A CLOSER LOOK AT JUNE’S

SIX BOOK CLUB-WORTHY TITLES

BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT

By Richard Webb, Jr.

THE BOOK

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest gray house in Westport, CT. It was an experience that had a more profound impact on both of their collective works than any other place they lived.

The Fitzgeralds lived a wild life of drinking, driving and endless partying while living in suburban Connecticut. As it happens, living near the beach, they were neighbors to a larger-than-life reclusive multi-millionaire, F.E. Lewis.

Historian Richard Webb grew up in Westport a few doors down the street from where the Fitzgeralds had lived some forty years earlier. Fascinated with the Fitzgeralds, when Webb learned that author Barbara Probst Solomon, who grew up across the river from the F.E. Lewis estate, proposed in the New Yorker that Westport was the real setting for Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, he was stirred to actively researching her claim.

The book, a special Centennial Edition, is illustrated with a fantastic array of never-before-seen photos from the Lewis family, as well as the scrapbooks of the Fitzgeralds, period newspaper clippings and a myriad of compelling stories about Scott, Zelda and their fantastically wealthy neighbor.

THE AUTHOR

Richard Webb Jr. is an author, documentary filmmaker and historian. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he is a multiple award-winning educator who has taught at the high school and university level for more than 25 years. A featured presenter in the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Prohibition documentary Connecticut Goes Dry, Webb is co-creator and co-producer, along with Robert Williams, of Gatsby in Connecticut, an F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald documentary that is a companion piece to Boats Against the Current. Considered a local authority on Westport history, he is a consultant to the local historical society and has given talks throughout Fairfield County on the Fitzgeralds’ time in Westport.

 

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BETTER OFF BALD: A LIFE IN 147 DAYS

By Andrea Wilson Woods

THE BOOK

Adrienne Wilson is a depressed, suicidal teenager — until the day she receives a diagnosis of stage IV liver cancer. Facing the fight of her life, Adrienne discovers how much she wants to live.

In Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, Andrea Wilson Woods chronicles her sister’s remarkable life from the time she was born to the day she dies at age fifteen. Written like a journal, Andrea takes the reader inside her and Adrienne’s journey explaining how she gained custody of Adrienne from their mother and how the sisters’ relationship evolved over time.

Adrienne’s courageous spirit shines through as she squeezes more life into 147 days than most people do in a lifetime. From meeting Jay Leno to spending the day with Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, Adrienne makes every moment count. As she lay dying, Adrienne teaches Andrea how to live.

THE AUTHOR

Andrea Wilson Woods is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching and advocacy.

For over 10 years, Andrea worked in the education field as a teacher and professor for public and private schools as well as universities. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. Her nonfiction writing has won national awards. Her new book, a medical memoir titled Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon in multiple categories.

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LOST IN GHOST TOWN

By Carder Stout 

THE BOOK

Lost in Ghost Town is a riveting, raw and heartfelt look at the power of addiction, the beauty of redemption and finding truth somewhere in between.

As a therapist to Hollywood’s elite, Dr. Carder Stout’s clientele includes Oscar-, Golden Globe-, Emmy-, Tony- and Grammy-winners, bestselling authors and billionaires. He may not be able to share their dark secrets, but for the first time, everyone will know his.

At the age of 34, Carder would have gladly pawned the silver spoon he was born choking on for a rock of crack. Carder was a dirty, broke, soon-to-be-homeless crackhead wandering the streets of Venice, CA, when he lands a job of driving for a philosophical drug czar. He finds friendship and self-worth as he helps deliver quality product to LA’s drug enthusiasts, from trust-fund kids, gang affiliates, trophy wives, hip-hop producers and Russian pimps. But even his loyalty and protection can’t save Carder from the peril of the streets — or the eventual contract on his life.

THE AUTHOR

Dr. Carder Stout, PhD, is a Los Angeles-based psychologist with a practice filled with A-list celebrities, bestselling authors and a few Hollywood billionaires. A graduate from Trinity College with a BA in creative writing, Stout continued on to earn a Master’s degree in New Mexico, followed by a PhD in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.

After succumbing to addiction to alcohol and cocaine, Carder began recovery and has now been sober for over a decade. Carder works with at least one pro bono client from an underprivileged community each month as a way to give back to those who supported him during his homelessness and addiction.

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WILD BLUEBERRIES

By Peter Damm

THE BOOK

Some writers look at life with their eyes, others with their heart. In this beautifully written and illustrated collection of evocative, funny, and moving stories, Peter Damm does both.

These are vignettes of growing up in small-town rural Michigan, but also a closely observed portrait of mid-century America. The tone is alternately wry, elegiac, poignant and humorous, as Damm recalls the joys of fishing on a northern lake, the rigors and confusion of childhood, or feasting on blueberries in autumn.

But this isn’t a collection of pretty postcards. Damm’s family experienced difficulty, alcoholism and loss, and he writes with a survivor’s compassion. The writing is beautiful — spare, direct, lyrical, truthful. These are stories for all the senses, held in place by strands of memory alternately steel and gold. Wild Blueberries was recently named as a finalist for a Great Lakes Great Reads Award.

THE AUTHOR

Peter Damm’s life has traveled varied tracks. He was raised in small town rural Michigan and graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He later studied with National Book Award winner Wright Morris, and with Guggenheim Fellow and National Jewish Book Award winner Leo Litwak.

He has lived abroad and traveled widely in Europe, India, Bali, Mexico, parts of the Middle East, Indonesia, Central America, South America and New Zealand. He worked on the grounds crew of a golf course, as a banquet waiter, on road construction crews, the staffs of magazines and as a freelance writer and editor.

He has taught European travel classes, and English language and American culture to Japanese university students, co-founded an import gourmet food business, was co-owner of a residential real estate brokerage, earned a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, worked as a psychotherapist, grief counselor and with families of the chronically mentally ill. His book of poems, At the Water’s Edge, chronicles a five-month journey in Bali, Indonesia and New Zealand. Peter lives and works in Berkeley, CA.

 

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MONSTERLAND

By Michael Okon

THE BOOK

Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. He’d like to spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

THE AUTHOR

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA.

Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

 

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BULWARK

By Brit Lunden

THE BOOK

Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong and if Jenna will ever come back to him.

He’s troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that with the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim, as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange.

A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize his life as he knows it will never be the same.

THE AUTHOR

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.

Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spinoff stories to this bizarre town. Brit lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

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