Clarke Professor Co-Authors ‘That’s Our Story and We’re Sticking To It!’

posted on October 24, 2008

Clarke College Associate Professor of English Katherine Fischer, MFA, has joined with long-time colleague and author Rebecca Christian to pen the recently released book “That’s Our Story and We’re Sticking To It.” Accumulated from over 40 years of combined writing and publishing experience, the book is a collection of articles and newspaper columns that promises to “leave 'em laughing—and crying.”

Whether these slice-of-life articles appear in national venues (Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and National Public Radio), or regional newspapers and magazines (Telegraph Herald, Des Moines Register, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), readers have clamored for years, "When's the book coming out?" At long last, it is here!

The book includes a wide range of topics and tones:

“Feng Phooey” questions whether it really matters which way the commode faces;

“Fessing Up” celebrates all those things we delight in privately but deny publicly—from moon-walking in the grocery store to harboring a love of Jean Claude Van Damme movies;

“If It's the Thought That Counts, Guys, Then Why Don't You Use Your Heads?” warns men to avoid giving Veg-O-Matics, fishing poles, or French maid aprons to women for Christmas;

"If I Ran the World” chronicles the word’s greatest ills and how to fix them in two easy steps;

“Having It Their Way” recounts a daughter's wedding in the park sans minister as    untraditionally traditional;

“Noche De Paz” celebrates the life of a Latina relative before dying onboard flight #77 on 9-11;

"It's A Jingle Jungle Out There” offers the Top Ten List of Elfen Christmas Tips for surviving the holidays.

Katherine Fischer is chair of the language and literature department at Clarke College, a consultant to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and a newspaper columnist. She lives on both sides of the Mississippi—atop river bluffs in Dubuque, Iowa, and on the floodplain of a backwater slough at Frentress Lake, Illinois. She holds an bachelor of arts degree from Clarke College and a master of fine arts degree in nonfiction and fiction from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

Rebecca Christian is a Des Moines-based writer who currently works full-time as a copy editor for a design magazine. She began writing a column for the Telegraph Herald in 1990, and lived in Dubuque from 1989 to 1997.  In addition to the column, she is a playwright, has authored and co-authored several books on cooking and travel.


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