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BUSTED TRACTORS AND RUSTY KNUCKLES
CATFISH AT THE PUMP
CATHER'S KITCHENS: FOODWAYS IN LITERATURE AND LIFE
DIGGIN' IN AND PIGGIN' OUT
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT WOMEN I LEARNED FROM MY TRACTOR
FROM TINKERING TO TORQUING: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO TRACTORS AND TOOLS
IT'S NOT THE END OF THE EARTH, BUT YOU CAN SEE IT FROM HERE
A LIFE WITH DOGS
LOVE, SEX AND TRACTORS
MISTER, YOU GOT YOURSELF A HORSE
OLD TRACTORS AND THE MEN WHO LOVE THEM
OLD TRACTORS NEVER DIE
OMAHA TRIBAL MYTHS AND TRICKSTER TALES
OUTHOUSES
WEED 'EM AND REAP
TOUCHING THE FIRE
UNCLE SMOKE STORIES



Busted Tractors and Rusty
Knuckles: Norwegian Torque
Wrench Techniques and Other
Fine Points of Tractor Restoration
Copyright © 1997
by Roger Welsch
Motorbooks Intl
How to Buy

As a tractor restorer, Roger Welsch is determined to bring rusted heaps of farm machinery back to life. In this hilarious follow-up to his bestselling Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them, he chronicles the unlikely restoration of an Allis Chalmers tractor nicknamed "Woodpecker." — from the jacket


Catfish at the Pump
Copyright © 2004
by Roger Welsch
U of Nebraska P
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Here's a collection of the kind of humor that softened the hardships of pioneering on the Great Plains. Folklorist and humorist Roger Welsch has proven abundantly that the art of storytelling was practiced diligently by our plains ancestors. — from the publisher


Cather's Kitchens:
Foodways in Literature and Life
Copyright © 1987
by Roger Welsch
U of Nebraska P
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Roger and Linda Welsch matched references from Willa Cather's writing with recipes they collected from Cather family recipe files, from other period cookbooks, and from old-time ethnic cooks still living in the Bohemian tradition. Cather's Kitchens comes as close as possible to the precise recipes Cather had in mind and memory as she wrote. — from the publisher
Diggin' In and Piggin' Out
Copyright © 1997
by Roger Welsch
HarperCollins
How to Buy

Roger Welsch says, "Men are meant to cook. Food and men go hand in hand. The secret is, however they may feel about cooking, men like to eat." Indeed, men and women will laugh out loud as Welsch takes the reader on a tour of the manly world of cooking and eating. From tips on how to make Gin & Tonic BBQ Ribs (hint: Drink while you cook), anecdotes about a man's ideal restaurant (a place where you can eat canned food over a sink) and places to cook these delectable meals (huge firepits, car-size barbecue grills, custom-built smokehouses), Welsch proves to the reader that men need to get in touch with their inner chef and have a few laughs at the same time....Roger's favorite tried and true recipes: Uncle Roger's Nutritional Bombshells, Mick's Blind duck, Linda's Man-Magnet Mashed Potatoes, Boom John Carter's Huevos Rancheros (Acts I & II), Red Beer, Wild Fruit Wines, and the list goes on....Diggin' In & Piggin' Out is sure to appeal to the crowd who enjoys the humor of Dave Barry, Tim Allen and Lewis Grizzard. — from the jacket

Roger Welsch is America's premier storyteller. From his lips small-town life takes on the dignity of history. — Charles Kuralt

This book is about truth, gin, mothers, pots, and peanut-butter-and-bacon sandwiches, a lunchtime treat better than sex. If you're a man and if you eat, you must read this book. Diggin' In and Piggin' Out is to your Epicurean lit what meatloaf is to tofu. I loved this book. I devoured it. And now I want more. — Denis Boyles

