Books in Bloom 2014
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Books in Bloom
Item #Placement on Booklet MapBook/Film/JournalAuthorDescriptionSponsorDesigner
1David & GoliathMalcolm GladwellThis book uncovers hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty; the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages by beginning with the real story of the giant and the shepherd boy. He demonstrates that much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.Jill HagenSarah Gilberto, Hilltop Florist, Mankato
2Knowing Rolf: A Wreath for My SonKathryn ChristensonDoes a mother ever really know her son? After his death come years of reflection. Rolf Christenson, U.S. Army Ranger instructor and honor guard member at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to a parachute jump. Kathryn Christenson brings together poetry and prose about her son and his loss. "Wreath" in her book's title suggests both tribute and lament.Kathryn Christenson & Abigail ChristensonPatricia Freiert
3Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life PossibilitiesRichard J. Leider, Alan M. Webber, & Emilio PardoMany face transitions at midlife, but they can happen at any point. It’s a time full of enormous potential, and can be viewed as liberating. Each of us is “an experiment of one,” free to find our own path in each new phase of our lives. No old rules, no outdated societal norms, no boundaries of convention or expectation.GLA - in honor of Jack & Kris OhleBert Ledder
4AmericanahChimanda Nqozi AdchieTo the women in the salon, Ifemelu seems to have everything a Nigerian immigrant could desire, but the culture shock and racism she’s endured have left her feeling like she has “cement in her soul.” Smart and outspoken, she launches an instantly popular blog in which she explores “Racial Disorder Syndrome.” Meanwhile, her abandoned true love is suffering his own miseries as an unwanted African in London. Americanah is a courageous novel about independence, integrity, community, love and what it takes to become a “full human being.”Deb & Corey Johnson/Roger Johnson & Sue Ripley in honor of Elizabeth Johnson '14 graduationRenee Bryant, Traverse des Sioux Garden Center
5The Book ThiefMarkus ZusakTrying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Named Best Children’s Book of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly.

Wayne RipleyHayden Duncan
6CinderellaVariousA classic folk tale with origins in multiple cultures, this story has been adapted and appropriated into countless stories, novels and films.Dean & Jane WahlundBert Ledder
7The Little Engine That CouldWatty PiperA Little Blue Engine carrying toys is confronted with a seemingly impassable mountain. As nicely as they ask, the toys cannot convince the other engines to help. It is left up to the Little Blue Engine to overcome insurmountable odds and pull the train to the other side. An entertaining and inspirational favorite, the Little Blue Engine's rallying mantra "I think I can" will resonate for a lifetime in the head of every child who hears it.Jack & Kris OhleSusan Stenson, Travers des Sioux Garden Center
8The Rainbow FishMarcus PfisterA tale about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share.In memory of Janet Bjorling, by her daughters: Susie Heim, Lisa Grant and Jennifer BjorlingLeslie Nielsen, Meloy Park Florists, Hastings
9A Wrinkle in TimeMadeleine L'EngleMeg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Milt & Elaine BrostromChuck Eggert
10The GoldfinchDonna TarttThirteen-year-old New Yorker Theo Decker miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father and taken in by a wealthy friend’s family, he is bewildered by his new home and tormented by his longing for his mother. Theo clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small painting that ultimately draws him into the art underworld. As an adult, Theo moves between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, dangerous circle.Jan MichaletzLiesl Batz
11Ordinary GraceWilliam Kent KruegerLooking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.
Marlys NelsonVickie Johnson, Marilyn Brown
12HonorElif ShafakTwins Jamila and Pembe are born in a Kurdish village where girls are valued only for their purity and obedience; even suggestions of female impropriety can be grounds for an honor killing. Jamila ends up living alone in rural Turkey and Pembe is unhappy in London with her unfaithful husband. Pembe’s eldest son feels bound to defend his family’s honor after Pembe is seen with another man. At every turn, Shafak sheds light on the consequences of oppressive gender roles and the divide between traditions and the quest for freedom.

Doug & Victoria HuffVictoria Huff & Linda Elvee
13The Monuments Men: Allied Heros, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in HistoryRobert M. EdselIn a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.
Liane Zane & Tim KnutsonSheryl Johnson
14Black ApertureMatt RasmussenIn his moving debut collection, Gustavus faculty member Matt Rasmussen ’98 faces the tragedy of his brother's suicide, refusing to focus on the expected pathos, blurring the edge between grief and humor. Destructive and redemptive, Black Aperture opens to the complicated entanglements of mourning: damage and healing, sorrow and laughter, and torment balanced with moments of relief. A Walt Whitman Award Winner.

