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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Mystical Nature of the Universe
By R.P. BenDedek
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:07:33 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. The regular Sunday Book basket usually lists 15 such books. On an irregular basis we also publish a Christian Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books' and a 'Children's Book Basket.' These are published on a Wednesday. The publication and number of books in those baskets will vary.

We have some wonderful book reviewers at Magic City but unfortunately we can't do book reviews for every book. We do however assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service in which we invite authors to give us 'stand alone' articles to publish at the bottom of which we can include their bios, photographs of book covers and links to purchase pages for their books.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who do provide our readers with interesting articles to read and we appreciate that those articles are sometimes exclusive to us or at least that we have been the first to be given the opportunity to publish them. A list of such articles to the end of June 2014 may be found here.

As you can see listed immediately below, we also list the articles published during the previous week which were supplied by book authors, and as well, we list whatever book reviews were published in the same period.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun June 30th to Sat July 6th)

  1. Fried Zucchini Blossoms Recipe by Tom Formaro author of "The Broken Heart Diet"

Book Reviews Published This Week

M. Stevens-David Review: "Justice for Lorraine" by Conrad Cohen
Jul 4, 2014

Mr. Cohen needs "closure" to all his pain and suffering and the loss of his one and only great love and thus far, he had not been able to find it. He is a good man who served his country in war and peace and should not have had to go through what he has. I think everyone should read this very powerful story because something of the same ilk could happen to any one of us.

M. Stevens-David Review: "Scripted in Heaven" by Lourdes Duque Baron
Jul 2, 2014

This well-researched story about a doctor, his "God" and his family, carries the reader along and one is reluctant to put the book down even for a moment. The author fully details the family's interaction with "Padre Pio da Pietrelcina" the patron saint of healing and her own husband's ordeal with cancer.

M. Stevens-David Review: "The Shaman's Daughter" by Nicki Royall Peet
Jul 2, 2014

The author, Nicki Royall Peet, with all of her studies and degrees has done herself proud in the research of this work. I found her story to be very believable and educational and I, even with my small amount of "Indian" heritage, was immediately enraptured and captured by this Indian tale.

Milt Gross Book review: "Everything you need to know about The Bible" by Time Home Entertainment, Inc.
Jun 29, 2014

I'm not quite sure why Time Life published it, unless it is because there are always customers for good religious books. And this is a good religious book. Everything you need to know about The Bible is an accurate summary of the Bible, but no more than others. Except for the artwork, this is not a book I'd recommend purchasing.

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No. 1.

"Holiday of Horrors"

by BGE Ruth

"Holiday of Horrors" by BGE Ruth
PITTSBURGH -- The mother-daughter relationship is a special bond that intertwines past, present and future. Author, BGE Ruth has highlighted this connection in her newest thriller.

"Holiday of Horrors" is about a college student, Christy, who is struggling with her mother's recent passing from breast cancer. While on a trip at a national park, she encounters a serial killer who is roaming the park and learns that the killer had unique contact with her mother before Christy was born.

"I wanted to write an book that's both incredibly entertaining and emotionally deep," Ruth said. "I highlight the emotion of grief, which is a draining process with swings that run from love to hate, sadness, guilt, and depression."

"Holiday of Horrors" takes place in present time in the Rocky Mountain National Park and is intended for readers 15 and up.

The writer is a retired registered nurse who worked in many areas of nursing, from pediatrics to adult medical oncology. She has always wanted to write and loves to read, so after retiring, she enrolled in the Institute of Children's Literature and graduated on August 17, 2009. This is her first adult novel.

"Holiday of Horrors"
by BGE Ruth
98 pages
Trafford Publishing
Published May 23, 2013
ISBN-10: 1466990430
ISBN-13: 978-1466990432
Prices $19 / $10 /$4

No. 2.

"Last of the Red Hot Poppas"

by Tito Luv

"Last of the Red Hot Poppas" by Tito Luv
New Book Offers A Fascinating Take on the Nature of Fame. In his memoir 'Last of the Red Hot Poppas' Tito Luv gives readers an honest look at the highs and lows of the entertainment industry.

