Blueberry Summers: Growing Up at the Lake


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by Curtiss Anderson


A “robust” Norwegian-Lutheran family’s summers at “The Lake” in the ’30s and ’40s in Northern Minnesota.

Anderson, a nationally recognized editor of many magazines, unknowingly began his prestigious career writing notes and letters on a hand-me-down Underwood typewriter as a young boy. These saved letters are now compiled into a coming-of-age memoir that brings the reader back to his summers at The Lake. The funny and warm stories recall picking wild blueberries, first romances, loving neighbors, his numerous dogs, and porch chats with Dear Old Aunt Ingaborg, a heavily accented relative from the Old Country.

“As a 100% Norwegian-Lutheran who lives in Northern Minnesota, the description of a “robust” family with this ethnic background rather throws me. I have yet to meet such a family, and I am not exactly young!” SN