Sweet and Sour Pie: A Wisconsin Boyhood (Hardcover)
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As a young boy, Dave Crehore moved with his parents from northern Ohio to the shipbuilding town of Manitowoc on the shores of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan, where the Germanic inhabitants punctuate their conversations with “enso,” the local radio station interrupts Beethoven for commercials, and the outdoors are a wellspring of enlightenment.
Crehore’s stories of his youth in 1950s Wisconsin are peppered with engaging characters and a quiet wit. A grouse-hunting expedition goes awry when an eccentric British businessman bags an escaped bantam rooster with a landing net. Crehore's great-grandfather gets in trouble one Christmas when he sneaks a whoopee-cushion under a guest’s seat. The elderly Frau Blau gets trapped in an outhouse by a shady auctioneer during a farm sale. Through all the adventures—and misadventures—in a small town and in the great outdoors of Wisconsin, family is always at the center. This gently humorous look back at a baby-boomer’s awakening to adulthood will be appreciated by members of any generation. Honorable Mention, Kingery/Derleth Book Length Nonfiction, Council for Wisconsin Writers
Finalist, Humor, Midwest Book Awards
About the Author
Dave Crehore served as public information officer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for thirty years. His stories have appeared previously in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine and Shooting Sportsman magazine. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
“I savored every page. Every time I sat down to read this, I wanted a wet dog at my feet, a crackling fire, a good cuppa Joe, and Mom’s pot roast in the oven.”—Mel Miskimen, author of Cop’s Kid: A Milwaukee Memoir
“Crehore’s affectionate—and frequently amusing—recollections of his transplanted boyhood years in Manitowoc will captivate a generous spectrum of audiences, from readers with roots in Manitowoc and rural Wisconsin to those concerned about the demise of childhood as it was once lived in America.”—David Rozelle, professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin–Richland Center
“These vignettes life-lovingly recall the days when the bass just wouldn’t stop biting, when baseball cards were collected because you were a true fan of the game, and when a grandfather might actually deploy a whoopee cushion on freeloading, self-important guests.” —Susanne Skubal, Voyageur
“Some of these stories read like fiction, yet they are wholly believable and compelling. . . . Sweet and Sour Pie is wry, introspective and honest—it’s an excellent piece of writing.”—Shooting Sportsman