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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Red Step Press; First edition (October 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980078903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980078909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Iron Range has found its voice in Aaron Brown. The kid with Coke-bottle glasses who was raised in a trailer next to his parents' junkyard has grown up to write a ferocious, loving anthem to his home region. Historical, political, deeply personal, Overburden is rich with details but sizzles with narrative drive. Oddly enough--or maybe not--Brown, as author, has all the qualities we look for in a great hockey player: guts and heart, vision, skills, and speed. Rangers will see themselves in this book. Outsiders will be stung by envy.- Barton Sutter, Minnesota book award winning author of Cold Comfort --Red Step Press

About the Author

Aaron J. Brown is a writer, community college instructor, and political organizer from northern Minnesota s Mesabi Iron Range. He writes a weekly column for the Hibbing Daily Tribune and weekly commentaries for 91.7 KAXE, Northern Community Radio, in Grand Rapids, MN. Brown grew up on a family-owned salvage yard, graduated from Cherry High School, and holds bachelor s and master s degrees in Communication from the University of Wisconsin at Superior. He lives in Itasca County with his wife Christina, sons Henry, Douglas, and George, and a loud, barking dog Molly. He is the founder and editor of the Iron Range s fastest-growing news and commentary blog, MinnesotaBrown.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucy A. Mcdermond on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a great read with lots of laughs, plenty of down-to-earth commentary on rural America and history of a region in northern Minnesota called the Iron Range. Written in essay form makes this perfect to read aloud to family members and share in the quirky observations of living on the Range. My family thought this book was funny and interesting. If you are from the Iron Range this is a must-read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. E Westgard on April 25, 2009
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When the author confessed that he dropped out of Boy Scouts for his failures at knot tying, I knew that I would enjoy this book. The granny knot was the best I ever did when my scout troop met in the local church basement.
From Aaron Brown's autobiographical tales, you gradually get a sense of this remarkable region, once home to the world's richest iron ore deposits. Now it has the largest man made empty pits whose resources fed our steel mills through two world wars and the growth of the auto industry.
The hard working people of the Range carry on today, working still substantial deposits of the lesser ores known as taconite. The story of the Range and its people flows naturally from the pen of this talented writer. Don't miss the hilarious tale of the mysterious radar ball.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna Madison on March 2, 2009
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If you have any interest in the Iron Range of Minnesota or small American towns/regions in general, you'll love this book. Brown is hilarious, and he captures the flavor of his hometown.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lythrum on October 12, 2009
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As an outsider that lived on the Iron Range for several years, I found this book to be spot on in the observations of life there. I thought that it was very interesting to see the impact that technology and the changing economy have had on this generation. I look forward to reading Aaron's future writings.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dixon J. Webb on January 11, 2014
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Aaron is a very good writer. The subject matter is a combination of biography, history, and travel linked to his years of growing up in a small 'single industry' rural environment. I used to live in the subject area (near Grand Rapids) and the book helped me recall many of the incidents and places of my youth. Unfortunately, Aaron wrote specifically for people like myself - and it resulted in a fine book with very limited prospects. I doubt that he has sold many copies.
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