READS & WRITES: 100 Word Spotlight on Local Authors
Jacks Five Dad’s
by Rob Hovey, illustrated by Jack Hovey (2013)
About the book: Transcending loss to highlight the idea of “it takes a village to raise a child,” Rob Hovey wrote a heartfelt story about a young boy who misses his Dad. When friend Bob Dedrick lost his battle with cancer, Hovey wanted to do something for Dedrick’s family. He noticed several men who took an interest in Dedrick’s young son Jack, talking, playing, or just giving him a great big bear hug – which sparked the tale. A portion of each book sold will be donated to the Bob Dedrick Education Fund in support of his children’s education.
Where to find it: jacksfivedads.org
Collard Green Curves
by Theresa Lou Bowick (2013)
About the book: Obesity is the most common health problem facing children today, and Theresa Lou Bowick knows firsthand what it’s like to grow up fat and unable to break the cycle. In her candid memoir, she chronicles her journey from childhood obesity to healthy living. Bowick reveals the challenges she faced with poverty, unhealthy eating environments, unwelcome teasing in school, domestic abuse, and lack of self respect. Only when Bowick learned to accept herself was she able to gain control of her eating, incorporate exercise, and achieve a healthy body weight.
Where to find it: amazon.com
When Life Gives You Lemons… At Least You Won’t Get Scurvy!
by Madge Madigan (2013)
About the book: A collection of humorous essays on life’s struggles as experienced by Madge Madigan. Madigan hit rock bottom, but still managed to laugh at herself while reflecting upon an abusive marriage, divorce, joblessness, food stamps, and dating, all while raising three kids. A blogger and freelance writer, Madigan somehow found a way to maintain “her dignity and fabulousness” to survive it all with humor.
Where to find it: amazon.com
There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo by Sally Valentine, illustrated
by Suzanne Valentine (2012)
About the book: What do Loon Lake, Montezuma, and Paradox have in common? They’re all stops on this alphabetical trip through New York State, where geography, history, and whimsy meet in colorful collage to create a one of a kind journey. Although Sally Valentine wrote the book with children in mind, There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo would appeal to anyone who loves New York State or enjoys poetry.
Where to find it: local Barnes & Noble Booksellers and bn.com
Murder & Mayhem in Mendon and Honeoye Falls
by Diane Ham and Lynne Menz (2013)
If you relish local history, you’ll enjoy this collection of true stories about the sordid past of the Town of Mendon and Village of Honeoye Falls. Intrigued by the nickname of “Murderville” given to Honeoye Falls, local historians Diane Ham and Lynne Menz set out to explore the peaceful region’s vicious history. They weave together a tale of street scuffles, barroom brawls, and murder against a backdrop of prosperous mills, economic development, and obsession.
Where to find it: historypress.net
For more than two decades, Kristine Bruneau has made a career from writing and communications. Her commentaries and stories have appeared in a variety of regional and national publications. She blogs regularly at MommyMusingsBlog.com – a mash-up of lessons on motherhood, love, and life.