Tito Luv gives readers a riotous account of his life through the 60's and 70's as he tries to make his career in the music industry. The book follows him through the challenges of making it in the business while navigating the inevitable sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. An invigorating journey through one man's youth, Last of The Red Hot Poppas is sure to please.

Luv is a consummate businessman, and he spins a wonderful story about what it takes to start a band, stick it to the man, and find one's own path. He encourages those who want a career in entertainment to tear down the obstacles in front of them, noting that, while some people in the business are kind, most are ruthless. He also warns that entertaining isn't merely about having adoring crowds at one's feet- there is hard work to be done. Fame is just as much about the chaotic travel schedules and the tiresome meetings with executives as it is about the groupies.

Readers join a young Tito Luv as he forms his first band, The House of Tito Luv. Luv gives readers a step- by-step account on how he got started in the entertainment business with his band. "Luv guides readers through his whirlwind journey from obscurity to the height of fame, including the pitfalls that he and his band mates encountered. An absorbing look into the fickle nature of fame, Last of the Red Hot Poppas is a fantastic memoir that deserves a home on readers' bookshelves. For more information, please visit http://titoluv.com

Tito Luv has traveled the world spreading his music to all corners of the globe. In addition to his music, Luv is also the CEO for the Tele-Systems Television Network. A jack-of-all-trades, Luv has been an executive producer, editor, singer, comedian, programmer, and a corporate public speaker. He has written five books. Luv lives in California with his longtime love, Gloria.

Full list of books by this author found on his website including a Video in relation to this book.

"Last of the Red Hot Poppas"
by Tito Luv
List Price $20
424 pages
Published 2014-05-16

No. 3.

"Strike at the Heart: The first mission"

By L.W. Berrie

"Strike at the Heart: The first mission" By L.W. Berrie
R.P. BenDedek at Magic City is currently reviewing the first edition of this very well written and interesting story. The photograph presented here is for the second edition.

Captain John Harris, special forces A team leader, finds himself in a strange and unknown world when his convoy encounters a time gate in the middle of East Africa. He struggles to keep everyone together in spite of the attempts of Colonel David Walsh, MD, to assume command. (Read More at www.strikeattheheart.com)

L.W. Berrie's science fiction novel "Strike at the Heart" is based in Africa and brings together elements of time travel, modern warfare, love and history.

After researching the US Military Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Berrie provides a realistic element to his special force team characters. "I am always fascinated by different cultures, beliefs and ways of living," Berrie said. "I hope others will love my stories too and come to appreciate what other cultures and beliefs have to offer." For more information, visit www.strikeattheheart.com

L.W. Berrie graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and science. For 23 years Berrie worked in the aerospace industry working on projects for the Army, Navy and Air Force. His study of tribes and languages helped him capture the spirit of the African tribe. Berrie has also written a sequel titled "Strike at the Heart: The Rescue Mission."

"Strike at the Heart: The first mission"
By L.W. Berrie
210 pages
AuthorHouse
Published Oct. 31, 2012
ISBN-10: 1477276378
ISBN-13: 978-1477276372
Prices $25 / $15 / $4

No. 4.

"365 Guide New York City"

by Monica DiNatale

"365 Guide New York City" by Monica DiNatale
Drink. Eat. Save. Is that even possible in New York City, known worldwide for its cutting edge culinary creations and top shelf spirits, where one night out could rival your monthly rent? In one word, according to dining deals expert and food host, Monica DiNatale, a resounding, "YES!" From five star restaurants to the best dive bars, DiNatale will give you the inside scoop on where to go at a fraction of the price through her new food guide, 365 Guide New York City, which contains enough restaurant deals and bar specials to keep you busy all year long.

