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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Marnie O. Mamminga  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Aurora, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Mamminga was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in English. Currently, she resides in Batavia.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marnie Mamminga has been a professional essayist and features writer for more than twenty years. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, and numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is a frequent presenter at writers’ workshops, including the UW’s Wisconsin Writers’ Institute. She also taught junior high and high school English.


Selected Titles At Your Library

On a clear night :
ISBN: 9780870208249. OCLC Number: 966634261

. .

Part memoir, part history, the essays in On a Clear Night portray everyday life in the Heartland, reflecting on work, family, friendships, nature, love, and loss. While they are written from a personal perspective, the essays echo the sentiments of many who live in the heart of the country. Divided into six parts, these fifty-seven essays span the course of Mamminga's life: spending summers at her family's North Woods cabin as a child, marrying her high school sweetheart, raising three sons, becoming a mother-in-law and a grandmother, and finally mourning the loss of her parents' generation. These vignettes are both humorous and poignant, highlighting the importance of ordinary moments and the common experiences that unite us--

On a clear night :
ISBN: 0870208241. OCLC Number: 966634261

. .

"Part memoir, part history, the essays in On a Clear Night portray everyday life in the Heartland, reflecting on work, family, friendships, nature, love, and loss. While they are written from a personal perspective, the essays echo the sentiments of many who live in the heart of the country. Divided into six parts, these fifty-seven essays span the course of Mamminga's life: spending summers at her family's North Woods cabin as a child, marrying her high school sweetheart, raising three sons, becoming a mother-in-law and a grandmother, and finally mourning the loss of her parents' generation. These vignettes are both humorous and poignant, highlighting the importance of ordinary moments and the common experiences that unite us"--

Return to Wake Robin :
ISBN: 9780870206559. OCLC Number: 852222293

Wisconsin Historical Society Press,. .

Five generations of Mamminga's family have been rejuvenated by times together in Wisconsin's Northwoods. In a series of evocative remembrances accompanied by a treasure trove of vintage family photos, Mamminga takes us to Wake Robin, the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, on land adjacent to Moody's Camp. Along the way she preserves the spirit and cultural heritage of a vanishing era, conveying the heart of a place and the community that gathered there.

Return to Wake Robin :
ISBN: 0870204912. OCLC Number: 743432441

Wisconsin Historical Society Press,. .

Five generations of Mamminga's family have been rejuvenated by times together in Wisconsin's Northwoods. In a series of evocative remembrances accompanied by a treasure trove of vintage family photos, Mamminga takes us to Wake Robin, the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, on land adjacent to Moody's Camp. Along the way she preserves the spirit and cultural heritage of a vanishing era, conveying the heart of a place and the community that gathered there.

Additional Title Information

  • Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts

    , Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012

  • On a Clear Night: Essays from the Heartland

    , Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017


    Awards

    Return to Wake Robin

    Speaking Engagements

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