Nimrod Chronicles: Life in Nimrod, Minnesota
Author: Jerry Mevissen
"Nimrod Chronicles: Life in Nimrod, Minnesota, by Jerry Mevissen is the real deal, the genuine article. Poignant and silly and right on the money, it captures small-town life in graceful, loving prose. Whether a farm auction, the death of a woods clearer, or the town karaoke contest, Mevissen limns it with bone-deep emotional truth. I love it."
– Faith Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of The Cape Ann, What Every Woman Should Know, and Empress of One
"The fact that I have never taken the time to comment on 'The Chronicles' in our hometown paper doesn't mean I don't recognize a good yarn when I see one. Jerry is capable of a few good yarns. Sure, he twists the facts every now and then, but, I have to admit, it makes a better story. There's a moment of anxiety every week when the paper comes to see who he has 'chronicled' and how the poor son-of-a-gun fared. For the most part, though, Jerry overlooks the warts and shows us as red-blooded, fun-loving people."
– Larry Gilster, mayor of Nimrod, Minnesota
"Jerry submits his weekly columns for the newspaper based on subjects he chooses but always with a continued focus and locus: Nimrod, Minnesota. Read individually, they are entertaining, enlightening, sometimes provoking. Read as a collection, they form a tapestry of everyday small-town life. Jerry presents the town's characters and events, historical and contemporary, with the fresh eye of a newcomer and the seasoned sense of a native. He writes of his neighbors as we write about our families: with love, humor, and respect. In the process, Nimrod people become universal characters. Journalism may not be literature, but in Nimrod Chronicles, it comes close."
– Tim Bloomquist, editor and publisher of the Review Messenger
"Nimrod Chronicles does for the living what Spoon River Anthology and Our Town did for the dead: captures the flow and texture of a small-town life by giving the people and their particulars a voice. Mevissen, in his column, brings a wide-roving but always engaged and compassionate eye to the people and places of Nimrod's community. The scenes and situations might be the subject of farce and satire, but they are also the stuff of very real life: the festivals, seasonal outings, the harvest and hunting preparations, the banquets and tournaments, the play and work—especially the work, even or especially now in the most-modern world. Small towns require neighbors to work together to survive. Mevissen writes generously and respectfully, and in these pages one can travel far north into the heart of a very real place."
– J. Norton, instructor at The Loft
"The Nimrod Chronicles offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a small town. Jerry takes you from farm auctions to karaoke contests and introduces the reader to the kind of people they wish they could get to know. My personal favorite is 'Fishing Season Opener.'"
– Lina Belar, Perham