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A North Dakota Summer Reading List

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Earlier this month, NPR asked prominent writers, librarians, and bookstore owners in all 50 states about books that "illuminated where they live." Inspired by this project, intern Nick Rommel asked independent bookstore owners across the state to nominate their favorite North Dakota book.

The Reading List

Dakota Attitude by Jim Puppe (nominated by The Owl Bookstore in Bismarck, Ferguson Books in Grand Forks, and Eagle's Nest Book Store in Valley City)

Beyond the Bedroom Wall by Larry Woiwode (nominated by BDS Books in Fargo)

The Good Hand by Michael Patrick F. Smith (nominated by Books on Broadway in Williston)

The Champion Buffalo Hunter by Vic Smith (nominated by Western Edge Books in Medora)

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth Fenn (nominated by Zandbroz Variety in Fargo)

The Language of Cottonwoods: Essays on the Future of North Dakota by Clay Jenkinson (nominated by Main Street Books in Minot)

Heimat: Steppes of Russia, My Country, My Home by Shirley Wegner Nitschke (nominated by the AAUW Used Bookstore in Jamestown)

Dakota Day Trips: Discovering North Dakota's Hidden Treasures by Cliff Naylor (nominated by The Dakota Store in Jamestown)