Jerry Harju, Author: Northern Passages: Feisty Tales of 'Growing Up North
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Jerry Harju's third book, "Northern Passages," is another hilarious helping of a boy growing up in Upper Michigan in the late '30's and 40's. The short stories range from his first day at kindergarten to high school prom night. One tale deals with life in Hot Springs, Arkansas where our hero faces the danger of playing football in a school where he's the only Yankee. Other topics range from the perils of recital piano playing to the terrors of Lutheran confirmation.
"...He has captured the mood of that time and era in all its romantic nonsense and robust humor." -- The Alpena, Michigan News
"I grew up in the city, but thanks to Jerry Harju's colorful, vivid, entertaining essays, I can grow up in the country too." -- Gene Perret, Three-Time Emmy-Award-Winning Writer and Writing Supervisor for Bob Hope
About The Author
Jerry Harju was born in Ishpeming, Michigan in 1933. He received a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1957 and completed his formal education with a MS from the University of Southern California in 1985. After 30 years as a manager in the aerospace industry in Southern California, Jerry began humor writing as a second career. He now lives in Marquette, Michigan.