Earl B. Russell Announces Release of ‘Cold Turkey at Nine’

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New memoir takes readers through improbable life of a problem child turned adult.

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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.

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.”

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations – self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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