First Tuesday Replay, June 5

THIS FEATURE HAS A TWO-FOLD PURPOSE: 1. TO ALLOW THOSE RECENTLY ADDED TO OUR FOLLOWER’S LIST TO LEARN ABOUT BOOKS THEY MIGHT HAVE MISSED AND 2. TO MAKE SURE PREVIOUSLY FEATURED AUTHORS AND THEIR WORK AREN’T FORGOTTEN. IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANY ONE OF THE BOOKS REVISITED HERE, SIMPLY CLICK ON THE “AUTHOR” PAGE, THEN ON THAT AUTHOR’S NAME.

“THE END OF MIRACLES, BY MONICA STARKMAN.

Margo Kerber has endured difficult years battling infertility while trying to sustain her good marriage and satisfying career. When a seemingly miraculous pregnancy ends in a late miscarriage, Margo is devastated. For a time, the unshakable yet false belief that she is pregnant again provides relief from all-consuming grief. When her fantasy inevitably clashes with reality, Margo falls into a deep depression requiring admission to a psychiatric unit. Uncertain if the sometimes chaotic environment there is helping or making her worse, she seizes an opportunity to flee. Alone on the city streets, new fantasies propel her to commit a crime with dangerous consequences for herself and others. Written by a prominent psychiatrist, this stirring portrait of one woman’s psychological unraveling takes readers on a journey across the blurred boundaries between sanity and depression, madness and healing.

“MOTEL OF THE STARS,” BY KAREN SALYER McELMURRAY.

Ten years is a long time to wait for anything. For Jason Sanderson and Lory Llewellyn, it’s how long they’ve each been searching for relief from the emotional paralysis of mourning the same man, Sam Sanderson, Jason’s son and Lory’s lover. For the rest of the world, or at least those fervent New Agers caught up in the hype and glory of the 1987 Harmonic Convergence, the tenth anniversary spells a chance to gather at Grandfather Mountain, a vortex where, if anywhere, there’s a possibility to revisit the spiritual revelry promised by the rare strategic alignment of the planets. A troubled young man, Sam was once a seeker of such mystical wisdom, and his unexplained death a decade ago motivates both his father and former lover to undertake a coincidental journey, looking for an answer to the one question anyone who has ever lost a loved one asks: why? Melancholy yet expectant, McElmurray’s is a keenly sorrowful but plaintively lyrical examination of anguish and longing.

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

Related imageWrites John: “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.”

“A DIFFERENT JESUS,” BY JAN LINN.

Christian commitment is about living and not just believing, but what Christians believe has always mattered, something that is especially true today. The world is growing more inter-religious and non-religious daily. At the moment there are a billion and a half Muslims worldwide, with that number increasing steadily. There are more and more people of no religious faith, and a growing number of others who engage in Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist practices. Conflict between these religious groups is not uncommon. Tensions between Christians and Muslims are intensifying in many nations. Unchecked this tension will evolve into open conflict that will contribute to a more unstable world order.

“TRUE STORIES AT THE SMOKY VIEW,” BY JILL McCROSKEY COUPE.

After attending the funeral of her estranged friend Skip in Knoxville, Tennessee, Vrai (short for Vraiment), a forty-something art history librarian with sons of her own, rescues ten-year-old Jonathan, who has been abandoned in the funeral home parking lot. The Blizzard of 1993 strands this unlikely duo at the Smoky View Motel, where they join forces in a very personal search for justice, eventually confronting the tyrant responsible for two deaths.

Containing elements of mystery and intrigue, True Stories at the Smoky View is a literary novel about family, friendship, tyranny, and the elusiveness of justice. For Vrai and Jonathan, it’s a story of mutual rescue, resulting in new lives for them both.

“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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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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