You're new to North Dakota and hire a carpenter you just met to install a doggie door. He does an exceptional job. What should you say when he insists, "It's a housewarming gift,"and refuses to let you pay him?
How Fargo of You.
You're eating a great home-style meal in a small North
Dakota cafe with your son. But when you go to pay the bill,
the waitress tells you a local couple you've never met secretly paid for your dinner as they left. What words come to mind?
How Fargo of You.
You discover local bankers quietly refused to sell the crazy mortgages that bankers across the rest of America were peddling during the first decade of the 21st Century. As a result, Fargo never had a mortgage meltdown, and so, sidestepped the Great Recession. What can you possibly say?
How Fargo of You.
When Marc de Celle and his family settled just outside of Fargo, strange things started to happen. Things they never imagined possible. Things that left them speechless - until they found just the right thing to say...
How Fargo of You.
Praise for How Fargo of You
"How Fargo of You made me laugh out loud with tears in my eyes! Marc de Celle gives the world an inside view of Northern Prairie Culture seldom seen by outsiders, while reminding those of us who call Fargo home why we're so lucky to live here."
― Kerstin Kealy, Anchor, WDAY TV, Fargo
"If I've learned anything from living in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, there can be no doubt it's the people who make a city what it is. Not the shopping, not the entertainment options, not the climate... the people. And in Fargo, the people make this town a paradise of humanity. You soon learn there's substance to Marc de Celle's phrase "How Fargo of You," and he captures the magic with heartwarming style. How Fargo of him!"
― Christopher Gabriel, The Christopher Gabriel Program
"I love this book. Five minutes into de Celle's astounding journey into Fargoism, I was having trouble believing the place he was describing really existed. I fell in love with it anyway. By the last page, I knew Northern Prairie culture was real, glad for it, and grateful a writer of de Celle's caliber gave me the tour."
― David Madrid, a journalist who works for The Arizona Republic and creator of
"A gifted writer reminds us of the remarkable people and stories that make America great. With most of the emphasis on bad news these days, it is refreshing to read a book that spotlights the unique and wonderful things that happen around us every single day - especially in the Northern Prairie."
― Senator Byron Dorgan
"This is the perfect book to share with anyone who has ever asked you, 'Why do you live in Fargo?'"
― Madalyn Pezella, Village Family Magazine
""How Fargo of You" surprised and stretched me, taking me to a place I've never been, giving me new lessons in what it means to be civilized. Marc de Celle has written a funny, profound book, showing how America can succeed in the 21st Century. An enlightening delight."
― Joel Barker, bestselling author of Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future, The Star Thrower Story and Future Edge
"It often takes somebody from the outside looking in to show us how nice we have it. That's what Marc de Celle has done with How Fargo of You. The book captures why we Upper Midwesterners put up with the weather and the remoteness. But I don't think even we understood it completely until an outsider-turned-insider like Marc pointed it out to us."
― Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald
"How Fargo of You is heartwarming and hilarious. I found extreme delight in Marc de Celle's newcomer observations of what most of us take for granted in this part of the country. It's a great read."
― Dennis Walaker, Mayor of Fargo
"I grew up in North Dakota, so I took our culture largely for granted. Then I read How Fargo of You - a wonderfully entertaining, blinding flash of the obvious - at least for those of us who live here. But for people who've never lived in this part of the country, it reveals hidden secrets of Midwestern values, delivered pricelessly."
― Tom Rosendahl, President, Dakota Supply Group
"You hear a lot about 'Midwestern values.' How Fargo of You explains what that means with heartwarming real examples. We often associate business and personal success with ruthlessness, but How Fargo of You shows that living by the 'Golden Rule' - treating others as you would like to be treated - creates prosperity. The Midwest is a great place to live and do business, in part because so many people show kindness in their interactions with others, whether during a chance meeting or an important business deal."
― Richard Solberg, Chairman & CEO, Bell State Bank & Trust
"Fargo isn't about fracking anything. After nearly eight years of writing about the economy of the upper Midwest, in particular the economy of North Dakota, and especially the eastern edge along the Red River Valley - and after what has happened with the great oil boom of the past three years - it is becoming more and more difficult to convince those from out of state that there is more to North Dakota than oil. But before ninety-nine percent of the population had ever heard the word fracking, this state was booming with the beginning of the largest and longest agricultural boom ever. And it wasn't just agriculture. Parts of the state were becoming industrialized, especially the eastern one-fourth of the state, and most especially the Fargo metropolitan area - where there is no oil. People in other parts of the country think Fargo's streets are awash with oil, but the oil patch is on the other side of North Dakota, hundreds of miles away, controlled largely by out-of-state interests. Fargo sees little oil money. Nonetheless, it is not a stretch to say that in less than a decade Fargo doubled in every measurable sense. The population doubled. The geographic size doubled. The economy doubled. Industrial production doubled, and Fargo became home to the second largest campus in the Microsoft world. Great Recession? Fargo skipped right past it.
"And none of it had anything to do with oil. It was because of good local and state government. It was because of entrepreneurship. It was because of the people.
"Fargo's prosperity isn't about fracking anything. Marc de Celle got it right when he coined the phrase, "How Fargo of You." He sets the record straight with his captivating, funny, real-life stories.
"How Fargo of him!"
― Ralph Kingsbury, Kingsbury Applied Economics, Columnist for the Grand Forks Herald 2004-2012