Where the Angels Lived by Margaret McMullan

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“Someone should write a book,” my mother says, sipping iced coffee. “Not about the drama of that time, during the war, but about what it does to the person who’s left with all of it, the person who feels it but doesn’t quite know it all.”

Where The Angels Lived
One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return

By Margaret McMullan

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The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother’s Jewish lineage. After reaching Pécs, a Hungarian town both small and primarily Christian, Margaret realizes right then and there how difficult hergoing to be. Heart-wrenching, passionate and insightful, WHERE THE ANGELS LIVED (Calypso Editions, 13: 978-1-944593-08-7, $17.95, Original Trade Paperback) by Margaret McMullan beautifully documents the relentless determination of a woman picking up the pieces of her family’s fragmented history throughout the Hungarian Holocaust.

“The destruction of the Jews in the country districts of Hungary was a simple business. The Germans made good use of their experience gained annihilating between three to four million Polish, German and Austrian Jews.”

In WHERE THE ANGELS LIVED, Margaret quickly discovers just how distinguished and influential her relatives appear to have been before the Holocaust. However, no one seems to recall the man whose name she saw that day in Israel: Richard Engel de Jánosi. With the help of students, strangers, and long-lost relatives, Margaret slowly pieces together bits of information about Richard’s past she never would have found without venturing to her family’s homeland.

While Margaret’s research starts to reap its own rewards, the road to discovery still comes at a price.  Back in the United States, Margaret’s father is sick and her mother is looking frailer every time they Skype. Despite her parents’ deteriorating health, there is much more work to be done abroad.

 “Remembering the dead, especially family members is important. I know this.”

As Margaret struggles to discover why Richard’s existence is wiped from Pécs history, her journey soon becomes her mother’s journey, a nation’s journey, and even perhaps, all of our journeys to reconnect with an inexplicable past.

Sitting there in the pew carved of Moravian oak, I start to shake. I curse every last Hungarian who deported or murdered my family. See? Look at me. My mother got out and she had me and I had a son. You didn’t end us.”

Historical, authentic and family-oriented, WHERE THE ANGELS LIVED tells the tale of a somewhat parallel universe that exists even in the 21st century—dealings with Soviet-style bureaucracy; skepticism; anti-Semitism; and ironically the same sort of isolation and rejection Margaret’s Jewish Hungarian family experienced in 1944 before they were forced into concentration camps. Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House and the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, among others. She received a NEA Fellowship and a Fulbright in Hungary to research her new book, Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return.

 

Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story by Ron Franscell

“Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story” is going to be the best true crime book you’ll read this year, or in just about any other year. Author Ron Franscell combines exhaustive research and plenty of literary talent to deliver the classic saga of four brutal murders and the decades-long efforts of dogged investigators to bring the married perpetrators to justice. In the process, he reminds the rest of us who write in this genre how it ought to be done.”

—JEFF GUINN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Manson and The Road to Jonestown

Compulsively readable. Imminently astonishing. Only Ron Franscell, one of America’s most talented and thoughtful crime writers, could render this story of a deadly and monstrous relationship with both lightning-paced prose and a keen awareness of the psychopathology of his subjects. Bound to be a bestseller.”

—GREGG OLSEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Starvation Heights and The Last Thing She Ever Did

When you read about the dark, murderous secrets of Gerald and Alice Uden, you will think you are reading something Shakespearean. You will also think the story has got to be made up. But it’s all true. Ron Franscell has pulled off an amazing job of research and writing.”

—Skip Hollandsworth, author of The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer

Ron Franscell never disappoints. A disturbing yet mesmerizing read, ‘Alice & Gerald’ kept me turning pages, not wanting to close the book. Meticulously researched and skillfully written, this gripping true crime account of two twisted killers weaves together the threads of four cold-blooded murders committed in the name of a depraved love.”

—Kathryn Casey, bestselling author of In Plain Sight

 

“Wyoming is a place where one can hide and never be found.”

ALICE & GERALD

A Homicidal Love Story

“There are more places to hide dead people than live people will ever find.” That’s partly why Gerald Uden liked Wyoming so much. It was a spot where he could find himself, maybe a job, a place to shoot his guns, but most importantly: a wife. To no one’s surprise, “Gerald Uden liked girls who liked guns.” Even more, he longed for someone who needed him. He longed for companionship. He longed for a family. But three ex-wives and two adopted stepsons later, Gerald continued to strike out with women. By 1976, all he was left with were child support bills issued by his third wife, Virginia…until he met Alice.

Alice Prunty also had terrible luck when it came to marriage. She was married twice before meeting Gerald…or so she originally claimed was only twice. However, unlike Gerald, she didn’t long for someone who needed her. She didn’t long for companionship. She longed for control. And that was exactly what Gerald loved most about her.

