Sweet and Sour Pie: A Wisconsin Boyhood

Hardcover | April 1, 2009

byDave Crehore

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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
 
 

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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 enlightenme...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299230600

ISBN - 13:9780299230609

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   

Beans for Breakfast   
The Fanny Farmer Mystery   
The Viggle Years   
The Christmas When a Lot Happened   
The Digging Out of Nip   
The Century Run   
Sacrificing Sweet Sixteen   
The Fine Art of Forgetting   
The Secret Smallmouth Lake in the U.P.    
The Butternut Buck   
The Celebrated Water Witch of Door County   
Lucky Thirteen   
How Now, Frau Blau?    
The Dorking Rooster-Catcher       
The Man of Action   
No Fair!    
The Wanderer   
Sweet and Sour Pie   
Envoi   

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“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