Books

 

Eddie and Harry

Jane Kretzmann

 

Coming Soon!

 
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Among the Leaves: A Collection of Outdoor Essays

George Rogers

 

"This isn’t one of those me and Joe went fishin’” books….

 

From fish to deer, places to people, and everywhere in between, George Rogers captures the essence of Wisconsin’s wildlife and history in Among the Leaves. “What happened to THE State Park?” and “where have all the passenger pigeons gone?” are some of the questions answered in this captivating description of what the outdoors has to offer, both in Wisconsin and beyond. As a writer for the Stevens Point Journal and the Portage County Gazette, Rogers wrote an expertly crafted, widely read outdoor living column.

 

This collection contains Rogers’ personal favorite stories, along with brand new entries for both readers new to Rogers as well as old friends. Not only does Among the Leaves detail nature and its rich history, it also shows the grand adventures of a man who never lost sight of what the outdoors really means, both to him and to the world.

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Syncopation

 
 
 
Elizabeth Caulfield Felt

 
In nineteenth-century France, a woman’s role was explicitly defined: she was a daughter, then a wife, then a mother. This view was held by novelist and poet Victor Hugo, but not by his daughter, pianist and poet Adèle Hugo. Under such constraints, what’s a woman of passion to do? Syncopation, by Elizabeth Felt, breathes life into the unconventional thoughts of this controversial female figure. An elderly Adèle recounts her desperate attempts to gain personal freedom. Her memoir blurs the fine line between truth and madness, in a narrative that is off-kilter, skewed,…syncopated.
 
 
 

   
  
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Whipped, Not Beaten
 
Melissa Westemeier
 
Sadie Davis is craving change. Recently dumped and working for a boss she despises, she is determined to shake up her life as a single woman in the city of Madison. She takes a side job as a home party consultant selling kitchenware, hoping that it will be the spice that turns her life around. Through failed recipes and cold ovens, Sadie works to create something that’s a bit sweeter, a lot richer, and oh, so very delicious.
 

 
Jake the Grizz and the World's Fastest Snowboard
 
 
Kit Kiefer
 
A snowboarding mystery novel intended for readers aged nine to fourteen.
 
 

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Fugitive from Spanish Fascism: A Memoir by Miguel Domínguez Soler

Translated and with an Introduction by Richard Barker

 

Miguel based his memoir on the diaries he kept his entire life, including the dangerous years when he was a fugitive. His account of the Fascist repression is a valuable addition to recent works on the suppressed history of the atrocities committed during the Spanish civil war that brought General Francisco Franco to power.
 

 

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Wisconsin River of Grace

Kyle L. White
 
Ghosts and kielbasa. Blow guns and flying whitetails. Abraham Lincoln and the Wisconsin-Illinois Truce of '07. Aldo Leopold's warning. Icelandic immigrants who wave. These are just a few of the mysteries of Wisconsin River of Grace, a book that explores the irresistible pull of God's Country.

Point: The Beer that Made Me Famous

James Nolan

Follow an authentic Cheese Head's story from the hallowed halls of UW-Stevens Point (and the hallowed vats of the Stevens Point Brewery) to the bright lights of Broadway, where he auditions his Point Beer juggling trick for the LATE SHOW with David Letterman. Along the way, James is cremated by the Pacelli Cardinals, detained by Central Wisconsin airport security, shadowed by air marshals, harrowed by New York City taxis, confused by Times Square, lost in Central Park, paralyzed by stage fright, left brokenhearted, and even kidnapped!​

 

 


 

Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest

Merel R. Black and Emmet J. Judziewicz​

A comprehensive guide for amateurs and professionals.

 

Availability: Out of print
 

 


 

 

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The Soul of a Place

Michael C. Demchik
 
Associate Professor Michael C. Demchik reminisces and compares life in his native West Virginia to that of the Midwest, from natural resources to farming practices.
 

Miss Adventures

Lisa Greyhill
 
"Lisa Greyhill is the ideal travel companion in a book filled with wonderful storytelling and delivered with a good dollop of humor. Take this armchair journey; you won't be disappointed!" -Arnie Bernstein, author of Hollywood on Lake Michigan
 

Casmer Sikorski Remembers

Casmer Sikorski

 

Follow Casmer Sikorski's life from 1908-1984 as his stories are recaptured in this non-fiction piece, a collection of Sikorski's letters to the editor of the Stevens Point Journal.​

 

Availability: Out of print

Your Annotated, Illustrated College Survival Guide, Volume I

Patrick J. Rothfuss
 
Patrick J. Rothfuss, with illustrations by B.J. Hiorns, brings us his first volume of Your Annotated, Illustrated College Survival Guide.
 
"Pat approaches everything with a childlike, almost infantile wonder. His wide-eyed amazement is so young and fresh it would be crispy, yet tender, if it was a vegetable." -B.J. Hiorns​
 
Availability: Out of print

As the Ashes Fade

Caroline Meehean
 
In her debut novella, Caroline Meehean explores how sins of the past resonate in the world of the present as she takes the reader into the mind of Willard Weiss. Once a member of a militant hate group in the American south, he is now a miserable old man trying to escape from his past and live a life separate from it.
 

Slough of Memories

Dorothy Zmuda
 
Hardship, sacrifice, community, family - it's all there, as seen through the wide eyes of a Polish girl from the north side of Stevens Point, Wisconsin in the 1920's. Follow the tales of Dorothy as she tries to find her niche in life while living across the "slough." Here, money is scarce; but love, compromise, and the ability to enjoy life and laugh at one's situations are abundant.​
 
Availability: Out of print

Influence: How Ancient Hinduism Dramatically Changed Early Christianity

A.L. Herman
 
This is a work about influences and what "influences" means. It is also about the influence of one ancient Indian civilization's religious beliefs of two Mediterranean religions, one from the first centuries after, the Christian era.
 