 “Alice was an aggressive leader in need of a submissive follower, and Gerald was a cowardly follower who needed a bold leader.”

ALICE & GERALD (Prometheus Books, 978-1633885127, $18.00, Original Trade Paperback) by Ron Franscell tells the riveting true story of the murders, secrets, and lies behind the disappearance of Virginia Uden and her two sons, Richard and Reagan. Nonetheless, a sunny September afternoon and a plan to meet Gerald at “the corner” didn’t seem out of the ordinary to Virginia. When she drove off in her mother’s station wagon that day, she had no idea it would be the last time anyone would ever lay eyes on her or her young sons.

“Just like that, he erased his last connection to Virginia and the boys. In fact, he felt kind of virtuous. Sure, he felt guilty about killing three people who’d once (and in the boys’ case, still) loved him, but they’d become nuisances and he had a new family to raise.”

Enticing, suspenseful and incredibly well-written by award-winning true crime writer Ron Franscell, ALICE & GERALD leaves readers on the edge of their seats as they delve deep into secrecy, uncover vital clues, and learn more about Alice and Gerald’s past relationships in the hopes of uncovering the truth about the murders of Virginia, Richard, and Reagan Uden. While all signs pointed authorities to Gerald, there was no solid evidence to support or deny that he was their killer. What about Alice? What part did she play? After previous hostile threats back and forth with Virginia, it was clear “Alice’s agenda, before, during, and after her crimes, was control.” Franscell paints an astoundingly vivid picture of just how and why the mystery went unsolved for nearly 40 years. So how does it end? Well, just when you thought there was a break in the case, another captivating turn leaves you clinging on to what could be the next telling clue.

Maybe Gerald and Alice did something so literally unspeakable to the bodies that they don’t dare reveal it. Burned them piece by piece in a trash barrel? Chopped them up and fed them to the pigs?”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A veteran journalist, Ron Franscell is the author of 17 books, including the Edgar-nominated “Morgue: A Life in Death” and international bestseller “The Darkest Night.

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Biography of a Buffoon by M. Paul Sinclair

Biography of a Buffoon

The Reverend Al Sharpton

By M. Paul Sinclair

There is a pyramid of tyranny at the heart of the village in which many people are oppressed in one form or another, and dissonance pervades.  The charlatan finds opportunity wherein the commoditization and commercialization of racial oppression is exploited.  Invariably the villagers view these exploiters as advocates and leaders, as they best articulate their pain and suffering, even                                                              while exploiting both.

At the end of the Civil War, they were called carpetbaggers and scalawags—Northerners who moved to the South to take advantage of business opportunities in a war-torn-zone and white Southerners who aligned themselves with black freedmen and Northern Republicans to profit politically in a new era.   The 21st Century is no different when it comes to opportunists looking to advance their personal agendas using others and unfortunate events as a springboard.  Paul Sinclair, an international businessman has singled out one such individual in his new book, BIOGRAPHY OF A BUFFOON: The Reverend Al Sharpton (Original Trade Paperback; 9780999474303; $21.95).  In his thoroughly researched and sourced book, Sinclair points out the inconsistencies and outright lies that Sharpton has told and how Sharpton’s rise to fame and fortune has been built on the backs of the same people he says he supports, while their lives remain the same.

Often using Sharpton’s own words from his books and interviews, Sinclair exposes a charlatan.  Some of the topics covered in BIOGRAPHY OF A BUFFOON are:

  • Sharpton working with Rudolph Giuliani to undermine New York City’s first black mayor, David Dinkins
  • His 2004 candidacy for president as a Democrat financed and managed by proud Republican dirty trickster and longtime Donald Trump lieutenant, Roger Stone.
  • His outright disdain of Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders as told in his book Go and Tell Pharaoh
  • Electoral campaigns that were basically “cash-for-endorsements” hustles, even asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Ruth Messinger in the 1997 mayoral election in New York City.
  • Sharpton’s work for a company called Loan Max to sell high-interest predatory loans and other services, targeting African Americans
  • Protest marches “for hire” that grew into a lucrative business whereby Sharpton would gather homeless people, paid $50/day, to stage demonstrations

“I don’t think in any way that I’ve achieved greatness, but I have to be honest and admit that greatness is what I seek” – Al Sharpton

BIOGRAPHY OF A BUFFOON is also a cautionary example of what happens when a disfavored group relies on (a) “celebrity” to save it.  Sinclair has traveled and lived abroad extensively and has seen first hand how minorities have become disenfranchised and undermined by trusting in a weekly government check and other means of encouraging a community to remain stuck with a lack of proper education and resources.  Sharpton is not an inspirational role model for African Americans and his causes do not address real problems.  While racial issues in the United States continue to simmer to a boil, people like Sharpton only serve to stir the pot.

