New Release Books by Scott Abbott

Scott Abbott is the author of The Perfect Fence (2017), To Duration (2014), Wild Rides and Wildflowers (2014), Immortal for Quite Some Time (2016) and other 9 books.

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The Perfect Fence

release date: Dec 01, 2017
The Perfect Fence
Barbed wire is made of two strands of galvanized steel wire twisted together for strength and to hold sharp barbs in place. As creative advertisers sought ways to make an inherently dangerous product attractive to customers concerned about the welfare of their livestock, and as barbed wire became commonplace on battlefields and in concentration camps, the fence accrued a fascinating and troubling range of meanings beyond the material facts of its construction. In The Perfect Fence, Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott explore the multiple uses and meanings of barbed wire, a technological innovation that contributes to America’s shift from a pastoral ideal to an industrial one. They survey the vigorous public debate over the benign or “infernal” fence, investigate legislative attempts to ban or regulate wire fences as a result of public outcry, and demonstrate how the industry responded to ameliorate the image of its barbed product. Because of the rich metaphorical possibilities suggested by a fence that controls through pain, barbed wire developed into an important motif in works of literature from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Early advertisements proclaimed that barbed wire was “the perfect fence,” keeping “the ins from being outs, and the outs from being ins.” Bennett and Abbott conclude that while barbed wire is not the perfect fence touted by manufacturers, it is indeed a meaningful thing that continues to influence American identities.

Wild Rides and Wildflowers

release date: Mar 25, 2014
Wild Rides and Wildflowers
Two guys on bikes offer often-humorous, always poignant insights into the male psyche, botany, philosophy, and true friendship.

Immortal for Quite Some Time

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Immortal for Quite Some Time
A creative narrative exploring how personal identity is inescapably bound to family relationships and religious upbringing

Vampires and a Reasonable Dictionary

release date: Aug 30, 2014
Vampires and a Reasonable Dictionary
As a follow-up to their first collaboration Repetitions (published in Belgrade in 1994, and in English by punctum in 2013), in 2008 the authors published, also in Belgrade, Vampiri & Razumni recnik, published here by punctum as Vampires & A Reasonable Dictionary. Vampires is Radaković's fictionalized account of a Serb living in Cologne, Germany while his former country disintegrates. He travels in the American West, ostensibly looking for the vampires causing chaos in his own country, and then returns to Europe, having found no vampires. It is a dark text, a story of destruction told in a narrative that refuses all the solaces narrative has traditionally afforded. A Reasonable Dictionary is Abbott's personally troubled account of his and Radaković's trip up the Drina River between the civil wars, a journey made with the novelist Peter Handke, a trip during which some of Abbott's specifically American stories lost their moral structure.

The Ghost of Christmas Present

release date: Oct 23, 2012
The Ghost of Christmas Present
It’s the fourth Wednesday of November, and Patrick Guthrie is giving thanks. He’s giving thanks that his eight-year-old son, Braden, will finally have a procedure on his heart that will cure him of the same life-threatening condition that took Patrick’s wife several years earlier. But when Patrick suddenly loses his job teaching drama at a New York City high school, his already desperate financial situation becomes dire. Rebecca Brody, a social worker, shows up at his door with a judge’s order for him to appear before the city’s family court to determine if Patrick is financially fit, and Patrick realizes he is in danger of losing his son. Patrick knows that he must somehow make it through the holiday season to a new job waiting for him in the new year. He also knows that Ted Cake, his former father-in-law, blames Patrick so much for the death of his daughter that he, a rich and disagreeable man, is the one pushing the city to call the custody hearing and give the boy over to him. Now Patrick has only three weeks before Christmas to somehow make enough money to pay his bills, present himself to the family court as a fit father, and keep Braden in his life. It’s when Patrick sees a charming beggar on the subway dressed up as a crazy alien that he gets an idea. In true Dickensian holiday spirit, Patrick makes use of his old acting skills and his love of A Christmas Carol and takes to the streets in the guise of the Ghost of Christmas Present. Making a midtown corner his performing stage, he begins to touch and change the lives of all those who come his way, including Rebecca Brody and the bitter and heartbroken Ted Cake. *** The train stopped at a station where the signs read Thirty-fourth Street. The doors opened and Patrick waited for the commuters to disembark before he got off. He walked to the stairs as the morning light from the street shone and the sounds of Broadway bounced down into the station in echoing waves. He caught sight of himself in the plastic window of the token booth, where the transit workers shook their heads at his appearance. Perhaps he had gone too far with the costume. Perhaps he had gone too far thinking he should even attempt this madness. Perhaps what was worst of all was thinking he could save the semblance of a life that he could carve for himself with Braden. Maybe Braden would be better off without him in his daily life. Maybe . . . Patrick shook off the thought as the noise of Broadway waited for him above. He drew in a breath and exhaled. “Into the breach, dear friends.” He began to climb the stairs.

