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  • 09/2016
  • 9781483457697
  • 76 pages
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  • 9781483457703
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Jay: Short Stories, Insights, and Lessons from a Life of Hope and Abundance
Jay Reed, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Jay is a collection of short stories, thoughtful insights, and life lessons. From struggling but happy child to reflective adult these stories cover the spectrum of emotions with hope always on the horizon. Jay Reed grew up in a small rural community in a traditional conservative family. He not only owns this fact he wears it like a badge of honor using his rich experiences to thoughtfully showcase life lessons. You don’t have to be from Indiana or rural America to enjoy these engaging stories. The lessons and insights make the book worthy of anyone’s time and consideration. His style of writing comes from a love of storytelling; although his reason for sharing those stories is a much deeper one. Jay says “All our lives we live with three people, the person we hope to be, the person we think we are, and the person we really are.” Jay’s writing lovingly and graciously provides the reader with some insights to help bridge the gap between those three people bringing us closer to that person we hope to be. Every life is a canvas upon it our story and collectively that of mankind. Jay’s writing provides fuel for the fires of the mind, fuel that will warm our thoughts and give us pause to reflect on the state of our own canvas. We are all painting a portrait in this life and through his immersive writing Jay shares his palette with the reader freely. The book is a love letter to the lives and events that sculpted that hope filled state of mind in an attempt to share it with the world.
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FORWARD REVIEWS Jay: Short Stories, Insights, and Lessons from a Life of Hope and Abundance

Jay Reed Lulu (Sep 16, 2016)Softcover $9.99 (76pp)978-1-4834-5769-7

The real lesson of Jay is to cherish life’s small moments, and to remain on the lookout for the many flashes of beautythat surround us.

A Midwestern brand of self-effacement runs through Jay Reed’s eponymous photo memoir, Jay. In the acknowledgments, which he addresses to his mother, Reed writes, “We have enjoyed a life full of simple pleasuresabundant with hope and love. Not bad so far, not bad at all.” Upon reading carefully drawn scenes from Reed’sbucolic upbringing and tales of his outdoor explorations, many would say his life has been not just “not bad,” but rathervery good.

Reed’s aim with this memoir is to unearth the root of what he calls an “empty unsettled feeling ofdisconnection” that’s dogged him for much of his adult life.

To find the answers he seeks, he considers his life chronologically in a series of short, rousing vignettes, augmented with photographs that give the book the feel of afamily scrapbook. Reed covers everything from growing up in the seventies on Indiana farmland to climbing mountains in Wyoming to canoeing in the north woods of Ontario. The lessons of the subtitle are given in the form of aphorisms and brief reflections in the book’s final chapter.Reed mentions in the acknowledgments and author bio that he’s a landscape photographer, which is no surprise. The book is rife with vivid visual details, like this description of playing in a stream near his childhood home:

It began as a tiny trickle the earth and rock dam could not hold back, and then amassive torrent of water was careening over trucks and buildings. The devastation was complete; we yelled and laughed in sheer delight as the army men, cars, and stick homes were washed down the creek.

While Reed skillfully observes the world around him, there is very little self-analysis in this memoir. Reed isn’t as interested in who’s behind the camera as in the colorful people and settings he depicts. This extends to his family.The book contains a great deal about kind hearted neighbors, but virtually no details about his parents or siblings.There are not only childhood difficulties, including a learning disability, but also his grandfather’s shocking suicide.These stories beg to be unfolded, but instead they’re included as near after thoughts.Despite the fantastic attention to detail, the book has an odd “out of time” quality, like a leaf pressed underglass.

The book’s focus is so micro it fails to ground Reed’s life in a larger cultural or political context. When hementions September 11 halfway through the book, it comes as something of a shock.

The real lesson of Jay is to cherish life’s small moments, and to remain on the lookout for the many flashes ofbeauty that surround us. “Life does not simply hand you these kinds of experiences,” Reed explains. “You must search for them.”Outdoor enthusiasts and fans of inspirational works will love what’s here.

ANITRA BUDD

News
11/19/2016
Beverly Hills International Book Awards

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It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Finalist in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards.  Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.

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The lists of winners and finalists are also highlighted on our website.  Be sure to go to www.beverlyhillsbookawards.com and see your name and book cover among those of the other proud winners and finalists.

The entire team at the Beverly Hills Book Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in creating the success your book deserves.  You have our warmest congratulations.

Warmly,

ELLEN REID
President & CEO
Beverly Hills Book Awards

 

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 09/2016
  • 9781483457697
  • 76 pages
  • $9.99
Open Ebook Ebook Details
  • 09/2016
  • 9781483457703
  • pages
  • $4.99

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