The Bookshelf

Books can open our minds and our hearts. Certain special books can have lasting impact. Some well-known Minnesotans share which books mean the most to them.

  • Author Kate DiCamillo: "It's the lie I like"
    In an interview with MPR's Cathy Wurzer, DiCamillo talks about the book that made her realize she wanted to be a writer.April 6, 2007
  • From history to philosophy, a love of heroes
    St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington talks about how books like "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" and Thoreau's "Walden" have made an impact on his life.March 21, 2007
  • Charmed by books
    Cathy Wurzer talked with Mary Brainerd about her passion for reading and, in particular, her interest in Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," which Brainerd says is one of the most compelling books she's read in the last year.February 26, 2007
  • Ann Bancroft and "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"
    January is National Book Month, and in celebration, Morning Edition is launching a new series called The Bookshelf. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with polar explorer Ann Bancroft about the books that mean the most to her.January 8, 2007
  • Lou Bellamy and "The Invisible Man"
    Lou Bellamy is the founder and artistic director of the African-American Penumbra Theater in St. Paul. Bellamy talked with us about Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," a novel featuring an unnamed African-American narrator whose race makes him "invisible" to others.January 14, 2007
  • The Bookshelf: State Sen. Mee Moua
    Sen. Mee Moua, a Democrat from St. Paul, talks about what books have meant the most to her and why.February 1, 2007
  • U of M President Bruininks' "Search for Meaning"
    University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks chose Victor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" as one of the books that has been particularly meaningful in his life.May 1, 2007
  • A little humor for the climatologist
    When University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley can steal some time to read for pleasure, he heads for humor writers.May 23, 2007
  • For the love of fly fishing, family and words
    St. Paul's Mayor Chris Coleman said he's a trout angler, but his connection to Norman Maclean's "A River Runs Through It" runs much deeper than his interest in fishing.June 6, 2007
  • R.T. Rybak says reading is a priority for him
    For our Bookshelf series, we asked Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to select a book that is important to him. He selected "The Heartsong of Charging Elk" by James Welch.September 13, 2007

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