Judith A. Boggess, MSC, is a writer, irreverent, sardonic award winning poet, artist in oils and in Native American giclee's. Confessions of a Bar Brat was inspired by an addiction to films that began at age six, when the Rosendale Theatre became her babysitter every night to keep her out of the family bar. Her writing is very visual, with an emphasis on dialogue and dramatic tension.
Narrated by a young girl growing up in the coarsest, most hell-raising bar on Main Street, Rosendale, NY in the early 50s, Confessions of a Bar Brat, is an unforgettable memoir of a girl’s day-to-day living with the effects of overt and covert abuse, sexual abuse, and parental neglect. The story is told in a six to 12 year old colloquial dialect unflinchingly and honestly; it’s about the capacity of the human spirit to endure, to bloom, and to see humor in chaos.
Wanda Fischer has loved baseball since she was eight years old. She's parlayed that into her first novel, which is not necessarily about her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. When she's not writing, she's listening to folk music for her show on WAMC public radio, "The Hudson River Sampler," which she's done since 1982.
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They were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they’d be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they’re often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond.
Listen to Wanda talk with Joe Donahue, host of WAMC's "Roundtable," about her book here.
After 20 years of writing marketing copy to finance her travel addiction, Sarah Bowen hunkered down to craft her first book, Void if Detached, based on the sermons of her father, the Reverend Richard Murdoch. Reading through the manuscripts of 1,500 sermons she received after his death, she found herself on a fascinating spiritual recovery. Sarah dove cautiously into the Hebrew Scriptures and Christian Bible, studying initially through online courses at Yale University, Emory University, and the Reformed Theological Seminary.
WINNER 2017 Gold IPPY Award
WINNER 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Award
FINALIST 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award
This is the story of a religion-phobic Gen Xer who felt a void because she had become detached from her faith. In fact, she wasn't sure what her faith was or if she actually had any faith at all. Raised as a preacher's kid, she had an astonishingly long list of why religion didn't work for her--until five years after her father's death, she began reading his sermons. Follow her journey through history and theology as she sometimes seriously—and often irreverently—learns to fill the void with something greater than herself.
E. J. McCULLY (1915-1973) was born in La Grande, Oregon, and raised in Oakland, California. He became a Regimental Personnel Officer and Captain in the 415th Infantry Regiment of the104th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his efforts. He later served for almost 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve in Phoenix, Arizona, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel and receiving the Army Commendation Medal. After employment at the Phoenix Veterans Administration, he rose to an executive position with a local business, living in Scottsdale with his wife and three daughters.
Winner of the 2017 Book Fest Award, History: Military
Imagine you are a Regimental Personnel Officer for the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II. You are charged with the delivery of hundreds of replacements to the front lines. On occasion, you are required to drive blackout over miles of heavily mined, shell-torn roads that are subject to sniper fire. On top of these challenging and dangerous responsibilities, you and your men are required to transport, pack, assemble, and dismantle almost two tons of office equipment for a personnel office in a field setting—during a war. At the same time, you must keep your office running efficiently. Such was the experience of Captain E. J. McCully, as described in Journals of War.
Alexandra Weinbaum grew up Philadelphia, received her B.A. at Smith College, and a Ph.D. in Russian History from Columbia University. Much of her career has been devoted to improving educational opportunities for underserved and low-income students in K-12 education. For 20 years she developed and led educational initiatives at AED, now FHI360. She was the lead author of the book Teaching as Inquiry from Teachers College Press. In writing Careful Old Letters she has returned to her love of history through telling her family's story as revealed in the box of letters that was discovered 20 years ago.
Careful Old Letters by Alexandra Weinbaum is a family history based on 169 letters and postcards from Lodz, Warsaw, Grenoble and Paris, before, during and after World War II. Her parents grew up in Lodz, Poland and studied and lived in Grenoble and Paris from 1928 to 1938, when they emigrated to the United States. Following her parents' deaths, her son discovered the letters, written in Polish, German and French, in a tattered carton box labeled "Careful Old Letters." The prewar letters provide a vivid picture of life in Paris for Polish émigré students. The wartime letters written in desperate times tell the story of the family's internment in the Lodz and Warsaw Ghettos and the survival of two family members.
Slava Kolpakov has always been fascinated with the transformational power of stories. His belief is that our values and actions are shaped by the stories we have been told, and continue to retell. Slava currently resides in Newton, MA, with his wife and son, and teaches yogic philosophy in his weekly yoga classes and teacher training courses. www.threadsoflightbook.com
Trained as a writer in his collegiate and graduate school years, Nelson Cover embarked upon a career in business and for forty-three years was a fund raising professional, the last thirty as founder and owner of his own company. Upon retirement, he renewed his love of the written word. He brings to From the Midst of Wickedness a hands-on knowledge of a world full of intrigue, malfeasance and flawed characters in a story that shows that despite it all there are still good people who on occasion can actually carry the day. In 2013 he self-published a first novel, Danced By the Light of the Moon, the story of a group of 30 year olds caught in a disastrous Caribbean charter sailing vacation.
Scandal at the University.
Thomas Simpson, a professor at Sessions University, is seduced into joining the administration of president, Bryan Q. Fitz-Hugh, an extraordinarily brilliant, visionary, charismatic leader. As the new director of university communications, he begins to have disturbing concerns about the administration.
Marcia Rowe has focused her life on creating beauty in many forms. She received a BFA from Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA and is a fine artist, muralist and graphic designer. Marcia's spiritual journey has led her to write The Three Keys to Contentment. She lives in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
The Three Keys to Contentment offers the use of spiritual Keys to open emotional Locks preventing one from living a peaceful life. Regrets of the past open to Forgiveness, Self-pity of the present moment opens to Gratitude, and Fear of the future opens to Faith. Supported by quotes from spiritual leaders, authors and inspiring figures past and present, the author guides the reader through the process of discovering inner strength and freedom. Practices are given for using the keys to liberate ourselves from habitual patterns and open to contentment. It is a simple and universal spiritual message for daily living.