Wendell Affield recently discovered a 1987 recording of his mother Barbara on her piano as she played the old Masters in the living room of the old farmhouse in Nebish, Minnesota. He recorded the mini-concert on an early VHS recorder. Twenty-four years after this recording was made, after Barbara died, Wendell discovered her secrets locked in the Chickenhouse and in the attic of the old farmhouse. Secrets about how she became a concert pianist and her struggle with mental illness.

These mysteries are the subject of Wendell’s fourth book, “Barbara,” coming Autumn 2021.


See Wendell featured in the media! Click on each image below to be linked to the story. Looking to do an interview with Wendell? You can reach him by email here.

Vietnam connection: Bemidji man’s blog post reaches sister of soldier killed in 1968 | Bemidji Pioneer
A Conversation on Education | John Eggers Column
DNA Test Leads Bemidji Author To Find His Roots | Lakeland Television
Finding his roots: Bemidji man connects with half-siblings through DNA testing | Bemidji Pioneer
Memorial Day Show | Live Joy, Share Joy Podcast

Family History Discovered | Northern Community Radio
Their Stories Died With Them | Twin Cities PBS
Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: Perspectives | Twin Cities PBS
Helping People One at a Time: Bemidji Veteran Recognized | Bemidji Pioneer
Local Vet Honored With Award for Community Work | Lakeland Television
Featured Author Wendell Affield | Common Ground
Muddy Jungle Rivers Interview | David Quam
Collateral Damage | Vietnam Magazine and historynet.com