Multi-talented Author Joseph Yakel Releases Both Historical and Comedy Works


Author Joseph Yakel is leading a two-pronged charge to provide his avid readership with worthy materials. After releasing his first family history book in December 2004, he struck again with a comprehensive follow-up research work this month. Making the triple play, Yakel delivered an outrageously funny country boy humor/melodrama book to his collection just weeks ago.

"The Autograph Memories of Mary Yakel", ISBN 1-4116-2101-8, details the 19th century memoir of his grand aunt.

Yakel states, "The cultural makeup of Albany's "South End" today is notably different than it was a century ago, in my ancestor's day. Lower Albany of yesteryear was once home to generations of immigrant families, especially those of German descent. Quietly going about their lives, these tight-knit families asked for little, but contributed much to the growth and prosperity of the city they called home."

He went on, "These families socialized and worshipped mainly within the neighborhood corridors along Second Avenue, in and around the South Pearl Street area. While the history of Albany's more prestigious families and areas have been preserved, scant few resources document the South End or its families, and unfortunately, their history has been all but forgotten."

Realizing that South End families have received little recognition for their part in Albany's history, coupled with a frustration by the lack of suitable resources on this area and its families, Yakel decided to do something about it. Using his grand aunt's autograph book as a basis, he wrote the book, "The Autograph Memories of Mary Yakel", to bring some of the Albany area history to life, and offer a reference to fellow researchers.

His second release, "The JACKEL, JECKEL, JAECKEL, IEKEL, YAKEL Family History Book", ISBN 1-4116-2715-6, is a tremendous chronology, tracing 350 years of Rheinish German ancestry.

Yakel says, "When the topic of family history comes up, where do you stand? How do you respond when someone asks you where you are from, or when questions about your surname are raised? Do you wish you could give something more than a vague reply, such as, "I grew up around here, and I'm not sure about the name. ..I think it's German"? If so, you aren't alone in your desire."

He continued, "The fact is, most people have a difficult time identifying their lineage much past their grandparents. In most cases, oral history alone is insufficient to traces one's family tree back beyond a couple of generations. One way to determine your history is through your own research, which can be quite frustrating, as well as costly, and excessively time consuming. Or, if you are very lucky, someone has already researched the family for you."

Yakel ended by saying, "The release of this comprehensive reference could be the 'lucky day' for a good number of people. I hope my effort is enjoyed by many."

Joe categorizes his third work, "The Legend of Juggin Joe", ISBN 1-4116-2588-9, as a 'country boy comedy / melodrama' written with a corresponding country dialogue. Offered as a light-hearted, fun adventure with a feel-good edge, Yakel said he was looking to amuse his audience with something a little different. "This is certainly a step away from genealogy, but I created the Juggin Joe book characters with plenty of research nonetheless, based partly on people and places in my life, stretched out and mixed up with a hint of real-life experiences."

He went on to say, "With Juggin Joe, I wanted to create a funny, but identifiable character, and his own unique 'hook', that would draw readers into his world. Hopefully, I've done that with this comedy adventure, and Joe and the rest of the gang will strike a good chord amongst readers. The world we live in is pretty serious these days. I felt that it was a good time to lighten things up a little, and Juggin Joe is my way of doing that."

Yakel summed up the book by saying, "Through it all, Joe brings his own sense of balance and harmony to the world. Juggin Joe undoubtedly proves that you can take the boy out of the mountain, but you can't take the mountain out of the boy! Discover for yourself that there's a little of Juggin Joe in all of us!"

About the author:
Joseph Yakel worked his way into print back in 1998. His articles have appeared in publications such as Communications Technology, The Pipeline, and Army Reserve Magazine. His articles have also been highlighted on USAWOA Online, USAR Online, and other Internet websites.

Joe offers interested readers free chapter previews of his work, and purchasing details on his website: www.lulu.com/yakel">http://www.lulu.com/yakel

He welcomes website visitors to leave comments and book reviews as well, and is available for interview. Contact Joe at: armeuv1@yahoo.com


MORE RESOURCES:

Is There Any Benefit to Reading Books You Hate?
New York Times
Here's a reading challenge: Pick up a book you're pretty sure you won't like — the style is wrong, the taste not your own, the author bio unappealing. You might even take it one step further. Pick up a book you think you will hate, of a genre you've ...



Forbes

Ten Books To Get You Through The College Admission Cycle
Forbes
Amazon lists 6,533 results for "college admission books." That includes test guides, college guides, "Teen & Young Adult SAT Study Aids," how to write the college application essay, education workbooks, higher & continuing education and more. So there ...



Mashable

Bookshop has hilariously creative idea to bring books to life
Mashable
An independent book store in France had a rather ingenious idea to literally bring books to life on Instagram. To the joy of its 21,000 followers, Librairie Mollat is regularly posting pictures of staff and customers as they mirror the pose seen on the ...

and more »


Bustle

12 Books You Should Read Before They Come To Screen This Year
Bustle
If you were as captivated by HBO's recently concluded mini-series, Big Little Lies (based on the bestselling novel of the same name, written by Liane Moriarty) as I was, then you're probably just itching for that next book-to-screen adaptation you're ...



Bustle

11 Books To Read When You Need A Pick-Me-Up
Bustle
OK, so things aren't going your way. Fortunately, the best cure for a bad day is a good book. Whenever I'm in the need of some cheering up, the best thing for me is to curl up in bed with a book and let everything else melt away. Whatever has got you ...



Day One Journal App Now Offers to Print Journals as Bound Books, Starting at $14.99
Mac Rumors
Day One Journal App Now Offers to Print Journals as Bound Books, Starting at $14.99. Wednesday April 26, 2017 2:56 AM PDT by Tim Hardwick. The company behind Mac and iOS journaling app Day One this week began offering U.S. users the chance to ...



Paste Magazine

The Best Books of 2017 (So Far)
Paste Magazine
Now that we're one-third of the way through the year, we decided to round up our picks for the best books of 2017 (so far). From thrilling sci-fi to Latin American fiction, illuminating memoirs to eclectic short stories, our favorite titles promise ...



The Telegraph

Books come cheap at annual sale
The Telegraph
Books lovers on a budget can fill a shelf for a few dollars in Perry this week. The Houston County Friends of the Library is having its annual Old Book Sale on Thursday through Saturday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter. Unlike Bibb ...

and more »


Chicago Tribune

Graphic books and learning to read again
Chicago Tribune
I recently realized I've been experiencing a similar intimidation when it comes to the graphic book. Sure, I'd read the writers everyone else has — Lynda Barry, Chris Ware, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman — but I also doubted my ability to appreciate ...

and more »


CNN

The new bookstore bringing magic to Brooklyn
CNN
With a perch on Smith Street in the Cobble Hill neighborhood, Books Are Magic is perfectly situated to become a destination for anyone looking to tap into the borough's literary mystique. "I certainly know that's how I like to travel—by visiting ...

and more »

Google News

thatware.org ©