American Stories


Minnesota photographer and author John Noltner traveled 40,000 miles across the country asking people the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” in an effort to rediscover the common humanity that connects us.Through stunning portraits and inspiring personal stories, 58 diverse subjects reveal their insights and wisdom about how to work toward positive change in the world.


A Peace of My Mind: American Stories

This inspiring collection is the result of photographer John Noltner’s 40,000 mile journey across our country, asking the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” 58 people from diverse backgrounds share stories of hope, redemption, and forgiveness, paired with compelling color portraits in this 144-page, full color book with a foreword by Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum.

Designed to encourage thoughtful dialog, A Peace of My Mind: American Stories includes a series of simple discussion questions in the back for book clubs and small groups. Many of the questions included are the same ones used to conduct the interviews presented in the book. A map of the journey, an artist’s message and stunning scenic images from the American landscape complete this second book in the series.

“This work will tug at your heart and your sense of humanity. It’s difficult to digest this work and remain indifferent.” – Terri Lee Freeman, President, National Civil Rights Museum, from the book’s foreword 

This book received recognition from the Midwest Book Awards, Independent Book Awards, New England Book Festival and the Beverly Hills Book Awards.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ John Noltner Photography (September 21, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Softcover ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0692760849
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9780692760840

Additional information

Weight .7 lbs
Dimensions 8 × .7 × 10 in

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