Make It Stick, and The Fugitive Wife
What do the latest developments in cognitive learning and the 1900 Alaska gold rush have in common? Actually, nothing other than the very gifted and multifaceted St. Paul-based author, Peter C. Brown. We encountered Brown through his latest book, Make it Stick, in which he skillfully translates into plainspoken English the compelling cognitive research and findings of Professors Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel of Washington University in St. Louis. They suggest that there is a significantly more effective way to approach learning and teaching than most of us are currently using. Always appreciative of new ways to bolster our aptitude, we intend to try it out! In the course of reviewing Make it Stick, we fortunately also stumbled across Brown’s novel, The Fugitive Wife, which tells a passionate, powerful tale of a Midwestern farm girl fleeing from personal tragedy and a stormy marriage. She joins up with prospectors bound for Nome, Alaska. Drawn in part from his own grandfather’s story as a Nome gold-rush miner, Brown masterfully creates an authentic, deeply satisfying story with high adventure, romance, harsh landscape and physical challenge. Brown's high-powered characters whose prickly exteriors, created out of the need to survive, hide affectingly yearning and haunted souls. We highly recommend both books and are very pleased to hear that a second novel is in the works. Not widely known, Peter Brown is an exceptionally talented storyteller who may yet see his name on the bestseller lists.