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I first encountered University of Wisconsin professor Jerry Apps' books on the non fiction shelf. He's written informatively about Wisconsin breweries, Wisconsin agriculture, Wisconsin barns -- 20 non-fiction books in all. Apps has now turned his attention to fiction. Last year, I reviewed his novel, "In a Pickle," which he derived from his on experiences as the manager of an old-fashioned pickle factory, the kind that used to dot the Wisconsin landscape. And now I've read his latest, "Blue Shadows Farm" (Terrace Books, $26.95).
It's fun to read real history written by someone with a flair for the narrative approach. Such a real history is "In the Valley of the Kings," by Daniel Meyerson (Ballantine Books, $26). Meyerson writes of Howard Carter, the British archaeologist who opened King Tut's tomb in Egypt back in 1922. What a discovery! Meyerson's account said that thanks to the media, the world went crazy over King Tut memorabilia and one overblown news item after another. Normally this would be a good thing for the man who worked for years to discover it. Not so.
If you grew up in the 1950s, you're going to love this book. If you didn't grow up in the 1950s, you better get hold of this book and learn that the 1950s wasn't the dull, Betty Crocker, suburbanite world that it is often portrayed as. Minneapolis lawyer and former city council member Paul Zerby -- like me -- reached adulthood in the 1950s and his first novel delineates that very strange time with warmth, gusto and an assured hand with the details of life back then. "Grass," (North Star Press of St.
KCs sell Tootsie Rolls The St. Croix Council 1762 of the Knights of Columbus is conducting its annual Tootsie Roll Drive April 24-26 for the benefit of people with intellectual disabilities. Each year 75 percent of all donations are distributed to local organizations that provide services to people with these disabilities; 25 percent go to provide statewide support. Last year, Hudson organizations received just under $4,000 from the candy drive.
I'm proud and happy to work for newspaper organizations who still believe it's important to publish news about books and the folks who write them. In the past few years I've gotten the impression that other newspapers consider books as little more than competition for their own readers' attention. Twenty years ago when I edited the Minneapolis Star Tribune book review section, most metropolitan dailies had respectable books pages that usually appeared on Sunday and were staffed with local editors who coordinated reviews by freelance writers from around the world.
Snowshoe, hike in Afton Saturday A candlelight snowshoe and hike along a two-mile trail are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Afton State Park. Candle luminaries will be set out along trails and, depending on the cloud cover, a section of the easy cross-country ski loop may also be open. There will be places to warm up and refreshments afterward in the trail center. For more information, and to reserve snowshoes, call the park, (651) 436-5391. It is located in Minnesota seven miles south on Hwy. 95 and three miles east on County 20. Birkie set Feb.
The 20th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair is coming to Hudson Feb. 6-8. The "Roaring 20's" is the theme for this year's event, said balloon coordinator Carla Timmerman. M&I Bank--Hudson is again the major sponsor of the annual balloon rally and winter event and commissioned the commercial balloon banners for the occasion. The M&I balloon is owned and piloted by Dale Dommer, Ottumwa, Iowa, and the large blue and white M&I banners can be seen from both sides of the 110,000-cubic-foot Cameron envelope.
Here's a trio of new autobiographies that cover lots of time and lots of ground. There aren't many literary figures who have had more stories written about them than the 18th century poet and lexicographer, Dr. Samuel Johnson, himself an accomplished biographer.
Attention Civil War aficionados! "Dixie Betrayed," by David J. Eicher (Little, Brown, $27.95) turns the tables on the old saws about the gallant men of the Confederacy, their patrician values, their bravery. The whole Ashley Wilkes syndrome, if you get my meaning. Eicher, a Milwaukeean says no. And he brings to bear meticulous research revealing that the North didn't best the South with superior strength and resources. Eicher claims the South did much to undermine its own cause.