Picture Bride

Picture Bride by [Hsiung, C Fong]THIS WEEK’S TWO OTHER FEATURED BOOKS, “GRAVITY,” BY ELIZABETH ROSNER AND “FLIP FLOPS AFTER 50,” BY CINDY EASTMAN, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.

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THE BOOK: Picture Bride

PUBLISHED IN: October 2014

THE AUTHOR: C Fong Hsiung

THE EDITOR: M. G. Vassanji (3-time Giller Prize nominee, 2-time winner)

THE PUBLISHER: TSAR Publications now rebranded as Mawenzi House

SUMMARY: Following the India-China war of 1962, the Chinese Indians (the Hakka), fearing suspicion and hostility, begin to emigrate. In Picture Bride, set during a period of changing times and changing values, twenty-year-old Jillian Wu leaves Calcutta to marry a man she has never met—Peter Chou, also a Hakka—with much anticipation, only to discover that he is gay. Forced by her husband to keep up the charade of a “normal” marriage, and pressured by her in-laws to have a child, she flees back to Calcutta, only to be disowned by her conservative family. A moving story with political overtones, Picture Bride confronts the politics of family, culture, and women’s rights.

C Fong HsiungTHE BACK STORY: During the late twentieth century, many Chinese Indian women went to Canada to get married. Often, these women met their fiancé for the first time upon arrival at the airport. While the majority of these marriages endured, some were fraught with problems from the onset because the matchmakers or the prospective grooms were less than honest. The author had heard stories about some of these women. She wanted to give them a voice.

WHY THIS TITLE?: Picture Bride is a reference to the way the couples were introduced.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT:  This is a relatable story about family, culture and tradition, with intriguing twists that will compel you to turn the pages.

REVIEW COMMENTS: Picture Bride is both surprising and thrilling. It will have you gasping at injustice and rooting for the protagonist to succeed. Picture Bride is full of the unexpected. With its twists and turns it will catch you off guard and leave you pleasantly surprised. It is a whirlwind of a story that captures the kindness and support of friendship, the rewards of hard work, and the positivity that arises out of hope. – All Lit Up First Fiction Fridays

“Even when description is sparse, the minimalist writing still paints a vivid picture. The emotional heft of Jillian’s confusion, her adjustments, her courage and fear is borne out fantastically. The way our protagonist’s immigration experience is framed, from Peter threatening her with her immigration status to the journey back home for the first time, is grounded from a reality. Also though I’m familiar with Chinese Indians, I really enjoy how bits and pieces of Hakka culture is given here.” — Galactic Tides

C Fong Hsiung proves herself as a brilliant storyteller. “Picture Bride” is a thoroughly engaging and passionate novel of Hakka men and women torn between following traditional rules and customs and accepting different values of a new land. – Amazon Reader

AUTHOR PROFILE: C. Fong Hsiung, a Hakka Chinese from Kolkata, India immigrated to Canada in 1977. In addition to her novel, Picture Bride, Life Rattle Press published her short story, Alfie (The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2012). She has completed another novel, and will begin the publication process soon.

While accounting pays Fong’s bills, writing feeds her soul. Curiosity is her companion. Her creed for life: never stop learning.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: It’s the author’s hope that by writing this story, she documents for posterity a community in Kolkata (old name Calcutta), India that is slowly becoming extinct. The Chinese Indian population, at its peak, was in the thirty-thousands. Today only a few thousands remain.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link). See preview on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Bride-C-Fong-Hsiung/dp/1927494397/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407808535&sr=8-1&keywords=Picture+Bride+AND+Fong+Hsiung

LOCAL OUTLETS: Indigo Bookstores in Canada Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Bride-C-Fong-Hsiung/dp/1927494397/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407808535&sr=8-1&keywords=Picture+Bride+AND+Fong+Hsiung Amazon.ca https://www.amazon.ca/Picture-Bride-C-Fong-Hsiung/dp/1927494397/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412818809&sr=8-1&keywords=Picture+Bride+AND+Fong+Hsiung Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/picture-bride-2 Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/picture-bride/9781927494394-item.html Mawenzi House http://www.mawenzihouse.com/Mawenzi_PictureBride.htm

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Worldwide distribution, e.g. Amazon India

PRICE: Amazon.com – $19.95 paperback, $7:43 Kindle CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Author’s website: http://www.fonghsiung.com/

Gravity

THE BOOK: Gravity

PUBLISHED IN: 2014

THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Rosner

THE EDITOR: Brilliant writer and editor and publisher Mark Allen Cunningham.

THE PUBLISHER: Atelier26 Books, based in Portland, OR, is an independent press dedicated to “beautifully designed and expressive books that get people listening, talking, and exchanging ideas.”

SUMMARY: “Composed over a period of some twenty years, Gravity is Elizabeth Rosner’s profoundly searching account of her experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. In an extraordinarily powerful mix of poetry and prose, Rosner traces the earliest remembered resonances of her parents’ past and her dawning awareness of the war history that colored her family home during her youth in Schenectady, New York. She recounts her false starts in raising the subject with her father (a survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp), his piecemeal revelations, and their eventual travels together to the sites of the nightmare in Germany. And she evokes, courageously and heart-wrenchingly, her search for identity against the gravitational pull of her parents’ experience and the traditional upbringing they’ve given her.” (quoted from Atelier26 website) The book also features exquisite artwork by Lola Fraknoi.

THE BACK STORY: The summary above should more accurately say that the book was composed over a period of thirty years. Some of the pieces were begun while I was still in my 20s, and while I was trying to figure out whether they were poems or prose. Eventually I realized that a rather blurry line exists for me when it comes to so-called differentiation among forms. Mainly I was interested in finding words to tell as much of the emotional truth as I was able. The resulting collection, as a whole, offers a variety of approaches toward describing what it was like to grow up inside my family, as well as the uncertain and unfinished work of becoming a writer.

WHY THIS TITLE?: A long time ago I found myself wondering if the word “gravity” has any (ancient?) intersection with the word “grief.” You’d think I would have looked this up and gone to great lengths to answer the question, but instead, I have chosen to stick to my own metaphoric convictions. That way I get to explore what feels most compellingly accurate — namely, human grief has a palpable weight that is a strange sort of blessing. The title poem was one of the first poems I ever wrote, and it came out of nowhere — surprisingly complete.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? I like to imagine that my book is a chance for people who usually don’t like poetry to discover that it can actually speak to them in a clear voice, with no need for translation or interpretation. I also like to believe that readers can find beauty and sorrow and childhood and adulthood all co-existing in these pages.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“Daringly, disarmingly raw and honest, Rosner’s potent confrontation of the past and ambivalent acceptance of the present coalesce in a haunting, soulful portrait of grief, memory, belief, and comfort.” –Booklist

“Gravity is admirable for its transparency of feeling and understated precision. … Perhaps the truest test of any book is whether you feel compelled to share it with a friend. By the time I was halfway through, I was eager to share it with many!”–ELLEN BASS, author of Like a Beggar and The Human Line

“Stunning … This is a personal history that becomes, through Rosner’s unflinching honesty and unerringly precise images, universal in its import. … Defying the sentimental even as she dares to be beautifully tender, Rosner brings us to the realization that love, too, is part of the gravity holding us together.”–LYNNE KNIGHT, author of Again and Night in the Shape of a Mirror

“Brilliant in concept and execution … magnificent and unpredictable, guiding the reader through an untangling of history, love, anguish, and, ultimately, the hard beauty of revelation.”–INDIGO MOOR, author of Taproot and Through the Stonecutter’s Window

AUTHOR PROFILE: I am honestly stunned to be able to say that I’m the author of three novels, a book of poetry, and a (new) book of nonfiction. Many of my days are spent staring out the window or into the middle distance, so the fact that these books have managed to be completed and launched into the so-called real world seems nothing short of miraculous. When I’m not traveling or teaching (often these two activities happen together, since I teach writing all over the world), I take my dog Lulu for frequent walks in the endlessly discoverable neighborhood of North Berkeley where I live.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: The themes covered within Gravity recur through much of my fiction (three novels, which you can learn more about on my website). This coming September 2017, my first book of nonfiction is being published by Counterpoint Press. It’s called: Survivor Café: the Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory. Here again I am addressing the subject of intergenerational inheritance, but this time I’m expanding the conversation to include focus on several large-scale atrocities of the 20th century. My experiences as a daughter of two Holocaust survivors have led me to feel a deep sense of connection to descendants of survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as Rwanda, Cambodia, and more. The book also includes current research on epigenetics, PTSD, and memory studies.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: http://www.atelier26books.com/gravity.html

WHERE TO BUY IT: You are warmly invited to order directly from the publisher, or request a copy from your favorite bookstore. Online sites work too, such as Powells Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. PRICE: $16

(special sale for $12 here: http://www.atelier26bookshop.com/shop/4592934560/gravity/10889585).

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: There are plenty of ways to reach me online. You are welcome to contact me via my website: http://www.elizabethrosner.com, via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/elizabethrosnerbooks, via Twitter: @elizabethrosner, or via Linked In.

Flip Flops After 50

Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts on Aging I Remembered to Write Down by [Eastman, Cindy]

THE BOOK: Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts On Aging I Remembered to Write Down

PUBLISHED IN: Spring 2014

THE AUTHOR: Cindy Eastman

THE PUBLISHER: She Writes Press

SUMMARY: Flip-Flops After 50 is a wry, witty collection of essays through which Cindy Eastman tackles the ups and downs of midlife. From her 30th high school reunion to her daughter’s wedding to running away to a cabin in Maine, she comes to terms with aging and change with insight and humor. The lens of humor does not make these essays less meaningful, however, as stories about the loss of an old friend, self-confidence and aging parents are included here.

Flip-Flops After 50 is a wonderful opportunity to remember that we’re not alone in our advanced years and that many of us go through similar changes and challenges. Reading the essays is like spending time with a close friend in the celebrations of life as well as the transitions.

THE BACK STORY: I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I met that need throughout the years with various occupations (church secretary) and extracurricular activities (volunteering to write anything for everyone who knew I liked to write), but it wasn’t until over 15 years ago that I jumped on the blog bandwagon and finally had an outlet for my work. Soon after I joined the She Writes online writing community, they started a small press for women. I gathered up a bunch of my essays, edited them and submitted my manuscript. They accepted it! Finally publishing my book has been one of the greatest accomplishments I’ve achieved and it has given me confidence I never even anticipated. I recommend pursuing a dream, no matter how old you get.

WHY THIS TITLE: After a certain age, priorities change and being comfortable in one’s footwear often rises to the top of the list. Wearing flip-flops is not only a fashion choice, but a mindset, giving freedom to choices and decisions based on personal comfort and convenience rather than following societal trends.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: You will want to read it because it will make you smile. As we get older, we are handling things differently, hopefully better, but we still need that occasional affirmation that we’re on the right path. Other reasons are: It is a collection of short essays, so you can finish one or more while you’re waiting at the dentist or before you fall asleep. Also, it makes a great gift for people turning 50—it’s a no-brainer!

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“Cindy Eastman’s Flip-Flops After Fifty: And Other Thoughts on Aging I Remembered to Write Down is as funny, warm, and inviting as its title. Filled with the kind of everyday humor that made Erma Bombeck everybody’s favorite columnist, Eastman’s wit and generosity reach out to embrace the reader. With every laugh, there’s a moment of recognition and a sense of camaraderie.”

~ Dr. Gina Barreca, professor of English and feminist theory and author of It’s Not That I’m Bitter

“I love this book. It helped me get through the days before and after turning this milestone age. I love Cindy Eastman’s honesty and sense of humor. I’ve learned that I am not the only one concerned about the changes of turning fifty and facing empty nest and retirement in a few years. It’s great to get some perspective. I’d definitely get this for friends as a gift for their big 5-O!” ~ Amazon Customer March 2015

“I snorted through this entire book! Eastman takes us on a lively, raucous romp through turning 50. She makes it so much fun with self-deprecation and irreverent approach to taboos, I felt better about turning 50 myself. Thank you, Cindy Eastman. You are a hoot.” ~ Tammy Hetrick, author Stella Rose

AUTHOR PROFILE: Cindy Eastman is a writer and an educator; born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, she was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, made a brief sweep through Texas and is now back in New England. Her career has taken a wide and diverse route from teaching computer skills to elementary schoolchildren to teaching English as an adjunct to college freshmen at a community college, earning a Master’s degree in Education along the way.

