The Portland House: A 70's Memoir

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The Portland House takes you into the lives of a widow and her six children as they put down roots in an average Midwestern house in 1970. It welcomes you to the crowded dinner table, where hotdish is a weekly staple and table manners sometimes take a back seat to kids being kids. It shoves you into raucous teenage parties when Mom is on vacation. It chokes you with the smoke of a small kitchen fire. Later you wander the neighborhood and the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota with latchkey kids until the street lights come on. The house is full of love, teenage energy and an adopted stray who walks with a limp. From the warmth of family on Christmas Eve to the sadness of a losing a beloved pet, the Portland House is home to it all. So come on in and experience life growing up in the era of disco, lava lamps and Tang orange drink.

Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir

Jim Landwehr and his brothers pursue their love of the outdoors by tackling some of the country's most remote terrain, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. While encountering crazed loons, widow-making portages, and temperamental automobiles, they also discover more about each other and their long deceased father. In recent years, with a desire to instill their love of the area into their own children, they include them in their voyages, and the legacy continues. Their exploits are woven throughout with humor, emotion, and warmth.

Written Life

Written Life takes a whimsical swing at poetic conventions as it delves into the intricacies of Midwestern life in the twenty-first century. It asks the hard questions, like, God, who are you? Death, when will you come? Dog, have you been let out lately? Introspection and humor, joy and sorrow, murder and pyromania are all fair game in this life; this Written Life.

Reciting From Memory (eBook)

Jim Landwehr’s collection ambles and moseys, occasionally floors it and often takes detours along highways and byways, poking into neighborhoods, local bars, diners and fishing holes. These poems report back from across a life. Don't hurry the journey. My guess is you’ll recognize someone along the way. ~ Sarah Sadie, author of We Are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds