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APW Book Club 1/28/23 – Mark Walker

Saturday, January 28 we will review Mark Walker’s book, My Saddest Pleasures: 50 Years on the Road

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. Arizona time
Zoom: The Zoom link will be sent out to book club members before the meeting. APW members or guests who would like to attend and did not receive the link should contact Karen Lateiner at kslateiner@gmail.com for the link.

ABOUT MARK WALKER

Award winning author, Mark D. Walker has been recognized twice by the Solas Literary Awards for Best Travel Writing. His new book is part of his Yin & Yang of Travel Series.  My Saddest Pleasures: 50 Years on the Road,  borrows its title from one of iconic writer, Moritz Thomsen’s works. It shines a sometimes-lovely, sometimes-piercing light on the countries he visits. In this captivating book, Walker reflects on his fifty years of travel miscalculations and disasters and how and why his travels changed over the years, as has who he traveled with.

Walker has received rave reviews from readers and reviewers such as Midwest Review. “My Saddest Pleasures” differs from most both in its size and in its succinct considerations of how travel changes not just self, but the environments that the traveler encounters. The combined flavor of wonder, new experiences, ecological and social reflection, and adventure brings with it a newfound opportunity to understand the traveler’s impact on a deeper level than most. Domestic and foreign experiences alike are outlined with these lessons in mind.

Please watch: Also, Mark would like participants to see an interview on the making of his book which just came out in Global Connections TV. This is his second interview and they’re seen on UN TV and in universities around the world. The 30-minute interview touches on why/how he wrote the book as well as important trends in the global publishing industry. Please watch this on YouTube before the  meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IfdQ4D7DJs

 

APW Book Group – 10/22/22 – Kathleen Parrish

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

TOPIC: APW Book Group -Author Kathleen Parrish –Second Son
DATE: October 22, 2022
TIME: 10:00 AM Arizona
ZOOM: The link has been sent to Book Club members. If you’d like to join, contact Karen at kslateiner@gmail.com for the link.

ABOUT SECOND SON
Second Son: A Novel about the Deep South by Hermann Willis Logan, continued by Kathleen Parrish is available on Amazon.

The debut novel from Herman Willis Logan, continued by Kathleen Parrish, is filled with beautifully flawed characters struggling to survive the last years of the Great Depression and the epic panorama of World War II.

Trapped on a tenant farm in 1938 Mississippi, young Towanna Whitaker longs to get his education and “be somebody.” But the cotton harvest comes first, and his pa thinks an eighth-grade education is plenty for a cotton farmer. When his troubled mother abandons the family, Towanna must choose between his dreams of an education and helping his pa hold the family together. He gives up his education to care for the house and his baby sister, only to lose her in a tragic accident—one he might have prevented. Grief and self-loathing slowly give way to his family’s stubborn love and the shy overtures of Kathy, a local girl, but World War II arrives all too soon to tear them apart. Drafted into the army and deployed to Europe, Towanna must face death, loss, and his deepest fears if he’s to survive the war and find his way home.

“Second Son is an enthralling depiction of life in the Deep South during the final years of the Great Depression, and the hardships of World War II … fresh and deeply personal.” —Rick Adelmann, Best-Selling Author of the MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries

APW Book Group- 9/24/22- Elizabeth Graham

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Group -Elizabeth Graham Democrazy
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link will be sent to all members. It is also listed under the Members Only tab of the website. If you would like to attend and do not have the link, contact Karen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Graham had a top secret clearance at the age of seventeen with the CIA. She spent about twenty-five years living and working abroad: Soviet Union, then Russia, Central Asia, and other former Soviet pack countries. She was a consultant in war-torn Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Bosnia. Her real-life multi-cultural experiences in totalitarian and dictatorship countries gives her a great vantage point to comment on the Trump-era and how other countries view the U.S. racism, violence, and our democracy. She recently authored DEMOCRAZY, Version 2020 and is working on her second book.

APW Book Group- 6/25/22- Elizabeth Graham

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Group -Elizabeth Graham Democrazy
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link will be sent to all members. It is also listed under the Members Only tab of the website. If you would like to attend and do not have the link, contact Karen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Graham had a top secret clearance at the age of seventeen with the CIA. She spent about twenty-five years living and working abroad: Soviet Union, then Russia, Central Asia, and other former Soviet pack countries. She was a consultant in war-torn Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Bosnia. Her real-life multi-cultural experiences in totalitarian and dictatorship countries gives her a great vantage point to comment on the Trump-era and how other countries view the U.S. racism, violence, and our democracy. She recently authored DEMOCRAZY, Version 2020 and is working on her second book.

