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Black Bottles

Nothe James M

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ISBN 10: 0970280211 / ISBN 13: 9780970280213
Published by Melvin Books, Monson, MA, 2001
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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8vo. 183 pp. Spine ends are lightly bumped. Book is in excellent as new condition. Signed by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 72147

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Title: Black Bottles

Publisher: Melvin Books, Monson, MA

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

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The world is a frightening place for Brian Feight as he grows up during the Cold War. But while he is worrying about the beginning of the nuclear holocaust, an unexpected thing happens: death is all around him, and it has nothing to do with missiles or the Russians. As everyday life becomes more and more distressing, he takes solace in the peaceful little cemetery near his home and learns to confront and overcome his innermost fears.

Full of symbolism and at times humorous and serious, Black Bottles raises profound questions about life, death, and the universe as seen through the eyes of a young man. It refutes the idea that childhood is a carefree, happy-go-lucky adventure. That may be true for some children, but for others life can be a bittersweet journey, filled with uncertainty and anxiety.

About the Author:

James M. Nothe was born in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, in 1950. He grew up reading the works of classic authors such as Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, and his idol, Edgar Allen Poe. After graduating high school, he married and spent many years working at factory jobs. Tired of monotonous work, he took evening classes and graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a degree in business administration. When he finally decided to try writing at the tender age of 43, he produced a novel, Black Bottles, about the tribulations of a boy growing up during the Cold War, and a collection of short stories entitled Tales from the Hill. Married since 1980 to his second wife, Cindy, he has three grown daughters and lives in Western Massachusetts, where he continues to write and pursue his dream of achieving Edgar’s unique brand of immortality.

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