Weather Report, August 1

(Indiana farm in summer, from Dreamstime)

Our currently featured books, “The High Price of Freeways,” by Judy Juanita, “In Love With Spring,” by Robin Stratton, “The Shell and the Octopus,” by Rebecca Stirling and “Askew,” by Robert Vaughan, can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, AUGUST 2-8

“THE FUN MASTER,” BY JEFF SEITZER

A self-involved academic struggling to cope with his own neurological problems, Jeff could hardly take care of himself, let alone a child with special needs, when his son, Ethan, was born. But despite multiple surgeries, hospitalizations, serious breathing and swallowing problems, hearing loss, and a challenging social environment in his first months of life, Ethan thrived—all the while teaching Jeff to take things as they came. And eight years later, the arrival of adopted baby sister Penelope took Jeff’s on-the-job training to a whole new level.

FINDING GRACE,” BY MAREN COOPER

Chuck and Caroline meet in college biology lab and drift into a relationship of his design. Mesmerized by her drive, Chuck sees in Caroline, an orphan like himself, a partner who will help him face the world. Chuck couldn’t be more wrong. He wants a home, a family, roots.

But Caroline, a gifted ornithologist, plans a life of travel and adventure—following her heart’s desire, and her birds, wherever they may take her. And, she expects Chuck to tag along.

When Caroline gets pregnant against her wishes, Chuck assumes she will change her mind. She doesn’t.

Their daughter Grace falls through the devastating schism that grows between her parents. When Grace finally runs away, everything becomes a bargaining chip in a very high stakes game.

“INDIANA NOCTURNES,” BY CURTIS L. CRISLER AND KEVIN McKELVEY

Curtis L. Crisler and Kevin McKelvey’s intent in this collection is to explore working class roots in urban cities, small towns, and rural townships in Indiana. Crisler was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, and after graduating high school, moved to Fort Wayne to work in factories. McKelvey was born and raised near Lebanon, Indiana, and spent his childhood and young adulthood working in gardening, farming, and carpentry. Now, Crisler teaches at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW), and McKelvey teaches writing at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy).

In the odd sections, they alternate poems, and in the second section, Crisler takes a solo with ten poems, and McKelvey offers ten of his on poems in the fourth section. The book’s general arc traces from childhood to teenage years into early adulthood and maturity. The differing voices and styles spark interplay between the poems, and more importantly, a dialogue about race, class, relationships, and urban and rural issues in Indiana and the greater Midwest.

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bridgetowriters

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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