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Pure Orange Sunshine

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Review:

PURE ORANGE SUNSHINE is a true-life autobiographical novel, by award-winning Appalachian writer Dr. Bob Henry Baber.

5-Stars*****Chuck Kinder, former Chair of the Creative Writing Department of the University of Pittsburgh and renowned author of Honeymooners and The Last Mountain Dancer says this of Baber’s magnum opus, “The Lost Generation had The Sun Also Rises. The Jazz Age had The Great Gatsby. Now the Found Generation called the Hippie Nation has Pure Orange Sunshine. Bob Henry Baber is the grand poet of revolution and loss and redeeming love. Somehow this good old outlaw boy survived the ultimate hillbilly-hippie hero’s descent into the portals of hell not only to brag about it, but to sing that journey’s tall-tale from the West Virginia mountaintops with words as beautiful and funny, haunting and deadly as sharp shiny weapons.”

5 Stars*****Of Pure Orange Sunshine, P.J. Laska, Soupbean Poet, National Book Award nominee, renowned essayist, translator and philosopher, adds, “A love-in, a peaceable kingdom, is set upon by the domestic arm of the U.S. war machine that a year earlier shot down eight students at Kent State. From the opening riot to the final illumination, Bob Henry Baber’s novel is an iconoclastic truth-telling companion on the trail of how we got to where we are.”

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Pure Orange Sunshine touches on Appalachian/American history, Appalachian in/out migration, politics, Mountaintop Removal, and many other Appalachian and national political issues.

Based in part on notes smuggled out of prison where he landed after being shot with a 38 and charged with attempted murder of a police officer at a 1971 Easter “Love-In” riot instigated by the L.A.P.D., Baber’s piece de resistance is a true story that combines stream-of-consciousness narrative with intense lyric poetry. The book’s psychedelic cover art is by renowned artist, Deborah Dorland, of Richwood, West Virginia.

Pure Orange Sunshine follows the character of Jesse Webb from his post-riot hospitalization and imprisonment, through his initial release, hitchhiking trip to Richwood, West Virginia, and final return to California for trial. Pure Orange Sunshine has it all: prison, love, rock and roll, revolution, politics, strikes, courtroom drama, death, and redemption.

Pure Orange Sunshine has been over four decades in the making, and is the condensing of the book Baber first wrote from 1979-1983 as his doctoral thesis for the Union Institute under the mentorship of Gurney Norman, the former Poet Laureate of Kentucky, and the late Jim Wayne Miller, the father of modern Appalachian poetry.

Baber says of his book, “After nearly ten years of re-writing and editing, two would-be publishers, and a successful but uncollectable lawsuit against one of them, I’m simply glad to be present for the birth of my baby and to happily count its intact fingers and toes.”

“Pure Orange Sunshine takes as its themes the thin line between resisting and becoming what we despise, the personal frustrations we take out on our mates, the nature of social change and compromise, the excesses of government, and the power of the pen versus the sword. Although the book unfolds primarily on the west and east coasts, the core of the story is set in the lush, but strip-mine ravaged high peak of Webb Mountain, West Virginia—Jesse and Maria’s short-lived post-riot Appalachian retreat,” Baber states.

We hope you enjoy the book and seek reviews, invitations from Appalachian institutions and universities throughout the country to do readings & book signings, and to conduct creative writing and English, Political Science and Environmental classes throughout the region.

For more information or to schedule a reading, contact Bob Henry at bob.baber@glenville.edu 304-462-4125 or 304-904-2440. To order signed books send $12.50 for soft backs (including shipping) to 526 Kanawha St. Glenville, WV 26351. Pure Orange Sunshine is also available from your local bookstore, or call 888-795-4274 ext. 7879 or order online at www.xlibrus.com; www.barnesandnoble.com; www.amazon.com

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For Immediate Release March 2012 PURE ORANGE SUNSHINE, by award-winning Appalachian writer Bob Henry Baber, has now been published.

Based in part on notes smuggled out of prison where he landed after being shot with a 38 and charged with attempted murder of a police officer at a 1971 Easter “Love-In” riot instigated by the L.A.P.D., Baber’s piece de resistance is a true story that combines stream-of-consciousness narrative with intense lyric poetry. The book’s psychedelic cover art is by renowned artist, Deborah Dorland, of Richwood, West Virginia, and Baber’s author picture is by Mark Romano, of Cowen, West Virginia.

