|Wisconsin author and rural historian Jerry Apps as a boy.|
We are reading Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy's Polio Memoir, written by celebrated local author Jerry Apps. Apps grew up near Wild Rose, a small village in Waushara County, Wisconsin. At the age of twelve, Apps contracted polio. This is the story of how polio affected his life and the lives of those around him.
We met for only an hour Tuesday, ending early so everyone involved with the homeless ministries could, if they wanted, pile on the bus and head to Devil's Lake for a picnic. (To see photos of the picnic, like Bethel Lutheran Church on Facebook!)
Though time was limited, we read enough of the book to say that it's wonderful. The book is beautiful to look at and lovely to hold, and once you start turning pages you won't want to stop. The story is heartwarming, funny and poignant, and the writing fantastic. Some books lend themselves well to being read aloud in our group. This is one of them.
Over the next few weeks, we will be reading the book aloud in group. Our reading will be followed by a visit with the author.
So get your copy and read along. Then join us on the 25th at 8:30AM to meet Jerry Apps!
GRATITUDE: Our thanks to WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESS for providing free copies of this stunning little memoir and for assistance in arranging our visit with the author. WHSP is a generous supporter of Bethel's Book Club for the Homeless. Our thanks especially to Kathy Borkowski, Editorial Director.