For readers who enjoyed my first two books, I am pleased to announce that my third book, We Were There, is now in print. This book is the crown jewel in my trilogy of collections about the people of the Adirondacks, and We Were There has special significance. Every story features men and women who were combatants or civilians directly involved in World War II. These stories describe what it was like to grow up in a New York City tenement or a humble shack in the Adirondacks during the Great Depression, witness the emergence of Adolf Hitler's Nazi menace, and join the United States armed forces to escape crushing poverty in exchange for protecting America while getting three meals a day. Members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Corps and civilians are all represented. It will include first-hand accounts of being on the receiving end of allied Bombs in Germany and German bombs in England. The reader will learn what it felt like to bail out of an American night fighter, launch torpedoes at a Japanese aircraft carrier, shoot down German V-1 cruise missiles, dodge Japanese Zeros during the Pearl Harbor attack, and watch helplessly as a Japanese kamikaze dropped a deadly bomb on an American aircraft carrier during the greatest naval battle in history. With over 70,000 words of text and more than 220 illustrations, We Were There creates such vivid stories that the reader will truly feel like he or she was there. It was released in late May 2016 from Indian Lake Press. I am selling it on Amazon.com and at the local venues listed below and in the "My Store" tab above. Pete DeMola of The Sun Newspaper has just published a fantastic review of the book on The Sun Website. Check it out at http://www.suncommunitynews.com/articles/the-sun/book-review-daniel-way%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98we-were-there-world-war-ii-stories/?ct=t(Daily_Updates_TheSun.
Anyone looking for a copy of We Were There, Never a Dull Moment or All In a Day's Work should be able to find them at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, the Chapman Museum and Glens Falls Hospital gift shops in Glens Falls, ACE Hardware and The Silo in Queensbury, Miller Art & Frame in Warrensburg, Hudson River Trading Company in North Creek, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, Pine's Hardware and Abanakee Studios in Indian Lake, Hoss's Country Corner in Long Lake, the Crossroads Country Store in Chestertown, and Old Forge Hardware in Old Forge. The soft-cover version of We Were There can be found at the the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. You can also order my books on Amazon.com or directly from me by contacting me directly. Just click on the "contact" tab above and send me an email with your questions and order information.
I will be doing book signings and PowerPoint talks about WWII at the following dates and locations:
Friday November 4th- Glens Falls Seniors Writing Group- at Spot Coffee Shop 221 Glen Street, Glens Falls @ 1 PM
Sunday November 6th- Queensbury Hotel Chronicle Book Fair 11 AM-3 PM
Monday November 7th- Crandall Library book signing and presentation/interviews 6:30 PM
Wednesday January 25th at 1 PM- Gallery talk and book signing Schenectady County Historical Society @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, 1100 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction 518-887-5073
Wednesday March 22- Schenectady Photographic Society
Please check regularly as I add more appearances to the schedule! There will be others in North Creek, Saratoga, Schenectady and Albany among other locations. All three of my books are now available in soft and hardcover versions on Amazon.com, and I am the only vendor.
To get an idea of the detail I put into the stories I have posted my father's vignette on this website. My dad was a WWII veteran, and his experience had a great influence on me as a child growing up in the 1950's and 1960's. You can click on the "Donald Way vignette" tab at the top of this homepage to read it.
In October 2013, after nine years of work, my second book, Never a Dull Moment, was published. Within its 160 pages are 32 different vignettes and over 120 photographs describing the people and landscape of the southern Adirondacks. Patients, physicans, friends, Adirondack characters and legends are all to be found in stories that will entertain, amuse or amaze the reader.
If you are interested in the book, please review this link to Andy Flynn's excellent article in the North Creek News-Enterprise about my experience publishing my own book at this link: http://www.newsenterprise.org/news/2013/oct/15/indian-lake-doctor-launch-second-book/.
Andy did a great job summarizing the ordeal and the motivation for putting hundreds of hours into this project. Also, Leigh Hornbeck did an equally nice writeup of my work in the digital Albany Times Union on January 19th, 2014 at this link:
She also included a slide show of our interview and some of the pictures from the book.
The book has sold over 1200 copies so far. In collaboration with the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC), I am able to offer paper and hardcover copies of my first book All In a Day's Work: Scenes and Stories from an Adirondack Medical Practice at both wholesale and retail prices. Check my "store" page for details.
Those who are interested in my photography can now see a sample of my portfolio here, including ways to order custom-made prints which can be matted and framed. Your feedback is welcome- send me an email if you have questions!
Finally, I am the proud grandpa of the most beautiful kids in the world, Cara and Jay Kapoor! They are so adorable they make my head swim!