I was struck by the image of Daddy still dressed in that same plaid shirt and undershirt with the bloodstains below the neck, the one I had first seen him wearing in the jail the previous day
Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 31, 2013
In “Cold Turkey at Nine: The Memoir of a Problem Child” (published by iUniverse), author Earl B. Russell’s new book, readers are taken into his zany but edgy years as a youth and shown how he found his way into an unimaginable adult life – still with problem child tendencies. The unending tragedy spawned by his mother’s severe mental illness led to a dark family secret that shadowed the author’s life for over 40 years
Readers find themselves on a small, poor Tennessee farm, where nearly two decades of Russell’s early life took place. Here they are greeted with what the author has coined tragicomic stories. They follow Russell as he traces his post–World War II life in the American Heartland through zany and introspective accounts that reveal horrific tragedies, soul-searching life lessons and bizarre adventures.
Along the way, he finds himself in raw academic brawls in the halls of ivy, conferring with world-renowned retinal researchers and crossing paths with Neil Armstrong, Mickey Mantle, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.
An excerpt from the book:
“I was struck by the image of Daddy still dressed in that same plaid shirt and undershirt with the bloodstains below the neck, the one I had first seen him wearing in the jail the previous day.”
With a slew of engaging stories about resiliency, love and one misadventure after another, “Cold Turkey at Nine” will have readers engaged until the very end.
“Cold Turkey at Nine”
By Earl B. Russell
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 268 pages | ISBN 9781475985832
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 268 pages | ISBN 9781475985825
E-Book | 268 pages | ISBN 9781475985849
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Earl B. Russell is a writer, blogger and retired professor whose writings have appeared in the New York Times and the Austin American-Statesman. He held academic positions at the University of Georgia, Ohio State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has two adult children, Joy and Robert. He is married to Ellen Summerfield Russell and they live in Austin, Texas. His website is at http://www.earlbrussell.com where more information can be found about him and “Cold Turkey at Nine.”
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