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Growing up isolated in the mountains of Idaho, formal education was absent from Tara Westover’s childhood. By sheer willpower, she overcame the survivalist mentality of her tight-knit family and earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

XYZ University’s founder and CEO Sarah Sladek’s fifth book examines theories behind different talents and explains why organizations who want to recruit and retain employees in today’s workforce need to change their culture, strategy and structure.

LISTEN Chastity Brown, “Colorado”: With a blend of folk, country and soul, “Colorado” is a song that is easy to listen to and that will be a staple on your playlist.

Women of Words, otherwise known as WOW, was started in 1994 by five women writers. There are now four chapters of WOW throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Author Kate Shannon joined the group in 2013, and has found great success. “It’s a community for all literary efforts,” she says.

Gilead
By Marilynne Robinson
Nearing the end of his life, elderly John Ames begins a letter to his young son. Author Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel about the quiet life of a good man.

 Shamrock wings coated in Claddagh’s signature shamrock sauce pair well with trivia night trifling.

Eating out involves more than food these days: the dining experience has grown into an interactive activity that builds community, and trivia nights have hit Maple Grove by storm. Many restaurants, bars, pubs or taverns feature some kind of trivia contest event.

Philadelphia created the Philly Cheese Steak. The South is known for their smoky barbecue chicken and pork sandwiches. Omaha claims ownership of the Reuben. But in Maple Grove? Subs piled high with meat, cheese and veggies seem to be the most popular sandwich candidate.

Look beyond pepperoni and you will see a world full of crust topped with unusual edibles. Maple Grove has its share of interesting culinary delights which harken to that original Italian triangle we call pizza. Sometimes it’s a spectacular topping, other times it’s a crust that’s cracker thin.

It’s time to pull out your sweaters, watch college football, and marvel at the beauty of fall in Minnesota. That means it’s also time to cut a slice of warm, homemade bread and pair it with your favorite spread or fall meal. Check out what these local bakeries offer for fresh breads this fall.

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