Eastman’s writing is informed by her ability to be an observer as well as a participant in her life. Starting at an early age, she kept journals to record her encounters – and make up stories – about the people, places and events that she experienced. The stories began to take a backseat to her observations, which became more and more fine-tuned as valid commentary on human behavior. With her dry sense of humor, she is able to address a variety of topical subjects and deliver an insightful analysis that’s both provocative and amusing.

Eastman makes her home in Connecticut with her husband, Angelo and their cat. She is working on a second collection of essays when she is not babysitting her grandson.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: Family emergencies for the last six months have kept me from working on my second book, so I am grateful to have this opportunity to share my first book with new readers. I love feedback (and reviews!) so please let me know what you think. Thank you, Darrell, for this wonderful place for authors and readers!

SAMPLE CHAPTER:  See Amazon page.

LOCAL OUTLETS: Please check Indiebound to support your local bookstores. In Connecticut, Byrd’s Books in Bethel and Hickory Stick in Washington carry the book. It can be ordered from any local bookstore.

If you’d like a personalized bookplate, email me the details and I’ll send you one!

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: The usual online places…Amazon, Barnes & Noble carry it, too.

PRICE: List: 16.95 varies upon location CONTACT THE AUTHOR: flipflopsafter50@gmail.com

Other places you can catch up with me: Website: http://cindyeastman.com/ Flip-Flops After 50 Blog: http://flipflops50.blogspot.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLEastmanAuthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/CLEastman Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7341531.Cindy_Eastman Instagram: http://instagram.com/cindyeastman

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“FLIP FLOPS AFTER 50” BY CINDY EASTMAN.

Flip-Flops After 50 is a wry, witty collection of essays through which Cindy Eastman tackles the ups and downs of midlife. From her 30th high school reunion to her daughter’s wedding to running away to a cabin in Maine, she comes to terms with aging and change with insight and humor. The lens of humor does not make these essays less meaningful, however, as stories about the loss of an old friend, self-confidence and aging parents are included here.

Flip-Flops After 50 is a wonderful opportunity to remember that we’re not alone in our advanced years and that many of us go through similar changes and challenges. Reading the essays is like spending time with a close friend in the celebrations of life as well as the transitions.

“PICTURE BRIDE,” BY C. FONG HSIUNG

Following the India-China war of 1962, the Chinese Indians (the Hakka), fearing suspicion and hostility, begin to emigrate. In Picture Bride, set during a period of changing times and changing values, twenty-year-old Jillian Wu leaves Calcutta to marry a man she has never met—Peter Chou, also a Hakka—with much anticipation, only to discover that he is gay. Forced by her husband to keep up the charade of a “normal” marriage, and pressured by her in-laws to have a child, she flees back to Calcutta, only to be disowned by her conservative family. A moving story with political overtones, Picture Bride confronts the politics of family, culture, and women’s rights.

“GRAVITY,” BY ELIZABETH ROSNER

“Composed over a period of some twenty years, Gravity is Elizabeth Rosner’s profoundly searching account of her experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. In an extraordinarily powerful mix of poetry and prose, Rosner traces the earliest remembered resonances of her parents’ past and her dawning awareness of the war history that colored her family home during her youth in Schenectady, New York. She recounts her false starts in raising the subject with her father (a survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp), his piecemeal revelations, and their eventual travels together to the sites of the nightmare in Germany. And she evokes, courageously and heart-wrenchingly, her search for identity against the gravitational pull of her parents’ experience and the traditional upbringing they’ve given her.” (quoted from Atelier26 website) The book also features exquisite artwork by Lola Fraknoi.

Leaving Kent State

Leaving Kent State by [Fedel, Sabrina]THIS WEEK’S OTHER FEATURED BOOKS, “WHALE FALLS,” BY CECIL BOTHWELL AND “HOBO’S REVENGE,” BY BILL DELOREY, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.

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THE BOOK: Leaving Kent State

PUBLISHED IN: November, 2016

THE AUTHOR: Sabrina Fedel

THE EDITOR: Simone W.

