Introducing Nancy Peek Youngdahl, author of My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid

“Outskirts Press is the way to go if you want to publish a book after getting so many rejections from the Big publishers. They only want the experienced authors who have published lots of books in the past. Outskirts helped me with the whole process and I am very pleased with the result.”

Nancy Peek Youngdahl is an artist, crafter of jewelry, a soapmaker, writer, and avid golfer. She loves to travel with her husband, Skip, and between them, they have six adult children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Nancy has been a schoolboard chairman and an art teacher, and she has a passion for genealogy, tracing her ancestors back thirteen generations to the late 1600s when they lived in Virginia. My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid is her second book; the first is an autobiography of Nancy’s family history.

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Book description…

My Nana was an Outrageously Mischievous kid. In the 1940s and ’50s, children were allowed to run free, play outside, and use their imaginations-without parents constantly hovering over them and fearing for their safety. In her own small town in North Carolina-with very little traffic, and neighbors who actually knew each other-Nana was no exception to the free-range kid phenomenon. But as an outrageously mischievous child that was left to her own devices, she sure got into some amazing and hilarious adventures.It was a glorious time to be a child! Both of Nana’s parents worked, so she and her brother were often unsupervised. They wreaked havoc most of the time, thus living an exciting childhood. Nana’s stories-told to her great-grandchildren-are all true. She relates how her family and neighbors survived in spite of her and is quick to let her great-grandchildren know what not to do. As she says, if she had lived as a child today, she’d probably be locked up in a juvenile home!

Introducing Joe Poett, author of A Rainy Day in Heaven

“Job well done!”

So begins Joe Poett’s lighthearted yet poignant memoir. With “orange” hair, freckles, a light-fingered brother, and a penchant for mischief, Poett grows up in an era of party lines and fallout shelters in the backyard and President Kennedy’s space project. When he’s not setting the neighboring field on fire or nearly suffocating in a pile of sawdust, Joseph is navigating a treacherous family life. His father, an angry alcoholic, is abusive to his mother, and the police have made such frequent appearances at their home, they’re all on a first-name basis. Despite spending years at an orphanage while his mother tries to make it on her own with a new developmentally disabled baby, Joseph maintains an endless sense of humor and irony. His story is both laugh-out-loud entertaining and emotionally distressing as we see how the adults in one boy’s life fail him over and over again.

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Out of zero volume exploded a universe, expanding at the speed of light. The universe is not infinite, like is commonly thought, but a perfect sphere with edges growing at the speed of light. And outside the edge of the universe there’s no time and no space-only a void. “And on the seventh day, He rested.”
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Fifteen billion years later, I, Joseph Richard Poett Jr., the center of the universe, am conceived, and three years later, I’m battling to hold back the weighty door of a department store pay toilet…