The Ottumwa Courier

December 7, 2012

Bresch publishes new e-books

Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — Ottumwa author and poet, Jody Bresch has penned two new electronic books, “Autumn’s Child” and “Xanthea.”

“Xanthea” is a fictional children’s adventure that takes place during the historic 1993 flood in Ottumwa.

Xanthea is nestled downstream from an abandoned railroad bridge that spans the Des Moines River in Ottumwa.

Sharewood, the woods that surround Xanthea, are the perfect place for two young boys to laze away summer days dreaming and scheming with their best friends.  

But then, in one of the harshest winters in recent history, a homeless man moves into Xanthea. For some reason that cannot explain, the boys are mesmerized by him.

They become caught up in his plight, only to have it all unravel as the Des Moines River begins to rise from an onslaught of early summer rains upstream.

Meanwhile, “Autumn’s Child” allows Bresch to share her love and reverence for words as she entertains with lyrical poems that soar like music.

With freshness of perception, Jody Bresch explores her world, nature, spirituality, the metaphysical and personal relationships.

Bresch previously penned “How Little Bear Got His Name,” “The Legend of Mars Hill” and “Slice of Life Poetry.”

The two newly published books are available at and Kindle Books.