Little and Often: A Memoir


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William Morrow & Company
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Trent Preszler grew up on a cattle ranch in South Dakota and received his BS from Iowa State University in 1998. He was subsequently awarded a Rotary Scholarship to the UK and a diploma from the Royal Botanic Garden. After a White House internship for President Bill Clinton, he earned an MS in agricultural economics and a PhD in horticulture from Cornell University. He is now the CEO of Bedell Cellars and founder of Preszler Woodshop. He lives in New York. Little and Often is his first book."


"Trent Preszler's beautiful, compelling memoir tells of his struggle that spans a divided country and family alike. The writing is simple and elegant, harkening back to great American writers such as John Williams and Willa Cather. The expanse between South Dakota, New York City, and finally the North Fork of Long Island is enormous for a young gay man struggling with his father's legacy. It's a tenderly wrought tale of coming to terms with our past that will resonate no matter who you are."--Isaac Mizrahi, fashion designer and host of Project Runway
"Little and Often is a meditation on spiritual growth, nature's magic, the love for family, regret, and the redemptive power of craftsmanship. I have the highest regard for Trent's courage in writing this big and beautiful memoir. It's a soulful and sometimes gut-wrenching story of the difficult relationships between fathers and sons. This gem couldn't be more relevant to the times we live in today."--Kevin O'Connor, host of 'This Old House' on PBS
"An impressive memoir, and a richly rendered tale. I thought (with relish) that I was getting a book about wood and tools, but the canoe built herein is merely the vessel carrying the buoyant narrative about a father and son, a mother and sister, love, hard work, wine, boats and a dog. I may have grown misty at one point."--Nick Offerman, actor and New York Times bestselling author
"Little and Often is a beautiful memoir of grief, love, the shattered bond between a father and son, and the resurrection of a broken heart. Trent Preszler tells his story with the same level of art and craftsmanship that he brings to his boat making, and he reminds us of creativity's power to transform and heal our lives. This is a powerful and deeply moving book. I won't soon forget it."--Elizabeth Gilbert
Masterful. With Little and Often, Trent Preszler gives us not only a memoir of sons and fathers, acceptance and reconciliation, but also a stirring meditation on objects, their memories, and the complexities of inheritance. The prose is crystalline, and Preszler's voice is as sure as the steadiest canoe.--Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding and Honestly, We Meant Well
"The woodworking is rich and beyond impressive, but Preszler's humble soul work is utterly transcendent. Courageous. Genuine. Cathartic. Will restore your faith in forgiveness. Will make you believe in grace." --Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Reason You're Alive
Sometimes a writer goes on a journey in order to write a book. More rarely, a writer writes a book in order to go on a journey. Little and Often belongs to that latter category of memoir, built from the inside out. In Trent Preszler's hands, we are smoothed, soothed, and made anew as he peels back layer after layer of his grief and loss until there is only love and forgiveness. This is an unforgettable story of a father's final, life-altering gift to his son.--Dani Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Inheritance
Woodworking meets bridge-building, and sorrow meets understanding in this impeccably written, loving memoir.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Ultimately it's a tale as well crafted as the beautiful canoe."--Booklist