Roshara Journal: Chronicling Four Seasons, Fifty Years, and 120 Acres

By Jerry Apps

Hardcover: $29.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-763-1

Hardcover: $29.95 ISBN: 978-0-87020-763-1 128 pg,130 color photos, 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 E-book edition available


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Celebrated rural life author Jerry Apps beautifully documents his family's 50-year love affair with their 120-acre farm with poignant entries drawn from the Roshara farm diary Apps faithfully kept as his children grew and their family farm evolved. Apps's observations are paired with 130 stunning photos of the farm taken by his son Steve Apps, an award-winning, professional photographer. Together, they sketch a breathtaking family portrait of a Midwestern farm. Their photographic diary captures month-to-month and decades-long changes to the landscape and farmstead, from nurturing a prairie restoration to maintaining a large garden that feeds three generations, and from observing wildlife species by the dozens to supporting a population of endangered butterflies.

In the tradition of Bernd Heinrich in Maine, Barry Lopez in the Canadian Arctic, and Aldo Leopold just an hour down the road in Baraboo, father and son combine observation, experience, and reflection to tell a profound story about one place in the world. Through their poetic documentation, they remind us how, despite the pace of modern life, the seasons continue to influence our lives in ways large and small.

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Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than twenty-five books, many of them on rural history and country life. Jerry's nonfiction books include "Every Farm Tells a Story," "Living a Country Year," "When Chores Were Done," "Humor from the Country," "Country Ways and Country Days," "Ringlingville USA," "Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses" and "Barns of Wisconsin." He has written two books for young readers, "Tents, Tigers and the Ringling Brothers" and "Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker," and the novels "The Travels of Increase Joseph" and "In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story." He received the 2007 Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the 2007 Notable Wisconsin Author Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Jerry was born and raised on a small farm in Waushara County, Wisconsin, about two miles from the land that is the subject of "Old Farm." He and his family have owned their farm, Roshara, since 1966, and he and his wife, Ruth, continue to live there part time. Once a small dairy farm, the property is now a tree farm with an ongoing prairie renovation. Check out his latest book, "Never Curse the Rain: A Farm Boy's Reflection on Water". Discover more books by Jerry Apps on the Jerry Apps author page!

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His son, Steve Apps, is an award-winning photographer and chief photographer for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has spent more than 30 years as a photographer. His photo coverage of the Green Bay Packers has been recognized five times by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.