Mardi is the author of five published books; most recently, The Drummond Girls: A Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance, a main selection of The Pulpwood Queens and memoir Kirkus Reviews called, “A moving, honest, and laughter-filled account of eight women who gather one weekend every year and enjoy themselves to the fullest.”
Mardi’s first memoir, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm, was awarded the 2013 Booksellers Choice Award, an Elle magazine’s Reader’s Prize, the inaugural Housatonic Book Award for Nonfiction, and was named a Michigan Notable Book.
Mardi studied agriculture and journalism at Michigan State University, and has her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Her essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, Bear River Review, the Detroit Free Press, Publishers Weekly, Terrain.org, and Traverse Magazine, among other places.
Her true crime books, When Evil Came to Good Hart, Isadore’s Secret, and Wicked Takes the Witness Stand, each chronicle baffling and historic crimes from the Midwest. Isadore’s Secret was a “Great Lakes Great Read” and a Michigan Notable Book.
Mardi lives with her husband, Pete, and her dog, Gretchen, in northern Michigan.
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