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.
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.
Read a segment
published in the University of Minnesota Alumni Association magazine.
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