Diggin' In and Piggin' Out is just the book for folks who have a real affection for food. Author Roger Welsch is to cooking what Grandma Moses is to painting: a primitive genius. His exuberance is contagious — Welsch is the kind of guy who would probably roll around in an entrée, if it was good enough. And God bless him for it; these days when everything you eat is trying to kill you, it's great to hear somebody defend the fried, the greasy, the smoked, the butter-soaked and sugar-dusted. And if you're brave enough to take up Welsch's philosophy of food, try a few of the recipes he includes in this collection. — Humor

The fun with food is easygoing and the wit is bucolic....The text is as likely to satisfy as a six-pack of the local beer and "boom John Carter's Huevos Rancheros," and is just as comfortable. A light ethnogastronomy of male feeding habits, of beans, bier mit tchuss, and such. — Kirkus Reviews


Everything I Know About Women
I Learned From My Tractor
Copyright © 2003
by Roger Welsch
Motorbooks
How to Buy

Author, TV personality, and underground tractor legend Roger Welsch examines the love triangle of man, woman, and tractor once more in this entertaining follow-up to Love, Sex, and Tractors. If you have an easier time understanding compound miter saws than your loved one, this piece of Welsch wisdom holds the answers you seek. If you've ever been sent to the garage with nothing but slippers and a pillow, Roger's spousal survival hints explain exactly where you screwed up and how to fix it — while providing bedtime reading beyond the typical lawn mower manual and oilcan label. Rog explains the principles of Woman School, the secret society meeting in ladies' restrooms around the world. He also reveals places to find potential mates, suggestions for first dates, the secrets of male-to-female communication, the wonders of beer poisoning, and much more. If you're a Roger Welsh fan, or simply curious about how they do it in Nebraska, Everything I Know About Women I Learned From My Tractor will unwrap the mysteries of love, life, and axle grease. — from the publisher


From Tinkering to Torquing:
A Beginner's Guide to Tractors and Tools
Copyright © 2005
by Roger Welsch
Motorbooks International Publishing
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Antique tractor collecting and restoration has never been more popular — and all the newcomers need to be warned, according to old tractor guru Roger Welsch. Otherwise, they’ll end up alone with three mortgages and two ex-wives — but they will have a barn with a sparkling restored tractor. Here, in a tone comfortably lodged between wise and wisecracking, the man Charles Kuralt called "America’s premier storyteller" recounts falling in love with bringing old tractors back to life — and, along the way, manages to impart some sound advice, including the basics: What is old? What is a tractor? And what is it with old tractors, anyway? He also covers the finer points of restoration and repair, from the tools of the trade to tractor parts to the restorer’s use of common household objects in a pinch. — from the publisher


It's Not the End of the Earth,
But You Can See It From Here
Copyright © 1999
by Roger Welsch
U of Nebraska P
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Roger Welch did what many Americans only dream of doing. While still in his professional prime, the folklorist and humorist quit a tenured professorship and headed toward the hinterland. Resettled in the open heart of Nebraska with his wife, Welsch proceeded to learn how to live. It's Not the End of the Earth, but You Can See It from Here is, in his own words, "a celebration" of his "rural education." These twenty-eight tales of the Great Plains convey in familiar Welschian style "the importance, charm, beauty, and value of the typical." They describe the wisdom that Welsch's newfound teachers share with him. From everyday country people, he learns the fine arts of relaxing, using his noggin, trusting his instincts, and laughing a lot more, while Omaha Indian friends teach him the most profound lessons of all. — from the publisher

Welsch — a regular on CBS's Charles Kuralt show, a columnist and collector of Great Plains lore — celebrates small-town America's leisurely pace, human scale and the ordinary man or woman who "moves mankind and shapes destiny." — Publishers Weekly


A Life with Dogs
Copyright © 2004
by Roger Welsch
Motorbooks
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Dogs. They can make a grown man coo baby talk in public and a strong woman weep like a little schoolgirl. They seldom perform any practical function in our modern, mechanized society, yet people are willing to spend more on vet bills than on their kids college tuition. They pee on our carpets, shred our living room furniture, and poop on our sidewalks, yet we love these critters more than we love life itself. Why do little beasts have such control over us simple human beings? That is the question dog nut Roger Welsch explores in A Life With Dogs. Ultimately Welsch concludes that there is no answer as to why we shower so much affection on our dogs. — from the publisher