 

APW Book Group 5/28/22 Jody Sharpe

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Group -Jody Sharpe – 20 Moon Road, An Angels Tale
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link to the Zoom meeting has been sent to APW members. If you did not receive it or would like to attend as a guest, contact Karen at kslateiner@gmail.com. The link is also in the Members Only tab.

Hello all,
20 Moon Rd An Angel’s Tale is the 5th in the Mystic Bay Series. It can be read alone without reading the others. It’s a novella and pieces together all the themes and storylines of the other 4 books. It’s on Kindle Unlimited. See Jody’s YouTube Channel – Jody Sharpe. Her website is JodySharpe.com

About the author: Jody won NFPW awards for Town of Angels Christmas and for Special Needs Children The Angels On My Shoulder;.

TheAuthorsShow.com awarded her a place in “50 Writers You Should Be Reading.” The interview will be on TheAuthorsShow.com on May 9th for her first book, The Angel’s Daughter. Miracles still happen, in the town of Mystic Bay, California. Angels live as humans there. Angel Ken, a former football coach, is surprised when his late best friend, the indomitable psychic, Madam Norma, appears in spirit form and asks him to write the story of her life through her memories she will send him. Surprising to Angel Ken, Madam Norma saw thousands of angels since her childhood. This story is a tale like no other, an angel’s tale.

Sending with Light from the Angels, Jody Sharpe

Jody is looking forward to seeing you on Zoom. She would appreciate honest reviews – one sentence and stars of your choice.

APW Book Group 4/23/22 Marylee MacDonald

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Group – Speaker Marylee MacDonald on Body Language
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The Zoom link has been sent to book club members. APW members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Contact Karen for the link. It is also posted in the Members Only tab.

Message from the speaker:

Hi Everyone,
I made a short video about the book, and I invite you to watch it. A picture is worth 1000 words!

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/678908333?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=58889930

Here’s the Amazon link. https://www.amazon.com/Body-Language-unforgettable-portraits-heartbreak-ebook/dp/B08414S74Y/  An audio version is also available, narrated by Adam Barr.

Knowing this group, I’m thinking that the stories you would most enjoy reading are “The Blue Caboose,” “Voices,” and “Year by Year.”

Although you might not guess it, the story that is drawn most directly from personal experience is “Body Language.” My personal favorite is “Tito’s Descent.”

If you’re short of time, my suggestion is that you skip to the middle of the book and find the three stories I’m recommending that you read. The good thing about short stories is that you can read them in one sitting, and I hope you will enjoy the chance to dip into the lives of some of my favorite people.

 

APW Book Club 3/26/22 with Kathleen Kelly

To APW Members:

You are invited to the dynamic APW Book Group where we discuss and review each member’s book. We have openings to review your book after May 2022. Contact Karen. (kslateiner@gmail.com )

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for March

Topic: APW Book Group – Kathleen Kelly Medical Intuitive – Voices of the ER
Date: Mar 26, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link has been sent to members. If you did not receive it or need it, contact Karen (above) or look in the members only tab of the website.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Come with me on a journey through true, short stories spanning my career of over three decades as an ER nurse. Listen to the voices that echo from the worlds behind the doors of big city ERs and a country hospital nestled in the mountains of Arizona. Meet everyday angels in the form of nurses, doctors, patients, extraordinary people, and spirit guides who hover in the veil between birth and death. The ER is challenging with pressures and stresses. You can’t survive if you don’t find ways to laugh, to listen, and to allow yourself to be touched by the courage and strength of the human spirit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathleen Kelly worked as a Registered Nurse specializing in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine for over thirty years, employing her education and skills in the healing arts. Also trained as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner, she has worked with victims of violence. She has studied extensively in alternative healing, embracing the richness of a holistic approach in her work as a medical intuitive. (https://www.myss.com/profiles/kathleen-kelly/) Kathleen is the Coordinator of GILA County Child Fatality Review for the Arizona Health Dept. The Child Fatality Review Team’s mission is to reduce preventable child fatalities. The results of these reviews are used to improve services, advocate for change, and conduct public awareness activities, ultimately for the purpose of preventing future child deaths. She believes her work lends the illuminating voice of each child after death. Her short stories, penned in her journals over the years, celebrate the best in all of us.

