Twin Cities - Minneapolis / St. Paul
Dirty secret : a daughter comes clean about her mother's compulsive hoarding
Jessie Sholl.
New York : Gallery Books, 2011.
To be the child of a compulsive hoarder is to live in a permanent state of unease. Because if my mother is one of those crazy junk-house people, then what does that make me?When her divorced mother was diagnosed with cancer, New York City writer Jessie Sholl returned to her hometown of Minneapolis to help her prepare for her upcoming surgery and get her affairs in order. While a daunting task for any adult dealing with an aging parent, it's compounded for Sholl by one lifelong, complex, and confounding truth: her mother is a compulsive hoarder.Dirty Secretis a daughter's powerful memoir of confronting her mother's disorder, of searching for the normalcy that was never hers as a child, and, finally, cleaning out the clutter of her mother's home in the hopes of salvaging the true heart of their relationship-before it's too late.Growing up, young Jessie knew her mother wasn't like other mothers: chronically disorganized, she might forgo picking Jessie up from kindergarten to spend the afternoon thrift store shopping. Now, tracing the downward spiral in her mother's hoarding behavior to the death of a long-time boyfriend, she bravely wades into a pathological sea of stuff: broken appliances, moldy cowboy boots, twenty identical pairs of graying bargain-bin sneakers, abandoned arts and crafts, newspapers, magazines, a dresser drawer crammed with discarded eyeglasses, shovelfuls of junk mail . . . the things that become a hoarder's "treasures." With candor, wit, and not a drop of sentimentality, Jessie Sholl explores the many personal and psychological ramifications of hoarding while telling an unforgettable mother-daughter tale.
Titian and the golden age of Venetian painting : masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland
edited by Edgar Peters Bowron ; with essays by Michael Clarke and Andrew Butterfield.
Atlanta : High Museum of Art, Atlanta ; [Minneapolis] : Minneapolis Institute of Arts ; Houston : Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ; [Edinburgh] : In collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland ; New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2010.
For the past 65 years, the National Galleries of Scotland has displayed the acclaimed Bridgewater Collection, one of the world's most important groups of Old Master paintings still under private ownership. Consisting largely of French and Italian works, the collection includes Titian's Diana and Actaeon (recently purchased by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery of London) and Diana and Callisto , each an undeniable masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. This catalogue accompanies an unprecedented exhibition of 25 paintings and drawings from the National Galleries of Scotland. In addition to the works by Titian, the book features paintings and drawings by Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Bassano, Tintoretto, and Veronese. With special emphasis on the Titian masterpieces, the authors discuss the Bridgewater Collection and its long, proud history of bringing Old Master paintings to public view.
Damn good food : 157 recipes from Hell's Kitchen
Mitch Omer and Ann Bauer.
St. Paul, MN : Borealis Books, c2009.
A collection of 157 recipes from Mitch Omer, chef-owner of the wildly popular Hell's Kitchen, named one of theBest Breakfasts across AmericabyEsquiremagazine.
Subterranean twin cities
Greg Brick.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2009.
A professional geologist and author, Brick has written numerous scholarly and general-interest articles about caves and underground spaces; his work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure Magazine and on the History Channel. Based on extensive professional study of the area, his book provides general readers with an armchair tour of the sometimes dangerous but fascinating collection of tunnels, caves, and industrial spaces that make up the subterranean landscape of Minnesota's Twin Cities. These include tube-like natural caves, underground streams, and below-ground spaces used by brewing, mushroom farming, cheese ripening, silica mining, and flour-milling businesses, as well as utility industries. Illustrated with b&w photos. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
AIA guide to the Twin Cities : the essential source on the architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul
Larry Millett.
St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2007.
Thoroughly researched, meticulously written, and featuring 3,000 architectural structures of wide-ranging styles, this is the essential guide to the architecture Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota, adjoins St. Paul, the state's capital, to form the core of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.


In both cities you can walk from one end of downtown to the other anytime of the year, with no concern for any type of weather. The extensive skyways are weatherproof.

Skyways are enclosed, second story sidewalks that link major buildings to each other in the downtown areas. The building owner owns Minneapolis skyways while St. Paul's skyways are publicly owned.


Minneapolis and St. Paul have long shared a cultural scene filled with great art. Minneapolis claims to have the highest per capita attendance at theater and arts events outside of New York City.

The Guthrie Theater is the most famous theater in the city. In order to help revitalize the downtown and warehouse district areas of Minneapolis the city purchased and renovated a few theaters on Hennepin Avenue to create the Hennepin Theatre District, including the State, Orpheum, and Pantages venues.


One of the largest, in total area, shopping malls in the Unites States is located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota, Mall of America. This shopper's paradise is anchored by four major department stores and features more than 520 stores, a walk-through aquarium, and an entire level of restaurants.

The Mall of America even comes complete with a seven-acre fully enclosed theme park called Camp Snoopy. Camp Snoopy has it's own rollercoaster, merry-go-round and 18 hole 2-story miniature golf course. 

The Riverfront

Minneapolis offers scenic outdoor walking opportunities.

(Discover Riverfront paths)

Minneapolis and St. Paul downtown areas are only ten minutes apart. They combined offer a diversity of activities and attractions. When you visit Minneapolis / St. Paul it's two destinations for the price of one.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff