Friday, November 19, 2010

Genny Kieley: Green Stamps to Hot Pants

From the prolific Genny Kieley, come four books you'll love if you like nostalgia and history.  Genny will be on hand tonight at the Borders in Maple Grove, MN, speaking and signing.


Green Stamps to Hot Pants: GROWING UP IN THE 50s AND 60s

 Genny Kieley creates a portrait of a simpler era, of ice-cream socials and twice-a-day newspaper delivery, sock hops and doo-wop music, first loves, first heartbreaks, and afternoon parties fueled by 45s. Cars had fins and television had just arrived. Seemingly countless Westerns (with Paladin, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke prominent among them) vied with Surf Side Six, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Wonderful World of Disney for the family's attention. Dinah Shore urged viewers in her cheery sing-song voice to "See the USA in your Chevrolet" while Ed Sullivan introduced the nation to those mop-headed youths, The Beatles.
$19.95 • 192 pages

Bait Store Angel and Other Stories


 Genny's collection of short stories from her years growing up.  Mrs. Kubinski's Blessing, Who Was First at the Dairy Bar? and Thank God I Didn't Wear Hairspray are just a few of the unforgettable tales of joy and sorrow Genny spins with her unique charm and warmth.  These stories transport you to a world of heart and humor that has become Genny's trademark.




Heart and Hard Work:Memories of "Nordeast" Minneapolis

Golabki and Ukrainians, Dziedzics and kaffeekuchen, smorgasbord and the Polish Palace. Northeast Minneapolis in the early to mid-20th century was a unique multi-ethnic melting pot of immigrant families and community support. An entertaining history of Northeast Minneapolis-from its earliest days through the 1940s and '50s. Learn of the cultures and lifestyles of various ethnic groups through old photos, as well as interviews with 14 enterprising, longtime city residents. Sixth edition.

149 photos • 176 pages • $17.95


Pride and Tradition: More Memories of Northeast Minneapolis

Readers will learn why there were so many bars and drug stores in Northeast in a chap­ter entitled, "Alleluia and Nazdrowoie." They'll also meet the Slovakian proprietor of a shoe re­ pair store who was known as "The Mayor of 13th Avenue." A wonderful collection of facts and photos with stories of this Northeast Minneapolis community. From the tale of Pierre Bottineau in the 1840s through the interviews of people who grew up in the 1950s and '60s, these memories and touching pictures will take you back in time.

200 photos • 288 pages• $19.95



Roots and Ties: A Scrapbook of Northeast Memories

Genny's third book about Northeast Minneapolis began when the hand­-made trunk that her grandparents brought to America from Poland in 1903 came into her possession. Full of memories and family history, the trunk enticed her to delve further into chronicles of the neighborhoods that so many called home.


232 pages • $21.95

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