I'm going to let others tell you about my newest book published by Maine Writers Publishing in 2016.
"A Stone's Throw is a wonderful collection of stories, told from the perspective of Orvie, a young boy growing up in the 1940s. Orvie's world is a swirl of outdoor adventures, forts, farm animal, school, chores, and family struggles. Through witty dialogue, rich descriptions of life on the farm, and the captivating voice of Orvie himself, Mort Mather invites you to enter Orvie's childlike imagination, and to remember your own. I love these stories and I know you will too."—Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., bestselling author or Blue and LowFat Love
"Mort Mather has a gift for pulling us into Orvie's world so we can see shadows of ourselves beside him. The author's background in agriculture is evident in the delightful way he describes how Orvie deals with garden bugs, hay wagons, horses, damming up streams, and the discoveries and loneliness of rural life."—David Morse author of Harry and Maude Take It On
"I love this book. Young Orvie takes you by the hand and nonetoogently pulls you right down into the lovely muck of his funny, mysterious, heartbreaking world."—John Manderino, author of The Hbomb and the Jesus Rock
"Mort's writing is every bit as wonderful as the food in his splendid restaurant."—J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement, Maine, and The Engagements
"A Stone's Throw evokes rural postwar America through a series of spare, vivid, funny, unflinching vignettes. The power of these wonderfully simple tales snuck up on me."—Lewis Robinson, award winning author of Of icer Friendly and Other Stories
"The daytoday musings of a boy in 1940s small town America, from the mundane to the profound, come to life in this charming series of vignettes."—Dana Pearson, author and columnist
"I like it better each time I read it—and I liked it a lot the first time around!"—Marshall Burchard, three time editor of A Stone's Throw
"Mort Mather has captured the feel, the sounds and smells of rural life in the 40's"—U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
A Stone's Throw is available for $14.95 in bookstores, through Amazon and I'll send you a signed copy if you mail me a check for $19 to cover postage and mailer.
How to Improve Your Life and Save the World is the title of a book I'm working on. The first part of the book follows my quest for happiness. My first decision was to seek happiness as directly as possible. It took some work to figure out where to look. Not all of the decisions were easy. The road has not been without potholes. The second part of the book is a quest for a definition for love as an active verb. I thought there should be a single definition that would work for all kindsÂť of love (romantic, familial, friends, enemies), a trunk definition from which the different kinds would branch with additional meaning.
Taking Care of Mom is a performance piece written by my wife, Barbara Mather. It is a powerful piece that will resonate with anyone who is taking care of a parent in their last years and, perhaps, be helpful in getting through this difficult period.
I have been thinking longer than Aristotle (at least I have lived longer than he did) and I have had a better education than he did not to mention the benefit of his wisdom and many others who followed him. Welcome to my thoughts.
Mort Mather is the author of How to Improve Your Life and Save the World and Gardening for Independence. He has written many essays on philosophy and organic agriculture. He works as a consultant to non-profit environmental groups.
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