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Up From Adams Street by Larry Crane - Book Tour + Giveaway


 

Join us for this tour from Sep 14 to Oct 2, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleUp from Adams Street (a memoir) by Larry Crane
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  229 pages
Genre:  Memoir
PublisherMaine Authors Publishing
Release date:   July 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13. Mild mature content. No bad language.


Book Description:

Larry Crane brings the sensibility of the post-World War II generation and a family of modest means to his fresh new novelesque memoir, Up From Adams Street. Born at home, surrounded by a neighborhood of immigrant families that burst out of the confines of Chicago to buy a lot carved out of the corn fields astride the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy rail line. As the confessed family favorite, he had a lot of expectations heaped on his shoulders, along with a sense that he was destined to fulfill that destiny. He realizes that participating in sports is a potential entrée into worlds that seem beyond his little world. Plus, he loves the games. He plays baseball, football and basketball. He caddies at golf courses. As he grows physically, he senses the need to expand mentally and philosophically too. A scholarship helps, then a surprise appointment to West Point follows. At the military academy, he bends to discipline, survives mandatory boxing, battles mighty Notre Dame in basketball, pitches against the legendary Yankees, conquers Mechanics of Fluids, and Calculus, discovers F. Scott Fitzgerald, befriends Red Reeder, falls in and out of love, turns 23, and becomes a man.

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Author Interview

How do you develop your plot and characters?
The plot and characters work hand in glove. I like to start out the writing job working from a situation that is out of balance and demands concrete action from the protagonist(s) to set right again. But the characters determine what the action will be. Sometimes they get it wrong and need to re-set. Whatever they come up with defines them as people, but also drives the story forward with cause and effect to another situation.

 Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special. Maggie Christopher, the wife and alter-ego of the protagonist, Lou, in my thriller novel, A Bridge to Treachery, is a favorite. She softens the sometimes very sharp edges of the flinty Lou. She’s not afraid to question his logic and to call him out on his lies. She is smart and tough, and she never wavers in her love for him. She plays a major part in climactic action of the novel’s concluding chapters.

 Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audio book? Both of my novels, Missing Girls, and A Bridge to Treachery, are available as audio books. The selection of the narrator was a major challenge in producing them. I wanted a narrator who could handle the very difficult job of transitioning to the voices of the various characters convincingly. It was important also that the narrator truly “get” the tone of the narrative, and the emotional impact of the story, and conveys that to the listener.

 Favorite book/story you have read as an adult? One of my favorites is Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. It might be because the book is written in the first person and is somewhat autobiographical. I’ve gotten more interested in it lately because as I was putting my memoir Up From Adams Street together, The Sun Also Rises fits the model of what a memoir is according to the experts, and even if it is not truly a memoir, it functions a lot as one. So, novelistic techniques such as vivid descriptive scenes and dialogue abound in my memoir. When you add in the thematic elements that in Hemingway translate into the definition of the Lost Generation, the book is worthy of a lot of study.

 Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, are there any you’d recommend? Yes, I listen to audio books on long drives. Long after I’ve listened to them, I can actually picture where I was in my travels when I did so. I can offer five really good ones: Tourist Season, by Carl Hiassen; Killing Mr. Watson, by Peter Matthiessen; The Egyptologist, by Arthur Phillips; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt; The Descendants, by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you. For a dozen or more years during the 70s and 80s I devoted most of my free time to orienteering. It’s a sport that combines hiking/running with map and compass skills and appeals to families looking for a new outdoor activity, as well as to cross country runners who appreciate adding a mental dimension to the physical demands of their sport. Orienteering in the US was in its infancy in the early 70s. I read a book about the sport and traveled to Virginia to attend the first meeting of the United States Orienteering Federation, becoming a charter member. Over the years, I built up a club of 300 members in northern New Jersey called Ramapo Orienteering, and conducted top-flight “meets” that drew competitors from all over the east coast and Canada.

 

Meet the Author:

Larry Crane spent the 1960s in a military setting, first at school at West Point, and as a lieutenant in Germany. He was an advisor to a Vietnamese ranger battalion in the Central Highlands. He took on a civilian career in brokerage and banking, retiring early to concentrate on writing, producing several full length plays most notable of which is Baghdad on the Wabash. Published fiction includes a thriller,A Bridge to Treachery, a mystery novel Missing Girls: In Truth Is Justice, and an anthology of short plays and stories, Baghdad on the Wabash and Other Plays and Stories. He lives with his wife Jan in splendid isolation on Southport Island, Maine.

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Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 - Bookish Paradise – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review
Sep 16 - Jea Reads - book review
Sep 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – Books for Books – book review
Sep 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book review
Sep 28 –Adventurous Jessy - book review / giveaway
Sep 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 1 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – My Fictional Oasis – book review

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