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By Joseph G. and John Grindele

Book Report: Literary treats for the dog days

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Summer will soon be upon us. Here's a pile of books, some light-hearted, some very serious, for readers to while away rainy days 'Up North.'


Ever since I began book reviewing 15 years ago, I've received scads of books about growing up -- growing up poor, growing up middle class, growing up with fine parents, growing up with no parents.

But almost all the growing up was done in the upper Midwest, most notably in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and once in awhile Iowa.

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