If you’re looking for the most important page in the new book, there are two: the dedication page, and the acknowledgments page. On the second, you will see a thank you to Alissa, “for remarkable and conscientious assistance.”
Here–on the day the new book shipped–is what remarkable and conscientious assistance looks like:
In Visiting Tom I write about going over to his place to saw lumber. These photos are from that day (taken mostly by my buddy Mills). Some of the photos correspond to pages in the book (see captions for specific page number).
Tom the sawyer.
The Farmall power plant.
Safety glasses? When he can just squint? (see p. 230)
The day’s work.
Tom waits on me to drop the dogs (for backstory, see p. 229)
Edging a batch of boards.
Blade spins true (see p. 264).
The ol’ Farmall growling.
Sawdust pile, interstate in background.
Explaining it to Amy (these days she’s taller than I)