THE PUBLISHER: Harvard Square Editions

SUMMARY:  Seventeen-year-old Rachel Morelli has been waiting for the day that her next door neighbor and crush, Evan, comes home from Vietnam, sure that he will help her convince her dad to let her go to Pratt University instead of Kent State where her dad is a professor. But when Evan returns home injured, losing all of his own dreams, Rachel must set out alone to convince her dad she should go to Pratt to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. Meanwhile, Kent slips ever further off of its axis, in step with the growing discord across the nation. Caught between her love for Evan and her desire to escape Kent, Rachel must navigate a changing world to pursue her art, unaware that she and her small hometown are on a collision course with disaster.

Sabrina FedelTHE BACK STORY: My family was deeply affected by World War II and the Korean War, so I have always had an interest in the way war affects the families who stay home as well as the troops who return. When I saw a documentary on television about the Kent State shootings, it struck me very much as a story of young people, for young people.

WHY THIS TITLE: Because none of us can really leave Kent and the events that happened at the University that day.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Those wishing to know more about what caused the events at Kent State, and particularly why there as opposed to one of the schools like Berkeley or Ohio University where clashes between student demonstrators and police were frequent, will see the way in which Kent became a microcosm for what was happening across the United States.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“This look at the effects of war, at a soldier returning from war, and at a weary nation is engrossing and well done. Rachel is a thoughtful narrator who grows a lot over the course of the story. The portrayal of Evan as a returned solider coping with PTSD (though it’s never called that—I suppose at the time it would’ve been called shell shock or a stress reaction) and readjusting what his life’s plan is nuanced and compassionate.”  — Teen Librarian Toolbox

“I really enjoyed reading Leaving Kent State by Sabrina Fedel. The novel is the perfect balance between a love story and historical fiction. I can tell the author did a large amount of research on the Vietnam War, and not just the events but also how people reacted to it and the true feelings of the time period. It feels as if you are transported to the Vietnam War era while reading. The author did a great job of making the novel historically accurate, but it wasn’t overbearing. The historical elements were intertwined with a love story, one so classic and swoon-worthy that you can’t help but become invested.”

“The novel’s descriptive language provided great imagery and ideally set the scene. The novel’s main character, Rachel, is very likeable and shows great character development throughout the novel. Her thoughts and feelings are easy to relate to. Overall, Leaving Kent State is a great novel and I would recommend it to anyone looking for historical fiction with elements of romance.” — Litpick, 5 star review.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Sabrina Fedel is a 2014 graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Young People, at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her work has appeared in online and print journals. Her 2016 YA short story, Honor’s Justice, was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize as well as a Sundress Publications Best of the Net ’16 Award and a Story South Million Writers Award. Sabrina teaches English Literature at Robert Morris University.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: “While our nation has largely forgotten what happened on May 4, 1970, it was a defining moment for the way in which Americans consider involvement in war. While popular sentiment initially blamed the students for the massacre, it became clear in the years immediately following that something had gone terribly wrong in our democracy for American troops to have opened fire on unarmed college students. In our own protest laden present, the shootings at Kent State remain a valuable lesson in the escalation of force during peaceful citizen protests.”

SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link). www.sabrinafedel.com

LOCAL OUTLETS: Independent bookstores everywhere

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and anywhere fine books are sold

PRICE: $22.95 USD

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Sabrinafedel@me.com

Sabrina Fedel
Author of Leaving Kent State
Harvard Square Editions, 2016

Whale Falls

Whale Falls: An exploration of belief and its consequences by [Bothwell, Cecil]THE BOOK: Whale Falls: An Exploration of Belief and its Consequences.

PUBLISHED IN: 2010.

THE AUTHOR: Cecil Bothwell.

THE PUBLISHER: Brave Ulysses Books (the author’s own imprint).

SUMMARY: Beginning with Neanderthal confrontations with a beached whale, this book carries the reader across centuries and continents to listen to the ocean-spanning songs of modern cetaceans. Theory of mind, indigenous rights, LSD, Viking settlements, mummies, cancer, homesteading, chaos theorty and terrorism all appear and recedce beneath the wheels, beyond the wake, of a vehicle carrying us forward to uncharted waters.

http://1.gravatar.com/avatar/bd36b23d115488f50ca94343a01bb011THE BACK STORY: The idea for this book started when I learned of whale falls — the carcasses of ceteceans that sink to the deepest depths of the ocean, where wholly different life forms have evolved. The food chain is based on methane instead of oxygen (scarce at such depths). Then I read that some scientists theorized we could inject such organisms into the upper atmosphere to consume methane, the most potent of greenhouse gasses, and the symmetry struck me immediately.

