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1990 UCHS grad to hold book signing at library

By John Estridge, Editor

A 1990 Union County High School graduate is coming home to hold a book signing at the Union County Public Library in Liberty.

Kerry Isaac Rossow will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 15, to sign the book “Will Work for Apples.” Rossow has a chapter in it dedicated to one of her local teachers, Marilyn Jordan. Jordan was Rossow's teacher when Rossow was in the fifth grade.

“When I visit Liberty, it's usually a whirlwind holiday trip,” Rossow said. “I'm looking forward to enjoying time at the library. When I was a little girl, my mom worked at the library. When I was naughty (which was often) my older sister would drag me to the library and dump me in the racks. I have wonderful memories from exploring the library. It was the beginning of my love affair with books and storytelling.”

Coming to Liberty where both Jordan and Rossow could be present at the same time seemed like a no-brainer to Rossow.

“This book has a special place in my heart because it is a tribute to Mrs. Jordan,” Rossow said. “Because of the content connection to Liberty, I thought it would be fitting to share at the library.”

Rossow is apparently an ambidextrous Type A personality. Her day job is the community manager at Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana, which is in Illinois.

However, she also manages Kerry Rossow Shenanigans, a Facebook page which is kind of a catch-all for all of her other endeavors. She founded “The She Said Project.”

“It started as a live theater show by, for and about women,” Rossow said. “It has evolved and now includes trips to serve in Haiti, a shoe drive and 'That's What Teens Say' weekend for teen girls. This year, the show is opening in other cities.”

After college, Rossow worked as an educator for 18 years. She left teaching at that point where she and another person founded “The She Said Project.” She also became a weekly columnist in The Powder Room. The Powder Room was a collaborative women's website.

“It was well-known for nearly a decade as the place to go for the hottest women's humor, heart and 'Holy moly did she just say that?'”

That was a comment from the website where inquiries go now since the original website has closed down.

One of Rossow's mottos is “leap and the net will appear.” She said her first encounter with that philosophy was when she went on her first mission trip to Haiti.

Following the mission trip, she became a published author in the second volume of the best-selling anthology series “I Just Want to Pee Alone” and also in “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.”

She also went on the stage as part of the casts in “Listen to Your Mother” in 2013 and 2014. Listen to Your Mother is a live stage show where people read stories about motherhood. It began in 2010 and has played in many different cities.

Her writings have been featured in The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and Rants from Mommyland.

At some point, she went back to education at the Montessori school.

“Because 6 year olds laugh at all of my dumb jokes,” she said.

Rossow lives in Illinois “with my patient husband, my embarrassed children and my naughty dog.”