is my Hijab
Author: Hudda Ibrahim of St. Cloud
From Somalia to Snow (from huddaibrahim.com): At a time when United States citizens are being told to fear their Muslim neighbors, where does the truth lie? In this powerful book, Hudda Ibrahim unpacks the immigration narrative of Somali Americans and explains why nearly 20 percent have chosen to settle in Minnesota. From Somalia to Snow gives readers an invaluable insider’s look into the lives and culture of our Somali neighbors and the important challenges they face. Designed with a diverse audience in mind, this book is a must-read for students, health-care professionals, business owners, social service agencies, and anyone who wants to better understand Somali people in Minnesota.
What Color is my Hijab (from huddaibrahim.com): “What Color is My Hijab?” is a children’s book written to inspire young people to achieve great things. This book is about more than just the hijab, it’s about teaching children the importance of diversity. It is also about how young girls can wear the headscarf and be somebody—be creative, smart, professional women when they grow up.
Purchase both books from the author here.
BONUS: Killing Time in St. Cloud by Judith Guest and Rebecca Hill
Synopsis from Amazon: Nick Uhler returns to St. Cloud after a lengthy absence, becomes ensnared with members of the prominent Carmody family, and soon three murders, family feuds, and dark secrets threaten the town’s very fabric.
Purchase from Amazon here.