About the Author

Paul Sinclair is a native of Kingston, Jamaica, and was raised in New York City.  He received his master’s degree in finance from Pace University.  In the last twenty-five years, he has lived in the U.S., France, England, Switzerland, and Holland.  Paul currently resides in Manhattan.                                                 

Biography of a Buffoon
The Reverend Al Sharpton
By M. Paul Sinclair
Media Date: October 15, 2018
ISBN: 9780999474303
Original Trade Paperback/Ebook
Price: $21.95
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A Surgeon’s Odyssey by Richard Moss

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“[A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY] belongs on the bookshelf as a modern tale next to the Iliad, the Odyssey, Ulysses, and the biblical Exodus.”
—John F.X. Ryan Jr., Former Managing Director, Sovran Limited and Pac West Distributing Inc., Executive Assistant, Lieutenant Governor, Indiana

“Dr. Moss gives the reader a glimpse of his three-year expedition into an exotic world, a true-life quest that is inspiring, uplifting, and tragic.”
Danny J. Barrett, Director, International Agreements, Commander, US Naval Forces, Japan

“A fantastic journey through third world Asian medicine, culture, and spirituality. Dr. Moss’s odyssey exposes the reader to people and worlds that would otherwise remain hidden. A must-read for the adventurous!”
—Diane Larson, RN, Charge Nurse of Endoscopy Services, Memorial Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center

“Moss is a captivating storyteller who from the first page masterfully pulls the reader into the world of his life as a young head and neck surgeon…Readers will be swept away in this incredible journey.”
—Kimberly Wagner, Featured Writer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and children’s book author

A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY
A Memoir
By Dr. Richard Moss

“Do not forsake your dreams for material security.” This wisdom, inscribed on a fortune cookie in a downtown Manhattan Chinese restaurant, was the catalyst a newly-licensed Dr. Richard Moss needed to book a ticket to Asia and start the next chapter in his life healing people overseas. In his exploratory and moving new memoir, A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY (Archway Books; May 2018), Dr. Moss tells his story of entering the medical field by helping those in need and going on the adventure of a lifetime.

As a 33-year-old surgeon, fresh out of his residency training in Manhattan for Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat), Dr. Moss dedicated 14 years of his life to becoming a doctor and was finally at the point where he could start a practice and earn money. But when a letter from the hospital at Chiang Mai University in Thailand arrived, asking to put his experience to work in their Otolaryngology department, Dr. Moss was at a crossroads…Until fortune stepped in and made him realize what he wanted to do all along.

In A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY, Dr. Moss takes readers along his exciting journey as a young doctor learning to navigate the medical field on a foreign continent, far from his humble beginnings in the Bronx. He shares how, as a cancer surgeon of Jewish faith living in the exotic landscapes of Thailand, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, he had to teach himself to view situations from different cultural and religious perspectives.

Dr. Moss juggles his responsibility to heal with his bizarre and otherworldly wanderings through Asia, including: Meeting his wife Ying, a Buddhist Thai nurse he married in the context of unexpected and powerful Thai cultural imperatives; encountering the enigmatic Jewish-American Buddhist monk Uttamo living in the jungle at the Thai-Malaysia border; operating on a man by candlelight in Bangladesh when the power cut out in the hospital during a monsoon; motorcycling with Ying through the Himalayas and nearly getting rammed off a cliff by a mother Yak protecting her calf; practicing walking meditation in a forest temple in southern Thailand; surviving one of the worst typhoons and mudslides in modern history; getting shot at by a Burmese soldier when trying to cross the border; pounding a drum all night to ward off evil spirits at a Buddhist ceremony; receiving a prize chicken and newborn goat from a poor family as a token of their gratitude for a surgery performed on a loved one; and getting robbed on a train in India, only for Ying to jump on the thief’s back and successfully retrieve his stolen wallet.

Forgoing comfort and financial security to find himself in a strange but beautiful world, A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY is the unique and inspiring journey of a cancer surgeon who, against conventional wisdom, embarks on a pilgrimage of healing, working under daunting circumstances among some of the most fascinating cultures in the world.

About the Author
RICHARD MOSS, M.D., is a board-certified head and neck surgeon with a private practice in Jasper, Indiana, where he has lived for over 25 years with his wife and four children. Dr. Moss earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.  He is a columnist, a local businessman, and has sought political office. He is also the author of Matilda’s Triumph: A Memoir.

About the Publisher
Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly 90 years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kinds, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience.

A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY: A Memoir | Dr. Richard Moss
Archway Publishing from Simon & Schuster | May 2018

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