On these snowy, often dark and dreary days of mid-winter, it’s a good time to catch up on your reading. How about digging a bit more into the history of Wisconsin? I pulled a few books off my shelf as a representative group. Your librarian can help you with more.
I start with THE SHADOW IN THE GLASS, a historical novel by August Derleth which is a story about Wisconsin’s first Governor, Nelson Dewey. Written in 1963. I was privileged to know Derleth, and took a novel writing class from him at one time.
WISCONSIN LORE by Robert Gard and L. G. Sorden. Early Wisconsin stories, Gard wrote several books about Wisconsin History, and I’m pleased to say, he was my writing mentor who started me writing books back in the late 1960s.
A MEMORY OF MUSKETS by Kathleen Ernst, an excellent contemporary writer, tells a tale centered at Old World Wisconsin. Kathleen has written several books—including a mystery series—all wrapped up in Wisconsin history.
WISCONSIN AGRICULTURE: A HISTORY by Jerry Apps. The title says it all.
THE LAND REMEMBERS by Ben Logan. A classic story of growing up on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin when small dairy farms dotted much of Wisconsin.
FARM GIRL by Beuna Coburn Carlson. A true tale of a farm girl’s growing up experiences.
MEMORIES OF MARSHALL by Greg Peck. Small town life at an earlier time. A long-time newspaper writer, in his retirement Greg, has turned to writing books.
CHEESE: THE MAKING OF A WISCONSIN TRADITION by Jerry Apps. How Wisconsin found itself the leading cheese-making state in the nation.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Snow time is the right time to sit back and read a bit.
WHERE TO BUY MY BOOKS:
To purchase Jerry’s books, several them about
Wisconsin rural history, go to your local bookstore, order online from
bookshop.org, or from the Friends of the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild
Rose—a fundraiser for them. Phone: 920-622-3835 for prices and ordering.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984
If you live in the western part of the state, stop at Ruth’s home town, Westby and visit Dregne’s. Say hello to Jana and Dave, and look at their great selection of my books, including my new ones, or order a book by calling them at 1-877-634-4414. They will be happy to help you.