Love, Sex and Tractors
Copyright © 2000
by Roger Welsch
Motorbooks
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Humorist, tractor guy, and aspiring sex therapist Roger Welsch offers up the vital information men need to walk that fine line between a happy life with your significant other and a couple of sheds full of well-oiled machinery. Learn the ins and outs of the Great Tractor Road Trip, Boswell Flick’s Dating Guidelines, the magic of tools, the religion of tractors, and the secrets of Women’s School. This revealing and fun-filled guide is guaranteed to transform even the most thickheaded variety of the Common Gearheaded Male into a swooning Romeo! — from the publisher

Vivid and fascinating. ... Welsch's well seemingly will never dry up, and the "cybermechanics" of computers and tractors in these final pages map new directions this humorist might possibly explore in the future. — Publishers Weekly


Mister, You Got Yourself a Horse:
Tales of Old-Time Horse Trading
Copyright © 1987
by Roger Welsch
U of Nebraska P
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These tales are gems of humor and wry understatement, displaying American folk-humor at its best. The jargon of horse-trading and early twentieth-century horse lore is fascinating. — Western American Literature


Old Tractors and the
Men Who Love Them
Copyright © 1995
by Roger Welsch
Motorbooks Intl
How to Buy

Anyone who has spent more time than they care to admit in the garage will enjoy noted humorist Roger Welsch's exploration of the do's and don'ts of tractor restoration. He offers invaluable advice and discusses resources, tools, shop equipment, and the relationship that develops between old machines and their owners.


Old Tractors Never Die:
Roger's Guide to the Care
and Feeding of Ageless Iron
Copyright © 2001
by Roger Welsch
Voyageur P
How to Buy

Here, Roger Welsch shares his humor and unique outlook on one of his favorite subjects: farm tractors. This collection of humorous essays — from the pages of Successful Farming Magazine and Ageless Iron — about tractors, and collecting and restoring them, is sure to appeal to tractor fans nationwide. Includes amusing photos of Rog with his tractors. — from the publisher



Omaha Tribal Myths
and Trickster Tales
Copyright © 1981
by Roger Welsch
J&L Lee
How to Buy

I began to prepare the manuscript for this book in 1967, when I was only first becoming acquainted with the Omahas, their traditions and culture. Now, almost thirty years later, I have an even deeper respect and affection for the Omahas and the Omaha ways. Indeed, now more than ever, we who are not Native Americans stand to improve our lives by understanding Native American culture. For my part, I will always be grateful to the Omahas, Lakota, and Pawnee who have so freely shared their lives and histories with me, a person from a culture they have every reason to resent and distrust. — from the jacket


Outhouses
Copyright © 2003
by Roger Welsch
Motorbooks
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Outhouses contains the history of and musings about that most fundamental of structures, the outhouse, as presented by Roger Welsh, the Will Rogers of tractors and other things farm-related. In Outhouses you will learn the best place to locate your outhouse, which will preferably be down hill and down wind from your house. As we all know, some things in life roll down hill. — from the publisher


Weed 'em and Reap
Copyright © 2006
by Roger Welsch
Falcon
How to Buy

Join best-selling humorist Roger Welsch as he gathers and prepares wild fare, and soon you, too, will be able to amaze everyone around the campfire by serving up a salad, stew, vegetable, drink, or dessert made from ingredients found within yelling distance of the tents. This fun-to-read yet practical guide teaches more about morels, cattails, and smut (the fungus kind) than you ever thought possible. There's also information on making wines, jams, and jellies, and even gathering and enjoying acorns the Native American way. — from the publisher


