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"Dedicated to the survivors of America’s decades of discontent
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CRYSTAL SHIPS

by Richard Sharp

 Author Richard Sharp

Richard Sharp earned a BA from Harvard as well as a Masters Degree from Princeton, launching a career as an international development consultant before recently retiring.His work throughout the US and in over four dozen countries provides authentic settings for his fictional work.

He is the author of Jacob’s Cellar, Time is the Oven, The Duke Don’t Dance, and his most recent novel, Crystal Ships. His publications have garnered him multiple accolades, including a Kirkus Star and place on the Kirkus Best Self-Published Book list (2013), the an Independent Publishers gold medal for Best Adult Fiction  (2014), a finalist finish in the ForeWord Clarion Firsts (2012) and Reader’s Favorite (2012) categories, and even a Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Award for an extract from Crystal Ships.

RICHARD SHARP
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 You can expect to be propelled by  BOLTS of emotion!  Richard Sharp, (Best Adult Fiction Novelist, 2013-) weaves heart pounding moments into his latest novel.  I wanted to escape to a softer place, for this is not only the story of an assault on  a complicated young girl, but the on the confrontation of a values in a changing society.

Crystal Ships might be regarded as a companion piece to Sharp’s prize-winning Indie novel, The Duke Don’t Dance. Again, his rigorous narrative of this unfolding tale was relentless.  I could not put it down.

Immersed in the popular culture and politics of its time, Sharp’s latest novel focuses on a specific period - 1960-1978. Here, with great craft obviously supported by his research and personal experience, Sharp   reveals the spirit of this period.  He encompasses humor around tragedy, and brings a new light to social and cultural perspectives.  Dedicated to the survivors it must be.

Of Crystal Ships, CreateSpace says: “A sweeping saga of American idealism and disillusionment, Richard Sharp’s exquisite Crystal Ships traces the lives of seven friends through two decades of violence, hope, and cultural change Sharp spins an epic tale that starts back in the heady days of the Kennedy administration, when Camelot appeared as a shining beacon of hope for all Americans.” 


Here is a novel orchestrated within an era laden with moral ambiguities and the ambiguities in the protagonists themselves. Alive with emotive threads that play piercingly throughout the novel, Sharp rivets the reader and keeps pages turning. “Sexual tension - passion - the dreams of youth - yearning for more - reaching for the stars, along with the disappointments life hands to everyone - it's all wrapped up in one perfect rendition dedicated to the 50th memorial of JFK's assassination.”

Early on, Sharp introduces us to Lucy, a sexually provocative young girl. With a clap of emotion reminiscent of  a performance by  Jim Morrison and The Doors, he then makes the reader an eye-witness to each horrifying moment of her rape.  At the same time, he reaches within the psyche and defiant spirit of this character allowing her to react in a darkly comic victory scene..

 “ I feel that the credibility of my female protagonists owes a lot to … Isabel Allende’s novels and memoir.. ..” Sharp tells me in an interview.  

Assassinations, drugs, gender conflicts, and the Vietnam War come crashing through Crystal Ships as the voices of Sharp’s haunting, individually defined characters speak.

In his career, Richard Sharp traveled the world. Clearly he writes from first-hand knowledge of the  locales he chooses, as well as of the war itself. Sharp brings these locations alive and “…animates the Vietnam era with sharply drawn characters and intricate story lines,” one reader says.



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Adelson "turned a precocious interest in grab bars and safety treads into her first book, 'Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety and Style.'An award-winning health and science writer, she wrote the book to respond to older adults’ growing need for suitable housing…and their worried kids’ equally growing need to help."


“I wrote this book to meet the needs of the growing number of people who are 65 or older, as well as the needs of the people who care for them, whether formally or informally, down the block or across the country. Elder care is a big topic of conversation among my fellow Baby Boomers. It consumes a lot of time and energy and requires an active response. Staying Power is for everyone, with tips on communication to help family members collaborate and take constructive action. You don't have to become an expert on aging; this book can help you "cut to the chase" to help yourself and the people you know.”

“I wrote about this topic because I have always loved solving practical problems in everyday life - making things comfortable, setting up processes, working with contractors and designers. And in my career, I had the good fortune to write about human factors, ergonomics, Universal Design. When I began taking courses in Aging, it all came together. As a long-time science writer concerned with public health, I knew I could popularize this material and make it accessible to a wide audience.

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