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The national spotlight has fallen on Minnesota author, Scott Dominic Carpenter, whose novel, Theory of Remainders has just been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013.
Applauding the work for its “fully realized characters” and “remarkable fluency of language,” the national trade reviewer asserts that Carpenter’s “extensive comprehension of French culture and history make this literary novel a stellar achievement.” The book is one of a small number to receive the distinction.
Set in France, Theory of Remainders follows an American psychiatrist who seeks to unravel the story of his daughter’s disappearance more than a decade ago. Carpenter, who teaches French at Carleton College and has spent several years in France, asserts that there is also a local connection to the story. “I moved back to Minnesota at the time of Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance,” he says, referring to the 1989 disappearance of the St. Joseph boy. “My time here has been marked by that inexhaustible saga, which has for years oscillated between hope and despair.” Although the story he tells in Theory of Remainders is not based on any actual case, Carpenter sought to portray the effect of unresolved trauma.
Apparently he has succeeded. Called “riveting” by Library Journal and named a Midwest Connections “Pick” by the Midwest Independent Bookseller’s Association, Theory of Remainders makes for a compelling read. As John Lehman, of Rosebud Reviews wrote, “Nothing I have read in the last three or four years even comes close.”
Carpenter is donating a portion of proceeds from book sales to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.
Every year around this time, people who struggle with their weight face an enormous challenge: How to avoid the Christmas cookies and other treats that are plentiful.
Michelle Goldberger, Program Director at COR Retreat, a food addiction recovery program in Wayzata, Minn., shares her story in hopes of helping her fellow food addicts avoid the temptations that are plentiful this time of year.
The story, What Do You Mean You Don't Want A Christmas Cookie? is on the front page of the Essential Wellness website right now. Learn more about COR Retreat at www.cormn.org.
A story about the connection the new book, "Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District," has to the City of Duluth, Minn., ran in the Duluth Budgeteer over the weekend of Dec. 14 & 15. Duluth, home to the Glensheen Mansion, was the perfect place to promote this book. The home at 807 Summit Avenue, profiled on pages 150 - 161, was designed by the same architect, Clarence Johnston, and there are some striking similarities.
On Dec. 15th, Karen Melvin, the book's publisher and photographer, signed books at:
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Miller Hill Mall, Duluth, Sun., Dec. 15th from 1pm - 2pm
The Fitgers Bookstore, Duluth, Sun., Dec. 15th from 3pm - 4pm.
On Dec. 13, The St. Paul Pioneer Press mentioned the book again in the article, Gift-worthy picture books and fiction with a Minnesota state of mind.
A story about Patrick Ledray, author, "The Dragon in the Christmas Tree," appears in this month's issue of the Highline Community College Alumni Magazine.
In 2000 he was named the Honorary Consul of Romania for Minnesota. His travels and ties to Romania served as the inspiration for his children’s book.