Whale oil began our addiction to combustible liquid fuels (and whales were only saved from extinction by dint of an oil gusher in Pennsylvania), and now the fruit of their carcasses might save us from extinction due to warming. That seemed a metaphor for so many situations in which a problem and a solution are linked in unexpected ways. Midway through the year-long writing I was elected to City Council, outed as an atheist and suddenly acquired my 15 minutes of international fame (long story). But I realized that this book had to be about a much bigger picture of ethics and choices about how we examine and live our lives.

WHY THIS TITLE? Those of us who have seen whales in the wild world are generally most impressed by breaching, when a massive mammal rises from the water. I don’t think many people consider what happens when a whale finally falls.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? I learned a lot about myself in writing this book. It is the most personal, and partly memoir. I have been told by many readers that it worked in their own minds in a similar way, casting light on decisions for better and sometimes worse in their lives.

AUTHOR PROFILE: My career includes decades as a green builder, founding editor of a Warren Wilson College environmental journal, managing editor, investigative reporter, radio host and commentator, syndicated columnist, musician, slam poet, artist and organic gardener. I’ve authored 10 books, won regional and national journalism awards, and have addressed issues of ethics and the environment before groups in 25 cities in a dozen states. A Buncombe resident for 37 years I have camped and traveled in every state and canoed parts of every major river system in North America. For more than a decade I have served on the boards of two local nonprofit groups building libraries and grade schools in Bolivia and Guatemala.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: As Francis Bacon observed four centuries ago, “When we begin in certainty we are likely to end in doubt.”

SAMPLE CHAPTER:

We are wanderers, you and I. We’re on a too-short sojourn from wasn’t to isn’t, on a trajectory we were thrown into, on a pathway we invent. Our footsteps are tiny and even the most dedicated walkers among us do not travel far between birth and death. We tend to focus on the local landscape, on the immediate event, and to whatever extent we see beyond depends in large part on the stories of others. A few have gone up the mountain to peer into the next valley, a few have crossed the ocean and returned, and now a very few have looked back from space.

The world seems vast to a walker with a two-foot, two-footed stride. The sky seems high and the oceans deep to atwo-meter being looking upward and down. Only the insight of ten thousand generations’ tales can begin to instruct us in the truth of it all. Our biosphere is a thin skin on a wee world near a middling star in an average galaxy in a normal cluster, among billions. It is only by the greatest good fortune that we have come to be. It is only in this one known place in the cosmos, in this one brief interval in the long stretch of time, that stellar radiation and chemical recombination have erupted into life. It is only in this thin skin of air and water, no thicker than the varnish on a classroom globe, that life emerged, photo-synthesized, ate, mated, dreamed and spoke. “We are wanderers, you and I …”

It is only in this last flickering moment that we wanderers have set ourselves to meddling with the biology and chemistry and nuclear forces that have balanced their own books to create our living planet. It is only in the last quarter of a moment that there have been enough of us for our meddling to have much effect. And it is only in the last blink of our eye that we have begun to understand that our numbers and our meddling can effect systemic change in the fragile bubble of life that is our world.

We have built our empires on petroleum, the stored energy of a hundred billion sunrises, and are using up that energy in less than one hundred thousand days.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“The book, divided into sections by elements (fire, ice and light) touches an all manner of philosophical discussion, from death and ethics to diet and politics, all linked by stories involving sea creatures. The stories, culled from Bothwell’s personal life, manage to be, at once, both deeply investigative and and easily digestible.” – Alli Marshall, Mountain Xpress

LOCAL OUTLETS: Malaprops Cafe and Books, Asheville, NC.

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Braveulysses.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: cecil@braveulysses, @cecilbothwell, cecilbothwell.com.

Hobo’s Revenge

Hobo'$ Revenge: A Financial Thriller by [Delorey, William]

BillTHE BOOK: Hobo’s Revenge.

