On a Clear Night: Essays from the Heartland
Marnie Mamminga revisits the Heartland with this new, dazzling collection of essays on the common experiences that unite those who live, love, and work in the heart of America. With insight and humor, she chronicles a wide range of such small-but-significant moments as: the anxiety of taking a teenager out for driving lessons, the nostalgic pleasure of watching the [World Series Champion] Cubs at Wrigley Field, the heartache of moving an aging parent into a nursing home, and the quiet bliss of sitting on a cabin's porch under a starry North Woods sky.
Marnie Mamminga has been a professional essayist and features writer for more than twenty years. Her work has appeared in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as in the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Reader's Digest, Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, and The Writer. She is a frequent presenter at writers' workshops, including the UW's Wisconsin Writers' Institute. Her book Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts was selected as a Midwest Connections pick and recommended by Parade Magazine, and was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter a Day series.