UND alumna to hold book signing for memoir on family’s experiences on the North Dakota plains

Author and University of North Dakota alumna Judy R. Cook will be at the UND Bookstore Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a book signing of her memoir If This Land Could Talk: Homesteading on the Northern Plains.

Cook is a native of Kidder County, N.D.

Cook’s memoir, now in its second edition, provides a riveting look at three generations on the Northern Plains. She tells the story of her four grandparents and their homesteading experiences in North Dakota. It offers a poignant yet entertaining glimpse into her ancestors’ daily lives, including childhood memories growing up on the family farm in the 1950s.

Based on meticulous research, personal experience and stories passed from family to family, If This Land Could Talk also features photos of bygone years.

Cook’s memoir received the coveted iUniverse Star designation, and has been favorably reviewed by newspapers, national reviewers and notable genealogists. It is available in paperback, hardcover and e-book formats.

Cook became fascinated with genealogy after inheriting a family photo album. She began verifying the tales she heard as she grew up via interviews, family papers, and extensive public records research. She evolved into the family historian and discovered amazing stories of struggle, survival, scandal and even murder.

If This Land Could Talk inspires young and old to discover and appreciate their heritage while exploring North Dakota history.

Cook currently lives in California.

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