Who knew a farmer could write books?
by Joanne Mengel
National Agriculture Week is March 20-26, and what better way for a library to participate than to highlight Wisconsin author Jerry Apps?
He was born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, and, not only did he excel at farming for many years, he also managed to write over 35 books, many of them on rural history and country life. I was fortunate enough to meet Jerry at a library convention several years ago and enjoyed chatting with him. Having a farm background myself, we shared a few childhood experiences and a few chuckles as well.
Jerry Apps has won multiple awards for his writing but has also excelled in the academic world. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Science, was named a Fellow by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters in 2012, and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.To learn more about this very interesting author visit his website https://jerryapps.com/
The Fond du Lac Public Library owns many of Jerry Apps books and I selected a few of my favorites for you. The first group are nonfiction titles that delve into the hardships and struggles of the family farm. These typically are true stories told with a little humor thrown in. The second group I selected are fiction titles Jerry wrote based on farm life. I enjoyed reading them all and hope you do too!
Jerry Apps novels you might enjoy
Joanne Mengel works in the FDL Public Library Reference department.