Sweet and Sour Pie: A Wisconsin Boyhood
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Sweet and Sour Pie: A Wisconsin Boyhood

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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...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by University of Wisconsin Press
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This turned out to be a delightful memoir about growing up in Manitowoc during the 1950s. Crehore brings to live the Manitowoc of the past, a working-class city with a rich German heritage (though, as a Methodist north-sider, he doesn't seem to interact much with the city's sizable Polish population). He is at his best when describing the woods, fields, and lakes that supplied his father and him with cherished memories about hunting, fishing, and bird-watching. The fact that they saw or heard 10...more
This was quite different from a lot of the memoirs coming out lately--many of those are shocking, as they reveal unflinching honesties about the author, as well as unflattering portrayals of family members who are often larger-than-life.
This book is...gentle, matching the parenting style the author evidently experienced.
Neither hilarious nor in any sense revelatory, this book is sweet: a love letter of sorts to the author's parents. Like many books I enjoy, it offers a nice peek into another wor...more
Fun read if you are familiar with the Midwest and Manitowoc area.
Another relaxing book by Dave Crehore, author of "The Baileys Harbor Bird and Booyah Club". My childhood in the Fifties on the outskirts of Milwaukee differed from Crehore's upbringing outside of Manitowoc, but his stories all had a comfortable air of familiarity. His descriptions of his family, neighbors and experiences make you wish you could have been there. A nice, nostalgic, easy read.
It was nice to read a memoir where the writer loved and respected his parents and rejoices in the life lessons they taught him. A good look back at a simpler time. Its a fun, quick read that will leave you feeling good. Cal
I may have enjoyed this memoir as much as I did since I grew up during the same time.
Very enjoyable read. Another one that I shared with my husband.
Rebecca Dougherty
Author's recollections growing up in Manitowoc area.
Great book, enso?
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