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Memoir explores how land can connect a family

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Sarah Stonich
Sarah Stonich, author of "Shelter," a memoir about buying land and building a cabin near Ely.
Image courtesy Borealis Books (photo Jon Ware)

When writer Sarah Stonich was young, her father impressed upon her the value of having some land.

She shrugged off what she thought of as her dad's obsession at the time. Yet years later, as a single mother with a son, she bought some undeveloped property near Ely in northern Minnesota.

Stonich's new book "Shelter" started off as a journal about building a cabin, but she told MPR's Euan Kerr it soon spun off in many directions as life took over.