The Lager Queen of Minnesota

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

Book - 2019
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"A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2019]
ISBN: 9780399563058
0399563059
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Viking Press - Publisher
Alternative Title: Queen of Minnesota

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Readers who appreciated Stradal's debut, the lovely and award-winning Kitchens of the Great Midwest, will find in this second novel more of the elements that made that book so engaging and readable: authentic characters, a strong sense of place, and an emphasis on the joys of food and drink. Set... Read More »

Readers who appreciated Stradal's debut, the lovely and award-winning Kitchens of the Great Midwest, will find in this second novel more of the elements that made that book so engaging and readable: authentic characters, a strong sense of place, and an emphasis on the joys of food and drink. Set... Read More »


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lindemuldercr
Jan 13, 2021

Modern Mrs Darcy

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cknightkc
Dec 01, 2020

With one of the best endings I’ve read in a long time, THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA is a charming multi-generational tale surrounding family, Midwestern values, women’s relationships, adversity, perseverance, and the dignity of work. Oh, and it’s also about pie and beer, lots and lots of beer. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of mature characters who demonstrate that one’s never too old to create, contribute, and lead a fulfilling life. While the story may sound sugary, it’s not. Author J. Ryan Stradal’s plot makes references to some of the negative consequences of capitalism, and in my opinion, they’re worthy of further reflection. I recommend LAGER QUEEN, and after reading it, I almost wanted to treat myself to some pie and a beer (if I drank it). Cheers!

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Alexandralk
Jun 29, 2020

Enjoyed both novels from Mr. Ryan. He develops wonderful characters, a twisty, curve trail of family, passion, work ethic and the Minnesota life.

JCLCatherineG Jun 23, 2020

I ended up liking this a lot more than I expected after having read Stradal’s first book. Even though I could care less about making beer, I loved the relationships between the women and enjoyed how they learned to become brewmasters.

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yanoff
May 19, 2020

I would give this book an extra star. The writing is beautiful. It's so original. Stradal is one of my new favorite writers (but I've finished the two that he's written).

JessicaGma Dec 16, 2019

It was much better than I had expected - perhaps a good pick for a book club as this tale of many generations of farmers/beer ladies has a very satisfying ending. There's a lot to unpack about relationships, capitalism, and even beer! An excellent family saga.

TCCL_Adult_Fiction Oct 30, 2019

His first book was one of my favorites and this one is just as good!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 21, 2019

I was apprehensive about a man writing such a female-centered story. There are definitely things about the narrative that missed the mark a bit...but this is a really good gentle multi-generational story of a mid-western family that will have broad appeal.

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IrishMoon
Oct 16, 2019

When I put this book on hold, I didn't know if I'd like it as it is not a genre I typically read, plus I don't care for beer, but I ordered it anyway, as it was set in my home state of Minnesota. This book is a family saga, with the beer industry playing a major role. Even though I don't care for beer, I came away feeling educated about many of the intricacies of brewing various varieties of beer, so I found that very interesting and gained a great deal of respect for the dedication and talents of craft brewers. I was also pleased to read that not only was the book set in my home state of Minnesota, the setting was in the general area where I lived for 20 years as I raised my children. I've been gone for nearly 25 years now, so it was fun to read how many things were still familiar, as well as those things that have changed in the area. The family saga was filled with struggles as well as hope. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I absolutely loved the ending!

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IrishMoon
Oct 16, 2019

When I put this book on hold, I didn't know if I'd like it as it is not a genre I typically read, plus I don't care for beer, but I ordered it anyway, as it was set in my home state of Minnesota. This book is a family saga, with the beer industry playing a major role. Even though I don't care for beer, I came away feeling educated about many of the intricacies of brewing various varieties of beer, so I found that very interesting and gained a great deal of respect for the dedication and talents of craft brewers. I was also pleased to read that not only was the book set in my home state of Minnesota, the setting was in the general area where I lived for 20 years as I raised my children. I've been gone for nearly 25 years now, so it was fun to read how many things were still familiar, as well as those things that have changed in the area. The family saga was filled with struggles as well as hope. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I absolutely loved the ending!

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Dec 01, 2020

“Her mother told her once that the nicest thing you can do for someone is be happy to see them,…” - p.338

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“Write thank-you notes,” Frank said. “Thank-you notes are the grease on society’s bearings.” - p.182

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“Well, the vast majority of people don't steal to get ahead. A lot of people work their way up from nothing without stealing."

"I don't think a lot of people work their way up from nothing, ever. People like you want to believe it happens all the time. But it really doesn't.” - p.167

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“Don't let it go to your head," their mother said. "The more you blow into your balloon, the easier it's popped.” - p.133

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“When you see a man falling off a ladder above you, Edith believed, you don't envision your arms breaking. You just hold them out.” - p.4

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