Born out of DiNatale's passion for drinking, eating and saving, her unmatched knowledge, contacts and experience make her the perfect spokesperson for The Big Apple. "Let me be your personal concierge for affordable snacks and sips in Manhattan," says DiNatale. "Whether you're a native New Yorker or a tourist on holiday, I can provide all you need to navigate one of the most exciting culinary destinations in the world!"

Monica DiNatale is an engaging television host and author of 365 Guide New York City. As a New York City Food Host and Deals Expert, DiNatale has her finger on the pulse of restaurant deals and bar specials. She has been featured as the Dining Expert for iFood.tv, The Frugalicious Show and Brick Underground NY and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. DiNatale produced Fun Food with Monica for iFood.tv and her blog and videos at www.ifood.tv/monica , averaging more than 2 million hits annually. Her interviews include Jacques Torres, Jose Garces and Cat Cora. DiNatale is a 2007 Writer's Guild Award winner and was nominated in 2008. In her spare time, she indulges her ravenous appetite with classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. An experienced traveler, DiNatale has climbed Machu Picchu, caught a 30 pound halibut in Alaska and bungee jumped in New Zealand. She is always exploring the world and what it has to offer.

"365 Guide New York City"
by Monica DiNatale
Kindle $10
Paperback $17

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No. 5.

"How to Get Laid before the Main Course"

by ViMal

"How to Get Laid before the Main Course" by ViMal
Are you clueless when it comes to dating? Did you just go through a tough break-up or a recent divorce? Whether you're 25 or 65 years old, getting back in the dating game, especially after a long-term relationship, can be overwhelming. Once you decide to take the plunge into the exciting and nerve-racking world of dating again, knowing what to do and say may be the hardest part after you've been out of the loop for a while.

To help you take the first steps, ViMal, author of the new book, How to Get Laid before the Main Course: A Gentleman's Approach to the Big Date, gives his readers clever strategies to make sure you never have one of those "I have no idea what to say or do" moments. From avoiding awkward silences to telling if he/or she is into you, this dating resource for men and women teaches you the ins and outs to make sure your date doesn't go running for the hills.

"The good news for you is it's not that difficult- very little takes you a long way," says ViMal. "I give you killer techniques that he or she, for sure, will never have experienced, but will make your date want to give you the time of your life."

Vimal is a successful CEO from Africa, world traveled and speaks three languages. He grew up in Europe, where his mother and neighborhood full of women "trained" him on what women like and want. When he was 17, he began his first trip overseas to Germany, where he began to hone his kitchen skills. While in college, he began to prepare four-course meals for 15 people in small apartment kitchens.

After his degree, he followed his business career that took him around the world for 30 years. He experienced different foods and flavors, as well as engaging with beautiful, intelligent women from different cultures. Throughout his travels, ViMal learned the secrets to impressing women and how to keep them coming back for more.

ViMal currently resides in California.
The Book can be purchased onsite for US$17
Website: www.beforethemaincourse.com

No. 6.

"The Wisdom of White Wing: Volume 1"

by Don McQueen

"The Wisdom of White Wing: Volume 1" by Don McQueen
Connecting with the spiritual realm isn't a phenomenon that many can comprehend. However, uniting with the spirits can yield new insight into health and happiness.

"The Wisdom of White Wing: Volume 1" relays channeled messages from the spirit of White Wing, an ancient Native American tribesman. Don McQueen, who interpreted the messages and published the book, received the transcripts from a close friend who attended the 1927 Circle of Light gathering in London. This gathering channeled White Wing, who offered insight into how people can better connect with the spiritual realm.

"The Wisdom of White Wing: Volume 1" guides readers through the revelations made during that crucial event, such as understanding past lives and adjusting to the new wave of change on earth. McQueen decided to publish the three-book series because he perceived a universal need for guidance.

