Author Mark Van Patten’s new book “Moonshine and Watermelons and Other Ozark Tales” is an evocative collection of stories inspired by his rural Missouri childhood

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Recent release “Moonshine and Watermelons and Other Ozark Tales” from Page Publishing author Mark Van Patten is a lighthearted compilation of memories from his life with his paternal grandparents in the hardscrabble yet pristine landscape of the Missouri Ozarks.

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Mark Van Patten is a retired fisheries biologist, freelance author, avid fly fisherman, and public speaker making his home in an Ozark hollow along the Current River in Shannon County, Missouri and filling his days with his wife, Regina, and their three dogs, one cat, forty-five chickens, and other assorted farm animals. He has published his new book “Moonshine and Watermelons and Other Ozark Tales”: an entertaining work drawn from vivid memories of his boyhood amid the warmhearted people and the rural Missouri countryside.

The Ozarks conveys a different mental image for everyone. Some visualize long black beards, moonshine whiskey, and corncob pipes, while others imagine canoe trips down clear, free-flowing, gravel-bottom streams, oak and hickory forests, a log cabin nestled in a wooded grove, and a wisp of blue-gray smoke floating above a native stone chimney.

Life in the Missouri Ozarks was hard and taken seriously. At the same time, the folks who scratched out a living from the rocky ground never lost their sense of humor and the zest for life. Pie suppers, turkey shoots, and church were time for folks to get together and catch up on what was happening with their neighbors. Between the covers of this book, you will experience colorful characters, boyhood shenanigans, and a real feel for what is was like to be a big-city kid moving back to his ancestral roots.

If you haven’t experienced the sweetness of a ripe watermelon chilled in a cold spring and laced with high-quality moonshine, you should add it to your bucket list. Or better yet, discover the experience through the tale of an innocent boy’s first taste.

Published by Page Publishing, Mark Van Patten’s engrossing book is a heartwarming collection of nostalgic stories of childhood in a bygone era in the Missouri Ozarks.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Moonshine and Watermelons and Other Ozark Tales” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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