This post may go down as the weirdest author announcement of a new book ever! Related to that, why, you may ask, did I post this announcement over a month after its publication?
What is not so weird is that my new book, Meanderings and Mullings, is made up almost entirely of some 140 previous short blog posts that I wrote from 2011 to 2017. Those writings span a wide range of topics that are part memoir, part essays, part humor, part travelogue, and part opinion. The stories come now with numerous updates—plus a complete reorganization to provide needed structure.
Over a year before the release of Meanderings and Mullings, I told friends my goal was to have it out by October 2017. Amazon’s website says the publication date of hardcover and paperback versions was October 30, 2017, and they show the availability of the Kindle version a month later. That’s why I waited a month to announce the book was out, which is also available through local book retailers, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, and other major e-book sources.
You ask, Why are you telling me all this? Well, those of you who are planning, writing, or in the middle of publishing your own books may have a better idea of what to expect when publication time comes. This post may help with that process.
Here’s what Kirkus Reviews says about Meanderings and Mullings:
“Russell returns to his childhood on a Tennessee farm, but this time he fondly recollects activities ranging from mule skinning and tobacco harvesting to corncob fights . . . The author also exhibits an engaging sense of the absurd. Russell’s affable nature and evident wonderment at the world around him ultimately win the day.”
Finally, here’s more reader info from the book’s official overview:
Meanderings and Musings is a collection of true stories, short essays, humor, travelogues, and ruminations that entertain, inspire, and stir thought. Russell has a voice that is easy to hear as he takes you back to his animated childhood in the rural South. As he moves through adulthood, there are intriguing takes on academe where he spent his career, poignant observations, and delightful surprises. An intrepid traveler, Russell describes his trips in unusual ways and with characters who come to life. His deliberations engage and challenge. This book is worth taking time to read, savor, and revisit. How could you ask for more?
Russell’s first book, Cold Turkey at Nine: The Memoir of a Problem Child, tells of a life forever changed by his paranoid schizophrenic mother’s death at his father’s hands. In that book and in this one, which Kirkus Reviews notes “is made of more cheerful stuff,” Russell writes with unusual empathy for the struggles of others he comes to know. With curiosity, humor, and insight in this his second book of nonfiction, you will come to know an earlier America now unknown to most, and a world that gets smaller and more precious as we experience it.
May I ask a small favor of you? If you read Meanderings and Mullings, I’d really appreciate it if you would be willing to write a brief review of it on Amazon. That’s where most book reviews get posted and it’s one way you can help expose more readers to Meanderings and Mullings.
I will update this post from time to time, as needed. Thanks for your interest, as evidenced by your reading this far! 🙂