THIS WEEK’S FEATURED BOOKS, “EXIT BLUE,” BY IVAN G. GOLDMAN, “TO THE LEFT OF THE MICROWAVE,” BY LISA DE NISCIA AND “OPERATION CROSSBOW,” BY WILLIAM DELOREY, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING ON THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHORS PAGE.
Sorry, but I don’t have any scary books this week. It just didn’t work out that way, so the best I can offer you is this “Trumpkin.”
On Nov. 1, seven days before the presidential election, Laurie Buchanan will publish her new book, “Note to Self.” The timing couldn’t be better.
That’s because Buchanan’s warm and gentle philosophy is a perfect antidote to the dark and turbulent emotions roiled up by the contest between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
I don’t know what kind of president Laurie would make, but I think she’d make a great next door neighbor. She doesn’t come off as one of those finger-pointing, “What’s wrong with you, anyway?” self-help shrews, but merely as someone offering useful suggestions in an entertaining style.
But maybe your psyche is just fine, and you’re simply looking to escape within the pages of a novel. We’ve got two this week — “Love & Theft,” by Michael Sprankle and “A Rising Tide of People Swept Away,” by Scott Archer Jones (whose “The Big Wheel” was featured on Snowflakes in October of 2015).
The choice is yours.
UPCOMING ON “SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD,” Oct. 25-31
“LOVE & THEFT,” BY MICHAEL SPRANKLE.
After a series of encounters with the law, a young man yearns for a better life and escapes his past as he heads to New York City where his pursuit of happiness and success sends him on a series of well-intentioned misadventures that lead him into the dark side of the criminal underworld and revenge. A marriage of real events and fiction, Love and Theft pulls from the author’s personal experience to create a man whose life path is no more his own fault than the color of his hair.
“A RISING TIDE OF PEOPLE SWEPT AWAY,” BY SCOTT ARCHER JONES.
A small boy flees a toxic family – all the way across the alley to Rip’s Bar and to a vivid troupe of broken people in the Albuquerque Bosque. They hide him from his car-thief drunkard father, his cocaine-freak mother, and his ganged-up abusive brother.
The boy trades family for a hodgepodge of drinkers and losers. But it’s bad timing. A new bridge proposed across the Rio Grande will wreck the neighborhood. The barflies share responsibility for the child while their Bosque crumbles. They collect misery like small change and rally to keep their ghetto alive.
“NOTE TO SELF,” BY LAURIE BUCHANAN.
Writes one reviewer: ““While we are all passengers on a planet called Earth, we can choose to enhance the way in which we travel—emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically. In fact, we can, through the pages of this book, discover new ways to travel that are lighter, more fluid, and life-enhancing. The author, a wise and dedicated traveler, is also the right kind of guide—caring, inspiring, uplifting, knowledgeable—for your journey of self-discovery. I recommend this tremendous book to anyone seeking the companionship of good energy and joyful presence.”
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Dawn+Lajeunesse Paperbacks are available immediately. E-books will follow soon – pre-orders are accepted.
November is also the debut month for Merrill Jean Gerber’s memoir, “Beauty and the Breast: A Tale of Breast Cancer, Love and Friendship.” Her debut book signing is planned for Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA on Nov. 11, and the book has some impressive early advocates:
“An intimate, touching, moving portrait of the self in peril and in pain, written
with characteristic intelligence & lucidity by Merrill Joan Gerber.”
—Joyce Carol Oates, author of Soul at the White Heat and winner
of the National Humanities Award
“Short, easily digestible chapters. [Gerber] also includes clear, black-andwhite
close-ups of her affected breast during various stages of treatment, among
other images…. The featured photographs of the author make this one stand out
among the pack.”
“I LOVE IT!! I could not put it down. Merrill Joan Gerber tells the story
without a drop of feeling sorry for herself. She never loses her sense of humor.
I’ve read a lot of breast cancer books, but hers is so fresh, so endearing, there’s
nothing else like it.”
—Judy Blume, author of Are you There, God? It’s Me, Margaret,
and In the Unlikely Event.