McGinty FamilyTom Rosen
15Twelve Years a SlaveSolomon NorthrupBorn a free black in New York State in 1808, Northrup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841, and spent most of the next twelve years as a slave on a cotton plantation. Northup's years in captivity are dramatically recounted here, as are his attempts to bring charges against the men who originally abducted him. An educated man, Northup was able to write about the institution as both an outsider and as one of its victims. A detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society.

Sponberg Family/Mim KagolMarilyn Kluntz, Mary's Flowers
16The Gustie Gourmet II CookbookGustavus Library AssociatesThe newly published Gustie Gourmet II (2013) cookbook offers nearly 450 kitchen-tested recipes submitted by dozens of Gustavus Library Associates members and friends. This second-edition cookbook includes new sections on grilling, slow cooking, and Scandinavian fare, as well as a few favorite recipes from Gustie Gourmet I.Friends of GLADiane Lunderberg & Danielle Kuhl, St. Peter Greenhouse
17The Fault in Our StarsJohn GreenAt 16, Hazel Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. At a weekly support group she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. Drawing on Hazel's fascination with a novel about cancer, Augustus arranges for them to travel to Amsterdam, where the author lives. What happens when they meet him is significant. Beautifully executed, this story examines life, love, and death with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity.

Swedish KonturMaria Jeremiason
18A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the OceanTori Murden McClureIn this thrilling story of high adventure and romantic quest, Tori McClure discovers through her favorite way—the hard way—that the most important thing in life is not to prove you are superhuman but to fully to embrace your own humanity. With a wry sense of humor and a strong voice, she gives us a true memoir of an explorer who maps her world with rare emotional honesty.

Donna BeckLorie Siebels
19Red: Passion and Patience in the DesertTerry Tempest WilliamsThe desert is in Terry Tempest Williams’ blood. In this collage of stories, essays, and testimony, she makes a stirring case for the preservation of America’s Redrock Wilderness in the canyon country of southern Utah. She examines the civil war being waged in the West today over public and private uses of land – an issue that divides her own family – and reminds us that the preservation of wildness is not simply a political process but a spiritual one.
Bob & Kay MolineBob & Kay Moline
20The Language of FlowersVanessa DiffenbaughThe Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions but for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is emancipated from the system at eighteen with nowhere to go. Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.Bruce & Sue Gray and Stu Johnson, in memory of Marlys JohnsonMary's Flowers
21Flora & UlyssesKate DiCamilloA comic superhero tale featuring a deadly vacuum cleaner and a mighty squirrel. A Newbery Medal winning book by beloved Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo.After Chapel Group, In honor of Kris OhleLeah Whitcomb, Mary's Flowers
22The Warmth of Other SunsIsabel WilkersonIn this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.Class of '64 (Kirsten Dawson)Virginia Carr & Craig Nelson
23The Divine Art of DyingKaren Speerstra & Herbert AndersonThe Divine Art of Dying is a practical guide to the art of living while dying. When we are open and willing to live consciously and intentionally toward death, the graces and gifts that come are astounding.Herbert & Phyllis Anderson/Paul & Ruth TillquistJohn Moorhead, Lindskoog Florists
24Cutting for StoneAbraham VergheseMarion and Shiva are twin brothers born of a secret union between an Indian nun and a British surgeon. Orphaned but bound together by a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Their passion for the same woman will tear them apart, forcing Marion to flee, finding refuge in his work at a New York City hospital. Marion must eventually trust his life to the father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.

In memory of Dr. John Linner by his daughters: Kristin, Jennifer, Andrea, Victoria & ElizabethSara Leadholm
25The Christmas WishLori EvertLong ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she leaves a note for her family, straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. A menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. This Nordic tale is filled with extraordinary photographs and will have readers believing in the magic of Christmas.Kari Anderson Joan Olson and Marit Kvamme
26Founding MothersCokie RobertsAn intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families and their country proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it. Newly published in a stunning picture book edition with beautiful illustrations highlighting these female patriots.Gustie Metro BookiesDeborah Johnson, Mary's Flowers
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