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Cary J. Griffith

Cary Griffith was born and raised in the rampant verdure of the Upper Midwest and spent many hours wading the clear waters of Indian Creek. During his sophomore year in college he read Hemingway’s short story “Big Two-Hearted River” and was spellbound by Nick’s camping trip and fly fishing the Big Two-Hearted. The experience led to lots of additional reading and his compulsive habit of writing at least 1-2 hours per day. If it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert (Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers) that Rubicon was crossed in 1987. Wife: Anna. Sons: Nick and Noah. Step daughter: Jessie.

Recent & Notable Works

Adrian Peterson had major surgery on his left knee on Dec. 30, 2011, making it unlikely the Vikings’ All-Pro running back would be ready for the start of the 2012 NFL season. He vowed to return better than ever, even as his team tried to temper enthusiasm. Over the past year, Star Tribune writers chronicled Peterson’s offseason recovery, his impatient training camp, his return to the field and the remarkable second half of his season. The Road Back brings together the Star Tribune's exclusive coverage of Peterson's pursuit of  NFL records and efforts to lead his team into the playoffs.


Gunflint Burning (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)
Opening Goliath (Borealis, 2009)
Lost in the Wild (Borealis, 2006)

Savage Minnesota (Star Tribune, 2014)
Wolves (Adventure Publications, 2013)

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