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August 17, 2011
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The advance reviews are in, pre-orders have been placed from all over the country, and the books have arrived, so there is nothing more to do than to announce the release of Wobbling Home by Jim Atwell. You don’t want to miss this one! Read on to learn more.

Wobbling Home: A Spiritual Walk with Parkinson’s
Wobbling Home - book cover
by Jim Atwell

ISBN: 978-0-9833897-2-9

204 pages, softcover



Sunday, August 21
4:30 – 6:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church chapel
Pioneer Street
Cooperstown, NY

Celebrated Upstate New York Columnist Releases Second Book

Jim Atwell tackles rural life with Parkinson’s in Wobbling Home

FLY CREEK, NY – Well-known throughout Central New York State for his award-winning column and his popular first book, Jim Atwell now reports on the invasion of Parkinson’s Disease into his life as a farmer and writer in his second book, Wobbling Home: A Spiritual Walk with Parkinson’s. A collection of his recent columns and new insights, the book has just been published by Square Circle Press. A book launch event is scheduled for Sunday, August 21 at the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Upstate New York farmer and philosopher Jim Atwell has been living the dream life in Fly Creek since his retirement in 1993. His award-winning weekly newspaper columns about rural life and his past as a teaching monk, professor, and college administrator led to his successful first book, From Fly Creek: Celebrating Life in Leatherstocking Country (North Country Books, 2005). But his life took a dramatic turn in 2007 when he was forced to deal with a neurological disease diagnosed first as Parkinson’s, then as Parkinson’s Plus, and most recently as Parkinson’s: unknown. He has been told by his doctor that a positive diagnosis of this odd family of diseases is best done by autopsy-a strategy that Jim stoutly rejects.

This second collection of columns, Wobbling Home, is a deeply insightful meditation on his illness, his Christian faith, and his journey’s end. Raised a Roman Catholic, Jim has been a Quaker for forty years. Viewing his life as a "Parkie" through the lens of Quakerism, he sees the disease as emanating from the same loving Source that gives him life-a Source which also manipulates his body and brain at random times and in mysterious ways. He shares not only his own thoughts and reactions, but also those of his loving wife Anne and other Parkies and their spouses as well. Interspersed with tales of daily life and ritual in one of New York’s most bucolic small towns, Jim’s writings are shot through with the warm humor that is a mark of his personality and his masterful style.

The book launch event will take place on Sunday, August 21 at the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church on Pioneer Street in Cooperstown, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m The event will feature music and refreshments, comments from doctors and clergy about the book, and a reading by the author. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author at the event. A second event in Cooperstown is planned for Friday, September 23 at The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, where the author has been receiving treatment.

The book has received excellent advance reviews from doctors and clergy alike. The book will be available at Cooperstown area bookstores, and can also be purchased online through the publisher and other retailers, such as and Barnes & Noble. More details about the book and advance reviews can be found online the publisher’s web site, or through the information below.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Maryland native, Jim Atwell spent thirteen years as a Catholic teaching monk in the Christian Brothers religious order. In 1969, he returned to life as a layman and took a faculty position at Anne Arundel Community College near his hometown of Annapolis. In his twenty-three years at the College, he served as assistant, associate, and full professor, and as chairman, dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In retirement, he is an emeritus member of the Anne Arundel faculty. His personal spiritual development now marks him as being a practicing Quaker for forty years.

Jim owes his deep love of Upstate New York to his late first wife Gwen, who grew up near Cooperstown. After her death in 1989, he moved north to start life again in the 18th-century farmhouse they had bought for a retirement home. In 1997 Jim remarried; he and Anne Geddes-Atwell still make their home in Fly Creek, raising sheep and chickens, and pursuing writing and graphic design, respectively.

Jim’s award-winning weekly columns in Cooperstown’s two weekly papers have been a regional institution for a dozen years. They are followed by thousands of readers in print, and thousands more on The Cooperstown Crier web site. The New York State Press Association has recognized his writing eight times with awards for content and style. Newspaper writing led to a recent anthology of his columns, From Fly Creek: Celebrating Life in Leatherstocking Country, published by North Country Books in 1995.

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When Jim Atwell first approached me about publishing Wobbling Home, I have to admit that I was a little hesitant at first. Being that our primary publishing focus is upstate New York history and culture, I wasn’t so sure that a book about life with Parkinson’s Disease from a Quaker point of view would be a good fit for our catalog. But as I read the manuscript, I began to realize that here was a slice of upstate life that was unique in so many ways. Quaker meetings, renegade cows, stockpiles of winter road salt, wiggling toes, and yes — even the joys of leaving the area from time to time — are all a part of our upstate lives. Life, death, and the stories in between are different here. Now, after the book is finished and I have read the manuscript several times, I have to say that not only does Wobbling Home fit into our catalog, it just might be the quintessential upstate book.

If you can, please try to join us in Cooperstown on July 21 for the book launch. If you can’t make it, look for photos on our Facebook page from the event, or stay tuned for details about the September 23 event in Cooperstown.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

Richard Vang
Square Circle Press LLC

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