Pocket Porchlights

release date: Nov 01, 2007
Pocket Porchlights
The book contains a lot of history on the church. The reformation Movement, The heritage of faith from a number of preachers that tells the story of how they were treated, without cause including my own heritage of faith. The main crux of this book is to show that it is possible to have unity in the church amidst adversity. The problem lies with brethren who insist on making an opinion a matter of law. It is every man's privilege to hold to an opinion or opinions but he is not at liberty to make it a matter of church law. When this happens the end result is division, hurt feeling, and in some cases broken homes. If the reading public will read carefully this book they will get the message about the "DARK SIDE OF FELLOWSHIP." And its consequence and along with this see the beautiful ending with God's remedy for Peace, not only in this life but eternally. Throughout my lengthy career as a minister I have witnessed tragic events caused because of holding tightly to an opinion. There are chapter in this book that address some of the frivolous opinions and the heart aches they caused. This book is my plea for Peace, and lasting and happy peace. A man's opinion has nothing to do whatsoever with my salvation. If it has nothing to do with my salvation then it is not worth the effort it takes to speak so strongly on your opinion. Save the breath and use it for something spiritually profitable. The rewards will be great Let the Holy Spirit of God be your guide in all that you speak. He, The Spirit of God will not lead you astray. "Let all things be done decently and in order." I Cor. 14:40 For God is not the Author of confusion, but of Peace, as in the churches of the saints. I Cor. 14:33. Psalm 133:1, How good and how pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in Unity. This Psalm is all about the preciousness of family unity. Because the church is the family of God I can see no reason why this would not be applicable. It's blessedness is exclaimed verse 1 and explained verse 2,3. It sanctifies verse 2 and solidifies verse 3. In His Service Ralph E. Mustard

Level-Up to Professional: Elevate Your Success at Business, Work and Life

release date: Nov 24, 2013
Level-Up to Professional: Elevate Your Success at Business, Work and Life
"The inspirational blueprint for helping young professionals with career-centric life skills." - front cover

Repetitions

release date: Jul 18, 2013
Repetitions
Repetition, Peter Handke's novel about a young Austrian's trip to Slovenia to find traces of his lost brother, is a remarkable exploration of the ways our languages structure experience. Radaković's and Abbott's Repetitions is about language as well. Structured as a travel narrative, the book pits the Serbo-Croatian perspective of a man who grew up in Communist Yugoslavia against the English perspective of a man who grew up Mormon in the American West. The two authors are both foreigners in this story, for they must communicate in the only language they have in common, German.They follow Handke's narrator into Slovenia and then visit Handke's own formative landscapes in Austria. The possibility of narration in two voices, complicated by the third voice that is Peter Handke's own narrator, is the question that guides the traveling and the reading and the writing.

Voyage by Dugout Or the Play of the Film of the War

release date: Jan 01, 2012

Vampires & a Reasonable Dictionary

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Vampires & a Reasonable Dictionary
...In 2008 the authors published, in Belgrade, Vampiri Radakovic is the translator of most of Peter Handke's works into Serbo-Croatian and Abbott translated Handke's provocative A Journey to the Rivers: Justice for Serbia for Viking Press and his play Voyage by Dugout: The Play of the Film of the War for PAJ (Performing Arts Journal); Radakovic was a journalist for Deutsche Welle in Cologne and Abbott is a professor of German literature at Utah Valley University; Radakovic is the author of several novels and Abbott has published mostly literary-critical work; and so on. Two sets of eyes. Two pens. Two visions of the world.

Fictions of Freemasonry

release date: Jan 01, 1991

Intermittent Conversations

release date: Jan 01, 1994
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