National Indie Excellence Book Awards; Biography Category; 2007
Best Books USA Books News Awards; Biography Category; 2006
Midwest Book Review 2006: “Author Barbara Marshak has achieved a notable balance between perspectives, both Lakota and white, with a feeling of the reader’s sharing experiences on both sides of the dialogue.”
Today’s Books, Book Register, 2006
Seeds of Salton, Blue Prairie Press 2013
“A beautifully moving story of courage, love, and the transforming power of forgiveness.”
The very lifestyle of the Kramer family connects them to the rugged, rolling terrain of Eastern Montana. Sixteen-year-old Grady Kramer has so much hate for his alcoholic, abusive father that he comes within a hair trigger of killing him on a hunting excursion. Destined to live under his father’s sordid rules, Grady adopts an indestructible spirit in sync with the iron-hard land. A bona fide risk-taker, he’s not afraid of anyone or anything; he works as a roughneck in the oilfields and catches rattlesnakes as a hobby. It’s not until he marries and settles into family life that the haunts of his childhood catch up to him.
Seeds of Salton explores the deep, father-son bond, opening a window into the fractured Kramer family, until three decades later when Grady finds forgiveness and brings about his own transformation. The novel’s contemporary western landscape and themes of love and forgiveness resonate with readers long after they finish the book.
Michigan & Rookie: Guardians of the Night, Beaver’s Pond Press 2011
“It’s been said there is no bond greater than between a K9 handler and his partner.”
In Saginaw, Michigan—a city plagued with gang violence—Officer Joaquin Guerrero sensed God’s call to work the dangerous night streets with his K9 partner, a ninety-pound German shepherd police dog named Rookie. On 9/11, Guerrero and Rookie responded to Ground Zero to help in the search efforts. For seven long days the pair worked “The Pile” with a never-give-up spirit. With Rookie as his mascot, Guerrero created Precinct 131, an educational program to keep kids from turning to gangs. Michigan and Rookie is a remarkable story of service to community and country.
Hidden Heritage: The Story of Paul LaRoche, Beaver’s Pond Press 2006
“The remarkable story of Paul LaRoche, founder of Brulé, and his inspiring journey to share a message of reconciliation between cultures.”
Imagine growing up in one culture, only to find out that you belong to another. Adopted at birth, Paul Summers grew up in white, middle-class America and didn’t discover his Native American heritage until he was in his mid-30s. Risking everything to reunite with his blood family on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, he sets out to reconnect with his true ancestry and bridge the gap between White and Native America.
Follow Paul as he takes the name LaRoche and carves out a brand new musical genre spanning his two worlds. Hidden Heritage details the fusion of his ordinary Minnesota lifestyle with a rich Lakota heritage and the creation of his band, Brulé. Finally coming into his own, Paul finds himself crossing cultural boundaries with a message of reconciliation and healing.