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Go Deep & Take Plenty of Root.

Go Deep & Take Plenty of Root

Erik Fraser Storlie


4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406

ISBN 9781482695984, $2.99

Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root: A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender is memoir writing at its best, and embraces the author's process of self-discovery and change. It's a series of memories, reconstructions of conversations and experiences over a thirty-year time frame, and a reflection of life: "From those years I don't have a single memory of my father. For me, he didn't yet exist. Then my brother Duncan was born. I was almost five. Through the wooden bars of a little bed that sat right in the corner of

my parents' bedroom, I stared with loathing at a pink, chubby invasion. Now my mother was preoccupied. I had to face my father, and he was beyond my knowing. He felt like silent, cold darkness."

From his prairie-Norwegian roots to his discovery of a beatnik underground in Minnesota and his family relationships, Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root compliments Erik Fraser Storlie's previous memoir Nothing on My Mind (not seen by this writer), which focused on his counterculture social and spiritual experiences in Berkeley during the 1960s and documented the wellspring of his life's early influences.

As readers follow his first-person memories and journey from childhood to adulthood, one striking theme running through these experiences is his evolving relationship with a distant father. As Erik Storlie grows, so do his impressions of his father evolve to an understanding of the man and his motivations; and so do his observations of changing Minneapolis during a time when urbanization was relentlessly changing the face of the city's last wild areas.

Don't expect smooth sailing in this memoir: Storlie doesn't gloss over either the details of his growth or the concurrent evolution of self-destructive behavior patterns and a relationship with difficult but ultimately supportive and loyal father. Surprisingly, it's this relationship that will provide the real catalyst for change in Storlie's adult years - that, and a Minneapolis background that opens his eyes to personal strength and new experiences far outside his comfort zone.

Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root involves readers in Storlie's life and times, retaining the optimism and excitement of youth as it captures these poignant moments of his world: "I'd never had so much fun before in my whole life - at least not since days when Karl and I were kids and ran, over and over again, full tilt toward the lip of the Bluff to send ourselves flying into thin air, tumbling in clouds of fine sand. At last, I had a life. I was encircled with good buddies. I made love to a beautiful woman. I was a man. All this, and I was only seventeen."

Even while he acknowledges the challenges of his life, Storlie's never far from the past.

Readers become immersed in a storm of thoughts, reflections and emotions that ultimately coalesce to reveal the patterns of growth, self-discovery and new experiences that make up life itself.

The result is a warm, first -person memoir that is especially recommended for prior readers who want further insights into Storlie's influences and origins.
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Title Annotation:Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root: A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2014
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