Weeping Willow Books is devoted to publishing high-quality fiction and nonfiction books that inspire, uplift, inform and entertain. Our authors are accomplished writers whose work illuminates, as Abraham Lincoln said, “the better angels of our nature.”
Ireland, Place out of time, by marcia meier
Ireland, Place Out of Time (2017) is a collection of poetry and photographs that grew out of a trip to Ireland in October 2015. We traveled from Dublin south to Waterford and Kinsale, then up the western coast, stopping to visit the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the tiny burg of Doolin and the Aran Islands, as well as The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, and beautiful windswept Connemara. Come along with us on this lovely journey as we discover Ireland, truly a place out of time.
Praise for Ireland, Place Out of Time:
'A beautiful book that photographs the magic of a certain part of Ireland with poems that sing of the Irish.' -- Perie Longo, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emeritus
SHARKBAIT, A FLIGHT SURGEON'S ODYSSEY IN VIETNAM, by guy s. clark, m.d.
Guy Clark was a 28-year-old Air Force physician when he received orders to go to Vietnam in 1966. Thus began a year-long assignment that would find Clark flying more than ninety bombing missions over Vietnam in the Phantom F4-C, plunging deep into the Viet Cong-infested jungle with a gaggle of Republic of Korea Marines in search of the remains of two lost Phantom pilots, and tending to the medical needs of the pilots he flew with.
Sharkbait tells these stories and more, including Clark’s survival of “Jungle Survival School” in the Philippines, and temporary assignments at Vung Tau (the “Riviera” for servicemen in Vietnam), Binh Thuy, and other Air Force outposts in Vietnam. Along the way, Clark introduces readers to ineffectual doctors, arrogant and clueless military brass, and courageous pilots who day after day fly into the danger and uncertainty of a war that was becoming increasingly unpopular at home.
Clark’s experiences as flight surgeon and doctor to the pilots who flew bombing missions every day were very different from the ground troops and helicopter pilots, many of whom have written eloquently about their own war experiences. Clark was a physician who dreamed of high adventure, and flying with the Phantom F4-C pilots was the ultimate high. Fifty-two years after the beginning of the war in Vietnam, Dr. Clark’s memoir tells a part of the story that hasn’t been told.
Here is what others say about Sharkbait:
“Dr. Clark gives us a richly detailed insider’s look into America’s Vietnam War journey in a fast-breaking succession of gripping firsthand accounts. This absorbing tale takes the reader from the limits of human performance at the edge of space to the breaking point of human endurance in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Dr. Clark’s insightful account—with perspectives drawn from classical literature as well as his own soul-searching—gives the reader a deeply personal window into this seminal era of American history.”
—Lt. Gen. Philip Conley Jr., USAF retired
“A must-read for any military literature buff. Dr. Clark gives a unique perspective on Air Force life and on flying missions before and during his Vietnam War tour. As a flight surgeon, his candid depiction of his experiences with fellow flying and non-flying airmen is worth reading itself. When his personal observations, fears, and experiences flying as a rear-seater in Vietnam-era jets are combined with his frank anecdotes of self-absorbed officer types encountered in the field of medicine, you have a fascinating read. The book is well-researched and documented with comparison charts of the mission capabilities of the various aircraft in which he flew—a real bonus for the techno-aviation fan. And finally, it is truly commendable that a flight surgeon was compelled to fly missions and experience the same as the men he had under his care.”
—Dave Bruce, pilot & retired aerospace design CEO
Sharkbait is available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2pCZ8WR.
Heart on a Fence, by Marcia Meier
A 44-page gift book of Marcia Meier’s photos and poetry. Evoking both poignancy and optimism, Marcia’s photos beautifully illustrate poems that delve into childhood fears and adult revelations that remind readers of the power of love, perseverance, and hope.
Praise for Heart on a Fence:
“Your beautiful book is a treasure. Thank you! A lovely meditation. Word and image gathered with such care.”
“Marcia, the book is gorgeous! Riches all around.”
"If you are like me and need a little beauty for the senses at the end of a long day, Heart on a Fence by Marcia Meier is for you. It is a photography poetry treasure. Treat yourself to one of her amazing photographs and one of her rich poems each day and your world will be so much better for it."
"I finally had a sweet hour to enjoy reading Heart on a Fence, and enjoyed it very much. Imagery for the heart and imagery for the eyes... May your lovely book be warmly applauded!"
O TOMODACHI (FRIEND), BY DICK JORGENSEN
Published in fall 2015, O Tomodachi is Jorgensen’s vibrant, detailed memoir of observing, experiencing, and absorbing a bygone culture.
In 1954, as a twenty-nine-year-old grad student and World War II veteran, Jorgensen was selected to be one of four “ambassador” teachers in a first-ever exchange program between the United States and Japan, representing the University of Michigan, under the auspices of The Asia Foundation. He spent the next two years teaching at the University of Hiroshima, which was founded in the wake of the atomic bomb detonation in 1945. Thus began an incredible journey for, as he describes himself, a “kid from the Midwest.”
In his Foreword, David E. Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, says, “Dick…reminds us of a Japan we can only imagine today, in the mind’s eye and old newsreels. His is a great story of an American’s love affair with a Japan that no longer exists, yet remains the Japan of our longings.”
As a work of history, O Tomodachi provides a perspective on postwar Japan that is both factual and accessible. As a memoir, it provides a wonderful sense of what it was like for a young American to go off to a foreign land, a place that had only recently been the enemy of the United States, and to open himself to new experiences and people. Jorgensen fell in love with Japan, and that love has lasted a lifetime.
Praise for O Tomodachi:
“A warm, appealing eyewitness account that displays the author’s appreciation for Japan’s art and architecture and its postwar challenges.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Wow! Thank you so much for your O Tomodachi! What a wonderful research work this book is!”
“Hans and I were delighted to read it…good for my ladies group to read! Amazing!
“Yours is a unique story and the book is very well written.”