BOCA RATON, FL, September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- So begins the story of Mr Joe: Tales From A Haunted Life (Bettie Youngs Books, September 2013) co-authored by siblings Joseph Barnett and Jane Congdon, the author of It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me.---
Joseph Barnett's introduction to ghosts began as a child a few days after his beloved grandfather passed. As he was combing his hair in the bathroom mirror his Grandpop suddenly appeared. According to Joseph "I want to say I had no warning, but that isn't true. No mysterious lights appeared and the room temperature didn't drop, but...I felt a flash of dread in my gut when I turned back to the mirror, and then I thought I might have a heart attack. I was looking at two faces in the glass: mine and Grandpop's..."
Every family has its secrets and Joseph Barnett's is no exception.It has been documented that the decision to consciously conceal secrets thought to be shameful can affect individuals and families for generations. Often identities are shaped by experiencing or learning something shockingly new.
The child of an alcoholic mother and a distant dad and Joe coped with a boyhood of dread and broken promises by hiding and running away. Ghosts are a metaphor for Joseph Barnetts troubled life.
As an adult, Joseph Barnett didn't give much thought to the departed until he became a school custodian in a midlife career change. Joe had no idea that his first assignment, working nights in a kindergarten school, would give new meaning to the term "graveyard shift." When he learned that the eighty-five-year-old school had been constructed near a cemetery, the news barely registered; but then, walking the dim halls alone at night, listening to the wind outside and the sounds of the building settling, Joe was forced to confront his darkest fears. Was the haunting real or just the backlash from a lifetime of disappointments, tough breaks and bad decisio
According to Cyrus Webb, CEO of Conversations Book Club " Mr. Joe is thrilling, thoughtful, elegantly told and so much more than a ghost story. Fran Lewis, host of the World of Ink and Blog Talk Radio says about Mr. Joe, "This is a must read for everyone."
Mr Joe: Tales From A Haunted Life is much more than a ghost story. With haunting themes such as family secrets that need to be shared, personal journeys that need to be explored, illness, poverty, and the ability to re-frame one's life with self-understanding and self-love, its a beautiful story of redemption that deserves retelling. The book will haunt you long after it's finished.
About the Authors
Mr Joe: Tales From A Haunted Life
Joseph Barnett grew up in Glen Ferris, West Virginia. He retired in 2010 from the suburban school district where he had been a custodian for fourteen years. Joe is a member of West Virginia Writers, Inc. Mr. Joe is his first book.
Jane Congdon lives in a suburb of Cincinnati. After retiring from a thirty-year publishing career, she wrote her first book, the 2011 memoir It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me, published by Bettie Youngs Books.
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