I have decided to showcase three self-published authors every other Sunday. I will briefly explain their book and what it’s about and who the author is. I want to support self-published authors, and I believe that this is of more value to my audience. The actual reviews of these books may come later. This is how I plan on continuing my support of the self-published author population, as I have now fully entered the work world. Cheers to the wonderful world of self-published authors; a great group of authors that all should take the pleasure of picking one of these fabulous novels up!
CULINARY SCHOOL: THREE SEMESTERS OF LIFE, LEARNING AND LOSS OF BLOOD
Written by: S J Sebellin-Ross
S J Sebellin-Ross’ memoir, Culinary School, confesses her experiences from the good to the bad to the bizarre. Immediately, Sebellin-Ross takes you into her culinary world by describing who really is the average student. “[They] are not foodies. [They] are not people who read Saveur or own cookbooks or eat in fine restaurants. [They] are not people who know who David Chang is or what soba noodles are.” Instead, Culinary School depicts a world that may be foreign to the average person, the foodie or even the restaurateur; Sebellin-Ross roughly depicts her experiences with her fellow culinary connoisseurs. While much of the memoir revels in the struggles of Sebellin-Ross, the lighter moments keep the memoir insightful, and, at times, the memoir does offer some recipes. Sebellin-Ross’ Culinary School left me with a burnt feeling in my mouth because her whole experience seemed torturous. I love to cook and warn the foodie at heart that this is memoir for the strong stomached, but do check it out!
STILL LIFE WITH BRASS POLE: THE CROSS-COUNTRY COMING OF AGE OF A TEENAGE LOVE JUNKIE
Written by: Craig Machen
Craig Machen’s memoir, Still Life with Brass Pole, takes you into his life as a 16 year old thrown into a world of drugs and abandonment. Though Machen deals with rather heavy and serious issues, he manages to keep the moments lighter with his humor or snide comments. Still Life with Brass Pole manages to maintain a sense of optimism in a life full of obstacles and hurdles that are only heightened due to the fact that he is a teenager where everything is so much more dramatic and earth shattering. The hope that drives the memoir keeps you interested in how his cross-country adventures to find his own life and family pans out. Machen’s Still Life with Brass Pole shows how one surrounded by sorry material conditions can redefine their identity for the better. Finding a sense of purpose and the good in the world is what makes this memoir worth the read. Check out Still Life with Brass Pole!
THE WATER MEN
Written by: Adelaide MacKenzie Fuss
Adelaide MacKenzie Fuss’ novel, The Water Men, examines the redefining of Shawn McGuire’s identity. After having to rethink his income situation, Shawn goes back to his hometown of Newport Beach, California. Though Shawn may be financially hurting, he seeks the ocean waves of the Pacific to help redirect his new path. Along his own path, he discovers the needs of others and finds that living only in his own head and for himself is not the best path for him to take this second time around. He uses his love for the ocean and surfing to help guide him to form a self-satisfying identity. Fuss’ The Water Men provides the reader with a sense on wonderment about life and how we choose specific paths in our lives. How circumstances can mold us to travel one way rather than another way. Check out Adelaide MacKenzie Fuss’ The Water Men if you want to fall into the California surfing fantasy and to see what path Shawn McGuire decides to take.