Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fred Burton’s first novel “The Old Songs” is based in Queens in the 1950s & 1960s

QUEENS, NY – Sunbury Press has released Fred Burton’s first novel “The Old Songs” about life in Queens in the 1950s and 1960s.

tos_fcAbout the book:
“The Old Songs” takes place in Queens, N.Y. during the 1950s and 1960s. The members of the extended family you meet have been shaped by The Depression and World War II. In response to these traumatic events they are drawn together into gatherings that are fun-loving and raucous.

It is not long before a tragic event occurs, taking two of the main characters from them. Those left behind struggle to maintain the things that keep them bound to each other, and shun attitudes and ideas that run counter to them. But evidence mounts that events cannot be managed and controlled as easily as they had expected. Their rigid orthodoxy is tested when they consider the poor treatment that had been directed towards those no longer among them.

The title captures an essential theme of the book. The first chapter occurs at a family party. The petty conflicts are undone by the singing of songs and you sense the rich heritage this represents. Later, they sing in a restaurant and it becomes painfully clear how the world has passed them by. The concluding chapter has the larger group reassembled for perhaps the final time. The singing begins and feelings of hurt and alienation are met with a counter-force that suggests that beauty can be found even in difficult situations.

There are no heroes in this book but truth can be found in the fabric of their shared experience, each strand of which struggles for connection. Their love for each other battles against the crises that have shaped their lives. They are poorly equipped for looking inside themselves because of a morality that scorns analysis of this kind. Despite these obstacles each is given a chance to learn how to forgive, both themselves and each other, and those who grow in this way secure some measure of peace in their lives.

The Old Songs
Authored by Fred Burton
List Price: $16.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
220 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062913
ISBN-10: 1620062917
BISAC: Fiction / Literary

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Old-Songs-9781620062…

Pennsylvania Coal Region subject of new history by John R. Lindermuth

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released John R. Lindermuth’s history “Digging Dusky Diamonds” recounting life in Pennsylvania’s Coal Region.

About the book:
ddd_fcBased on contemporary newspaper accounts and genealogical records, Digging Dusky Diamonds tells the story of the people who made the anthracite coal mining industry a major economic force in Pennsylvania in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

How the miners and their families lived and worked, loved and died is recorded in old newspapers and reveals their daily concerns, their diversions, social attitudes and prejudices. The accounts reveal what was different about those people and what has remained constant in us, their descendants.

Though the focus is mainly on Northumberland and Schuylkill counties, similar conditions prevailed across the anthracite mining region.

About the author:
A native of Shamokin, Northumberland  County, Pennsylvania, J. R. Lindermuth worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for nearly 40 years. Since retiring, he has served as librarian of the Northumberland County Historical Society where he assists patrons with genealogy and research.

He is the author of 12 novels and his short stories and articles have been published in a variety of magazines. He is a member of International Thriller Writers, EPIC and the Short Mystery Society.

He is the father of two grown children and has four grandsons. To learn more about the author, visit his website at http://www.jrlindermuth.net

Digging Dusky Diamonds: A History of the Pennsylvania Coal Region
Authored by John R. Lindermuth
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
160 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062685
ISBN-10: 1620062682
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Digging-Dusky-Diamonds-9…