Archive for January 3rd, 2018


And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau by Mathias B. Freese

And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau tells the story of a New York City man who becomes an Alabama man. Despite his radical migration to simpler living and a late-life marriage to a saint of sorts, his persistent pet anxieties and unanswerable questions follow him. Mathias Freese wants his retreat from the societal “it” to be a brave safari for the self rather than cowardly avoidance, so who better to guide him but Henry David Thoreau, the self-aware philosopher who retreated to Walden Pond “to live deliberately” and cease “the hurry and waste of life”? In this memoir, Freese wishes to share how and why he came to Harvest, Alabama (both literally and figuratively), to impart his existential impressions and concerns, and to leave his mark before he is gone.

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Author’s Bio

Teacher and psychotherapist, I hold masters degrees in secondary education and social work from Queens College of the City University of New York and Stony Brook University. For more than thirty years I taught English and social studies in New York secondary schools. An analytically trained and insight-oriented psychotherapist, I have incorporated my abiding interest in Eastern thought into my life and my work, leading workshops on experiential and psycho-spiritual approaches to inner awareness.

Listed in Who’s Who in America, 56th Edition, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, and the International Authors Who’s Who, my work emphasizes creativity, spiritual wisdom, self-awareness, transcendence, and meaning. My short fiction has appeared in Jewish Currents, Pig Iron Press, and Skywriters, among other magazines. My nonfiction articles have appeared in the New York Times, Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, and Publishers Marketing Association Newsletter. In 2005, the Society of Southwestern Authors honored me with a first-place award for personal/essay memoir.

Within a two-week span, I wrote i, the first novella of my i Tetralogy. The next three volumes, I Am Gunther, Gunther’s Lament, and Gunther Redux followed in quick succession, fulfilling a compelling, psychologically imaginative need on my part to fathom my own personal sense of Shoah. At the center of the apocalyptic nightmare of the Holocaust is most everything we need know about our nature — and our gods, I have concluded. And so the i Tetralogy aspires to reflect the shadow of that stark reality that happened more than sixty years ago but perturbs us to this day. Google my name or i Tetralogy to find reviews and interviews with me. In January Down to a Sunless Sea, a collection of my short stories, will be published; recently the Tetralogy was awarded the Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award for best historical fiction of 2007.


My Review

4 stars

This is a story of reflection as Matt tells about moving from his home in Henderson, NV to Harvest, AL. He reminisces about events in his life and how Henry Thoreau would look at them. Being in his seventies he is suffering from that dreaded necessity, old age. You will also see how this has an effect on his and Nina’s lives.

This was an interesting trip as Matt analysis his life and brings you to the closing line “And then I am gone.” He is trying to live a simpler life without fret and worry about things that he cannot control but these things inevitably creep into his life.

I will say that the one thing that really stuck with me was when he was talking about why he writes. “I write because I am compelled to do so by my feelings and thoughts, all that noise in the crankcase of my mind. I believe that writing as an ordering of the cacophony we all have in our minds.” What a great way to explain the reasoning behind writing.

This is a wonderful story. Not everything is perfect but we must keep trudging through this thing we call life and do the best that we can.

I received And Then I Am Gone from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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The Book of All Lovers – The Story of Dyosphir and Ivalisee

By Bruno A. Ribeiro

This illustrated book plunges you into a dark fantasy full of brave heroes, beautiful damsels, and loyal allies.

Dyosphir will face many challenges as he quests after the Rose of Sharon. At the end of his adventure, he will be confronted with a choice that will change everything for his people and his land.

This epic poem from Bruno A. Ribeiro presents you with a new kind of fairy tale.

The story of Dyosphir and Ivalisee is a dark fantasy full of lush settings, chivalrous adventures, true love, and unimaginable peril.

Ride along with Dyosphir as he and his companions plot to save his love.

The Book of All Lovers is a tale of adventure and chivalry, a fantastic voyage in pursuit of a dream of love in which the hero must overcome self-doubt to find joy.

The first of a trilogy, The Book of All Lovers is also an illustrated fairy tale for adults in verse form. For aren’t we all travelers on such a fantastic journey?

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Author’s Bio

Bruno A. Ribeiro, also known as Bruno A., is a Portuguese-American writer and painter who has studied Fine Arts in Lisbon. Having lived in a few countries before, he moved to USA in 2005 to fully dedicate himself to writing. He currently lives with his wife and dog in Oyster Bay, New York, right next to Sagamore Hill, a National Park site where former President Theodore Roosevelt used to live. While he is passionate about colors and words, he also enjoys sailing in the Sound, cooking and gardening – all elements of his daily routine often used in the book. The Rose of Sharon described in the book is in front of his home office window and for the illustration in the book he used one of its flowers.

The Book of All Lovers, the first of a trilogy, is his first published book.

My Review

4 stars

Dyosphir has a dream about a beautiful woman trapped in a cold desert, Ivalisee. He is powerfully drawn to her and goes on a quest almost fool heartedly. His servants go with him to keep him safe since this has happened before with disastrous results. But they don’t make it far and Dyosphir is left with the Creature, Thordskree, and the Child to accompany him. But people, places, and other challenges stand between him and Ivalisee. Will he make it to her?

I admit that I had a hard time with this book. I’m not really a poetry person but I try my best to give everything a chance. Dysophir dreams of Ivanalisee and rushes to save her from her prison. But Ivanalisee is in the Sphere of Utmore Dreams. Thankfully the Thordskree and the Child are there to help him in his quest. But the closer he gets to Ivanalisee, the more danger he puts himself and those that love him in.

The story flowed and had great rhythm. There are also beautiful drawings to accentuate the story. I think if you like poetry that you will enjoy this story. There is a lot of action with the adventure and a clear race against time.

I received The Book of All Lovers from Sherri Rosen Publicity for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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