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  • Author(s): Jerry Apps
  • Publication Information:
    Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin Press. 2010
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      The fourth novel in Jerry Apps's Ames County series, Cranberry Red brings the story into the present, portraying the challenges of agriculture in the twenty-first century. As the novel opens, Ben Wesley has lost his job as agricultural agent for Ames County. He is soon hired as a research application specialist for Osborne University, a for-profit institution that has developed “Cranberry Red,” a new chemical that promises not only to improve cranberry crop yields but also to endow the fruits with the power to prevent heart disease, reduce brain damage from strokes, and ward off Alzheimer's disease. Ben must promote the new product to cranberry growers in Ames County and beyond, but he worries whether the promised results are credible. Was Cranberry Red rushed to market? When the chemical does all that the university claims it will do, Ben is relieved... until disturbing side effects emerge. Can he criticize Cranberry Red and safeguard farmers and consumers without losing his job, or will Ben's honesty get him fired while his community continues to get sicker? Finalist, General Fiction, Midwest Book Awards
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780299247706. 9780299247737.
    • Accession Number:
      671940671
    • Accession Number:
      332999
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    • ABNT:
      JERRY APPS. Cranberry Red : A Novel. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. ISBN 9780299247706. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=332999&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 9 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Jerry Apps. Cranberry Red : A Novel. University of Wisconsin Press; 2010. Accessed August 9, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=332999&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Jerry Apps. (2010). Cranberry Red : A Novel. University of Wisconsin Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Jerry Apps. 2010. Cranberry Red : A Novel. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=332999&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Jerry Apps (2010) Cranberry Red : A Novel. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=332999&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 9 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Jerry Apps 2010, Cranberry Red : A Novel, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI, viewed 9 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Jerry Apps. Cranberry Red : A Novel. University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=332999&custid=s8280428.
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      Jerry Apps. Cranberry Red : A Novel. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=332999&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Jerry Apps. Cranberry Red : A Novel [Internet]. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press; 2010 [cited 2020 Aug 9]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=332999&custid=s8280428

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2010 October #1

In the fourth book in the Ames County series, Ben Wesley, an agricultural agent for the past two decades, is suddenly out of work when funding for his program is cut. He's immediately offered a job with Osborne University, doing pretty much what he did before but charging people for his services. This makes him a little uncomfortable but not nearly as much as Cranberry Red, a new chemical developed by the university's researchers that could have spectacular benefits for people with heart disease or Alzheimer's. When it begins to appear that Cranberry Red has some pretty nasty side effects, Ben is faced with a difficult choice: keep his job and find a way to protect the community, or blow the lid off the secret and risk everything. Apps approaches his familiar themes (honor, the importance of community, the increasing threat to traditional farming) from a new angle, focusing on the issue of genetic modification and its impact on an entire way of life. As usual, he creates compelling characters and places them in a vividly realized setting. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2010 August #3

The fourth title in Apps's Ames County, Wis., series offers a feel-good slice of 21st-century life in smalltown U.S.A. When his job is eliminated, Ben Wesley had been an Ames County agricultural agent for two decades. After breaking the news to his often difficult wife, Beth, a registered nurse, Ben is offered a more lucrative position as a "research application specialist" by a new online, for-profit university, which means he has to start charging fees for his services, a change he's none too happy about. He also has to aggressively market the university's scientifically developed "miracle fruit," Cranberry Red. Claims of improved health from its higher antioxidant content clash with a lack of adequate product testing that leaves its side effects on humans uncertain. Ben has grave concerns, butting heads with Brittani Stone, his ambitious, by-the-book office manager, and seeks the counsel of his old fishing pal, Lars Olson. Despite all the drama, there's time for such rural staples as the county fair and family cookouts before the truly disturbing aspects of Cranberry Red emerge in Apps's satisfying outside-the-city-limits tale. (Oct.)

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