St. Paul Pioneer Press Reviews "Living With The Enemy"

On December 17, 2010 book critic Mary Ann Grossmann for the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a review of "Living With The Enemy."  Here is what she had to say, along with a link to the article at

"Living With the Enemy: An Exploration of Addiction & Recovery" by Burt Nordstrand with Carol Pine (Beaver's Pond Press, $16.95): Recovery is also at the heart of this book, written by a driven businessman who used pills, booze, food, sex, caffeine, gambling and too much exercise to keep him going for years.

Nordstrand's name might be familiar to local readers because he was often in the media as one of the partners in the now-defunct St. Croix Meadows dog track in Hudson, Wis. He has been a real estate developer, earning kudos for bringing life back to Hudson's main street, and he owned a successful chain of gas-and-convenience stores.

Pressures of running businesses, plus Nordstrand's need to control everything, led to his multiple addictions. He finally won his battles, especially the one with overeating, with the help of Overeaters Anonymous, his patient wife and his hobby of sailing. Minnesota Authors Offer Interesting and Thought-Provoking Memoirs