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  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:116
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781889169064

Family Follies

by Art Myers

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What began as a hobby—writing short accounts of minor but mostly humorous events occurring in the lives of family members—quickly blossomed into the book Family Follies. Most of the fifty tales will make you smile and some will cause you to reflect, but they are all true occurrences. Original paintings by two established artists, Ellen Dieter and Becky Myers, accompany the vignettes.


Each of the fifty vignettes in this hardcover book describes an interesting past event, sometimes serious but mostly humorous, that involved a member of author Art Myers's family, hence the title Family Follies. And as the author reminds us in the introduction, the definition of the word folly begs further discussion. The little stories run from a few lines to a page in length, and each narrative rather than focusing on some high drama or violent or mysterious happening concerns itself with common everyday experiences.

And that is only half the book's composition. Two trained and working artists, Ellen Dieter and Becky Myers, painters both, contributed original artwork to the book. A painting by one or the other artist can be found adjacent to each narrative. The paintings are not intended to be related to the Follies accounts, but have found a nice palette—a showcase—in the book. However, of interest to puzzle solvers, readers will indeed find some connection between each "folly" and the paired painting. It might be a word in the title, a color in the painting, or something in the subject matter of either. Or an entirely different link. But the search is enough to raise the heartbeat of a serious puzzle solver.

About the author
Art Myers is a physician turned fine art photographer turned author and book creator. His photographic works focus on women's issues, and he is best known for the photographic series he completed in support of the breast cancer community, both in the United States and France. The products of his various iterations can be seen at artmyers.com.