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The Exploding Elephant


PTP Book Division
January 13, 2018

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You won't find Birch Lake on a Wisconsin road map, but after you finish this book you'll want to go there. Maybe stop in at Aunt Flo's diner for a cheeseburger and then up Main Street (you can see where they repaired the hole left by the exploding elephant) to the Bluegill Bar for a cold Bruenig's Lager. The grumpy looking little guy on the last bar stool might be Uncle Al. You could ask if he'll guide you on a fishing trip but if you aren't nice to him, he'll probably tell you to go to hell. You could go down below the dam and cast around the wreckage of the quarter million dollar pickup truck. There's not much to do in this north woods Shangri La and most of the people are really nice. Avoid Ethel Warburton–she's a bitch. Birch Lake is set in the state of Wisconsin – but it really exists in the state of mind. Joel Vance has lived in this sun lit little town for decades. Come along with Bobby, his alter ego, and find out what goes on behind the scenes (and often right in front of them).

Author Description

Joel Vance spent 22 years as an award-winning news and magazine writer for the Missouri Department of Conservation and has been fulltime freelance for 25 years. He has been awarded all three of the top honors given by the Outdoor Writers Association of America—Excellence in Craft; the Jade of Chiefs for conservation communication; and the J. Ham Brown Award for service to the organization, the most prestigious OWAA honor. He is one of only four members in the history of the organization to be so honored. He also has been honored with the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Excellence in Craft award. Vance is a past president, two time board member and board chairman of OWAA, and was the group's official historian for six years.

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