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M. Stevens-David Book Review: "The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes" by H.R. Jakes
By Martha Stevens-David
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:43:14 AM

This book "The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes," told by her son "H.R. Jakes" was very interesting to say the least.

This story tells of the life of a woman who is more than just a wife and a mother, because her career choice was that of a teacher and her story, though somewhat convoluted at times, take the reader back to a time and place that I found very interesting.

As I got further into "Elaine's" story, I found myself able to relate to events in her life and found the humor and her down to earth life story details quite interesting. As the publicity material states:

Elaine Jakes lived in the eccentric community of New Hope, Penn., and in the 1970s and 1980s set out to discover her Welsh heritage, herself, and her God.

The stories H.R. Jakes shares from his mother's life include quite a few curious elements: a bear in a truck, a frightening cheese plate, a magic sword, a cross-dressing monkey, and a German expert in Jewish mules.

The book itself is not an "easy" read but the reader will learn a lot from what was written.

Would I recommend this story to others? YES

Martha Stevens-David

HR Jakes has been writing all his life. He is a polyglot, fluent in English, Italian, French, German, Latin, and Ancient Greek. He compiles his mother's story in The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes, and the two plan several more installments in the series. Jakes lives in Texas with his wife Diana, with whom he has seven children and one grandchild. For more information, visit

"The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes"
By H.R. Jakes
Archway Publishing
Published 3/31/2015
ISBN: 978-1-48081-473-8
268 pages
Softcover $18
Hardcover $36
E-book $7

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