• The Book

    David Butwin's A MINNESOTA KID: In Search of Heroes and Ghosts is a portrait of a city and culture, a time and place fast receding into history: the postwar years in St. Paul when streetcars and wooden ballparks thrived, then vanished, minorities faced down scorn and rejection, a murder captivated a neighborhood and a boy coming of age in a single-parent, left-wing house tried to make sense of it all. Funny and bittersweet, at times ornery and contentious, the book is both a reckoning with the past and a tracking down of the people, objects and events that took Mr. Butwin's imagination at mid-century — ballplayers and D.P.'s, comic strip villains and real-life bigots, heroes and ghosts.

    The Author

    David Butwin, St. Paul native, has written widely on travel, sports, lifestyle and humor for Esquire, Gourmet, Sports Illustrated and countless other national publications and before that was travel columnist for Saturday Review and The Christian Science Monitor. He and his wife, Pamela, live in Leonia, New Jersey, and Owls Head, Maine; their daughter, Kate, a graduate of (grrr!) the University of Wisconsin, works and lives in Manhattan.

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