Books Howard Means Books by Howard Means Howard Means has written books about: Nonfiction History & Society Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Howard Means New In Paperback Innovation: 'Machu Picchu', Homesteading And 'Johnny Appleseed' May 23, 2012 This week, there's fresh fiction from Pulitzer finalist Denis Johnson, novelist Tom Perrotta and newspaperman Pete Hamill; plus, travel editor Mark Adams explores Machu Picchu; Melissa Coleman reminisces about growing up off the grid; and Howard Means looks at the life of Johnny Appleseed. Originally from Massachusetts, John Chapman — better known as Johnny Appleseed — sowed apple seeds across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio in the 1790s. Joe Biafore/iStockPhoto.com hide caption toggle caption Joe Biafore/iStockPhoto.com Books Johnny Appleseed Planted Stories Of Myth, Adventure April 14, 2011 Johnny Appleseed is the legendary frontiersman who planted orchards all over what's now the Midwest. But he was also a real man, a wanderer and evangelist who actively contributed to his own myth. Johnny Appleseed Planted Stories Of Myth, Adventure Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135409598/135493603" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Mito Habe-Evans/NPR Opinion What We're Reading Breaking Down The Appleseed Myth; A Deeply Sad Farming Memoir; A Valentine To Prairie Life April 12, 2011 A retelling of the famous Johnny Appleseed myth; a devastating memoir about the birth of the organic farming movement and its effect on a homesteading family; an attempt to discover the secrets of Little House on the Prarie; and an NPR contributor's struggle with the recession and its aftermath.