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Summer Reading with Hamline’s Published Authors


With the weather getting warmer, the urge to sit in a park with a good book grows stronger. As you browse on a tablet or wander through a bookstore, consider picking up a book written by a student, alumnus, or faculty member from the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline. From heartwarming memoirs to young romance, below is a list of books published over the last academic year to consider for your next summer read. You can see a full list of books written by the talented members of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline on the website

If you want to connect with the Hamline community even further, you could even join first-year students in their common read, $2 Dollars a Day, or pick up the newly published biography, Until There is Justice, about Anna Arnold Hedgeman ’22, Hamline’s first African American graduate and a civil rights leader.

For adults:
Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America edited by Taylor Brorby, MALS ‘13
In the country’s first anthology of creative writing on fracking, Brorby brings together poetry and prose to address the impacts of the search for fuel on local communities and the global environment.

House of Fire by Elizabeth di Grazia, MFA '03
In her memoir, di Grazia explores breaking free from cycles of violence and the trials of starting her own healthy family.

Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm from Scratch by Lucie Amundsen, MFA ‘14
In an autobiographical story about leaving the city to start a commercial-scale, pasture-raised egg farm, Amundsen shares a messy, wry, and entirely educational story about a couple’s agricultural adventure. 

May Day by Gretchen Marquette, instructor in the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline
In her first collection of poetry, Marquette’s May Day is both a distress call and a celebration of the arrival of spring. She explores the loss of a brother and the wonder of the natural world.

Tremolo by Kelly Hansen Maher, MFA ‘14
Told in sections that flow as a kind of score, complete with an overture, Tremolo explores several years of recurrent miscarriages and the cyclical grief that accompanied these losses, even into new motherhood.

Triptych by April Vinding, MFA ‘05
In her spiritual memoir that started as her MFA thesis project, Vinding grapples with the complications of the faith of incarnation and how their dimensions shift as we grow.

For children and young adults:
Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach, MFA '06
In this humorous and heartwarming story of young love, a teenage boy nicknamed “Taco” falls in love with a girl named Maggie after his mother dies of cancer.

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann, MFAC ‘10
In a book about life-altering decisions of a young woman, Heppermann writes with an unflinching honesty and a deep sensitivity about the complexities of being a teenager and being a woman.

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers, MFAC '16
Ahiers’s imaginative story is about Lea Saldana, a trained assassin who falls in love with a boy from a rival clan. After she awakens to a house full of smoke, Lea finds herself entangled in a game of revenge.

How to Eat an Airplane by Peter Pearson, MFAC ‘12
By crossing two unrelated topics—dinner etiquette and jet plane mechanics—How to Eat an Airplane creates an unexpected and absurdly funny experience for young readers.

Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind by Judy Dodge Cummings, MFAC '12
About 200,000 years ago, humans arose as a species on the continent of Africa. Cummings helps readers retrace paths taken by ancestors and understand how people spread across the globe.

The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton, Current Hamline MFA student
Told in breathless and visual verse, The Lonely Ones takes readers through the intricate inner workings of a girl who struggles to navigate isolation and finds friendship where she least expects it.

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom, MFAC ‘13
In an amusing and original tale, a little boy teams up with a cast of forest creatures after they are all swallowed whole by a hungry snake.

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, MFAC '12
The lives of four very different people become entangled in stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America’s last frontier. 

Teddy Mars: Almost a Winner by Molly Burnham, MFAC ‘10
In the second book of the Teddy Mars series, friends become enemies when Teddy’s class tries to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrain, MFAC '14
This irresistible picture book celebrates love in all forms when two worms fall in love and decide to get married.