Upcoming "Two Seasons in the Bubble" Recounts Author's Two Years Living and Coaching in Bulgaria

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Author Andrew W. Jones' first book combines a poignant personal journey with a description of a place few people have visited or even thought about.

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Two Seasons in the Bubble by Andrew W. Jones

Jones' writing is charming and captivating, but he soars when describing the on-court action and off-court antics of his Bulgarian varsity team.

"Two Seasons in the Bubble" is author Andrew W. Jones' first-person account of teaching and coaching basketball in Bulgaria. Pre-publication review copies of this book are now available by contacting the publisher, Granny Apple Publishing LLC.

His adventures are recounted with humor and pathos and masterfully interwoven with facts and observations about the history and culture of this mysterious country. Few people would voluntarily leave the safe haven of a good job, family and friends to move to a little known second-world country in Eastern Europe. Yet that is just what this author did.

Jones’ writing style is charming and captivating, but he soars when describing the on-court action and off-court antics of his Bulgarian high school team.

In a land where shaking your head means yes and nodding your head means no, coaching basketball becomes the most foreign of all his experiences. Coaching a Bulgarian team with little basketball experience in a struggling, undisciplined country slowly moving its way from the old Soviet bloc world to the 21st century puts Jones in the path of snarling stray dogs, imposing, cage-like basketball gyms and chain-smoking referees.

On a school campus that was run by the Bulgarian version of the KGB during the Cold War, Jones coaches basketball players and teaches students who see this school as their ticket out of the country. "Two Seasons" covers the unforgettable basketball journey underneath an inflatable bubble-domed roof in Bulgaria where hoop dreams take on an entirely new meaning.

Chicago resident Andrew W. Jones is a high school basketball coach and English teacher at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. This is his first book.

To request review copy or set up an interview with the author, contact the publisher at Granny Apple Publishing.

"Two Seasons in the Bubble" will be published as an eBook and a Trade Paperback in March 2013. Advance copies available only from the publisher's website.

"Two Seasons in the Bubble" by Andrew W. Jones, 6" x 9" Trade Paperback, black & white on white paper, 478 pages, $19.95

Granny Apple Publishing LLC, ISBN-13: 978-0985184483, Autobiography / Sports

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