PUBLISHED IN: 2016

THE AUTHOR: William Delorey

THE EDITOR: Jean Coughlan

THE PUBLISHER: WordWizard Pub. An independent publisher located in Florida.

SUMMARY: Hobos and High Finance have little in common until the day an investment scammer deceives Gina and Mickey McGee, steals their retirement savings, and forces foreclosure on the family farm. Evicted along with her grandparents, Ellie McGee drops out of college and ends up homeless, living in a hobo encampment amongst a group of vagabonds.

Ellie hooks up with Tick Simmons, and together they plan revenge on the scammers that stole the farm and also killed Tick’s twin brother, a resident of the hobo camp. Tick and Ellie team up with the odd-ball drifters, recruit a senator and a rogue intelligence agent and an ex-Special Forces veteran, then reverse the game and scam the scammers, engaging in a diabolical and ingenious plot to retaliate in an all-or-nothing high stakes gamble.

See it here: https://www.amazon.com/Bill-Delorey/e/B00FEZH130/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

THE BACK STORY: I began this book with a few notes about my interaction with veterans and the homeless plight many vets endure. I’m a veteran as well – US Navy, Submarine Force, and lead several counseling programs dealing with violence and returning war vets, and some of the problems they encounter while re-socializing into normal home-life.

In addition, during a college break one summer, I traveling all over the USA, camping and meeting “road people and homeless folks” – and when I worked with the migrant harvesters in California agriculture communities.

Not all are mental cases, as some seem to think, and many choose it as a unique lifestyle. Some were victims of financial issues beyond their control. It made for an interesting summer, and opened my eyes to the odd friendships, unique adventures, and unusual problems some face in that lifestyle. So, these characters became a composite of extremely interesting folks I met on the road, blended with personal experience and imagination.

WHY THIS TITLE?: Hobo’s or vagabonds, or travelers present a unique financial picture, and occasionally team up to “rescue” one of their own from human predators.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? Anyone wants a peek into the life of America on the road – and the damage financial scams present to innocent victims. This tells a potent story about several homeless travelers, one a former Special Forces operative with powerful connections, others with unique skill-set from a “former life”. After one family was ruined by a fraudulent investment scam, including a real estate developer and a crooked judge, the vagabonds organize an unusual and very dangerous method to extract a sweet revenge.

“I discovered the talent behind Bill Delorey when I found his first book on Kindle; Shuffle an Impulse and decided I wanted to read more by this author. Once again Mr. Delorey has come up with a thrilling read with Hobo’s Revenge. Homeless or Hobo, sometimes they are one and the same and sometimes not. Deception, deceit and murder stalk the pages of this gripping novel. The reader is drawn into the suspense from the very first page and it doesn’t let up until the last page. There is no guessing or anticipating what is going to happen until it does. The actions and dialogue suggest that Mr. Delorey has spent some time in a homeless camp to learn the habits and lingo. With each page, I felt as if I were eavesdropping private conversations around the fire pit. The characters, including those of lesser importance, were believable and well-rounded. This is one book, I hoped would never end. It is hard to write this review simply because my mouth would probably give something away. Good job capturing and holding the attention of another reader. I will be looking for more in the future, I hope.” — Amazon reader, July 20, 2016.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Like many authors, when a youngster I read a lot, and dreamed about the glamorous, glorious, and rich lifestyle of a writer. Years of college and cultural experience combined and made that a reality – only to find out it as much a grind as any other profession, but for a lot less money.

But, nothing floats my boat more than introducing a new and interesting character – whether a white hat or a black hat – then sit and watch the interaction take place – adventures the author can’t always control.

Nothing brings me more pleasure than these imaginary individuals taking on a life of their own – and I imagine that’s true of any author, and any reader. We hope so anyway..

AUTHOR COMMENTS: “This tells a story about several homeless travelers, one a former Special Forces operative with powerful connections, others with unique skill-set from a ‘former life’ After one family was ruined by a fraudulent investment scam, including a real estate the vagabonds organize an unusual and very dangerous method to extract a sweet revenge”

LOCAL OUTLETS: Amazon Kindle at $3.99 or Print $12.45 (+ KindleUnlimited)

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon or my website \

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Contact me at my website http://www.billdelorey.com and send me an email. Or, find me on Facebook.