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A smart, funny, true tale of  love, life and politics at strife-torn Cornell  University in the 1960s.
A smart, funny, true tale of love, life and politics at strife-torn Cornell University in the 1960s.
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Hi!  I'm hoping to  raise at least $3500 dollars to bring Ithaca Diaries to life.

About the book: 

Ithaca Diaries is  coming of age memoir set at Cornell University in the tumultuous 1960s. The story is told in first person from the point of view of a smart, sassy, funny, scared, sophisticated yet naïve college student (moi) who can laugh at herself while she and the world around her are having a nervous breakdown. Based on diaries, letters, interviews and other primary and secondary accounts of the time, Ithaca Diaries describes collegiate life as protests, politics, and violence increasingly engulf the student, the campus, and the nation.  I hope my irreverent observations will serve as a prism for understanding what it was like to live through those precarious times. While often laugh-out-loud funny, I believe they provide meaningful insight into the process of political and social change from which we are reaping the benefits, today.

Cornell Professors James McConkey (English) and Carol Kammen (History) have each given the book 5 stars--as have quite a few readers. (For proof...visit http://ithacadiaries.com).  Ithaca Diaries will be of special interest to baby boomers, college students, professors, Cornell grads and to anyone interested in the 1960s. 

About the kickstarter project:
After eight years of research and writing, the content is ready to go but I need to raise $3500 to complete the publishing process and pay an indexer. It looks like we're about to meet that goal. Additional $$ will provide for a Kirkus review, which lets bookstores and libraries know about the book--and will help fund an interactive Website on which you can tell YOUR story, no matter when you went to college. I understand that not everyone has $$$--please don't hesitate to pledge a small amount; every donation, including $1, helps elevate a project in the kickstarter rankings so that more people see it.

I plan to publish Ithaca Diaries through my own imprint, Cambridge Common Press, but would welcome connection to a commercial publisher.  There's some urgency because Cornell is now  celebrating its 150th anniversary year--and the book should be out in time for the Boston launch, in January. If enough $ comes in before November, I'll try to make the book available for holiday gifts. Thanks!

Risks and challenges

I'm confident that the project will work out, mainly because it's just about done. It's possible that some readers or reviewers may recall things differently.. I'm hoping they'll sound off on the Ithaca Diaries Website--http://ithacadiaries.com--and share stories of their own. Who knows? This may lead to an annotated version, another book, or even a video.

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    Acknowledgement on the Ithaca Diaries Web site (if you'd like).

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    Sneak peek pre-launch ebook and acknowledgment on the Web site (if you wish)

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    New offer! Beautiful, whimsical Ithaca Diaries poster by Alex Tomasi. (see tiny version, left)

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    Autographed copy of Ithaca Diaries mailed to your home + acknowledgement on the Web site.

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    NEW OFFER! Autographed copy of Ithaca Diaries AND autographed copy of Complete Court of Memory, by James McConkey, 2014. "McConkey is one of our best writers; the gracefulness of his prose, the depths of his perceptions are often profoundly moving. ...The deceptively simple stories are built around the relationships between parents and chidren between marriage partners, between good friend. It is a spiritual odysssey conveyed with rare sensitivity and eloquence." Publishers Weekly.

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    NEW OFFER! Autographed copy of Ithaca Diaries AND hardcover copy of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and their Masters, by Andrew Kreig, 2014. "Puppetry reveals Washington's inside story. The big news organizations stopped fighting for the public Jack Anderson style...It's high time for the pubic to know." John Kelly, former news editor at NBCpTV and CBS-TV, former CIA officer.

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    NEW OFFER! Autographed copy of Ithaca Diaries AND Black history children's books Ebony Sea, 2014 AND Jenny Reen and the Jack Muh Lantern, by Cornell author Irene Smalls. "Ebony Sea is about those Africans...who lived to tell the stories, dream the dreams, and sing the songs... a tribute to my ancestors. From those first Africans came jazz, Dunbar, Du Bois, Morrison and Miles."
    Jack Muh Lanter is a "heart-pounding, spooky tale is about a young slave who encounters in the woods... a hideous man-beast with 'googly google eyes.' Most compelling is the book's window onto slavery: the yearly ration of three buttons, the spirituals and the occasionally cryptic dialect." Ages 6-10.

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    Signed copy of Ithaca Diaries and invitation to the launch party in Boston. Acknowledgement on the Website.

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    New Offer! Signed copies of Ithaca Diaries AND Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity, 2nd edition (2014), by Anita Harris. Acknowledgement on the Website, if you wish.

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    Invitation to the launch party, signed copy of Ithaca Diaries AND one of the following books by Cornell authors:
    (1) Complete Court of Memory, 2014, autographed by James McConkey
    (2) Presidential Puppetry, 2014, autographed by Andrew Kreig
    (3) Black history children's books Ebony Sea OR Jenny Reen and the Jack Muh Lantern, autographed by Irene Smalls.
    (4) Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity, 2014, Anita M. Harris. (Sorry, total quantity is limited to 5 books by each author--except for Anita's)

    Acknowledgement as bronze sponsor on Web site and in the launch party program (if you wish).

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    A reading or talk by Anita at a Boston location or gathering of your choice (your home?) 5 signed copies of Ithaca Diaries, an ebook, and invitation to the launch party. Acknowledgement as a silver sponsor on the Web site, in the launch party program and IN THE BOOK.

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