BaitStore Angel and Other Stories
Genny Zak Kieley is proud to announce the release of her latest book "BaitStore Angel and Other Stories".
Excerpts and photos from BaitStore Angel
Window on the Lake
The seasons have come and gone in full view outside my window. The view has been stability in my life. Ever since we moved here I have loved this spot--a second story bay window opens up to a panoramic view of Beebe Lake near the small town of St. Michael. Shadows of the trees whisk across the page as I write in my journal. The shadow of my hand looms larger than life as I try to record what I see out the window. So many birds have met their death as they dive bomb into the glass. Sometimes they see their own reflection and think it’s a friend. They get excited and want to be with the other bird so badly that they swoop down; hit their head and meet their demise. The irony is that it is their own reflection that inflicts the final blow.
A Tale of Two Anniversaries
We saw people sleeping in their cars along the roadside. Children in pajamas were walking around in the parking lots. After driving 600 miles in one day, and being turned down at about 20 hotels, the trip's finale came. We ended up in our own backyard on our anniversary. So here it was a year later and our anniversary again. My intention was to forget the previous year and not go on these trips anymore. But Doug kept after me. "Did you decide where you want to go? Have you made the reservations yet? Remember what happened last year."
Wild Goose Warrior
“Just a minute,” I said. “You won’t believe this but I could swear I saw Doug chasing a goose around the tree with a broom.” I put the phone down and ran out to the back deck and stood watching a scene that was like it was from a movie. All 5 feet 11 inches of Doug; the man I married was running like a lunatic… his long, now mostly white hair was flying in the air and standing in all directions, with a trail of feathers flying behind him. I had never seen anything like this before. The goose scampered over toward the neighbor’s house… flapping his wings and honking. Doug chased after the goose shouting obscenities. He was wearing a camouflage jacket, hiking boots and red plaid flannel pajamas.
Many readers have come to know and love Genny Zak Kieley through her best- selling books, Heart and Hard Work, Pride and Tradition and her recent Green Stamps to Hot Pants: Growing Up in the 50s and 60s. Critics have called it a book that goes beyond the personal to cultural history …and a slice of history that should be in every library. While these works have brought Genny into the spotlight, many fans have long admired her short stories, which she has been writing for more than 25 years. Now, in BaitStore Angel and Other Stories, she offers a collection of non-fiction that will delight followers old and new, and confirm her status as one of Minnesota’s most beloved story tellers. Mrs. Kubinski’s Blessing, Who Was First at the Dairy Bar? and Thank God I Didn’t Wear Hair spray; these are just a few of the unforgettable tales of joy and sorrow that Kieley spins with her unique warmth and charm. Each one rich with lively characters and vivid settings, these stories will transport you to another time and place, to a world of heart and humor that has become this author’s trademark. Every story is a gift of love.
Synopsis of stories
In Mrs. Kubinski's Blessing--Mrs. Kubinski talked to pigeons, pulled a wagon down our alley, gave us wormy apples and blessed us a hundred times. As a child I avoided her, but later I saw her in a different light.
In Uncle Eddy: Seeker of the Stars--Uncle Eddy did everything with intensity, woodworking, gardening, inventing, but his real passion was astronomy. The stars! He sought the stars and found patience, wonder, and love.
In The Beaver Tale--While fishing for trout Doug never expected to come across a Mama beaver that insisted he was not to fish in her private spring hole. Finally man met beaver in the swift current of the river and neither of them have been the same since.
In Who Was First in Line at the Dairy Bar?--We have all run into strange people who are rude at a restaurant, but this woman carries it too far.
In Anniversary Trip to Bayfield-- What starts out to be a serene little vacation turns out to be just the opposite. What a man won't do to defend his truck.
Book Table of Contents
Baitstore Angel 1
California Street & Beyond
Crazy Doug Stories
A Mother’s Love