These days, southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area is celebrated – and much photographed – for its rocks, ridges, hills, crannies and sweeping rural vistas. But for Driftless families scratching out a farm existence during the mid-20th century, life was lived with more heart, humor and hardscrabble than pretty pictures might imply.
“Wind was a fact of life during my boyhood on our ridge farm,” writes author Gary Jones in his new memoir, Ridge Stories: Herding Hens, Powdering Pigs, and Other Recollections from a Boyhood in the Driftless, which tells the real story of rural life in the region. He has been a professional freelance writer since the 1970s, publishing in Milwaukee and Door County, and he and his wife divide their time between Door County and Platteville.
Jones will offer a book talk and signing Dec. 2, 5:30 pm, at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library.