Touching the Fire: Buffalo Dancers,
The Sky Bundle and Other Tales
Copyright © 1997
by Roger Welsch
U of Nebraska P
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An arrowhead and a potsherd lie in a museum case. We look but see only flint and clay, cleverly worked but still only stone and soil. Who fashioned them? What were their thoughts as they flaked the stone and molded the soft mud? What of their lives and worlds did they give to the products of their lands? The Sacred Sky Bundle of the Nehawkas lay for generations in a museum drawer, almost forgotten by the people to whom it had meant life itself, neglected by those who had collected it as a valuable artifact. A nugget of native copper, a pair of clam shells, a desiccated bird skin, bits and pieces of the past, fated to be a part of the Nehawkas' future. The Sacred Sky Bundle is not so much an assembly of artifacts as it is an anthology of stories — stories from tribal history and tradition, stories from the lives of men and women with names — Silver Mapateet, LaVoi Antler, Ghost Elk. Touching the Fire is a fictional archaeology of a tribe's traditions, an insistence that an ancient object, on display in a museum or still at rest in the soil beneath our feet, is far more than the material of which it is made. It is the spirit of those from whom it came and to whom it was given. Its secrets may be obscure, but perhaps they are not lost. Roger Welsch maintains that far from stealing too much from the first Americans, Western culture has not stolen enough, leaving the very best and most valuable philosophical treasures undiscovered. Touching the Fire is a treasure map to that lost trove. — from the jacket

Roger Welsch interweaves seven vivid and thought-provoking tales about the struggles of the fictional Nehawka tribe to maintain their culture as they work to reclaim their people's sacred objects from museums and collectors. Like the best of storytellers, Welsch's goal is to entertain as well as educate. Through the stories of the wily Quintan "Moose" Man-Elk, a modern incarnation of the archetypal trickster figure or the dedicated Native American lawyer, Lavoi Antler, who must mediate between the reservation and the state government, Welsch raises difficult but important questions about what he identifies in his introduction as the "(reckless) disregard for Native American religious belief." He does so by inventing these modern legends, which, while not literally "true," reveal the spirit of the truth of native culture more powerfully than any anropological account could ever hope to.
While Welsch's stories are political in aim, they raise the reader's consciousness by making the issues come alive in the lives and actions of the members of the Nehawka tribe. As we are drawn into the character's world we can no longer ignore the fact that the exploitative situations which the stories describe are not fiction, but sadly, all too real. Because Welsch (an adopted member of the Omaha tribe himself), delivers the book's political message with such writerly skill, his stories are sure to touch many readers, and especially those interested in Native American concerns. Rarely does one come across a book with such a serious political agenda and also such a great pleasure to read. — Bridget Keegan, Nebraska Life

Folklorist, widely published and broadcast essayist Welsch — who was adopted into the Omaha Tribe in 1967 — reveals much love and knowledge of Plains Indian people and their spiritual life....The first of the seven linked stories takes place in the year 2001, when members of the invented Nehawka tribe outwit a racist museum director and retrieve their sacred Sky Bundle. The stories move backwards in time until the historic origin of the bundle, the symbolic objects it contains, and the sometimes otherworldly events they commemorate are all revealed. By the end, the logic-oriented reader is led to appreciate that cultural fragments strewn through the text may seem irrational taken out of context but, in fact, are meaningful and make sense....Welsch opens with a passionately partisan and moving essay about the religious persecution of Native American peoples. — Kirkus Reviews


Uncle Smoke Stories
Copyright © 1994
by Roger Welsch
Alfred A. Knopf
How to Buy

Uncle Welcome to the Big Belly Lodge, where master storyteller Uncle Smoke mesmerizes his audience four nights running with tales of the legendary Indian trickster-hero Coyote. Funny, surprising, and rich with meaning, Uncle Smoke's stories speak of the traditional ways to keep the unwritten history of his people alive. An introduction and glossary of Native American terms are included. 112 pp. Ages 8-12.


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