 

 

A Wisconsin River Almanac

Ron Hay

Inspired by his love for the outdoors and its wild things, retired educator Ron Hay leads readers on a month-by-month series of adventures along the Wisconsin River.
 
 
 


The Buckridge Chronicles: Sketches From Oak Ridge and Glacial Valleys

Dick Hall
 
Enjoy this delightful collection of personal essays and sketches relating the inner workings of a woodland community. Experience a world of oak trees, glacial valleys, and ridges in the Buckridge woodlot. Hear the spring turkey song, encounter whitetails, and live close to the earth in every season. The Buckridge provides environmental directions for our relationship with natural communities. ​
 

 

Echoes of Portage County Past

Portage County Historical Society
 
Covering the first half of the century, from the Model T to World War II, from fashion to farm life, from Franklin Roosevelt to television, the stories contained in Echoes of Portage County Past will give you an exclusive, first hand glimpse into the history of the area. We hope this collection will inspire conversations and spark memories. You might even learn a thing or two!​
 
Availability: Out of print

Grace... Before Meals

Grace Howaniec
 
In this, her fourth cookbook, long-time food writer Grace Howaniec gleans the best from her "Grace... Before Meals" column, which appears in such papers as The Oshkosh Northwestern, The Post-Crescent (Appleton) and The Stevens Point Journal. Grace invites you into the kitchen to share in the favorite recipes of her family, friends, and readers.
 
Availability: Out of print
 


Seeing Clearly

Julie Ray
 
It's the seventeenth of May, around nine o'clock in the morning and I have just started one of the most extensive projects of my life. Who am I, and what is this project? I was born with a hereditary disease which affects my eyes called Bests Disease. The condition was something I never thought about or was bothered by. Life was normal for me until I spent my first summer at my Aunt Alison's house.​
 

Trapped in a Mine

Susan Gress and Jane Randerson
 
A week without TV? A hefty challenge set by Eddie Anderson's fourth grade teacher turns into a time of adventure and growth for Eddie and his friends.
 
Availability: Out of print

 

On Wisconsin! 

Christina Brando and Bryon Thompson
 
On Wisconsin! was written, edited, and published by University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students in conjunction with Cornerstone Press. It is a natural adventure. Learn to appreciate nature again with Brian Hoskins as he works desperately to save his family's grand old maple. Feel the aching sadness of nostalgia with Wendy Tobinson as she returns home to find nature altered. Envision a sailboat with a plaid and polka dot sail as Nicole Maurer describes her "Grandpa and His Second Love." Experience the anxious waiting and the glory of landing a first muskie with Jennifer Woodruff and Lori Lenhard. Enjoy all these natural adventures and more inside the pages of On Wisconsin!  ​
 
Availability: Out of print

Raspberry Island Red

Matt Welter
 
Poetry by a student in UWSP's College of Natural Resources. ​
 

Road Songs

Alys Culhane
 
Road Songs, a collection of personal narratives, takes you on a four-month bicycle exploration of New Zealand's outer landscape as well as Culhane's inner landscape.
 

 

A County Sampler

John Anderson
 
"The editor has gathered some of Portage Countys best and most entertaining authors to give the reader a sample of what has made this county unique and always intriguing to read about. This is an excellent sampler." -Tim Siebert, President of Portage County Historical Society.​
 
Availability: Out of print

Hidden Treasures 

Gwenneth Hinz
 
A great, full-color children's book​.
 
Availability: Out of print

Portage County of Place and Time

Maurice Perret
 
Are you curious about how Portage County came to be? Within these pages Maurice Perret takes you on a journey into the past of central Wisconsin.
 
 


White Ladies and Naked Gardens

 

Justin Isherwood

 

A selection of essays concerning rural landscapes, nuances, sentiment, love, humor, farm identity, and values. White Ladies are in reality farmhouses, and Naked Gardens are the particular kind of gardens that, when surrounding the Ladies, exposed expressions of not only family will and integrity, but of a rural spirit. ​
 
Availability: Out of print

 


Portage County Shadows

Janet Menzel Jurgella
 
In this colorful collection of true stories, seven well-known local historians and writers remember the notorious side of Portage County's past.
 
Availability: Out of print

Flight to Freedom

Margit Anaday
 
Budapest, 1941. A city torn by Hitler's advance. Amidst the wailing sirens, with baby carriage and suitcases in hand, Margit dashes for shelter. And then the bombs come. Margit's story is true. She and her husband, both Yugoslavian natives, were faced with only two alternatives: join or escape. Yet the decision to flee from the communists led the couple to diverging paths, separate fates.
 
Availability: Out of print
 


 

Pordnorski (and that's about it)

Kyle L. White
 
Zany and sarcastic Kyle L. White has finally put together a collection of cartoons, many of which were first featured in The Pointer, The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point newspaper. ​
 
Availability: Out of print

Tiger Island

Jack Ritchie
 
James Forrest is considering selling his half of the island to Mike Hegan. But Forrest has not been to the island since he was a small boy, so he returns to decide if he should sell or not. Now he cannot leave.
 
Along with eight of Hegan's mysterious friends and family, there is a tiger on the island. A hungry tiger. And the tiger isn't the only one killing.
 

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Sean Murphy

Dan Houlihan
 
A tale of murder, drugs, and mayhem on a Wisconsin college campus. ​
 
Availability: Out of print