On a Clear Night: Essays from the Heartland

On a Clear Night: Essays from the Heartland
On a Clear Night: Essays from the Heartland
Paperback: $20.00
192 pages, 1 b&w photo, 5 ½ x 8 ½
ISBN: 9780870208249

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Marnie Mamminga

Best-selling North Woods memoirist Marnie Mamminga returns to the Society Press with this dazzling collection, of essays on the extraordinarily ordinary rhythms of the Midwest—from the anxiety of taking a teenager out for driving lessons, the nostalgic pleasure of watching the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the heartache of moving an aging parent into a nursing home, and the quiet bliss of sitting on a cabin’s porch, listening for loons and wolves under the Northwoods’ starry sky.

With insight and humor, Mamminga chronicles the common experiences that unite those of us who live, love, and work in the heart of the country. Combining elements of the personal and the universal, these essays chart the passage of time from childhood to adulthood, sickness to health, working life to retirement, parenthood to grandparenthood, and everything in between. These sharply observed vignettes highlight the importance of taking time to appreciate the ordinary occurrences that profoundly shape our lives and the places we call home.

Marnie Mamminga is the author of the top-selling Wisconsin Historical Society Press book Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts. The memoir about her family’s five-generation sojourn to their cabin "up north” in Hayward, Wis., received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, was chosen by Parade Magazine as one of the best reads of summer 2012 and was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "A Chapter A Day” series. (It is now also an audio book!) She has been a professional essayist and features writer for more than twenty years. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, and numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is a frequent presenter at writers’ workshops, including the UW’s Wisconsin Writers’ Institute.