Northern Wilds Magazine

Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life

By Karen Babine
University of Minnesota Press, 2015

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Living along the North Shore is a life centered around the idea of place. For writer Karen Babine, this idea of place and its role in forming our identity is the impetus for a series of essays that explore the link between natural history and memory, landscape and identity and place and meaning.

Babine takes us to places all over Minnesota’s north, including Itasca State Park, the Red River Valley during the 1997 floods, and Lake Superior, all the while connecting personal stories to the places she describes. Anyone who enjoys reading personal essay and place-based writingwill enjoy this new book.—Erin Altemus

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