Marnie O. Mamminga was born and raised in the Chicago area. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned undergraduate and master's degrees in English. Over the years, Mamminga raised three sons, taught junior high and high school English, and worked as a freelance writer and columnist.
Some of her publishing credits include the Chicago Tribune, Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, Lake Superior Magazine, The Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine, and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Mamminga's first book, Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts, a memoir of evocative Northwoods remembrances, has received high praise, including selection by Parade Magazine as one of the best reads for summer 2012. Some of the other recognitions given to Return to Wake Robin include:
- a starred review in Publishers Weekly
- a Midwest Connections Pick, 2012
- NPR's Illinois affiliate WNIJ's selection for their Summer Reading Series, June 2013
- a Memoir Finalist for the National Eric Hoffer Book Award, 2013.
You also may have heard the book read when it was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter a Day series in August 2013.
For more information:
- Read a 2012 interview with Marnie Mamminga at OnMilwaukee.com