Local librarian to release her first book
TOMS RIVER – A book written by Ocean County librarian Nancy Marino, from Waretown, is scheduled to be released May 12.
“Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me” is a novel about Tamara Ann Simpson growing up in Long Island’s Massapequa Park during the summer of 1969.
Simpson’s best friend, foster child Kebsie Grobser, suddenly moved away that summer and she was replaced by Douglas “Muscle Man” McGinty. Simpson’s quest that summer: expose McGinty, “a squirrelly runt, a lying snake and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year old,” for the fraud she knows him to be.
The book chronicles her attempts to unmask him but it also shows Simpson as a socially isolated girl who misses her best friend very much. Perhaps Tamara could stand to take one small step towards a bit of compassion and understanding for McGinty and at the same time redeem herself.
“Nan Marino may be a debut author,” Patricia Reilly Giff wrote on the book jacket, “but she’s obviously a born storyteller. You will immediately feel at home with her characters, you’ll ache right along with them, and you won’t be able to leave their stories behind.”
Marino will discuss her book at children’s programs June 12 and July 28 at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St.
The publisher, Roaring Brook Press, said the book is appropriate for 8- to 12-year olds but Marino said the story has been well received by teen and adult readers, too.
An audio CD of the book read by actress Emily Bauer will also be released May 12.