Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson


“One Minneapolis One Read” has chosen “Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past,” by Diane Wilson, as the next title for the community-wide book club. Wilson won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award for the memoir, in which she traces her family’s Dakota ancestry over five generations.

The book opens with an account of the 1862 Dakota war, during which Wilson’s Indian great-great grandmother took refuge at Fort Ridgely with her non-Indian husband and their children. The book also recounts how Wilson’s mother, Lucille, was left, as a child, at a boarding school in Pine Ridge, S.D., for two years.

Memoirist Cheri Register called the book “an excellent example of documentary memoir” and said it was a must-read for Minnesotans because it “helps bind the deepest wound in Minnesota history.”

“Spirit Car” was published by Borealis Press, an imprint of the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It follows the first Minneapolis community read title, “The Grace of Silence,” by Minneapolis native Michele Norris.

“One Minneapolis One Read” is a collaboration of the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis public schools. The second season will launch in October, with a series of community conversations and readings.

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