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The Road Back: Adrian Peterson

The Road Back

Adrian Peterson’s path to recovery and domination in the NFL

Adrian Peterson had major surgery on his left knee on Dec. 30, 2011, making it unlikely the Vikings’ All-Pro running back would be ready for the start of the 2012 NFL season. He vowed to return better than ever, even as his team tried to temper enthusiasm. Over the past year, Star Tribune writers chronicled Peterson’s offseason recovery, his impatient training camp, his return to the field and the remarkable second half of his season. The Road Back brings together the Star Tribune’s exclusive coverage of Peterson’s pursuit of  NFL records and efforts to lead his team into the playoffs.

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Read This!

Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores

Edited with a preface by Hans Weyandt

Introduction by Ann Patchett

An ode to the art of traditional bookselling and independent bookstores, this book offers lists of favorites that have flown under the radar, but off of bookstore shelves.  First published on Hans Weyandt’s blog for Micawber’s Books, each check-list style contribution includes a bookseller’s top fifty books, anecdotes, and interviews about the life of being a bookseller, reader, and engaged citizen.  Introduced by Ann Patchett, the book exhibits the range and diversity of these booksellers’ tastes and the stores in which they work.  But it goes beyond a typical book of lists to show how independent bookstores are havens for readers where individual tastes, location, and personality matter and where the staff provide an expertise and wisdom about readers and books often lost in large and online retail spaces. One hundred percent of royalties will go to the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).


“There is no greater joy for a bookseller than introducing a reader to a book they will love for the rest of their lives.  Those of us in this business are, after all, matchmakers at heart.  So consider this little book you now hold in your hands as a sort of catalogue of matchmakers.” —Ann Patchett, From the Introduction

“These professionals demonstrate exceptional curatorial care and a discernible passion for the art of bookselling, a craft Weyandt calls a ‘combo platter of bartender/barista and priest.’ [E]ntertaining, informative, satisfying and fun—everything books should be.”—Kirkus

“If I were still a bookseller, I’d be thrilled to share this wealth with my customers. As a reader, I’m deeply intrigued by the range of selections. . . . Do yourself a favor. Add Micawber’s Top 50 project to your must-read list.” —Robert Gray, Shelf Awareness


  • Sheryl Cotleur of Book Passage, Corte Madera and San Francisco, CA
  • Emma Straub of BookCourt, Brooklyn, NY
  • Stacie M. Williams of Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
  • Michael Boggs of Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY
  • Paul Yamazaki of City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA
  • Joseph J. DeSalvo of Faulkner House Books, New Orleans, LA
  • Eowyn Ivey of Fireside Books, Palmer, AK
  • Megan Sullivan of Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA
  • Carla Jimenez of Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
  • Matt Lage of Iowa Book LLC, Iowa City, IA
  • Jenny Lyons of The King’s English, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Jay D. Peterson of Magers and Quinn, Minneapolis, MN
  • Libby Cowles of Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, CO
  • Hans Weyandt of Micawber’s Books, St. Paul, MN
  • Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA
  • Michael Barnard of Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA
  • Tom Campbell of Regulator Books, Durham, NC
  • Liberty Hardy of RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH
  • Josh Christie of Sherman’s Books and Stationary, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Emily Pullen of Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cody Morrison of Square Books, Oxford, MS
  • Kelly von Plonski of Subterranean Books, St. Louis, MO
  • Neil Strandberg of Tattered Cover, Denver, CO
  • Toby Cox of Three Lives & Company, New York, NY
  • Stefan Moorehead of Unabridged Bookstore, Chicago, IL

Scheduled Author Appearances :

  • Date: Thursday, September 6th 2012
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • City: Corte Madera, CA
  • Venue: Book Passage (Corte Madera)
  • Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd
  • Venue phone: (415) 927-0960
  • Country: United States
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Notes: A special panel discussion with Sheryl Cotleur of Book Passage, Paul Yamazaki of City Lights, and Michael Barnard of Rakestraw Books on Read This! Moderated by John McMurtrie, book editor of The San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Artist: Hans Weyandt
  • Date: Tuesday, September 11th 2012
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • City: St. Paul, MN
  • Venue: Micawber’s Books
  • Address: 2238 Carter Avenue
  • Venue phone: 651.646.5506
  • Country: United States
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Notes: Launch party for Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores. The book’s editor and co-owner of Micawber’s Books, Hans Weyandt, and Coffee House Press Publisher Chris Fischbach will talk about the evolution of the project from blog to book.
  • Artist: Read This!
  • Date: Thursday, September 13th 2012
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • City: Danville, CA
  • Venue: Rakestraw Books
  • Address: 522 Hartz Avenue
  • Venue phone: (925) 837-7337
  • Country: United States
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Notes: Oscar Villalon, editor of Zyzzyva, will moderate a panel discussion with Michael Barnard of Rakestraw, Sheryl Cotleur of Book Passage, and Paul Yamazaki of City Lights Bookstore, in celebrate of Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores.

Shared via Coffee House Press, 2012

See Also: Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 8, 2012

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Overtaken by Love ~ Shirley Shumaker

“It was a Holy Spirit-led operation.  I’d sit and write, and if the Holy Spirit wasn’t speaking to me in my heart, I’d quit for a few days. A book gradually developed.”

Shirley Shumaker

Xulon Press, 2012

Sometimes it’s the back-story that compels a reader to select a particular book.  When I read Emily Hedges interview with Shirley Shumaker (Sun Sailor, “New Brighton woman’s book describes her journey with God”, June 21, 2012) I immediately wanted to read Shirley’s story and get to know her better.  In the interview, Shirley describes the day she was thrown into the arms of God – the day in 1964 when her husband left her and their children promising that if ‘things didn’t work out’ he would come back.  In the years that followed, Shirley found that trusting in God to provide brought everything she needed at just the right time.  Writing is her connection to God.  She said, “It was a Holy Spirit-led operation.  I’d sit and write, and if the Holy Spirit wasn’t speaking to me in my heart, I’d quit for a few days. A book gradually developed.”

She describes the book not as a “how to” book:
    It’s a story of redemption. We are living cells in the body of Christ; living     stones in His temple; lights in the world and living epistles for all to read. May the Holy Spirit sprinkle the diamond dust of revelation throughout; heavenly fragments that will cling to the fingers which turn the pages while He quickens the heart and confirms His unconditional, unwavering love toward every son and daughter.
Reading this book is like putting on new glasses – suddenly, God’s grace is clearer and faith awakens refreshed.
Excerpts shared via Xulon Press and Sun Sailor, June 21, 2012

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Go Fish

GO FISH: How to Win Contempt
and Influence People

Political Cartoons and essays by Mr. Fish

2011, Akashic Books



This debut volume of political cartoons from the revered Mr. Fish spans politics, popular culture, the economic crisis, the Obama presidency, and much more, where nobody–right, left, nor middle–is safe from his razor-edged satire. The volume also includes original essays from Mr. Fish.

Mr. Fish has been a freelance writer and cartoonist for eighteen years, publishing under both his real name (Dwayne Booth) and the penname of Mr. Fish with many of the nation’s most reputable and prestigious magazines, journals, and newspapers. In addition to his weekly cartoon for Harper’s and daily contributions to Truthdig, he has also contributed to the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, the Advocate, Z Magazine, the Utne Reader,,, and others. He has also worked for National Public Radio. In May 2008 he was presented with a first place award by the Los Angeles Press Club for editorial cartooning. In May 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Cartooning from the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and twin daughters.










More Cartoon Samples from Go Fish

Praise for Mr. Fish

“Mr. Fish dissects the journalistic responsibility he faces as a cartoonist to make it make sense. It being his raw emotional output in response to a given stimuli (government, society, et al) manifesting itself via pen on paper without regard to the cleverly pointed punchline that will accompany and ultimately define it. . . The drawings are a celebration of the technical mastery and unbridled emotional truth of Dwayne Booth — the Clark Kent to Superman’s Mr. Fish.”
Huffington Post

“Fish’s work [. . .] makes you want to do something–even if you’re not entirely sure what that something is–to change things for the better, and the feeling stays with you long after the book is closed.”
Verbicide Magazine

“I thought I was getting a picture book of politically incorrect satirical cartoons to review. What I got was an evening of wonderment, thought, confusion, discovery, and a deep appreciation of a really deeply disturbed and brilliant journalist, cartoonist, and satirist.”
New York Journal of Books

“Few individuals are as clued in to the volatility of the current political climate as iconic cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish). . . known for pointed and piquant single-panel cartoons that fearlessly and relentlessly take on the most sacred of cows in public life.”
LA Weekly

“[Mr. Fish] is a revolutionary with a sketch pad . . . a courageous truthteller, brilliantly illustrating the world’s insanity.”
Miami Herald

“Raw, severe, raging, and twistedly funny, Go Fish is a one-of-a-kind compilation meant to provoke thought as well as entertain . . . motivating readers to stop being complacent, open their eyes to injustice, and actually do something about it.”
Midwest Book Review

“Nobody does what Mr. Fish does, and even if they did, they wouldn’t do it as well as Mr. Fish does. Go Fish is that rarest of creatures; an essential collection of political cartoons.”
David Rees, author of Get Your War On

“Mr. Fish is one of the few brilliant souls who describes and illustrates the earth’s insanity and all of the hypocrisy and still somehow doesn’t detract from my need to masturbate constantly.”
Richard Lewis, Comedian/Actor

“Behold the cartoons in Go Fish: there is no more savage yet brilliant wit than that possessed by Mr. Fish, who will never compromise on his deep artistic insight or the outrageous honesty of his social commentary. In a sellout culture he is that rare witness for unfettered truth.”
Robert Sheer, author of The Great American Stickup

“Mr. Fish’s penis obsession has evolved into unique visual metaphorical truths that probe the very core of politics, culture, religion–pick a target, any target–yes, he has indeed learned to think outside the cocks.”
Paul Krassner, author of Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-culture

“You’re the first person in the media I’ve talked to, in the forty years I’ve been in public life, who put his finger on really what [are] deep philosophical questions.”
–Dennis Kucinich

“You [Mr. Fish] get the gold medal for asking me things that nobody’s ever asked me before.”
–Joan Baez

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