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David Ollier Weber

When Dick Schroeder reads news of the death of cable network journalist Maura Herbert—an old girlfriend—he decides to reveal to his wife Della a bizarre incident Maura entangled him in almost forty years earlier, in Australia. Della is the first person he has told the story to, having maintained silence to protect Maura (and the reputation of a top-level Australian politician dead under compromising circumstances).

Dick, 83, is a former newspaper reporter and editor. Della, 78, is a semi-retired Episcopal priest—which is why Dick allows himself to describe the event to her in detail, specifying that she must never recount it, “under the seal of the confessional.”
In fact, Dick remains torn about his actions that strange night in Sydney. Were the journalistic ethics he built a career on violated by the machinations he and Maura undertook out of mixed motives? Is his tale a confession, an acknowledgement or a reconciliation?

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ISBN: 9781733847957
Paperback, 230 pages
Publication date: July 6, 2021
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Christine Leigh-Taylor

Stella Martin meets Sean Andersson, a local pastor, when she’s just 21. He becomes her spiritual guide… until he arranges a disturbing baptism in a mountain stream.

After a steady pursuit by Sean for over a year, however, Stella agrees to marry him. he has ardently promised to encourage all her career dreams. She assumes the role, with reservations, of clergy wife. But when she decides to go to graduate school to become an academic, Sean resents her escaping his control.

As Stella progresses up the professorial ladder, she aspires to mentor others. Although she has divorced him and maintained sporadic contact only with his ex-wife and two children, Stella doesn’t realize how much she has become like Sean.

Through a series of increasingly responsible university posts and short-lived affiliations with local churches, she sees herself as a kind person who simply wants to help those around her “achieve excellence.” But that impulse to mentor—and to end relationships in a burst of anger whenever insights into her personality are offered—leaves her isolated… a state she recognizes but doesn’t understand.

Who’s left in her world?

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ISBN: 9781733847971
Paperback, 230 pages
Publication date: March 1, 2021
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¡Buen Camino!

David Ollier Weber

When Dick and Della Schroeder walk the last 125 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, they meet an international cast of characters following footsteps first laid down more than 1,000 years ago.

Della, 77, is a retired Episcopal priest still working as an interim rector at a church in Northern California. Dick, 82 years old, is a retired newspaper editor, still hale and vigorous—certainly in his own eyes. In hiking the Way of St. James, Della seeks a vaguely defined “purification.” Dick is more interested in the stops along the path for Galician food—olives, jamón, roasted pimientos, octopus—strong coffee, cold beer and the chance to speak Spanish.

Far from an occasion of spiritual awakening or of life-changing epiphanies—as it was often touted to them by returned enthusiasts—the pilgrimage for Dick and Della turns out to be a daily demonstration of the pleasures and pains of the human journey.

“Everything that stood out for him,” Dick reflects on the fifth day of their eight-day trek, “all the high points that would populate his memories of this experience, have been mundane. Of the world and of the flesh. Decidedly unspiritual.”
In fact, he muses, “so far this Way of St. James has been more like the Route of the Seven Sins.”
And yet, he too comes away with insight from the repetitive greeting among pilgrims: “¡Buen Camino! ¡Ultreia!”

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ISBN: 9781733847995
Paperback, 68 pages
Publication date: February 2, 2021
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The Crocodiles of Chibembe

The Crocodiles of Chibembe

A Natural History
David Ollier Weber

Two middle-aged Americans, Daniel Schuman and his wife Laura, are among a truckload of international travelers on an overland safari through backcountry Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi in 1993. Camping in the bush in lion territory, digging out of muddy streambeds, making friends in remote villages, scouting game on the open veld, stalking an elephant in a mopani thicket on foot, confronting near-tragedy while crossing a crocodile-infested river in a rickety boat... they receive an immersive education in animal and human behaviors in keeping with the driver's tongue-in-cheek warning: Mamba Safaris is an acronym for “Many Anxious Moments in Bleedin’ Africa.” If I were ever to try to turn this trip into a novel, Daniel later reflected, I’d have to make up some more detailed back-stories to flesh out my fellow travelers…. What I could also do, I mused, was have them killed off one by one. Alistair dragged from his tent in the night by the prowling lion at Nsefu... Greta “taken” by a crocodile at the river ford... Reg jumped by a leopard on the fringe of bush camp... Nigel overrun and trampled by the bull elephant... Gerhard, haplessly without a knife, swallowed by a python... Melody bitten in the butt by a black mamba during a loo stop.... I could eliminate them in inverse order to the degree to which we’d connected, and spare them according to their youth and physical attractiveness.... I’d have suspense, mounting tension, incident. Who among us would be next to fall victim to Africa’s perils? Who among us would be left, who’d be at the wheel, by the time we pulled into the Kamuzu International Airport parking lot?

