Nancy Panoch to Appear In-Person in Cedar Rapids

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Author to sign copies of “Accountable: The Joseph Usher Story” at Barnes & Noble (333 Collins Rd. NE, Bldg. 1, Northland Square SC) on Saturday, January 25th at 1 p.m.

“Accountable: The Joseph Usher Story”

Nancy Panoch, author of the recently-released “Accountable: The Joseph Usher Story,” will appear at a book signing at the Cedar Rapids Barnes & Noble (333 Collins Rd. NE, Building 1, Northland Square SC) on Saturday, January 25th at 1 p.m. Published by, “Accountable: The Joseph Usher Story,” is a true historical crime mystery, set in 1903 Iowa. Panoch, a former Iowan who grew up in Chickasaw County, recounts the intertwined stories of Joseph Usher, her great-grandfather, and William Garrity, Usher’s mysteriously murdered farmhand.

In the process of exploring her Native American ancestry, Nancy Panoch stumbled on shocking information about a murder mystery on her mother’s side of the family. With the newly-gained knowledge, Panoch was moved to write and publish “Accountable: The Joseph Usher Story,” in defense of the man who committed the crime, her great-grandfather Joseph Usher.

About “Accountable: The Joseph Usher Story”
When Joseph Usher hired William Garrity as a farmhand, he had no idea their lives would be forever intertwined because of the events of May 26, 1903. This is a true story of love, betrayal and murder that is studied by criminal law students to this day. The Usher family struggles to survive tragedy, ruin and a county's hostility, as they try to unravel the mystery of who killed William Garrity. Because his entire family is depending on his strength, Otto Usher, a teenage boy, grows into a man as he takes on the responsibilities of the family farm while his father and stepmother's lives are in jeopardy.

“Accountable: The Joseph Usher Story” is now available at Barnes & Noble locations throughout Iowa. For more information, please visit

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