Volume one deals with chapters on subjects such as The Life of White Wing to White Wing on the Dawn. There are 45 chapters in all. Volume Two consists of Questions and Answers asked by the group in London mostly dealing with questions as to our incarnation here compared to our life on the other side. (The Etheric Realm.) Also there are New Age prayers to read for your own comfort. There are 254 Questions and Answers. Volume Three deals with more spiritual subjects such as the Sacraments, The Temple and the journey to the Pyramid for the final consummation of this age. Please feel free to read and copy these messages but we ask you not to alter the wording as this may change the intent of the thought. It is suggested that you start to read Volume One first through to Volume Three before you pick and choose the chapters at random. The intent of these messages is to give back the forgotten memory to the Immortals (Light-workers), the understanding of who they really are spiritually.(Read More at Amazon)

Don McQueen was employed by the Canadian Government for 48 years as an aircraft technician (RCAF) and Public Servant. He is now retired.

"The Wisdom of White Wing: Volume 1"
by Don McQueen
Paperback: 236 pages
Trafford Publishing
Published Feb. 16, 2007
ISBN-10: 141206824X
ISBN-13: 978-1412068246
Prices $10 Kindle
$20 Paperback

No. 7.

"Because You Are Here"

by Carina Salva

"Because You Are Here" by Carina Salva
Washington, DC -- Carina Salva was diagnosed with a rare nerve condition that caused a fluid filled cyst in her spine. A year later, after undergoing major surgery to repress further progression of her condition, a strep infection paralyzed four of the fingers on her right hand.

These challenges did not deter her from pursuing opportunities to live better. They became her motivation to succeed.

In her new book, "Because You Are Here," Salva promotes appreciation, love and acceptance for those who inspire and influence us. She encourages readers of any age to express their love to those they appreciate and to express gratitude for the opportunities they're offered.

"I believe that used right, my book can start, make and keep the closeness in a family, friendship or any relationship," Salva said. "It could even be used to save a relationship."

"Because You Are Here" includes translations in Spanish, French, Chinese and the author's native Tagalog. The book's multiple languages inspire and motivate thinkers of any age and background to remember to always remain thankful, accept responsibilities, be grateful, show consideration and above all, be loving to others.

Carina Salva worked as an Agency Manager of Phil-American Plans, Inc., in the Philippines before coming to the United States in 2000. Since her arrival to America, she has worked as a teacher and nanny, finding that she enjoys the company of children. She currently resides in Maryland with her son, Joc.

"Because You Are Here" (Australia)
At Amazon
by Carina Salva
Price $11-$20
E-book $4

No. 8

"The Chosen One"

by Patrizia Trani

"The Chosen One" by Patrizia Trani
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Healing the mind, body and spirit requires more than a pill.

In her new book, "The Chosen One," healer and author Patrizia Trani shares an approach to self-healing by means of holistic living. Her method of energy healing requires full self-awareness that can be achieved through interaction with the book.

The advice and information in the book, channeled by Trani directly from Jesus and Mary Magdalene, enables readers to recognize and shift blocks within all levels of their beings so that they anchor in alignment with their god body within their physical experiences.

"The goal is to eliminate all negativity from your existence, to experience your life as a love-inspired creation. Eliminate fear, violence, greed, hunger and jealousy," Trani said. "Every negative human condition you create, experience and accept is no longer required to understand yourself."

"The Chosen One" is an essential tool for anyone seeking self-healing, holistic lifestyles or searching for a deeper consciousness with oneself or God.

The Chosen One has been channeled through from Masters, Saints, Angels and the Creator to enable you to recognise and shift blocks within on all levels of your being. It allows your God body and Physical body to anchor in heavenly alignment. (Read More)

Patrizia Trani was born and raised in Australia, where she developed her ability as a healer. She founded Enchanting Angels Healing & Learning Centre in Melbourne in 2005, where her life-changing journey as a healer began.

For more information visit: www.patriziatrani.com

"The Chosen One"
By: Patrizia Trani
ISBN: 978-1-4525-0961-7

No.9.