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ISBN: 9781733847940
Paperback, 406 pages
Publication date: June 16, 2020
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Still Life with Colostomy (Book One) Not me

Still Life with Colostomy (Book One)

Not me
David Ollier Weber

When you look between your legs and the toilet bowl is crimson, you know it’s not a good sign….

If you’re David Ollier Weber, you spend the next weeks and months seeking diagnoses, weighing treatment options and contemplating courses of action:

In fact, what you’d glimpsed was so off-putting you’d begun to entertain the notion of simply letting the disease run its course. Do nothing, shun treatment altogether. Nature, you’d concluded, has given you a clear message: Die.

This, of course, is Nature’s message from the moment of conception—and a mixed message, to be sure, because every strand in your DNA is also coded to snarl, “Screw that!”

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ISBN: 9781733847919
Paperback, 581 pages
Publication date: March 13, 2020
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Still Life with Colostomy (Book One) Yes me

Still Life with Colostomy (Book Two)

Yes, you
David Ollier Weber

One morning in the shower a thought takes shape under the water drumming on your scalp….

What if you recast everything in second person? Let the generic “you” morph into the personal, particular “you?” That would suggest, paradoxically, more of the universality you’re aiming for and you think is justified… even though what you’re recounting is undeniably individual, autobiographical. It would provide a certain remove from your own experience. A sliver of objectivity.

In the “I” convention the author is other. The reader remains separate, outside, passively regaled by someone apart who’s relating their idiosyncratic thoughts and experiences (the unisex “their”). In the “you” construction (it’s too infrequent in literature to be styled a convention), reader and author are fused. The former might never have done anything remotely like what the latter is ascribing to them (that’s the unisex “them,” although almost surely they have done something at least recognizably similar) or felt at all the same way (emotionally, philosophically, politically), but that knowing, familiar, maybe accusatory “you” sucks the reader inside the author’s skin.

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ISBN: 9781733847902
Paperback, 793 pages
Publication date: January 17, 2020
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When Life Hands You Lemons…

...and other trite bullshit we tell ourselves to get through cancer.
Katie Weber

When the possibility of death is put in front of your face, you start to look back on your life, intentionally or not. We all do this occasionally, but when death is staring you down, one way to take it on is to reflect on all the blessings that your life has already brought you. Duhhh…I know…such a trite observation. But trite observations become trite for a reason: they are based in real human experiences that happen to many of us every day. And people lean on them in times of struggle, because their very triteness is what brings comfort: you are not alone. Others have been here before you. And they made it well enough that a saying evolved surviving that struggle. It’s what the best art does. It taps into the universal human experience and expresses it That’s right, I said it. Trite sayings are art. In their own right.

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ISBN: 9781733847926
Paperback, 121 pages
Publication date: October 29, 2019
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Where's Mother?

A Novel in Three Voices
Christine Leigh-Taylor

Margaret Drake is one capable woman. She’s happily married to engineer Tom, teaches college English and is raising three bright, good-looking, self-possessed kids.

Then the idyll is shattered, Tom decides to try the single life and teenage daughter Laura is instantly plunged into management of the household while Margaret reenters the social scene. The situation turns murkier when Margaret moves with her children to Nashville in a foolhardy attempt to maintain a relationship with a young drifter who fancies himself a budding country music star.

The time is 1985. There are no cell phones, no laptops, and no social media. What happens unfolds first from Laura’s viewpoint, then from Tom’s, and finally from Margaret’s. Where’s Mother? is simultaneously a coming-of-age story and a cautionary tale of mid-life delusions. Transformation is the thread that unites the reflections of each story-teller.

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ISBN: 0971648173
Paperback, 228 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2012
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My Life in Sports

My Life in Sports

A Novel in Four Quarters
David Ollier Weber

So there I sat, bare as a baby in a diaper under my swaddling cloths, nearly three- quarters of a century of experiences embodied in the sack of wrinkled gooseflesh uncomfortably enclosed... reviewing the table of contents for my "Apologia Pro Vita Sua." My "Scenes from the Seven Ages of Man"... or rather, of "A man".... Only why seven? Far be it from me to question Shakespeare or his source, apparently

Ecclesiastes. But that seems an odd divisor, doesn’t it? In more than the numerical sense? You could just as easily use three, say, like the periods in ice hockey and lacrosse. Childhood, vigorous adulthood, senility. Or five, like the sets in men’s tennis. Or nine, for that matter, like the innings in baseball... even fifteen, the rounds in a championship boxing match, if you’re into really fine-grained detail. Granted, the World Series can go to seven games. But four strikes me as the most à propos segmentation—like the quarters in football and basketball. Childhood, young adulthood, middle age, old age. "My Life in Four Quarters." Obvious sports metaphor.

