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These Hills and Beyond - Spoken Word Essays on Nature
Welcome to “These Hills and Beyond,” a 70-minute CD of spoken word essays from my upcoming book of the same name. This audio journey begins with the book’s “These Hills” section. The essays you’ll hear from it – one for each month of the year – have been inspired by nature in the beautiful Catskill Mountain foothills I call home in upstate New York. Following “These Hills” I offer a sampling from the book’s “Beyond” section. The essays here were written after nature trips far and wide. Relax with this CD in your car or your living room. Listen for 5 minutes or an hour. Pass the disc along for others to enjoy. “These Hills and Beyond” represents some of my best writing in a user-friendly new audio format. Enjoy.
Bridge to Borovichi
American Impressions of a Small Russian City: 1990-2005
Wrenched from the ineptitude of Communism to surviving in a free market economy, the citizens of Borovichi, Russia, have endured poverty, violence, uncertainty and social upheaval since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Chronicling their plight during 13 visits to Borovichi between 1990 and 2005, journalist Rick Marsi tells their story in Bridge to Borovichi.
Introduced to Russia through a Sister Cities connection between his hometown of Binghamton, N.Y. and Borovichi, Marsi made friends with Borovichi residents from all walks of life: politicians and painters; butchers and policemen; and the first in growing contingent of “new” wealthy Russians successful in business. This book documents how a tumultuous 15-year span changed their lives; how they adapted, persisted, despaired and let fate push them forward.
Bridge to Borovichi also offers a rare inside look at the natural world surrounding Marsi’s adopted city – a lake-bejeweled land of dense spruce and birch forest where Russians escape to hunt mushrooms, catch pike and make camp under star-studded skies.
Read this book and you’ll know Borovichi, a city isolated from all Western contact until less than two decades ago. More importantly, you also will make friends with the people who call it their home.
Bridge to Borovichi contains 70 photos by Rick, providing vivid images to accompany all the stories in this volume. - $22.00 includes tax and shipping
A Doctor's Life - Memoirs from 9 Decades of Caring
I.J. Rosefsky with Rick Marsi
A Doctor's Life features 12 pages of photos, plus a dozen paintings by I.J. Rosefsky.
Wheel of Seasons
Illustrated by Jan Marsi, Rick's wife, this volume features 50 columns that appeared in newspapers nationwide during Rick's first 10 years as a syndicated columnist with Gannett News Service. Beginning with January, Rick walks his readers through each month of the seasonal year. Essays include: "The Dog, The Stars, The President," "Mischief on Wings" and "The Key to Porcupine Romance." Rick's prose, writes David Rossie in the book's forward, "is instructive, entertaining and often challenging. You can't ask more than that of a writer." -$13.00 includes tax and shipping