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IRONBOUND PRESS
55 Highlander Dr.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey -07076
Fax 1-908-755-8537
 
 
Author: Richard R. Karlen
Date of Publication: January 1, 2000
Price: $15.00 (USA), $18.00 (Canada) plus cost of shipping and handling
Number of pages: 404 text
ISBN: 0-9660831-0-5
Library of Congress Catalogue Number: 99-095282
Printer: McNaughton & Gunn, Saline, Michigan
Cover design: Ad Agency, Inc., Cranford NJ
Cover page collage by Marius Sznajderman

This book is intended for the adult market to include both college students and the general reading public.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Here are a few disquieting statistics: In the USA alone there are 28 million children of alcoholics; 6.6 million children under 18 live in households with at least one alcoholic parent; more than 3 million Americans over the age of 60 are alcoholics or have serious drinking problems.  While LOOKING FOR BERNIE, per se, is more than a story about an alcoholic and his family, one cannot read this book without discovering what alcoholism is all about. 

Author Richard R. Karlen wrote LOOKING FOR BERNIE psychologically and spiritually out of necessity.  As Dr. Karlen, himself, put it, “Bernie Hirsch, not exactly an alter ego, is nevertheless someone who has lived in my subconscious all my life.  When he finally emerged in all his alcoholic, flamboyant self and tried to engulf me, I did what writers do when feel threatened:  I turned him into fiction, reduced him to pulp, expurgated him forever from my soul.” 

LOOKING FOR BERNIE is not a case study and offers no solutions, no panaceas to solve the problem of alcoholism.  Bernie Hirsch and his family live in a special world filled with tears and laughter, love and hate, good and evil.  Above all, Dr. Karlen has written a novel where people’s hopes, fears, frustrations, all coalesce and in the end leave one emotionally exhausted.

Dr. Karlen’s next novel, ANSWER MAN will be published by Ironbound Press in the Spring of 2000.

 

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