Me and Aunt Izzy by Max Yoho
Eleven-year old Jefferson Davis Johnson has been sentenced to a summer of “moral rehabilitation” under the watchful eye of his great aunt, Queen Isabella of Spain Johnson. A relic of the “roaring twenties,” this stern matriarch may have her own ideas about what a boy should learn. Will three-years of perfect attendance in his Presbyterian Sunday School be enough to protect Jeffie from the evils of drink, a warpathing aborigine, and the bright-eyed tomboy, Pauline Potts? And, for Pete’s sake, does any other boy have a relative who cohabits with the ghost of Jesse James? The setting of this tale is Southeast Kansas, called “the Little Balkans,” an area known for its coal mines and ethnic diversity. Author Max Yoho, a Kansan himself, has won numerous writing awards for his previous work, humorous fiction which includes The Revival; Tales from Comanche County; Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious; The Moon Butter Route and With the Wisdom of Owls.
About Max Yoho:
Max Yoho has established himself as a witty writer from the nation’s Heartland. He has published award winning novels, poetry, short stories and essays. A growing list of fans enjoy his off-beat sense of humor and mind boggling leaps of logic which leave readers laughing out loud. Max is a lifelong Kansan. Born in 1934, he lived in Colony until he was ten. His next home was Atchison, then Topeka, where he graduated from Topeka High School and attended Washburn University. He worked 38 years as a machinist. After retiring in 1992, Max developed what had started as a short story into his first novel, The Revival. Published in 2001, the novel won the 2002 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award of Kansas Authors Club. A second novel, Tales from Comanche County, grew from Max’s memories of his great aunt and great uncle. Max’s poems, essays and short stories are collected in Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious. The Moon Butter Route, a novel about bootlegging in Southeastern Kansas, was among the first books listed as Kansas Notable Books by the Kansas Center for the Book. This book also won the 2007 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award of Kansas Authors Club. With the Wisdom of Owls was published in 2010. In Me and Aunt Izzy Max pays another visit to the world of challenges in growing up, seasoned with a twist of nostalgia.
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