Cheri Register: THE BIG MARSH

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Dragonfly Books hosts award-winning Minnesota author Cheri Register with her new book The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape. An environmental history told from a personal point of view, The Big Marsh (Minnesota Historical Society Press 2016) shows the enduring value of wild places and the importance of the fight to preserve them. Cheri will share her experiences as a writer, teacher, and speaker and sign copies of her new book on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

Under the corn and soybean fields of southern Minnesota lies the memory of vast, age-old wetlands, drained away over the last 130 years in the name of agricultural progress. But not everyone saw wetlands as a wasteland. Before 1900, Freeborn County’s Big Marsh provided a wealth of resources for the neighboring communities. As farmland prices rose, however, the value of the land under the water became more attractive to people with capital.

In lyrical prose, Register tells the story of the land and the people who shaped it. Following the clues left by her great-grandfather, Cheri Register uncovers the stories of life on the Big Marsh and of the players who plotted its end: the Minneapolis land developer, his local fixer, an Illinois banker, and the lovelorn local lawyer who did their footwork.

Cheri Register is the author of Packinghouse Daughter, which won a Minnesota Book Award and an American Book Award. She wrote the pathbreaking book Living with Chronic Illness: Days of Patience and Passion (reissued as The Chronic Illness Experience) and two classic works for internationally adoptive parents, Are Those Kids Yours? and Beyond Good Intentions. Register taught creative nonfiction writing at the Loft Literary Center for twenty years and has served as a mentor and manuscript advisor.

Join Dragonfly Books for this opportunity to hear from Cheri Register on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00 pm. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Register’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of their staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape Cover Image
ISBN: 9780873519953
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 1st, 2016

A rural community is changed forever when moneyed interests conspire to transform a treasured wetland.

Packinghouse Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060936846
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Harper Perennial - August 21st, 2001

A unique blend of memoir and public history, Packinghouse Daughter, winner of the Minnesota Book Award, tells a compelling story of small-town, working-class life. The daughter of a Wilson & Company millwright, Cheri Register recalls the 1959 meatpackers' strike that divided her hometown of Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Are Those Kids Yours?: American Families with Children Adopted from Other Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439199954
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Free Press - March 3rd, 2010

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