Zenith City: Stories from Duluth (Paperback)
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Zenith City: Stories from Duluth (Paperback)

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Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 15/04/2014
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Duluth may be the city of \u201cuntold delights\u201d as lampooned in a Kentucky congressman\u2019s speech in 1871. Or it may be portrayed by a joke in Woody Allen\u2019s film Manhattan. Or then again, it may be the \u201cZenith City of the unsalted seas\u201d celebrated by Dr. Thomas Preston Foster, founder of the city\u2019s first newspaper. But whatever else it may be, this city of granite hills, foghorns, and gritty history, the last stop on the shipping lanes of the Great Lakes, is undeniably a city with character-and characters. Duluth native Michael Fedo captures these characters through the happy-go-melancholy lens nurtured by the people and landscape of his youth. In Zenith City Fedo brings it back home. Framed by his reflections on Duluth\u2019s colorful-and occasionally very dark-history and its famous visitors, such as Sinclair Lewis, Joe DiMaggio, and Bob Dylan, his memories make the city as real as the boy next door but with a better story.Here, among the graceful, poignant, and often hilarious remembered moments-pranks played on a severe teacher, the family\u2019s unlikely mob connections, a rare childhood affliction-are the coordinates of Duluth\u2019s larger landscape: the diners and supper clubs, the baseball teams, radio days, and the smelt-fishing rites of spring. Woven through these tales of Duluth are Fedo\u2019s curious, instructive, and ultimately deeply moving stories about becoming a writer, from the guidance of an English teacher to the fourteen-year-old reporter\u2019s interview with Louis Armstrong to his absorption in the events that would culminate in his provocative and influential book The Lynchings in Duluth. These are the sorts of essays-personal, cultural, and historical, at once regional and far-reaching-that together create a picture of people in a place as rich in history and anecdote as Duluth and of the forces that forever bind them together.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816691104
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A memoir, with a smattering of local history, Fedo's collection will engage any reader with his fond and frank reminiscences of family life combined with vivid recollections of his native Duluth as it once was and, in many ways, still is. Thoroughly enjoyable."
-Jim Heffernan, author of Cooler Near the Lake: Fifty-two Favorites from Thirty-four Years of Deadlines
"For Duluthians, this prodigiously chronicled memoir will delight, awaken, and inform you of a place you thought you knew. Rising above the delicious details and references is a story of growing up in Middle America at a time not so long ago that seems of another era." -Wing Young Huie
"[Fedo's] Zenith City won't make you feel warm and fuzzy. But you will learn some truths about Duluth and about one of its too many good ones who got away." -Star Tribune

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