"Don't Blame the Messenger"

by Lee Kronert

"Don't Blame the Messenger" by Lee Kronert
SALAMANCA, N.Y. -- Understanding the hot button issues isn't as simple as black and white; in fact, shades of gray offer the most clarity. In his fictional narrative, "Don't Blame the Messenger" author Lee Kronert merges fact and fiction to paint a realistic picture of the controversial educational and judicial systems.

In "Don't Blame the Messenger" Kronert uses his experiences as a math teacher in the western New York school system to take on school policies, state Department of Education leadership, bullying and why a teacher's tenure should be maintained and viewed as something vital for the process of learning.

The public education system in New York is in turmoil. Is this because of leadership in Albany, the No Child Left Behind Act, parents who fail in their effort to raise children properly, or is it just the fault of kids who show little to no respect for authority, peers, or themselves? Or should we accept the most popular place of blame? The teacher is the problem.

The former world, where teachers were revered, looked up to by children and parents, and respected because of the crucial role they played, is all but a forgotten memory. Today, parents and school administrators often demonize teachers and are openly critical of the tenure system, which protects their positions seemingly forever.(Read More)

Dr. Lee Kronert is a chiropractor and math teacher from Portville, New York. Lee loves the Lord, his work, his children, and his life. Recently divorced, he is an advocate for divorced men's rights. His goal is to help protect deserving men in an unjustified legal system.

"Don't Blame the Messenger"
by Lee Kronert
Paperback: 145 pages
Westbow Press
January 4, 2013
ISBN-10: 1449767842
ISBN-13: 978-1449767846
Prices $ / $12 / $28

No. 10

"Mental Cruelty"

by Lee Kronert

"Mental Cruelty" by Lee Kronert
Kronert turns from education in "Don't Blame the Messenger" to his experiences as husband to a difficult wife in his book, "Mental Cruelty."

In the book, Kronert uses his characters to relay the turmoil he experienced as his marriage dissolved into a painful divorce. Through the eyes of his main character, Kronert speaks out on behalf of all fathers in opposition of the unjust legal system and advocates for truth and equal rights in divorce proceedings.

From trying to thrive as a teacher in a school system that ties his hands professionally, to his experiences as husband to a difficult wife, through his characters, Kronert offers poignant insight into these tumultuous issues.

The resounding swing of the judge's gavel signaled the final breath of Lenny's twenty-one years of marriage. He had seen it coming for some time, but somehow the finality made things different. He had never wanted it to end this way. He had tried to stop it. But Janine had been trying less and less over the last two decades. Was she as crazy as he thought?

Or was he the crazy one--unwilling to see his own inability to be married? Follow Lenny's story as he reminisces about the struggles of a difficult marriage (Read More)

Dr. Lee Kronert is a chiropractor and math teacher from Portville, New York. Lee loves the Lord, his work, his children, and his life. Recently divorced, he is an advocate for divorced men's rights. His goal is to help protect deserving men in an unjustified legal system.

"Mental Cruelty"
by Lee Kronert
268 pages
Tate Publishing
Published May 18, 2010
Kindle $4
Hardcover$32

No. 11

"The Secret Casino at Red Men's Hall"

by Samuel W. Valenza Jr.

"The Secret Casino at Red Men's Hall" by Samuel W. Valenza Jr.
MARLTON, NJ -- For decades, Red's Men's Hall in the center of Mt. Holly, New Jersey served as an illegal high stakes gambling hall for the underbelly of society.

Sam Valenza Sr. ran the casino and dedicated his life to operating mafia gambling casinos around the country. While he lived high life, his family wallowed in poverty and was frequently endangered by his illegal activities. His youngest son, Sam Valenza Jr. tells his father's and his own story in his recently released memoir, "The Secret Casino at Red Men's Hall".

"The book follows my life as I grow and realize that my father's reputation is a heavy burden to carry," Valenza Jr. said. "This story is an expose of the collateral damage from his life among criminals, and the struggle of his youngest son to survive it."

Valenza Jr. provides an inside look at the impact that running a illegal gambling casino had on an average New Jersey family.

