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THE FATHERS WE FIND [Kindle Edition]

Charles P. Ries
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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"Charles Ries' The Father's We Find reminds me of Frank McCourt's (Angela's Ashes, "Tis, Teacher Man) memoirs with their keen attention to character and strong voice. Ries' characters'  ring loud and clear. I can hear them calling, long after putting the book down. When I read a book that resonates with my experiences, one wrought with so much care and detail, I know that this is a winner. When characters follow me for days after reading, when I'm sad to see the story end, I know this is true."

Karla Huston
Winner of Main Street Rag 2003 Chapbook Competition Contest

"I read your book last weekend. It was so wonderful. Your main character Chuck is so real. I couldn't put it down - I finished the reading in nearly one sitting. I loved it. Honestly, I rarely laugh while I read. I can't even remember the last time that I laughed or giggled while reading. However, I was laughing near tears a few times while reading the book. Chuck's innocence and seeing the world through his naive but watchful eye was just wonderful."
Dr. Michelle M. Bria / Milwaukee, WI

"This is an age-old story but it is told with such clarity that it is one of the best tellings. I laughed, I cried. I am grateful. This is a very, very good novel. A memoir. A difficult love story with many layers. Read it, then give it to a friend. Learn about mink and blackberry brandy... and love."
Pablo Teasedale / Santa Cruz, CA
Review Featured in Free Verse

"Few authors capture the narrative voice with the perfect balance of self-deprecating humor and poignant insight that Charles Ries brings to THE FATHERS WE FIND. Ries' account of a small-town farm boy set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War combines humor and heart to create a truly remarkable memior. The narrator stumbles his way to enlightenment with help from a series of delightful men in a journey that is hilarious and nostalgic."

Camille N. Cline
Editor / The Literary Spa
Acquisitions Editor / Taylor Trade Publishing

"Charles Ries' story of his youth and family life is full of colorful characters, evocative details, episodes both harrowing and humorous, and subtle wisdom. Every family - every life - should have a chronicler as honest, clear-eyed, and loving as Charles Ries."

Larry Watson
Author of Montana 1948 + five other novels
Professor at Marquette University

"I just finished your book. My heart is still warm from the "afterglow" of your book. You have me filled with the thoughts of those lessons that we all learn when we don't really know we're learning them. I did not know I was reading a great book until I was silently yanked in by the characters--and then I looked back and wondered how I got there. I read the last page three times--the first time as it flowed, second time for you and the third time for me. I always know a good book not only because it speaks directly to me, but also because I listen. I had to ponder a bit before closing the back cover. Now I need to know when you are going to publish, because I can't wait to share it with friends--I already know who I want to give it to."
Tracy Weyers / Green Bay, WI

"THE FATHERS WE FIND is just wonderful. A book can do so many things. It takes you where you've never been, exposes you to worlds you haven't experienced and makes you aware you are not along in this journey. Your memior does all that. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it."

Mary Kay Ring / Lake Geneva, WI


Product Details

  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00854K2M4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and heart warming story telling June 27, 2014
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This book is a wonderful story of a boy's youth. It includes "laugh out loud" stories of growing up in the 50's and 60's. Anyone who reads this will probably remember stories of their own youth. A funny and tender story of growing up in Wisconsin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read--Masterfully Written!!! March 9, 2014
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I totally enjoyed this book. I grew up in Sheboygan, knew Chuck's parents, his Uncle Pete, his Aunt Mary, and in fact, his entire family. And like the Ries family, my parents had seven children. His mother and mine were contemporaries--both of Lithuanian descent and our fathers were also Austrian. However, my dad had a completely different temperament and we enjoyed his warm and kind and gentle nature. In fact, he was our hero.

Our family admired the Ries family and always thought they had it "good." They were unquestionably the pillars of the church and it is easy to understand it was the center of their lives. This book gave me a very different picture of the life we had imagined for this family.

His Uncle Pete was indeed an exceptional person-- one of the happiest and energizing men of his time--and he created some of Chuck's best memories. My whole family can identify with eating cheese and sausage on day old bread. Chuck also addressed with sensitivity the decisions he and all teens face growing up re: peer groups, his sexuality, acknowledging friends, "being cool and different," and taking risks.

