Minnesota Author Says New Historical Memoir "Like THE SHINING....but Funnier"

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That's how Rochester native Luke Sullivan describes his new book, "Thirty Rooms To Hide In: Insanity, Addiction, and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic." It's the story of six boys growing up in a large house in Minnesota, as the father – a respected surgeon at Mayo – goes slowly insane. With winters raging outside and the father raging within, it’s their mother's protection that allows the boys to have a wildly fun, though completely dysfunctional time growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

It's the story of six boys growing up in a great dark house in Minnesota, as the father – a respected surgeon – goes slowly insane. With winters raging outside and the father raging within, it is their mother's protection that allows the boys to have a wildly fun, thoroughly dysfunctional time growing up. With dark humor as the coin of their realm, and the Beatles as true north on their compass of Cool, the band of brothers make movies, start a rock & roll group, and wise-crack their way though a grim landscape of Eisenhower's Cold War, fallout shelters, JFK's assassination, and their father’s insanity.

The story is told through excerpts from the mother’s letters; a collection that reveal an era deaf to the issue of domestic violence, alcoholism, and recovery. These letters (now in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul), as well as the family’s movies, photos, and diaries can be seen at ThirtyRoomsToHideIn.com.

"Thirty Rooms To Hide In" releases this week and is now available as a paperback at Amazon.com and Blurb.com, as well as an e-book on Amazon.com, Apple's iBooks, and for the Nook at Barnes&Noble.com. I

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