Samuel W. Valenza Jr. grew up in shadows of World War II and amid the burgeoning Mafia presence in his native New Jersey. He served in the US Marines and at the US Naval Academy before earning his BA in math from Rutgers. In 1980 he created Lottery Player's Magazine, which became the largest paid circulation magazine in the gaming industry and eventually evolved into Lottery and Gaming News. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Evesham Township, New Jersey, in an historic 171 year-old farmhouse.

"The Secret Casino at Red Men's Hall"
by Samuel W. Valenza Jr.
Published: 4/30/2014
Softcover $31Pages: 514
ISBN: 978-1-49171-846-9
E-book $4

No. 12

"Rumble Yell"

by Brian David Bruns

"Rumble Yell" by Brian David Bruns
Brian David Bruns' friend had just returned from the military. Eager to reconnect, Bruns agreed to join his friend on a hometown bike ride called RAGBRAI, which happened to be the world's largest, longest and oldest bike tour, covering 500 miles through the heart of Bruns' native Iowa, during the hottest week of the year. The only problem was that Bruns was not a cyclist.

Bruns chronicles his ride through small town Iowa and the rekindling of an old friendship in his hilarious new book, Rumble Yell: Discovering America's Biggest Bike Ride. As Bruns soon learned, the weeklong bike-touring event was no picnic. Bruns found himself riding through cornfields in 115-degree heat, at 100 percent humidity and overwhelmed by bugs. He also found that Iowa is not flat and that crotch lube is essential.

Through all the hardships of the ride, Bruns finds the most important lesson is Americans are awesome. As Bruns explains, "Why is the world's biggest bike ride in Iowa? Because Americans are awesome. Not just those in L.A., New York and Miami, but everywhere. You don't have to go far to do something awesome. Small town USA has a lot to offer. Start at home. If there isn't something awesome, start it!"

Brian David Bruns is a bestselling and multinational award-winning author of nonfiction travel adventure books. After a dreadfully boring and average upbringing, at age thirty he abandoned everything to chase a woman who worked at sea. As a result, he became the only American waiter in the 30-year history of Carnival Cruise Lines to complete a contract without quitting. ABC's 20/20 featured his Cruise Confidential series on two separate occasions. Those four books have been lauded by USA Today and The Today Show and received dozens of awards, including two national Humor Book of the Year. For more information visit: www.bdbruns.com

"Rumble Yell"
by Brian David Bruns
$9.99
Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
Published: May 13, 2013
Publisher: World Waters
Seller: Brian Bruns
Print Length: 272 Pages
Language: English

No. 13

"Force of Mind, Song of Heart"

by Dr. Lynne D'Amico

"Force of Mind, Song of Heart" by Dr. Lynne D'Amico
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Relationships are built on the dynamic of give and take, but what happens when the take starts to outweigh the give? Dr. Lynne D'Amico explores the struggles found in any type of relationship and reveals a practical approach to solving those problems in her new book "Force of Mind, Song of Heart."

"Force of Mind, Song of Heart" provides valuable information, tools, guidance, and 50 real-life practice scenarios for learning how to better connect with others and create more meaningful, healthy and positive personal relationships. "Connection," D'Amico insists, "is the basis for every genuinely positive and satisfying relationship experience. If you want to feel happier with a spouse, parent, in-law, or any other person in your life, you have to learn how to create or enhance connection."

Drawing from her own experiences in education and a diverse professional background, D'Amico explores language, communication and perception and how they impact our relationships, values and collective wellness. "My method shows you how to redirect a negative and polarizing relationship dynamic into a positive and unifying one," D'Amico said. "When you shape your thoughts and interactions and understand the brain's emotional response patterns, you begin to see yourself and others differently, which is a prerequisite for healing relationships."

As endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, "'Force of Mind, Song of Heart' highlights the urgent need for compassionate action and ethical attitude to achieve happiness and sound health in our life."

