Meet The Author John Ferneau-Leinen

   Swimming Naked:  Among my fondest memories are the years I lived in Sibley, Iowa with my parents, and extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  I was about eleven months old when my family moved to Sibley, and eight-years-old when we left Sibley.  A scant year later I would return to Sibley to live with my paternal grandparents during my mother’s illness, and subsequent death from cancer at age twenty-nine.  What follows is an accounting of the years when I returned to Sibley to live with my grandparents, Mike and Elizabeth (Lizze) Leinen.

   The story, and story lines presented here are based on events in my life from age nine to twelve.  Though it began in a time of grief it developed into, perhaps, one of the happiest and most memorable periods of my life.  The memories are special, and afford me great comfort and joy when I look back to those years of innocent childhood.


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​5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading this book, September 21, 2014By Kristi Liechty This review is from: Swimming Naked (Kindle Edition) Loved reading this book. Jack did a great job telling a story of living is Sibley, Iowa. I grew up in Sibley(a few years later) and following his paths to school, church and downtown are all so familiar to me, as I lived right around the corner from his grandparents. When I was young my grandmother lived across the street from the court house, so reading about the statue and the jail, it took me back to my own childhood. When our kids were growing up, we traveled back there every summer. Something our kids looked forward too. The town has changed quite a bit since growing up, but you can't take away that feel of what living in a small town brings. Thank you Jack for sharing your memories and helping me remember mine.
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"Thanks for the memories" By Jane Buysman - This review is from: Swimming Naked (Kindle Edition)As the song goes, "Thanks for the memories......" Being just a few years younger than Jack I do have some of the same memories. Saturday nights were BIG in Sibley when we were growing up. It was the time to be in town. Both my husband and I grew up on farms and the places he wrote about are mentioned in the book. I grew up just a mile south fo Sharbondy corner, and Larry grew up a mile north of Hio Helmers farm! Loved the chapter about threshing oats as I have very vivid memories of that also. It was a great time when neighbors got together, both men and women, but also the kids, and worked together. Sadly that doesn't happen any more. Farming has changed, and no one raises oats any more. Sibley has changed also and loved remembering the town of years ago! Glad you great memories of our town and the talent of writing about it Jack!Anxious to hear about your life after you left Sibley!


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Wonderful, By Jeff Leinen (CENTERTON, AR, US) - This review is from: Swimming Naked (Paperback)
I purchased this book upon recommendation from my aunt who grew up in the same small Iowa town. Reading this book brought back my own memories growing up in a small Iowa town. Memories of neighborhood friendships, the town bully, and spending hours each day outside with friends. For me the best part of Swimming Naked is the relationship that develops between young John and his grandparents. John's description of his grandfather reminds me of my own grandfather who lived not too far away from where this story took place.