Dylan Michaels loved facts. He loved things he could prove and didn’t have time for mysteries or stories. But when a summer spent with his grandparents in the North Woods brings him face-to-face with a mythical creature, he learns that fiction is often stranger than fact.
“This book is a must read with in-depth characters and a great plot. I literally couldn’t put this book down and I can’t wait for the next installment in the series.” – BBennet, Amazon Reviewer
And Now We Shall Do Manly Things
“Entertaining seriocomic search for selfhood . . . well-illustrated lessons about the unexpected benefits of stepping outside comfortable workaday routines to get a clearer perspective on one’s potential as a human being.” (Kirkus Reviews )
“Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet, and always well-paced adventures.” (Publishers Weekly )
Craig J. Heimbuch had never even thought of owning a gun when, in his early thirties, he was given a twelve-gauge Winchester over-under shotgun by his father. The black sheep, so to speak, of his Midwestern family, Craig was possibly the only male Heimbuch never to have taken an animal. But now that he had a shotgun, he figured he might as well try it out, and in so doing, explore the meaning of manhood while getting closer to his hunting-enthusiast dad.
And Now We Shall Do Manly Things is the witty, moving, and insightful story of one man’s quest to free himself from the shackles of his domesticated suburban lifestyle by immersing himself for one year in the hunting culture his family has always cherished. Along the way Heimbuch learns what putting food on the table once entailed and what it means to be a man in America—and discovers that it’s possible to be a committed father, a loving spouse, and a hunter without being mistaken for a gun-toting lunatic.
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Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry
“Craig Heimbuch’s Chasing Oliver Perry is far more than an excursion into the exploits of a forgotten American hero and the Battle of Lake Erie. It’s one man’s journey to find himself and his place as a writer. This book is part Kerouac, part Seymour Krim and part Hunter S. Thompson—without amyl nitrates and Wild Turkey, of course. In what other historical exploration of 1812 would one learn lessons on the importance of golf carts to marital bliss or how to do a brake job on the fly? Bravo!”
—Greg Hoard, author of Joe, Rounding Third and heading for Home and Gary Burbank, Voices in My Head.
“Craig Heimbuch grew up in the sort of unaweable Midwestern family inclined to view the Grand Canyon as just ‘a big hole in the ground.’ So why is his account of a little jaunt a few miles up the road to Lake Erie exactly what American travel writing needs? Because he’s helplessly funny, he’s as sweet and unneurotic as vanilla ice cream, and because he reveals, even if a bit apologetically, that the greatest adventures are often found in the near-at-hand of self and family.”
—Will Blythe, author of To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever
Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry chronicles Craig Heimbuch’s journey through time and place in hopes of bringing to life a history that has haunted him since he was young — the story of Oliver Perry and the War of 1812. In the spirit of Tony Horwitz, Heimbuch travels to the battlefields, talks to historians, re-enactors, and fellow travelers to create a book that is funny, moving, and very informative. Perry’s story and legacy have stuck with Heimbuch through his entire life. He was just a boy when he first stood at the base of the Perry Monument at Put-in-Bay and listened to his father tell the story of how Perry scribbled on a scrap of paper a report to the American general laying siege to Fort Detroit his famous line, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”
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1. Field Notes from the Spring Concert
2. Lunch at Sophia’s
3. Winchester, VA
4. Fear and Loathing with Suburban Moms
5. The First Day of School
6. Above All Things, Be Useful
Some People Should Eat Their Young is a collection of essays in motion – moments that can only happen when you travel. Observations and interactions of the people Craig Heimbuch comes across when he travels. From pompous first class passengers on a New York-bound flight to the friendly wait staff of an Iowa diner, the man who makes suits for Presidents to the Cincinnati’s favorite dish, this collection is of small moments seen through the sharp-witted filter that defines Heimbuch’s observational style.
Award-winning author and journalist Craig J. Heimbuch is the author of two travel-themed memoires – “Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry” and “And Now We Shall Do Manly Things” – as well as the Kindle book “Above All Things, Be Useful.” He lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio, writing on topics ranging from digital marketing to family travel and is a firm believer that one needn’t go far to have an adventure.
Essays in “Some People Should Eat Their Young” include:
1. What it’s Like to Wait for a Rock Star
2. We Are Now Friends
3. It’s Just Not Chili (An Ode to Cincinnati’s Favorite Food)
4. The Not So Friendly Skies
5. From an Iowa Funeral
6. Some People Should Eat Their Young