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Reality

by Gerald Schoenewolf

                                                 

                                                    "This book mesmerized me from the second page on, when Pete, the dreamer-protagonist, sets eyes on a 19-year-old cheerleader and she gives him a smile.                                                                                                                                                         Be warned: this is no ordinary novel. From the moment he first encounters the beautiful Asian cheerleader, Pete's life turns upside down, and he begins to fantasize                                                                                                                                                  about her.  Pete goes back and forth from his fantasy life about "Jenny," to his real life with his wife, Ja Lin.  There are two gorgeous stream-of-consciousness erotic                                                                                                                                                             fantasies that blew me away.  These were not graphic sex fantasies, but the cosmic musings of an enthralled, creative, unbound mind during the act of sex.                                                                                                                                                    The book also has a lovely flashback to Pete's first love, an eight-year-old girl named Daisy, whose precocious sexuality left him haunted for the rest of his life.  I started                                                                                                                                           this book thinking it was just going to be a cute story of an older man's infatuation with a cheerleader, but it was so much more than that.  It turned out to be one of the                                                                                                                                             most original novels I've ever read, one that honestly conveys the inner workings of a man's mind and takes the reader on moving, funny, roller-coaster ride.  The author,                                                                                                who is a psychoanalyst, really gives you an in-depth psychological portrait of the human condition."

--Edith Codrington in Goodreads


                                           "I did find myself mainly caught up in the story of the book because it really is well written. The lead’s voice is strong, and the book overall is remarkably engaging, especially 

                                           considering the fact that it’s entirely placed within one man’s mind, with no “real-life” events going on for the most part. Pete – So much more so than in an average book, our 

                                     lead here carries most of the plot - and he carries it well. To put it simply, the entire story is based within Pete’s mind and we’re simply following along his cycle of thought. This could 

                                        potentially be boring, but his character is written in such a way that makes it remarkably engaging; at some times, readers feel empathetic, dejected, hopeless with him; at others, 

                                          we feel judgmental and concerned at his actions. Every time he seems to be making an improvement and focusing more on Ja-Lin/his Lao Zi principles, we’re brought along the 

                                          rollercoaster of his spirals out of control. The dream-like stream of consciousness chapters bring us in even closer to his psyche, and I was especially impressed by the chapter 

                                                                               detailing his relationship with Daisy in his youth. It truly made me empathize with Pete and it was so nostalgic yet full of sorrow."


                                                                                                                                                                           --Isabel Pettibone

 

Poems from the Heart

Collected Words of Truth and Beauty

Edited by Gerald Schoenewolf


                                                                  

                                                                    Here in one volume is a collection of the most moving poems ever written. The editor wanted to concentrate on poetry “from the heart,” eschewing intellectual
                                                                    poems in favor of those he considered more emotional and heart-felt. It includes the classic English poems and a sprinklng of poem from around the world.
                                                                    It also includes poetic writings not often found in collections of poems, such as sections from “Songs of Solomon” from the Bible, Buddha’s "Dhammapada,"
                                                                    Lao Zi’s "Dao De Ching", as well as works by Friedrich Nietzsche and Kahlil Gibran. You will find all the major poets such as Shakespeare, Goethe, Wordsworth,
                                                                    Shelly, Keats, Byron, Pushkin, Coleridge, Blake, Dickinson, Millay, Cummings and Elliot, along with other known and not-so-known works. In all there are 60 poets
                                                                    and over 200 poems. The volume features photos and brief biographies of each poet followed by one or more of their most heart-felt poems. This is a book
                                                                    that readers will enjoy and love, and one that may be useful for courses in literature as well.



Newly Revised

Holding On and Letting Go: Poems and Drawings

by Gerald Schoenewolf


                                                       
                                                       
                                                      
                                                                "Let me start off by saying I love poetry, I’ve taken my share of poetry classes in college and it’s always been one of my biggest weaknesses. Anywhere from Shakespeare
                                                                to peer editing others’ works. Poetry is one of, if not the deepest and most vulnerable form of writing there is. This book of poems was unique, different, emotional and raw.
                                                                And absolutely perfect.   As most poetry goes, it’s broad enough to leave open room for interpretation, but specific enough to feel the author’s emotions and feelings through
                                                                their words. The first half of the book was dark and depressing, almost like a Sylvia Plath. It, at least to me, was full of fear and suffering. The second half of the book was
                                                                not quite a redemption, but more of a peaceful acceptance. I loved this collection of poems and drawings."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      --Valerie Fasio on Goodreads 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


 The Adventures of Dolly Lahma

Licensed Private Investigator

by Gerald Schoenewolf



"This is kind of an old-fashioned detective story, with crazy characters and car chases and a road trip from California to he Florida Keys. When you first start reading, you'll think that
                                                           J. D. Salinger or Mark Twain or maybe even Henry Miller is he narrator. That's because it is written in the first person from the point of view of its kinky 25-year-old female detective.
                                                           I honestly could not put it down and found Dolly to be one of the most original characters I have ever encountered. It is written with Mark Twain type humor as Dolly, a very human
      detective who gets PMS cramps when she is being chased by crooks. She and her odd-ball friend, Alice, who doesn't like anything about anybody, attempt to bring down a sex ring that
        is located on a man-made island in the Keys. Along the way she and her friend engage in kinky sex experiences, such as having a peeing contest with a bunch of college boys in a motel
in Oklahoma City. I was laughing my head off throughout this book, but I realized as I read it that it is definitely not for everybody. It is quite ribald and many people may think it over
                                                           the top or too sexual or in bad taste. But if you are looking for a different, entertaining, and even in some ways profound detective yarn, this is it! "
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --Amy Capella


Robodoll

by Gerald Schoenewolf



                                                           
                                                            "I found this book to be a funny, sometimes hilarious, often profound, page-turner of a neurotic 37-year-old who buys a Robodoll.  He hopes to teach her how to be his dream 
                                                            sex partner and instead she winds up teaching him to love.  She turns out to be a robot who doesn't look like a robot, but looks like a real woman, and she is programmed to
                                                            have the most technologically advanced orgasm reflex he has ever encountered.  She also can speak 66 languages, sing opera, dance ballet, cook an array of
                                                            international cuisine and read people’s minds.  There are many adventures in the book that are funny and surprising.  The author's sense of humor is a bit weird, but
                                                            it left me in stitches. For example, the robodolls need to pass gas after human meals, which is their way of digesting them, so they end up filling a restaurant with pink clouds.  
                                                            I also found it laugh-out-loud funny when he took her to his company's Christmas party in Manhattan, and she read the mind of a nasty young woman, causing her
                                                            to faint in the arms of the boss.  Another hilarious part was when she hit a softball in a Central Park pick-up game 36 miles.  I don't want to give away the ending,
                                                            but it was a very happy and satisfactory one to me.  I found this not just a very entertaining page-turner, but a literary story with very smooth and often poetic prose
                                                            and something to say about society that could even become a classic of its genre."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         --Amy Capella