I like that title....

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ISBN: 0971648142
Paperback, 529 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2012
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Bad Trips Stories

Bad Trips: Stories

David Ollier Weber

Jerks. Bitches. Punks. Spades. They’re on the roads. They’re crossing the roads. They're fouling the buses. They’re fouling on the basketball court.  In "Jerks," a comfortably “well-insulated middle-class middle-manager—padded by file-folderfuls of official paper against these vicissitudes”—responds to an act of road rage with a conflicted equanimity that, as he prowls the streets of Berkeley, quickly spirals into a something else.

In "No Fault," a car-proud investment advisor on his way home from a frustrated tryst encounters a dog and a moral dilemma on a lonely highway in Northern California.

In "Bus Ride," a lawyer commuting across San Francisco Bay after teaching an evening class agonizes over how to react to the vicious provocations of a trio of loutish young passengers.

In "American Pastime," a graduate student at an urban university works off his ennui in a pickup basketball game that wounds more than his pride. White, liberal, educated, affluent, the protagonists in these four stories find they are not who they seem—to themselves or to the “others” who suddenly loom to test their character.

ISBN: 0971648180
Paperback, 230 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2012
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David Ollier Weber

In a remote cabin above California’s Big Sur coast, Roger Nall lights a candle and kneels before his paperback copy of the I Ching. His potter girlfriend Sharon slumbering nearby, is pregnant. They’ve talked about having their baby here in the cabin—alone, without electricity, unassisted. It occurs to Roger to consult the ancient Chinese Book of Change for a Confucian augury.

The year is 1968. Roger writes poetry while living on savings from his pre-Vietnam Navy service. To him, “natural” childbirth is a romantic and philosophical choice. In his own eyes he’s “a bearded recluse with his hippie woman resolutely scorning all the frou-frou of civilization, determinedly celebrating the joys of rusticity according to the great American transcendentalist tradition.” When it comes to childbirth, he maintains, millennia of human history prove “Nature is perfectly capable of blipping a baby out of the womb without any fourth-party interference.”

Sharon agrees. She’s been encouraged by a Berkeley friend who gave birth at home using only an emergent breathing technique for pain control called the Lamaze method. Sharon is young, vigorous, healthy and brave. She is as committed as Roger to the organic life.

Roger tosses the coins to derive the fateful l Ching symbol. It’s a set of six broken and unbroken lines—yin and yang—labeled CHUN. This hexagram, he reads to his dismay, stands for “DIFFICULTY.”

But he finds a hopeful coda in the explanatory text. “If we heed the omens,” it promises—and there will be no lack of them when Sharon goes into labor—“our success is assured....”

ISBN: 9780971648166
Paperback, 230 pages
Publication date: July 1, 2012
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Catch Release

Catch/Release: A Novel

David Ollier Weber

There are hitchhikers and then there are hitchhikers. There are also wives, trout, concealed weapons, Republicans and the Lone Ranger.

ISBN: 0971648159
Paperback, 268 pages
Publication date: December 12, 2010
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Family Fun

Family Fun: Stories

David Ollier Weber

"...Disturbing and frightening.... A kind of raw, physical prose that I found quite impressive."- Daniel Menaker, The New Yorker

ISBN: 0971648131
Paperback, 248 pages
Publication date: April 24, 2006
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Baja: A Novel

David Ollier Weber

 "...An unrelenting escalation of fear and violence.... What willingness to risk death does a man owe a woman to whom he has no formal commitment...?"- Philip Libros,

ISBN: 0971648123
Paperback, 282 pages
Publication date: February 1, 2006
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Vanity (Fiction)

David Ollier Weber

 “...An honest account of how us boys in this odd land where no one ever quite grows up look at reflective glass and wonder, 'Is that me? Did anybody else survive the wreck?”- Bruce Anderson, Anderson Valley Advertiser

ISBN: 0971648107
Paperback, 129 pages
Publication date: April 3, 2002
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Accustomed to Hope

Accustomed to Hope: The Episcopal Church on the Mendocino Coast

St. Michael and All Angels, Fort Bragg, California, 1902-2002
David Ollier Weber

"...Better than a charming introduction to the beginnings and subsequent vicissitudes of Anglican life on the Pacific Coast..., the author manages to write touching social history of the area...”- Caroline T. Marshall, James Madison University

ISBN: 0971648115
Paperback, 183 pages, illustrated
Publication date: December 13, 2002
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Oakland: Hub of the West

David Weber
Photography by Peter Menzel
"Exceptionally well done: extensive, detailed historical essays with a striking selection of historical photographs...."- Wikipedia, "Books about Oakland, California"

ISBN: 0932986161
Hard cover, large format, 224 pages, illustrated
Publication date: 1981 Continental Heritage Press (American Portrait Series)
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