OLD FARM: A HISTORY, BY JERRY APPS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE APPS
The Wisconsin Historical Society announces the release of "Old Farm: A History" (ISBN: 978-0-87020-406-7; $29.95) by Jerry Apps, with photographs by Steve Apps. One of the Midwest's best-loved authors tells the story of his land, from the last great glacier that dug out its valleys and formed its hills to his own family's 40 year relationship with the beloved farm they call Roshara.
"Jerry Apps has a historian's eye and a storyteller's heart — count me among his legion of grateful readers," said Michael Perry, author of "Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time" and "Truck: A Love Story."
In this quiet but epic tale, Apps describes the Native Americans who lived on the land for hundreds of years — tapping the maple trees and fishing the streams and lakes — as well as the first white settlers who tilled its sandy acres, plowing the native grasses that grew taller than their teams of oxen. Apps, his wife and children have cared for the farm not so much to make a living as to enhance their lives. Apps chronicles the family's efforts — always earnest, if sometimes ill-advised — to restore an old granary into living space, develop a productive vegetable garden and re-establish a prairie.
Breathtakingly beautiful color photographs by Apps' son, Steve (a professional photographer), highlight the ever-changing beauty of the land in every season, and hint at the spiritual gifts that are the true bounty this family reaps from Roshara.
Media: For review copies of the book, or author or book photos, please contact Melanie Roth, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, Wis. 53706; (608) 264-6465; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing since 1855, is the state's oldest publisher. ###