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Cranberry Red
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Cranberry Red
A Novel
Creators: Jerry Apps
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Imprint: University of Wisconsin Press
Pub. date: 10/05/2010
Lib. SRP: 9.99 USD
Ret. SRP: 9.99 USD
Format: Open PDF eBook
ISBN: 9780299247737
DRM Level: Media Operation & Rights Access License
File size: 1102 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Fiction, Literature
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Short Description:
   

The fourth novel in Jerry Apps's Ames County series, Cranberry Red brings the story into the present, portraying the challenges of agriculture in the twenty-first century.

As the novel opens, Ben Wesley has lost his job as agricultural agent for Ames County. He is soon hired as a research application specialist for Osborne University, a for-profit institution that has developed "Cranberry Red," a new chemical that promises not only to improve cranberry crop yields but also to endow the fruits with the power to prevent heart disease, reduce brain damage from strokes, and ward off Alzheimer's disease. Ben must promote the new product to cranberry growers in Ames County and beyond, but he worries whether the promised results are credible. Was Cranberry Red rushed to market?

When the chemical does all that the university claims it will do, Ben is relieved . . . until disturbing side effects emerge. Can he criticize Cranberry Red and safeguard farmers and consumers...

Full Description:
   

The fourth novel in Jerry Apps's Ames County series, Cranberry Red brings the story into the present, portraying the challenges of agriculture in the twenty-first century.

As the novel opens, Ben Wesley has lost his job as agricultural agent for Ames County. He is soon hired as a research application specialist for Osborne University, a for-profit institution that has developed "Cranberry Red," a new chemical that promises not only to improve cranberry crop yields but also to endow the fruits with the power to prevent heart disease, reduce brain damage from strokes, and ward off Alzheimer's disease. Ben must promote the new product to cranberry growers in Ames County and beyond, but he worries whether the promised results are credible. Was Cranberry Red rushed to market?

When the chemical does all that the university claims it will do, Ben is relieved . . . until disturbing side effects emerge. Can he criticize Cranberry Red and safeguard farmers and consumers without losing his job, or will Ben's honesty get him fired while his community continues to get sicker?

Finalist, General Fiction, Midwest Book Awards

Table of Contents:
   

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Michael A. Chaney

Part I: Art Spiegelman

1 Reading Comics: Art Spiegelman on CD-ROM

Paul John Eakin

2 Mourning and Postmemory

Marianne Hirsch

3 Art Spiegelman and AutobioGRAPHICal Re-Vision

Erin McGlothlin

4 Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: Looking for Art in Young Spiegelman

Bella Brodzki

Part II: The Global Scope of Autography

5 Human Rights and Comics: Autobiographical Avatars, Crisis Witnessing, and Transnational Rescue Networks

Sidonie Smith

6 Picturing Oneself as Another

Linda Haverty Rugg

7 Dominique Goblet: The List Principle and the Meaning of Form

Jan Baetens

8 The Animal Witness of the Rwandan Genocide

Michael A. Chaney

9 Autobiography as Discovery in Epileptic

Stephen E. Tabachnick

10 Manga and the End of Japan's 1960s

James Dorsey

Part III: Visualizing Women's Life Writing

11 Autographic Disclosures and Genealogies of Desire in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home

Julia Watson

12 Witnessing Persepolis: Comics, Trauma, and Childhood Testimony

Leigh Gilmore

13 A Story Told in Flashback: Remediating Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

Nima Naghibi

14 Autobiography: The Process Negates the Term

Phoebe Gloeckner

15 Up from Surgery: The Politics of Self-Representation in Women's Graphic Memoirs of Illness

Theresa Tensuan

16 The Gutter Effect in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's A Dialogue on Love

Carolyn Williams

17 Photau(gyno)graphy: The Work of Joanne Leonard

Domna C. Stanton

Part IV: Varieties of the Self

18 The Diary Comic

Isaac Cates

19 Justin Green: Autobiography Meets the Comics

Joseph Witek

20 Narrative Worldmaking in Graphic Life Writing

David Herman

21 In Praise of Joseph Witek's Comic Books as History

Ian Gordon

22 Selective Mutual Reinforcement in the Comics of Chester Brown, Joe Matt, and Seth

Bart Beaty

23 Keeping it (Hyper)Real: Autobiographical Fiction in 3-D

Damian Duffy

24 Fictional Auto/Biography and Graphic Lives in Watchmen

Victoria A. Elmwood

25 American Born Chinese: Challenging the Stereotype

Rocío G. Davis

26 Materializing Memory: Lynda Barry's One Hundred Demons

Hillary Chute

27 Reflections on Lynda Barry

Andrea A. Lunsford

Contributors

Index

Reviews:
  Publisher's Weekly
     

August 16, 2010
The fourth title in Apps’s Ames County, Wis., series offers a feel-good slice of 21st-century life in smalltown U.S.A. When his job is eliminated, Ben Wesley had been an Ames County agricultural agent for two decades. After breaking the news to his often difficult wife, Beth, a registered nurse, Ben is offered a more lucrative position as a “research application specialist” by a new online, for-profit university, which means he has to start charging fees for his services, a change he’s none too happy about. He also has to aggressively market the university’s scientifically developed “miracle fruit,” Cranberry Red. Claims of improved health from its higher antioxidant content clash with a lack of adequate product testing that leaves its side effects on humans uncertain. Ben has grave concerns, butting heads with Brittani Stone, his ambitious, by-the-book office manager, and seeks the counsel of his old fishing pal, Lars Olson. Despite all the drama, there’s time for such rural staples as the county fair and family cookouts before the truly disturbing aspects of Cranberry Red emerge in Apps’s satisfying outside-the-city-limits tale.

Creator Marketing:
  Jerry Apps     
     

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His other Ames County novels are The Travels of Increase Joseph, In a Pickle, and Blue Shadows Farm. His many nonfiction books include Every Farm Tells a Story, Old Farm, Cheese, Breweries of Wisconsin, One-Room Country Schools, and Ringlingville USA. He has received the Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Notable Author Award from the Wisconsin Library Association.

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