Weather Report, August 15

OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “ONE HUNDRED HUNGERS,” BY LAUREN CAMP, “HER OWN VIETNAM,” BY LYNN KANTER AND “FORBIDDEN CHRONICLES OF A ROMAN CENTURION,” BY JOHN CHAPLICK, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

With all due respect to John Abbott, whose “Theft: And Other Tales of Loss and the Working Class” will be one of the three featured Snowflakes books beginning tomorrow, our August 16-22 segment seems to have become Woman’s Week.  It wasn’t planned that way, but Erin Seidemann’s “Postcards From the Sky” and Patti Clark’s “This Way Up” are definitely female-oriented.

Moreover, along with Abbott’s book, they highlight the sort of book publisher most in sync with the mission of Snowflakes in a Blizzard.

Once upon a time, if a publisher came across an excellent manuscript from a previously unknown author, the impulse was: “A lot of people are going to love this book, and that will obviously be good for us. Plus, we get to enjoy the challenge of making an unknown writer known.”

Some publishers still feel that way. More often, though, new writers — no matter how talented — will be turned away because they lack a built-in fan club. With the glut of books pouring onto the market today, those companies are able to choose the easier path.

And yes, I understand that publishing is a business. But I think you’ll be glad that She Writes Press took a chance on the work of Erin and Patti (both first-timers), and that the short stories of John Abbott (compared by one reviewer to Chekhov and du Maupassant) caught the eye of Los Angeles-based Underground Voices.

Like everyone else, I have certain established authors whose books I tend to read almost automatically — Michael Connelly and Jodi Piccoult are two of them. At the same time, though, we need to be mindful of new voices, because without them the literary world becomes stagnant, a closed loop endlessly repeating itself.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD AUGUST 16-22.

“POSTCARDS FROM THE SKY,” BY ERIN SEIDEMANN

Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix tells of the struggles and adventures one encounters as a woman in the male-dominated space of aviation. With humor and equanimity, Erin Seidemann recounts her varied experiences as a female pilot—from the chauvinistic flight instructor she makes the mistake of falling in love with to the many, many customs agents who insist she can’t possibly be her plane’s owner (“Where’s your boyfriend?”)—while at the same time giving insight about just what makes flying so incredible . . . and so very addictive. Frank, funny, and full of adventure, Postcards from the Sky is an entertaining foray into a world few women have dared enter.

“THEFT: AND OTHER TALES OF LOSS AND THE WORKING CLASS, ” BY JOHN ABBOTT.

John writes: “My book is a short story collection featuring pieces that follow ordinary folks and the ordeals they face trying to live their lives. The events are sometimes commonplace (a boy trying to go trick or treating) and sometimes disturbing (a strange woman showing up in a man’s backyard claiming that she knows him). Some of the stories contain touches of the surreal, or what some call magical realism, but most of the stories dwell in the realm of literary fiction.”

“THIS WAY UP,” BY PATTI CLARK.

This Way Up is a story of healing for women who yearn to lead a fuller life, accompanied by a workbook designed to help readers work through personal challenges, discover new inspiration, and harness their creative power…

Women spend so much of life nurturing and giving to others that when they find themselves alone—because of an empty nest, the end of a marriage, or the death of a partner—they often struggle with feeling purposeless. This Way Up provides a step-by-step way out of this sense of loss and into a life filled with enthusiasm, creativity, and joy.

The book centers on the essential wisdom of introspection and on the importance of following one’s dreams. This message of hope and transformation is then brought to life through an insightful, systematic and easily relatable twelve week program. Day-by-day journaling exercises, thought provoking questions and reader support are provided. For any woman who yearns to lead a fuller life but doesn’t know how to begin, this book is an ideal starting point.

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DEALS

And this from Persis “Perky” Granger, whose “Adirondack Gold” was featured on Snowflakes: “I’m willing to sell Adirondack Gold at $5 and its sequel, “A Summer of Strangers,” at $6, plus shipping.”

Her email is persisgranger@aol.com, her Website Persis Granger.com.

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