Lynne D'Amico received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has extensive work experience in educational program development in language, culture, and analytic problem-solving. She is founder and principal of Knowledge-Shaping Solutions, LLC, a metro Washington D.C. business devoted to peacebuilding and collective wellness. D'Amico currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she leads the Prince Street Practicum for Conscious Living.

"Force of Mind, Song of Heart"
by Dr. Lynne D'Amico
Published 2/18/2014
Softcover $16
Pages: 220
E-book $10
ISBN: 978-1-45259-129-2

No. 14

"The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life"

by George Quigley Langstaff Jr.

"The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life" by George Q. Langstaff
From family fortune to Great Depression poverty, George Quigley Langstaff Jr. has been around the world and through all the triumphs and trials the previous century brought to those in America.

A successful businessman and community leader, Langstaff transports readers to a great number of important places spattered across the map in his colorful autobiography, "The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life." Langstaff provides laughs and tears as he depicts memories such as Navy basic training, where he receives a "Dear John" letter, and enemy territory when he is asked to spy on his footwear company's competition.

The most prominent message in his story is a lifelong commitment to his Christian faith, which has encouraged him to exclaim, "What a fantastic crossroad!" to any obstacle, challenge or blessing in his path.

A West Kentucky boy from a well-to-do family experiences the trauma of the Great Depression, followed by the devastating flood of 1937. His family is thrown into poverty. His story of this tragedy and what followed is a fascinating journey through his challenges in childhood work, education, sports, military service, love, faith, business, politics, religion, family, and world travel. At the age of eighty-seven, he looked back on the many key events of his life and created an impressive autobiography-The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life: Treasured and Not-So-Treasured Memories, which he published and shared with family and friends. (Read More)

George Quigley Langstaff Jr. is a native of Paducah, Kentucky. He lived most of his adult life in Nashville, Tennessee. Following college at Sewanee, he spent thirty-three years with Genesco retiring as executive vice president. He then became CEO of Footwear Industries of America and a management consultant to the footwear industry. He has been married for sixty-seven years and has a great family.

"The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life"
by George Quigley Langstaff Jr.
Paperback: 166 pages
Price $17
Publisher: WestBowPress
Published Dec. 27, 2013
ISBN-10: 1490813772
ISBN-13: 978-1490813776

No. 15

"The Village and Beyond"

by William Hale

"The Village and Beyond" by William Hale
ATHENS, Ga. -- At the age of 87, William Hale found himself recently retired with the urge to share his story and life lessons that can only come with age. After a lifetime spent in education and professional speaking, Hale relishes in the beauty of the human spirit and indulges in his passion of the art of storytelling. In Hale's new book, "The Village and Beyond: Memoirs of a Cotton mill Boy," he recounts the beauty of growing up in a small, South Carolina village during the Great Depression and describes his search for the moments that encouraged him to become a man of curiosity.

"I tend to romance the Depression where others have told the story with pathos and derogatory feeling about the people," Hale said. "Life during the Depression is seen through the mind of a boy who was innocent of the woes of the times but enjoyed the difference in how family was done."

Hale earnestly wishes his family, who has since passed on, could have read his memoir. He said, "I think they would be intrigued by the way little Billy saw life from the distance of 88 years. Age should not be a block to writing a book--in fact, it should be an enhancing factor."

Not only will the older generation be able to reminisce on memories of their youth, young people will also learn a valuable lesson in questioning all facets of life. "I am at the deepest part of me a teacher," Hale said. "The education of our youth takes place in many more places than in classrooms. The real lessons of life are in the every minuteness of being."

William Hale, now almost 88 years old, has been a drum major of an army band, teacher, school administrator, professor, television executive, writer, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He holds degrees from Furman University, the University of South Carolina, and Florida State University, and has also been a nationally sought-after speaker and seminar leader in the field of human awareness. He currently lives in Athens, Ga., with his wife, Helen.

"The Village and Beyond"
By William Hale
ISBN: 978-1-4917-2644-0
E-Book $4
Hardcover $18


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