Pure Orange Sunshine follows the character of Jesse Webb from his post-riot hospitalization and imprisonment, through his initial release, hitchhiking trip to Richwood, West Virginia, and final return to California for trial. Pure Orange Sunshine has it all: prison, love, rock and roll, revolution, politics, strikes, courtroom drama, death, and redemption.

Pure Orange Sunshine has been over four decades in the making, and is the condensing of the book Baber first wrote from 1979-1983 as his doctoral thesis for the Union Institute under the mentorship of Gurney Norman, the former Poet Laureate of Kentucky, and the late Jim Wayne Miller, the father of modern Appalachian poetry.

Baber says of his book, “After nearly ten years of re-writing and editing, two would-be publishers, and a successful but uncollectable lawsuit against one of them, I’m simply glad to be present for the birth of my baby and to happily count its intact fingers and toes. While I believe Pure Orange Sunshine has strong potential for literary and cinematic success, any ‘pretty baby’ contests it may win I will think of as a gift in addition to its publication. Like Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, the most famous book of poetry ever written in America, Pure Orange Sunshine is self-published. However, unlike Whitman, I don’t plan on writing rave reviews of my own work under pseudonyms, although it’s a tempting thought! No, these days, through the miracle of internet marketing, Facebook, Twitter, etc. the publishing field has been remarkably transformed and somewhat leveled, thereby affording authors the opportunity to “make it or break it” through their own efforts. Ultimately, as in all works of literature, the book must speak for itself. I believe Pure Orange Sunshine will, which is why I’ve put my money–and promotional efforts–where my mouth is.”

“Pure Orange Sunshine takes as its themes the thin line between resisting and becoming what we despise, the personal frustrations we take out on our mates, the nature of social change and compromise, the excesses of government, and the power of the pen versus the sword. Although the book unfolds primarily on the west and east coasts, the core of the story is set in the lush, but strip-mine ravaged high peak of Webb Mountain, West Virginia—Jesse and Maria’s short-lived post-riot Appalachian retreat,” Baber states.

Chuck Kinder, former Chair of the Creative Writing Department of the University of Pittsburgh and renowned author of Honeymooners and The Last Mountain Dancer says this of Baber’s magnum opus, “The Lost Generation had The Sun Also Rises. The Jazz Age had The Great Gatsby. Now the Found Generation called the Hippie Nation has Pure Orange Sunshine. Bob Henry Baber is the grand poet of revolution and loss and redeeming love. Somehow this good old outlaw boy survived the ultimate hillbilly-hippie hero’s descent into the portals of hell not only to brag about it, but to sing that journey’s tall-tale from the West Virginia mountaintops with words as beautiful and funny, haunting and deadly as sharp shiny weapons.”

Of Pure Orange Sunshine, P.J. Laska, Soupbean Poet, National Book Award nominee, renowned essayist, translator and philosopher, adds, “A love-in, a peaceable kingdom, is set upon by the domestic arm of the U.S. war machine that a year earlier shot down eight students at Kent State. From the opening riot to the final illumination, Bob Henry Baber’s novel is an iconoclastic truth-telling companion on the trail of how we got to where we are.”

Baber will be doing media interviews, book signings and readings throughout West Virginia, Appalachia, New York, California and other states at art centers, bookstores, colleges and universities, and other venues for the next year.

For more information or to schedule a reading, Bob Baber at mayorbobhenrybaber@yahoo.com, or call 304-462-0320 or 304-462-4125 or 304-904-2440.

Additionally, through the generous support of GSC’s Student Activities, the first 25 people to arrive can make FREE tie-dye t-shirts provided by the Town Square Café and Controled Excentrics of Sutton, West Virginia, run by GSC alumni Tamara Cicogna (thereafter, additional shirts can be made for the nominal fee of only $10 each.) Also expected for the event is Mark Romano, who took the author’s cover photo and who generously donated over a thousand dollars worth of framed photographs now on permanent display in the library. Complimentary drinks and light snacks will be provided by the library.

For more information contact Annette Barnette, Director of Public Relations, at 304-462-4115 or annette.barnette@glenville.edu or bob.baber@glenville.edu 304-462-4125 or gail.westbrook@glenville. edu 304-462-6161 ***