The quality of writing was exceptional and the author was able to "explode a moment" and describe it in vivid detail. Some of my siblings went to school with Chuck and we all attended St. Peter Claver Grade School and can recall the infamous "Fr. Weller." This coming of age book was a fast read and the author's sense of humor and command of the language was extraordinary. The reconciliation with his father, when they went for the final--silent walk together, gave their relationship a sense of redemption. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fathers We Find June 15, 2013
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The Fathers We Find took me on a journey through many Norman Rockwell paintings reflexing the poignant and funny, and I think always honest, episodes in the life experienced by its author, Charles Ries. From first page to last it was a delightful read and, after turning the last page, I wanted more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheboyganite from the good old days June 10, 2013
By Dan
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THE FATHERS WE FINDI heard about the Book Signing at the Z-Spot in Sheboygan and went up there. Charles was signing books. I attended the same grade, middle, and high school, also the church that was with the Catholic School. I took me back the 40+ years to my childhood, ice skating at a local park. Back then they would flood almost all the parks in the city. We lived in the city, but I can remember going out to the Ries Farm and getting mink manure for our garden. It really made it grow well.
Reading the book it described the hardships Charles went thru and his joys.
A well put together book, AWSOME!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down... May 20, 2013
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As a Catholic Sheboyganite I got a real kick out of this story. I could certainly identify with Chuck's parochial school days. It was great being able to picture Chucky around town at fish frys and such. Thought of my own dad as I read. Sending the book on to my brother, I'm sure he will love it as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless Sheboygan February 28, 2013
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I really cannot tell you in 20 words how much I enjoyed this book, My sister Mary,sent it to me as a gift. We grew up together in Sheboygan. I graduated in 70...That makes it special right there...I loved your details and humor. well basically you did really good. and you made Joan's Pete come to life, great characters and you honored them. Thank You, Kathy Naumann-Herbes..Our Daddy was the Verifine Milkman. Bless those Fathers,we have had and found. Just one other thing My Dad taught me to mix sugar with the bitters,ice, 7-up and garnish with orange slice and cherry, when mixing a brandy old fashion sweet. Just wanted to pass that on to us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the past thru my father's eyes February 24, 2013
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My dad didn't work on a mink farm but did however work on his Ukrainian families farm. All the family did. I was able to relate to the story since there were so many similarities, a silent dad avoid of emotion and outward physical love. I to was filled w self doubt, due a family that never praised me for my accomplishments. A straight A student my whole life, eager to show my father that I once again made the Honor Roll. No that's great, just "make sure it stays that way". It was hard growing up, just like Chuck in the story, but I too learned way more than I thought I had. My dad's silence and strength gave me a good work ethnic, and a strong moral code to live by. I felt that Chuck Ross had lived and written about my life. Good read and easy to relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fathers We Find December 29, 2012
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The Fathers We Find was a wonderful read. As the author I too grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and could relate to many of the areas and topics he wrote about. It is a wonderful story seen thru the authors eyes about his relationship with his father and how it affected him his entire life. At times it was so funny that I cried and at others it was so emotional I cried. Mr. Ries captures the readers attention from start to finish. I enjoyed it so much I'm going to read it again...
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Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews, and poetry reviews have appeared in over two hundred print and electronic publications. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing. He is the author of The Fathers We Find, a memoir as well as six books of poetry. He is completing work on a second novel titled, A LIFE BY INVITAION. Most recently he was awarded the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association "Jade Ring" Award for humorous poetry. He is the former poetry editor for Word Riot ( and a former member of the board at the Woodland Pattern Book Center. His new book of poetry was published by Alternating Current Press in 2013 titled, Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love. His work is achieved at Marquette University and can be found at: ( You may find his interview with Jane Crown by going to: and clicking on archived shows at the bottom of the page. He is a founding member of the Lake Shore Surf Club, the oldest fresh water surfing club on the Great Lakes (

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