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Minnesota Memories of Nordeast Minneapolis by Twin Cities Author Genny Zak Kieley and more

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Daughter #5 the Baby of the Family

by Genny Kieley

Things were going good on the farm. The crops were producing and the chickens were laying. The kids were enrolled in a one room school in the nearest town and the older ones attended high school in the bigger town of Little Falls. What a perfect spot to be. The beauty of Sullivan Lake in the backyard and the Mud River winding around the fields. But then everything changed. The family was rushed away to Minneapolis to find their father had died. This new way of life and moving away from the farm would be difficult. Their mom was left with almost nothing except a mortgage and a huge brood of kids. Could they survive? A heartwarming story of adventures, love and a family pulling together.

185 pages

Price: $8.00

Stevie The Bat

by Genny Kieley

Genevieve is the youngest in a large family and lives on a farm in the 1950s. Her family goes go through some hard times; but she is resourceful and has an imagination. She doesn't seem to fit in at school and has been sheltered at home by her older siblings and her parents. She finds an unexpected friend in a most unlikely place--a field. This broken bat becomes her friend as she learns to cope with life’s challenges. She also learns who you are inside is more important than your surroundings.

31 pages

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BaitStore Angel

by Genny Kieley

BaitStore Angel is a collection of slice of life stories told in a down to earth style filled with heart and humor; each with an unexpected twist. The stories center around three themes--childhood memories of growing up in an old fashioned urban neighborhood, empty nest jobs, marrying a fisherman and adjusting to a new way of life in the suburbs. We live in such a busy world-this book includes short pieces that are easy to read--thought provoking with a soothing current of life & universal themes. Featuring evocative stories that draw you in and captivate you. This author writes about ordinary life--but it becomes so much more than ordinary.


131 pages

Price $20.00

Green Stamps to Hot Pants: Growing Up in the 50s and 60s

by Genny Kieley

It was a time when bikes were big and bulky. Ladies from the neighborhood stuck to a strict routine Monday was wash day, Tuesday ironing day and there was seldom deviation from this rule. Drive in movies and restaurants were the hot spot on a Saturday night. Busy housewives saved up their coveted green stamps from the grocery store and dreamed of what they could buy with them. A trip to the Dime Store was like going to dreamland. Families sat around the counsel black and white television to watch their favorite TV family and emulated them in their own life. Nodin Press 2008

184 pages

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Heart and Hard Work: Memories of "Nordeast" Minneapolis

by Genny Kieley

Now in its sixth edition. One chapter is devoted to the historical role of the churches. Eight major ethnic groups are described-French, Scandinavian, German, Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, Italian, and Lebanese-including where they settled, businesses and schools they opened, and the marks they left on the area. 20 to 30 distinct communities are identified. Also includes landmarks and businesses like the Grain Belt Brewery, Edison High School, Kramarczuk's East European Deli, and Hollywood Theater. 14 interviews with longtime residents.Nodin Press 1997. 

176 pages 150 photos

Price: $21.00

Pride and Tradition: More Memories of Northeast Minneapolis 

by Genny Kieley 

Important businesses are covered--banks, barbers, bakeries, butchers, a shoe repair shop and drugstores. Why So Many Bars in Northeast Minneapolis? Also features stories of Polish weddings, immigrant living conditions, favorite swimming places, streetcar routes and schools. 19 more churches are included. 15 interviews include a tribute to Rose Totino, Sophie Abraham and the well-known Buchinger, Biernat, Siwek and Dziedzic families. A special interview with Donald Moss. Nodin Press 1999.

288 page 200 photos

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Roots and Ties: A Scrapbook of Northeast Minneapolis

by Genny Kieley

Northeast is one of the most storied parts of town with its crazy quilt character. Roots and Ties is a wonderful scrapbook of memories with special attention to the housing and architecture, grocery and hardware stores, the parochial schools, community sings, parks, and park pageants. It also includes pottery shops, the Ethnic Dance Theatre, Rhythmland and the California Building.  234 pages and 262 photographs. Nodin Press 2003

262 pages 229 photos

Books by Genny Kieley

Daughter #5 the Baby of the Family, Stevie the Bat, Baitstore Angel and Other Stories,
Green Stamps to Hot Pants, Heart and Hard Work, Pride and Tradition, Roots and Ties 

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