Neal Lemery’s latest book and first novel, Finding My Muse On Main Street , is now available at Amazon. Growing up on the Pacific Northwest coast, small town boy Jake Morgan wants to find himself and his purpose in life. With the help of his many friends along Main Street, he lights his artistic creativity on fire. Taking the lead, he forges a coalition of artists, movers and shakers to build a community and open an art gallery on Main Street. Along the way, lives are transformed, including his own, on his way to manhood. In this young adult novel, Jake discovers his own artistic gifts and dreams, and connects with others along Main Street, who are seeking their own artistic dreams and creativity. Together, they build a renewed community, healing old wounds and reinvigorating their lives.
Finding My Muse on Main Street is also available at the Art Accelerated gallery and the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, in Tillamook, Oregon. Coming soon to Another Read Through bookstore in Portland, Oregon.
His second book, Homegrown Tomatoes: Essays and Musings From My Garden, is available from Amazon at Homegrown Tomatoes in both print and e-book formats.
Growing young men is much like tending a garden. Retired judge Neal Lemery does both, working as a volunteer mentor in a youth prison. The author of Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains, he continues his musings and observations about building community and enriching the lives of young men, by being present in their lives, and offering them support and emotional strength. He offers us hope in troubled times, and helps answer the question: “What can I do to make a better world?” in both print and an e-book format.
Watch my video, where I talk about my book, and how I became inspired to write it.
Read the Street Roots article on my mentoring work at the Oregon Youth Authority.
My Amazon author page