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THE BOOKS

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On the Southernmost Bend

I believe history matters. I believe that where we come from informs where we're going. I believe that taking pride in our town makes it a better place. And I believe that we're all better off when we're honest, even when the truth isn't always pleasant.

 

That's why I wrote ON THE SOUTHERNMOST BEND: A BEGINNING HISTORY OF SOUTH BEND. I want to spark curiosity and imagination in kids throughout South Bend, and I want to equip parents and teachers to help bring the history of my hometown to life.

Paperback: $24.99 + shipping

Southernmost Bend
Jack Rabbit
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Ride the Jack Rabbit

I grew up here. Lived my whole life here. I've ridden my bike to every corner of this place. Shoot, I even wrote a book about it. And there were still so many fascinating things that I didn't know. So I wrote another book. In RIDE THE JACK RABBIT, you're going to come with me to explore more of the people, places, and events that have made my hometown just about the most interesting place I've ever discovered, including:

  • The spectacular history of Playland Park, the South Bend amusement park that featured a roller coaster, dance hall, baseball stadium, racetrack, and music pavilion.

  • The life of Edward Bonney, founder of Bonneyville, Indiana turned notorious counterfeiter, turned personal bodyguard to Joseph Smith, turned bounty hunter, turned true crime biographer. 

  • The early-morning bombings in downtown South Bend in 1935 that set off a soap opera of media speculation, secretive investigations, and court room drama.

Paperback: $15.99 + shipping

Incomplete History
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An Incomplete History of St. Joseph County, Indiana

​Did you know that the founder of New Carlisle is credited with introducing ice cream to Japan? Or that a famous slave trial in South Bend would reverberate through the country and lead to the start of the Civil War? Did you know that Mishawaka was once the Peppermint Capital of the World? Did you know that Indiana and Michigan almost went to war over the narrow strip of land that contains most of St. Joseph County?

 

AN INCOMPLETE HISTORY OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY tells these stories and more. Throughout the tales of twelve epic bike rides spanning more than 500 miles, you’ll discover the history of the towns, cities, rivers, industries, and commerce that have made St. Joseph County what it is today. If you’ve ever wondered what an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown would look like if it was instead a book about the history of the place called St. Joseph County, wonder no more.

Paperback: $15.99 + shipping

Million Dollars
First, Get a Million Dollars

​Jack Iskell is rude, sarcastic, and pessimistic to a fault. If he's not careful, his rabid cynicism is going to get him killed... unless it kills someone else first. After a decade of failures, Jack's jaded mind cracks, and he settles on a new plan. He's going to kill Jericho Stone, the most influential guru in the Valley.

There's only one hiccup. Jack's a dorky computer developer who doesn't know how to buy a gun, hire a hitman, or handle the meeting with the underground smugglers. But what's bad for Jack is good for readers, as First, Get a Million Dollars delivers plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as this dark comedy heads toward its twisted end. This book includes adult themes and mild adult language.

AMAZON E-BOOK: $9.99

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