Southeast Missouri State University Press

The Gordonville Grove: Stories of Tombstones, Tambourines, & Tammany Hall

Jerry Ford

Publication: August 2010
Pages: 180

The Gordonville Grove and the small-town art of frontyard storytelling live on in these hilarious, no-holds-barred tales―witnessed, pretested, and collected by Jerry Ford. Ford’s yarns weave a portrait of camaraderie and enterprise in Midwestern America. Pull up a chair and join The Grove for historical legends, lore, and a load of laughs.

“Jerry Ford is a born storyteller, and the stories he tells–from his experiences as a funeral director, politician, musician, and all-round observer of life in a Heartland town and state–will both delight and instruct the reader. His characters―ordinary and eccentric, comical and serious, foolish and admirable, heroic and silly―mirror the stuff of real America. There are laughs aplenty in this book, but also a warmth and wisdom that can derive only from a love of life, a respect for neighbor, and a genuine tolerance of the human condition.”  Dr. Robert Hamblin

Jerry Ford has served as a funeral director, big-band musician, member of the Missouri Legislature, and on the campaign trail for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District seat.

Trade paperback, $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-9822489-8-0