Scranton history inspires novel of heartache and hope

Alex Gardner

For most, family tales remain relegated to reunions and the Thanksgiving dinner table. But for one first-time author and high school English teacher from Scranton, a sorrowful story recounted countless times by older relatives became the inspiration and foundation for a new, classic American novel.

“Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night” by Barbara Taylor is a story about a working-class family from Scranton circa 1900 after tragedy befalls them. The paperback book (320 pages, Kaylie Jones Books) is based loosely around the real story of Taylor’s great-aunt Pearl, who perished as a child from severe burns after playing with sparklers on July 4, the day of her baptism. But it is fictional and spotlights the young Morgan family’s devastating loss and attempts to carry on in the small mining town …

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Union Station Magazine teases readers with a sample of STARVE THE VULTURE


With copies of Jason Carney’s STARVE THE VULTURE lining bookshelves across the country, Union Station Magazine decided to give its readers a taste of Carney’s enthralling memoir.

Two excerpts from the book, “Show Tunes and Hate Crimes: 1997,” and “Faith without works: 2005″ are now available on the magazine’s website, which describes itself as having a distinct urban aesthetic with a mission to be inclusive and reconcile multiple narratives, images, and voices that are defining the changing landscape.

Order your copy of Jason Carney’s STARVE THE VULTURE. 


Author J. Michael Lennon interviewed Jason Carney about writing STARVE THE VULTURE


Akashic Books posted an interview with Jason Carney about his memoir STARVE THE VULTURE, now available on Amazon.

Wilkes University Professor J. Michael Lennon, the late Norman Mailer’s archivist and authorized biographer, interviewed Jason about why he decided to write a memoir, how having a background in poetry factored into the writing of prose, and whether it was hard documenting his life on the page.

Read the full interview here.

LitReactor Review: Enthralling passages make STARVE THE VULTURE a real page turner


LitReactor, a website dedicated to serving as a destination for writers and readers, published a review of Jason Carney’s memoir, STARVE THE VULTURE.

Keith Rawson presented an interesting twist to the traditional book review in his “Bookshots” column, speculating on an alternate title for the memoir, saying what movie star should play the main character, and even listing his favorite sentence from the book.

He said that “thanks to Carney’s long career as a poet, there are some truly beautiful, enthralling passages that make the book a real page turner. So, before you inwardly moan about not being interested in reading a book about the adventures of yet another addict, really rethink your attitude and give STARVE THE VULTURE a try.”

Order your copy of STARVE THE VULTURE today!


Nina Solomon’s THE LOVE BOOK named a must-read in the New York Post


The New York Post published a list of five “must-read” books for the week of January 3 and included Nina Solomon’s THE LOVE BOOK, the next novel to be released by Kaylie Jones Books on January 6.

After describing THE LOVE BOOK as required reading for anyone who picks up a copy of the Post, the reviewer Billy Heller also wrote:

“Although a quartet of friends who first meet on a Flaubert-themed bike trip in France are an unlikely group, in Solomon’s second novel they bond over ‘The Love Book,’ a how-to guide the romantic but naive one, Cathy, finds. Also in the gang are Manhattan writer Emily, personal trainer Max and independent 69-year-old Beatrice. A heartwarming tale of friendship and love and a nice way to welcome a new year.”

Get your copy on Amazon.

The Christian Manifesto names SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT as Top Fiction Pick of 2014

Barbara J. Taylor’s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT was named a Top Fiction Pick of 2014 by The Christian Manifesto. Fiction Editor Amy Drown wrote about the novel:

“This debut novel still haunts me. I originally picked it up because it was a story set in a small working town in the early 1900′s—exactly the type of setting I write in my own novels—so I was looking for a comparable title, nothing more. What I discovered instead was an absolute gem of a book filled with beautiful characters and classical writing techniques rarely seen in modern literature. I was completely captivated, and am very eager to see what more this talented author has in store for us!”