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Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts Hardcover – May 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press; 1st Edition edition (May 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870204912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870204913
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With liberal doses of gratitude, humor, and charming period details, Mamminga, a contributor to Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul series, recounts her family’s more than 60-year history vacationing on Big Spider Lake in Wisconsin’s Northwoods region…. Wake Robin’s old-fashioned routines continue to bring joy to a fifth generation.” (Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review)

"Mamminga's memoir will make readers wish for a cabin of their own to call home for a couple of months out of the year. (Andi Diehn, ForeWord Reviews)

"What wonderful memories from my almost forgotten youth this book stirred. Slamming screen doors at first light; sunrises that only God could orchestrate and people. Wonderful, outsized, loving, adventurous people fill Return to Wake Robin." (Jim Peck, Host of Milwaukee Public Television's I Remember)

"All thanks to Marnie Mamminga for her splendid collection of recollections about the heyday of Northwoods resorts. She has caused a flood of memories of some of the best times of my life. In the 1940s and '50s, for my family, Up North was a magical, almost mythical place where we spent three weeks every summer. We always stayed at Ross' Teal Lake Lodge. The cabins and lodge were rustic and simple, perfect for Up North and so different from our home in Madison. Here the air seemed fresher and the sky seemed bluer." (Howard Mead, former editor of Wisconsin Trails magazine)
 



2012 Midwest Connections Pick from Midwest Independent Booksellers Association

About the Author

Marnie O. Mamminga has vacationed every summer on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, Wisconsin. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in English. Over the years she raised three sons, taught junior high and high school English, and worked as a freelance writer and columnist. Her publishing credits include the Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, Lake Superior Magazine, and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than forty years and is so very grateful that her grandchildren love the Northwoods as much as she does.


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So reading this book made me want to get in a time machine and go back in time.
BookTreasurer
I was listening to NPR and Marnie was on talking about her book called "Return to Wake Robin" about a cabin in Northern Wisconsin!
Mari Jo
It brought back memories of a simpler time of families sharing special times...Marnie describes them perfectly.
Bonnie J. Wright

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Terri Barreras on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely LOVED this book. Even though it is a little before my time, I could feel time fall away while reading it. Marnie does such a wonderful job telling her story that I felt I was transported back in time to a simple more gentler place. I could hear the loons calling to each other, I could hear the raindrops falling in the forest on those rainy days, I could feel the excitement of the square dances, feel the sun on my shoulders while swimming in the lake. Marnie makes you feel as if you are back in time experiencing the joys of summering in a cabin on a beautiful lake. She introduces you to people that lived a kinder life than today. The wonderful pictures included let you "see" this story unfold. I did not want this beautiful book to end, and wish it were 1,000 pages long. This book is like holding a time machine in your hands, letting you go back in time to those long ago summers when you were a kid. If you want to be transported to a beautiful time and place, read this book. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pillarpaul on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Like the previous reviewer I, too, LOVED this book (the caps are not being melodramatic). It covered exactly "my era" and "my geography" - we were a Chicago family that vacationed in Wisconsin (don't most?) in the '50's and '60's. I saw my life history through the author's eyes. When she talked about the dinners and picnics her parents shared with family and friends, I recalled my parents' laughter and pure enjoyment of sharing good times with their family and friends, too. Although I certainly identified with a whole bunch of "things" in the book that are rapidly becoming anachronistic like a screened-in porch or an aluminum fishing boat, the heart of the book is the connection with nature and people that only a vacation getaway and loving parents that sacrificed a whole bunch for us kids can provide.

Because I moved away 40 years ago from the Midwest, I haven't re-experienced the meanings of our summer vacations in Wisconsin since then - until I read this book. Her descriptions are so well-written I often found myself vividly returning to the important parts of my childhood. I am certain many readers will, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookTreasurer on September 4, 2012
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My parents were from Hayward, but I only lived there during my father's one-year "tours" in Vietnam and a summer during college. I had never stayed in a cabin until last year when two of my sisters and I decided it was time to go back, five years after our father's funeral (both parents are buried in Greenwood Cemetary).

Our vacation in the northwoods wilderness was magical and so relaxing, even though our cabin did have television and other modern conveniences (we had to go into town to get internet access, but it didn't seem urgent).

I could really relate to the paragraphs about shopping on Main Street. We didn't mind the long walk into town, and we could spend hours wandering through the stores.

So reading this book made me want to get in a time machine and go back in time. Last year was such a revelation about having a strong connection with nature and not being so "wired" all the time. My dream would be to live in the northwoods in the summer and some place warm in the winter. Thank you, Mrs. Mamminga, for this beautifully written memoir.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mari Jo on August 27, 2012
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I LOVED this book! I had just finished "The Big House" (also available through Amazon) which I also LOVED. I had such nostalgic feelings from my childhood of spending time in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan when I was reading "The Big House" even though it takes place on Cape Cod. I was listening to NPR and Marnie was on talking about her book called "Return to Wake Robin" about a cabin in Northern Wisconsin! I new this was a sign for me to read it so, I instantly ordered it and WOW I felt like I was back at age 10 fishing with my grandpa, or age 12 swimming in the inner tubes with my grandma over to a neighbors dock on the lake. It was wonderful to go back in time and feel that again. I am 51 years old now and I too shed a tear when Marnie said goodbye to the cabin for one more year because I know the feeling. Sadly my grandparents cottage is no longer standing. What a wonderful book to bring back special memories :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By silver mo on August 16, 2012
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Return to Wake Robin is a nostalgic look at a family's five generation ownership of a cabin near Hayward, Wisconsin, starting in the late 1920s. The author is in the third generation of that family. The book is beautifully written, about many family memories of their delightful summer visits to the cabin over 80 plus years. The best parts concern the magnificence of the outdoor adventures, the early days of the summer resorts, and the bonding of a wonderful family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie J. Wright on May 12, 2013
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For three reasons this book is special to me:
1. For several summers in my early growing up, my grandfather took us to Rutger's Bay Lake Lodge in MN. It might as well have been Moody's twin...tho we played Bingo instead of Square Dancing.
2. It brought back memories of a simpler time of families sharing special times...Marnie describes them perfectly.
3. But, most honestly, I truly enjoyed this because, I grew up with the Oatmans in Aurora, IL. Nancy, Marnie's husband David, and friend Jackie and I were the same age, went to the same church, and schools. Her Mom, Woody, was one of my most cherished Girl Scout leaders and I could truly relate to this beautiful tribute. I am grateful to Marnie for providing this intimate memoir growing up in the 50s and 60s.
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