Weather Report, Jan. 9

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THIS WEEK’S TWO FEATURED BOOKS, “CROOKED MOON,” BY LISETTE BRODEY AND “SHRINK WRAPPED,” BY DAVID LIEBERT, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING ON THE AUTHOR’S NAMES ON OUR AUTHOR’s PAGE.

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You can’t please everybody. That’s what they say.

Nevertheless, I’m always looking for niches that we haven’t filled, and it occurred to me that we have offered virtually nothing to the millions of sports fans out there.

Then I came across Steve Stinson’s book on Bill Dudley — “Bullet Bill Dudley: Football’s Greatest 60-Minute Man.” I was expecting yet another exercise in hero worship, but Stinson balanced the amazing story of Dudley’s accomplishments with an honest treatment of his high-achiever personality. Meticulously profiled, Dudley comes across as a laudable athlete and family man with just a few human frailities.

So here it is, just in time for the Super Bowl.

Our other two books take new approaches to old stories — really old, in the case of Maren Anderson’s “Closing the Store.”

Maren writes: “‘Closing the Store’ is a retelling of the Ancient Greek farce — ‘Lysistrata,’ by Aristophanes, but before you dismiss it as being too high-brow, know that Lysistrata is one of the lewdest plays in the classical canon.

“I teach Literature and Writing at a university in Oregon, and I always begin my lectures about Aristophanes by explaining that the playwright is known for outrageous, impossible plots. ‘One of the plays has talking frogs in it,’ I explain. ‘None of these plots is supposed to work, including the sex strike.’ Then I wondered, ‘what if the plan did work?’ That was the beginning of this book.

Finally, Robert D. Turvil takes on a common plot device — life after death — and gives us a main character who refuses to acknowledge that he’s moved on to the next level. Ronald Foster is a dead guy with issues, and an attitude.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, JAN. 10-16.

“CLOSING THE STORE,” BY MAREN ANDERSON.

Liz didn’t mean to start a sex strike…but she’ll use it to end a war and win an election. Liz A. Stratton is running for President of the United States to end the unpopular war in Mesopotamianstan. Everything goes as planned until the first debate when Liz’s competitors patronize her. She loses her temper and declares that if every woman in America withheld sex, the war would be over in weeks. So women all over the country actually “close the store.” Now the fun starts.

“THE AFTER DEATH AFTERLIFE OF RONALD FOSTER,” BY ROBERT D. TURVIL.

“The After Death Afterlife of Ronald Foster’ is the dramatic story of life after death for a man who doesn’t know he’s dead. Ronald gives a first hand account and tells how he’s ensnared by greed, anger, lust, envy and worse; how he finally discovers that he’s passed from life to death.

Ultimately, he understands that he’s used up his last chance. The question is: does he deserve to survive?

“BULLET BILL DUDLEY,” BY STEVE STINSON.

Although his nickname was a misnomer (he really wasn’t all that fast afoot), the undersized Dudley became a star on the college and pro level. He ran for touchdowns, threw touchdown passes, caught touchdown passes, returned punts and kickoffs and played defense with a vengeance.

What’s truly remarkable is that Dudley never got on the field in three years of suiting up for the football team at his small rural high school during the Depression. Not once.

This probably had to do with the fact that he only weighed around 120 pounds. But faced with the complete lack of jobs in Southwest Virginia at the time, Dudley found that he could return to high school for one more year if he took only one class.He chose home economics.

Then, bolstered by a late growth spurt, he became the starting quarterback on the football team under a new coach, made All-State and was offered a scholarship by the University of Virginia. Later, he became what Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney called “as good as any player who ever played in the National Football League.”


SNOWFLAKES DEALS

Tom Bentley writes: “I have a small sale going on with my Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See ebook, which is discounted from $4.99 to $3.99 until January 15th.

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