New Book Features Ralph Waldo Emerson's Wisdom

New Book Features Ralph Waldo Emerson's Wisdom

Syracuse, New York

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

In his new novel "Waldo Emerson, My Grandfather, and Me," author Eugene Perticone enthralls readers with a coming-of-age historical fiction story that follows the relationship between a teenage boy and his grandfather.

As the protagonist begins to embark on his teenage years, his grandfather makes sure he is armed with a sharp mind and the tools of wisdom to handle family conflict, girlfriend drama and the woes of public high school. These tools are granted through the comprehension of late author Ralph Waldo Emerson's writings in his essays "Self-Reliance," "The Over-Soul" and "Nature."

"I wished to show how Emerson's ideas and experiences can be understood and taught even to young children," Perticone said. "They are as relevant and helpful today as they were in earlier times."

Previously a grade school teacher and college lecturer, Perticone is now a licensed psychologist. His experience influencing the minds of his students enables him to show his readers that younger children can be molded and taught practical, seemingly complicated life lessons when they are introduced in specific and entertaining ways.

Set in the 1940s, Perticone's characters travel back to the 1800s and immerse themselves in the abstract lessons of the famous poet. Throughout the story, Perticone shares the message that though historical teachings might sound awkward to modern ears, they are just as applicable for life today as they were in the past.

"Waldo Emerson, My Grandfather, and Me"
By: Eugene Perticone
Hardcover: $29.95
Softcover: $19.95
Ebook: $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4917-2967-0 (sc); 978-1-4917-2969-4 (hc); 978-1-4917-2968-7 (e)
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About the author
After serving during the Cold War, Eugene Perticone utilized his passion for teaching in public grade school and college professor roles. Currently a licensed psychologist, Perticone has authored four clinical psychologist books and one on recreational motorcycling. When not writing or working, he enjoys camping, fishing and learning about natural history. Perticone has four grown children and resides in upstate New York with his wife.