NWU Boston Members’ Books Published in 2017

If you’ve published or will publish a book in 2017, please send info — including a 50-word-or-less description and a link if you wish — to bostonchapter@nwu.org. Please indicate whether you’d be interested in being one of six readers at our January Book Party.

Kitty Beer. The Hampshire Project, third novel in Resilience: A Trilogy of Climate Chaos. Plain View Press. Another gripping eco-thriller! Terra must battle the evils unleashed by rampant climate change, from mass migration to autocracy. In 2082, capitalizing on fear and deprivation, a self-serving elite is taking over all surviving communities. Can Terra find the father she never met amid the chaos and deception? What will happen if she can?

Janice Zarro Brodman. Sex Rules! Mango Media. Sex is always hot. Other people’s lusty antics even hotter. This book pulls back the curtains on a dizzying array of hilarious stereotype-busting sexual mores from around the world. It is joyful, deliciously outrageous, titillating, hilarious. The fact that it’s all true makes it even more fascinating.

Jeannette de Beauvoir

Death of a Bear. HomePort Press. Sydney Riley is wedding coordinator at one of Provincetown’s inns, and she never planned to be a sleuth; but her friend’s murder plunges her right into the thick of it in this first of the new Provincetown mystery series. Who knew that festivals could be so—deadly?

Murder at Fantasia Fair. HomePort Press. Sydney Riley is back as the Race Point Inn hosts Provincetown’s venerable transgender event, Fantasia Fair… and murder is once again an uninvited guest as a participant is found with a knife in her back.

Our Lady of the Dunes. HomePort Press. In 1942 teenager Jessica and her housekeeper are sent from Boston to live in a dune shack on Cape Cod. This coming-of-age historical novel explores the effects of growing up in wartime and the unintended consequences of one’s actions.

Anita Diamant. The Jewish Wedding NowSimon & Schuster. This complete, easy-to-use guide explains everything you need to know to plan your own Jewish wedding. With enthusiasm and flair, she provides choices for every stage of a wedding—including celebrations before and after the ceremony—providing both traditional and contemporary options. 

Amy Hoffman. The Off SeasonUniversity of Wisconsin Press. Nora, an artist, and her partner Janelle, a tech wizard, have just moved to Provincetown. Janelle is recovering from breast cancer, and a quiet off season seems perfect for Janelle to heal and Nora to paint. Then the charismatic Baby Harris flirts into Nora’s life and turns everything upside down. 

Jim KaplanThe Greatness of King Lear: Its Language Captivates Us. Its Matchless Tragedy Speaks to our Times“Brilliant, sensitive, and heartfelt” — Carol Rocamora, playwright, translator and biographer.

Patrick and Lawrence Kennedy. Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman’s Boston MarathonUniversity of Massachusetts Press. The  titular protagonist in this work of narrative nonfiction overcame typhoid fever, a fall off a five-story building, and other setbacks in his quest for victory in the nation’s premier marathon, during the early decades of the sport.

Jan Maher. Earth As It IsBreak Away Books. “A small-town hairdresser is not quite what she seems in this novel of life under cover. A quietly luminous tale of folksy gender-bending that’s entertaining and authentic.” – Kirkus (Starred; Best Indie Books of 2017). Selected Best Fiction and Grand Prize Winner by The Great Midwest Book Festival.

Randy Susan Meyers. The Widow of Wall StreetSimon & Schuster.  A provocative novel about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall.

Marge Piercy. Made in DetroitKnopf (paperback edition). Poems that range from descriptions of the Detroit of Piercy’s childhood to her current life on Cape Cod, from deep appreciations of the natural world to elegies for lost friends and relationships, from a vision of her Jewish heritage to a hard-hitting take on today’s political ironies.

Leslie WheelerRattlesnake Hill. Encircle. Kathryn is on a deeply personal quest to solve a family mystery: the identity of a nameless beauty in an old photograph. But, as Kathryn quickly discovers, the hills possess a host of dark secrets – both ancient and new – that can only be revealed at the price of danger and even death.

Willie Wideman-PleasantsStretching the Truth. An easy-to-read book of true to life short stories filled with humor, mystery, and deception.Poems that are vivid and thought provoking. Stories that the whole family can read. This book is designed to encourage reading.