APW Book Club 11/20/21 with Margaret Spence

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Club with Margaret Spence: Joyous Lies
Date: Nov 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link has been sent to APW and Book Club members. If you would like to attend and didn’t receive the link, contact Karen at kslateiner@gmail.com

Joyous Lies: A story of family secrets set on a commune in Northern California, the novel delves also into the communication powers of plants.

Maelle Woolley, a shy botanist, prefers plants to people. They don’t suddenly disappear. Raised on her grandparents’ commune after her mother’s mysterious death, she follows the commune’s utopian beliefs of love for all. Then she falls for attractive psychiatrist Zachary Kane. When Zachary claims her mother and his father never emerged alive from his father’s medical research lab, Maelle investigates. What she discovers will challenge everything she believes, force her to find strength she never knew she had, and confront the commune’s secrets and lies and asks, if plants can protect their young, why can’t humans do the same?

No scientist, but an avid gardener, Margaret loved doing the research for this book. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Margaret has lived in the United States since the age of 23. She’s lived on both East and West Coasts and enjoys Arizona winters. When she’s not at her desk she tends an unruly garden, cooks up a storm in the kitchen, and cherishes time with her family.

Find her at MargaretAnnSpence.com.

To purchase the book:
https://www.amazon.com/Joyous-Lies-Margaret-Ann-Spence-ebook/dp/B08RYB34FN

APW Book Club 10/23/21 with Barbara Lacy

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Club -Barbara Lacy –Nanise’ A Navajo Herbal: One Hundred Plants from the Navajo Reservation
Date: Oct 23, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Join Zoom Meeting – the link has been sent to APW Book Club members. If you would like to attend and/or did not receive it, contact klateiner@gmail.com

Nanise’, A Navajo Herbal by Barbara Lacy

Nanise’, A Navajo Herbal – Barbara Lacy

When I moved with my family to the Navajo reservation in 1970, most Navajos were still living traditionally in dirt hogans without running water or electricity, They herded sheep for food and wool for weaving blankets. By 1970, the Navajo people knew their lives were changing. A federal government program was in place to improve health care on the reservation by providing educational grants for nurses and other healthcare workers. Under the grant, I was asked to collect previously published information on the Navajo’s use of native plants that grew on the high desert plains of northern Arizona. For the next several years, I researched how the Navajo survived over centuries finding, food, medicine, clothing, and household goods on the seemingly barren land of Northern Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

From that start came Nanise’, a Navajo Herbal, 100 Plants from the Navajo Reservation.

Nanise’ describes the medicinal, household, and ceremonial use of 100 plants that grow on the Navajo Reservation.

Nanise’ was written in the late 1970s and published first by Northland Press, Flagstaff, in 1986, and in 1989 by APW member Linda Radke’s Five Star Publications. I am now the publisher.

Nanise’ has won several awards, one from NFPW.  The best price for the book is through Barbara – $15 including shipping. Contact Barbara Lacy at lacyarts@gmail.com

About the APW Book Club

The Book Group was formed with three purposes:

  1. read each other’s publications
  2. discuss after reading at our meeting
  3. post a review of each book on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

A list of readings is sent to Book Group Members well in advance of each meeting. All APW members are welcome to come to the meetings, and if anyone is interested in joining, they should contact Karen Lateiner and she will put them on the mailing list. If a member has a book for the club to read and review, they can request being added to the calendar. Contact klateiner@gmail.com

Barbara with her art work on display

APW Book Club meeting 9/25/21 with Meredith Whiteley

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a virtual APW Book Club meeting on Zoom at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 25.

Topic: APW Book Club meeting with Meredith Whiteley
Date: September 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Join Meredith Whiteley as she talks about her book Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family, and Farming in the Arizona Desert. The book is available through major online bookstores and in some online used bookstores. It will be helpful if you have read the book, but any APW member may join. Members have received the Zoom link, but if you are not already a member of the APW Book Club, email Karen Lateiner to join and to get the link for this talk. (No charge -it’s a benefit of our membership!). And, if you would like your book to be the topic for a future meeting, email Karen also.

About the book:

Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family, and Farming in the Arizona Desert by Meredith Whiteley

Water: It’s always been personal. When the Hohokam abandoned their civilization, it was personal. When a man shot his neighbor over the little bit in the ditch, it was personal. When a greedy developer sold one hundred thousand acres to farmers and the canal went dry, it was personal.

Personal: families dreamed, built schools, churches, towns. They celebrated, grieved, and sometimes left their horses to thirst to death when there was no more water for their own children to drink.

Meredith Whiteley follows the personal story of farmers and water in sixty years of the Valley as they realized the “miracle” that gave them all the water they would ever need—and beyond.