Strictly for the Birds: an Allegory of Political Folly
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 23, 2004
Editors at some of New YorkÂs biggest publishing institutions will be surprised this week when a new book criticizing the Bush AdministrationÂs No Child Left Behind policy hits the stands, the stands that support computer monitors, that is. The Internet is the only place readers can buy "Strictly for the Birds: an Allegory of Political Folly," the new novel by Ross and Beth Yockey. The book will show up in a couple of weeks in online retailers like Amazon.com, but it is available now at in both a paperback and an e-book version through Lulu.com at: http://www.lulu.com/Yockey
The authors are a Seattle-based father-daughter team who penned the book over the summer in reaction to what they saw as the increasingly obvious failure of the education policies of President George Bush. They were turned away by traditional New York publishers who thought they were crazy to try to get a book out in time for the November election. The Yockeys turned instead to Lulu.com, whose on demand publishing technology allows them to publish their book and sell it worldwide instantly.
In the tradition of OrwellÂs "Animal Farm," "Strictly for the Birds" is an allegorical novel set in the Republic of Birdland in which school principal Etta Cormorant struggles to implement NoBLO, No Bird Left Out, the brainchild of a president known as The Eagle. The hero of the book is Hannah Kiwi. ÂNot since Aristophanes has anyone done so much with birds! The Yockeys have a winner here,Â writes Dr. Albert J. Harris of the University of Louisville.
While this is the first book for artist-social-critic Beth Yockey, Ross Yockey is a veteran of publishing, journalism, television and marketing with fourteen previously published books to his credit. In the 1970s he won several Emmys for a documentary on New YorkÂs failure to educate its mentally handicapped citizens. He has also authored biographies of musicians Zubin Mehta and AndrÃ© Previn, and of high-profile deal maker Hugh McColl, former chairman of Bank of America.
The YockeysÂ novel is available in both a paperback and e-book versions at: http://www.lulu.com/Yockey
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ABOUT LULU.COM (http://www.lulu.com): Founded by open source entrepreneur Bob Young (co-founder and former chairman of Red Hat), Lulu.com provides independent publishers with free access to on-demand publishing tools for books, ebooks, music, images and calendars. Over the last twelve months, authors published over 10,000 books through Lulu.com, making it the fastest growing on demand publishing tool in the world.