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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To a writer reviews of our work is what keeps one going, it's not the
money. Thank you so much Kristi.
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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A Blast from the Past: Reliving a Wonderful Time in Our History, October 2, 2013By Bill Sheridan - This review is from: Swimming Naked (Kindle Edition)
Jack Leinen is an amazing writer who creates terrific word pictures of his youth. Those of us who were FORTUNATE to live in a time before television, air conditioning and cell phones are drawn in by memories of those wonderful days. Those of you who know technology like the back of your hands, however, will be in for a real treat when you read about the 'time that was and will never return.' To paraphrase an old commercial: Buy it. Try it. You'll like it!