Joe Farrell recounts 16 years in Cathloic schools in New York City

JRA_fc gQUEENS, N.Y. — Sunbury Press has released Joe Farrell’s humerous memoir Jesus Runs Away … and other stories of attending Catholic schools in the early 60s.

About the Book:

A smorgasbord of entertainment and lessons awaits readers as author Joe Farrell releases through Sunbury Press a unique memoir. Jesus Runs Away chronicles his journey as a student who enjoys a carefree life amid schools of rigid discipline and stern religious training. In the early sixties, being in a Catholic school means being compelled to always abide by the rules: pray earnestly when told to do so, study the lessons to answer questions correctly, a “yes” or “no” answer should always be followed by “Sister”, and never ever do anything that would upset or make the teachers mad. Through vivid narration, Jesus Runs Away unveils the funny side that lurks behind the austere façade of Catholic Schools. It follows the author as he finds himself caught up in different mischief during grade school and to even more grave misbehaviors—including a police arrest—during high school and college. A baby boomer, Farrell’s life is one that is carved by the tumult of the fifties and sixties and the social and personal dramas that come along with it. His is an interesting wave of colors brightened by adventure, discipline, lessons learned, friendship, and love. Providing a good glimpse into the life of pure Catholic training, Jesus Runs Away is a witty revelation of a schoolboy’s shenanigans and the ultimate inspiration one can get from them. This memoir of growing up in the 60’s is full of Farrell’s wit, humor, and irreverence yet it’s a touching and poignant story. A fun and enjoyable read.

JoeAbout the Author:

Many of the nuns, brothers, priests and lay teachers who dealt with Joe Farrell during his sixteen years of Catholic schools forecasted failure for him in this life and in the next. So, when they heard he was in a maximum security prison they weren’t surprised. The part that surprised them was that is was as a staff psychologist and not an inmate. It probably would have amazed them to discover that he had a very long and successful career in government and in two Fortune 500 companies as a high level manager and advocate for consumers and citizens. They would probably be stunned to hear he presently is Executive Director of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA.

Along the way, he raised two children who were excellent students. His son is an intellectual property attorney and his daughter, after over a decade of teaching, is an elementary school principal.

His success in the next life is yet to be determined…

Jesus Runs Away: … and other stories of attending Catholic schools in the early 60s

Authored by Joe Farrell

03List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
392 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063927
ISBN-10: 1620063921
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Jesus-Runs-Away-97816200…

Fred Burton's first novel "The Old Songs" is based in Queens in the 1950s & 1960s

QUEENS, NY – Sunbury Press has released Fred Burton’s first novel “The Old Songs” about life in Queens in the 1950s and 1960s.

tos_fcAbout the book:
“The Old Songs” takes place in Queens, N.Y. during the 1950s and 1960s. The members of the extended family you meet have been shaped by The Depression and World War II. In response to these traumatic events they are drawn together into gatherings that are fun-loving and raucous.

It is not long before a tragic event occurs, taking two of the main characters from them. Those left behind struggle to maintain the things that keep them bound to each other, and shun attitudes and ideas that run counter to them. But evidence mounts that events cannot be managed and controlled as easily as they had expected. Their rigid orthodoxy is tested when they consider the poor treatment that had been directed towards those no longer among them.

The title captures an essential theme of the book. The first chapter occurs at a family party. The petty conflicts are undone by the singing of songs and you sense the rich heritage this represents. Later, they sing in a restaurant and it becomes painfully clear how the world has passed them by. The concluding chapter has the larger group reassembled for perhaps the final time. The singing begins and feelings of hurt and alienation are met with a counter-force that suggests that beauty can be found even in difficult situations.

There are no heroes in this book but truth can be found in the fabric of their shared experience, each strand of which struggles for connection. Their love for each other battles against the crises that have shaped their lives. They are poorly equipped for looking inside themselves because of a morality that scorns analysis of this kind. Despite these obstacles each is given a chance to learn how to forgive, both themselves and each other, and those who grow in this way secure some measure of peace in their lives.

The Old Songs
Authored by Fred Burton
List Price: $16.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
220 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062913
ISBN-10: 1620062917
BISAC: Fiction / Literary

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Old-Songs-9781620062…