Harvey’s Hideout, Russell Hoban, Plough Publishing, 2018.
Harvey Muskrat and his sister, Mildred, find themselves in a continual feud.
Originally published in 1969, Russell Hoban’s classic, much like Bread and Jam for Frances or Charlie the Tramp, Harvey’s Hideout has a hint of realism. Whether muskrats or humans, siblings fight. Both siblings have their lesser qualities, which seem to be the entry of frustration with the other. Harvey is inconsiderate, while Mildred is bossy.
But, as Father Muskrat reminds them, it does not mean that they are “stupid and no-good” or “mean and rotten.”
Author Craig A. Steffen’s book A Family Apart: Sleuthing the Mysteries of Abandonment, Adoption and DNA, is his story from being abandoned to being adopted to unraveling the mysteries of his life. It is unlike any memoir you have read before. Steffen employs creative writing skills in the best way to tell his story (review coming soon). Select bloggers were provided with a Q&A with Steffen.
Q: Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you do for fun?
A: I love to travel to beautiful, natural places with my wife Cindy and our German Shepherd, Cyon. We seek out remote spots that are still mostly unspoiled by the presence of humanity. My most recent travels took me to Alaska, Nova Scotia and the Manistee National Forest in Michigan. I’m also an avid Major League Baseball fan and follow the Baltimore Orioles closely. I played competitive baseball for the Dayton Ducks till I was 50. Baseball has played a significant role in my life.