Sunday, December 13, 2009
Give Papa this Christmas
I just received a signed copy of Brent Olson's new book, Papa: Figuring Out What Matters. Christmas has come early, because Brent is one of my favorite writers. He's a Minnesota farm boy who indeed has figured out a lot about what matters.
Although “Papa” Brent Olson compares himself to “Papa” Hemingway with tongue in cheek (having the beards in common), Olson is a man’s man in modern way.
Like Hemingway, Olson writes in direct sentences, but with the force that only a former farmer could summon up--when he unearths truths about small-town matters, big-city issues, and most of all daily life on the land in Minnesota.
Olson is a writer who’s not afraid to show his banged-up knuckles, his self-deprecating humor, and his soft heart for all the little live things in the world. He writes as strongly about farm cats as Hemingway did wild lions, as decisively about the futility of trying to be a tough guy as Hemingway did of its glory.
If you're looking for a last-minute Christmas present for a farmer, or other reader who cares about what matters, you could hardly find a better deal.
Buy the book direct from Brent: www.independentlyspeaking.com
It's also available from Amazon: Papa: Figuring out what matters
Posted by John Walter at 3:06 PM