When it comes to “buy local,” that suggestion can apply to your reading as well. Throughout the year, local authors drop off their books at EW or send links to their e-published work. We can’t read them all, but somebody should. So we offer you our annual self-published roundup.
Luminare Press stands out in Lane County as a polished producer of local self-published books. Tomes with the Luminare imprint are almost indistinguishable from those from major publishers and authors have heaped praise on Luminare and owner/editor Patricia Marshall for ushering their carefully wrought words through the process of getting them on page and released to the general public.
Notable from Luminare in 2016 are: Born to Heal: Heal Yourself, Heal the World ($19.95, lukeadlerhealing.com) by Luke Adler, a self-help book that has “75 exercises and meditations, illustrations, case studies and personal stories” that will “inspire courage and help you develop and trust your inner guidance.”
Artist Cynthia Herron’s memoir Paint By Number: An Artist’s Quest for Meaning ($37.95, cynthiaherron.com) ponders “When did I become a serious artist? What drove me to paint? Did early paintings hint at my mature voice? How did I find that voice? Why had I been plagued with doubt?” after experiencing letdown at the end of an art show.
And the children’s book I’m Still Me Can’t You See? Diabetes Won’t Stop Me! ($14.95, hergenreterbooks.com) written by Valorie Hergenreter and illustrated by Mariann Asbury explores diabetes through the eyes of a child conquering the disease.
Also published through Luminare is Terrence Heintz’s Words — Life’s Tutelage: A Secular Bible for the New Millennium. Heintz is a Eugene resident, but according to an article in his previous hometown paper, the Massachusetts-based The Journal Register, “the book represents several years of research into a variety of spiritual messages.”
Local naturalist Whitey Lueck’s Staying Put in Lane County (CreateSpace on Amazon, $15) is a Tsunami Books staff pick. The book chronicles Lueck’s choice to purposely spend an entire calendar year within Lane County an “exercise of self-restraint that enables him to reflect on some of the characteristics of the vast and varied county he calls home.”
Also a Tsunami pick is Housewife: Home(re)making in a Transgender Marriage by Kristin Collier. (Abbondanza $16). The memoir discusses how Collier and her husband struggled to decide “whether and how to stay together after it becomes apparent to him that he is transgender.” The story doesn’t end when the book does, Collier, who lives with and parents as partners with her former husband updates readers at kristinkcollier.com.
A third Tsunami pick is Mindful Relationships: Seven Skills for Success by B. Grace Bullock (Handspring $29.50, bgracebullock.com), which “integrates the science of mind, body and brain to reveal how chronic stress undermines our social bonds, and what we can do about it.”
Black Sun Books also features local publishers in its top 10. Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do by Duana C. Welch (LoveScience Media $15.99, lovefactually.co) is “the first science-based book that guides men and women through every phase of dating, from before they meet until they make a commitment.”
Finally, L.J. Sellers is a prolific producer of mysteries and thrillers set in Eugene. This year’s offerings are The Gender Experiment: A Crime Thriller (Spellbinder Press $12.99) and Death Deserved: A Detective Jackson Mystery Book 11 (Thomas and Mercer, Amazon $15.95). Find her at ljsellers.com.
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