Books by Peter W Yaremko

Informed by the savage goddess that is Cape Cod and inspired by the ever unquiet seas that embrace his island homes, Peter W. Yaremko currently writes and publishes both fiction and non-fiction. His work has been described as at once entertaining and insightful.

Perhaps this is so because he refuses to be landlocked--figuratively and literally--by lifestyles, creative expressions or residences. As a result, his professional career has included journalism, corporate communications, event and video production, speechwriting, teaching college and corporate writing classes--and innkeeping. In his two seaside homes, he is surrounded by creative works that express man’s timeless delight in art that is unseen until it is freed by the hand of the artist. He holds collections of Inuit sculpture, Balinese statuary and Buddha images. The five water features he has commissioned include a Calder-inspired mobile sculpture that reflects the invigorating interplay of water and air. The portfolio of paintings in his homes ranges from 19th Century works to contemporary artists local to Cape Cod.

Mr. Yaremko draws literary energy from all these sources, and currently has several works published, in final edit or in progress. His titles, some published under his own Pamet River Books imprint, are available from Amazon (for Kindle), iBooks (for iPad) and Barnes and Noble (for Nook). Simply click the links or the book covers to buy.

 

A New Book from Peter W. Yaremko

 

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Saints and Poets, Maybe

Writing that fuels your passion to live like you mean it

In Saints and Poets, Maybe, author Peter W. Yaremko leads the way to what Druids called the thin places. This is where—if attention is paid—we hear the beating heart of things, see the oak within the acorn. Yaremko takes us with him to wander these thin places as did Thornton Wilder’s saints and poets who, maybe, “realize life while they live it.”

The hundred essays in this collection demonstrate writing that runs deep. The author, seasoned in the city rooms of metropolitan newspapers and the corridors of global corporations, is not afraid to go where the story takes him, such as the death of a life partner or betrayal by a trusted friend.

But this is no collection of somber essays. Here you will find writing that fuels your passion to live like you mean it. The tone throughout has a light touch whose pointed satire stretches to include the farcical quality of otherworldly stuff like candy corn and supermarket muffins. The author’s witty irreverence is evidenced in essays like “A Few of My Most-Hated Things” and “The Assault on Architecture.” Nor is any subject off-limits. Equal-opportunity victims include Victoria’s Secret bras, iPhone’s Siri, and the New York Yankees’ baseball uniforms. For starters.

The stories in this collection summon characters who range from the ninety-seven-year-old “Queen of the Fairies” to supercilious captains of blue-chip companies. And Yaremko doesn’t hesitate to enlist expert witnesses as diverse as Aristotle and Aquinas, Orson Welles and Andy Warhol.

The book’s action is a moveable feast that shifts among the author’s assorted haunts: Outer Cape Cod, the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, Manhattan’s Great White Way—and a Trappist monastery. With a reporter’s eye for detail, Yaremko’s writing zooms in to reveal and explore our true frontiers—the people, events, and ideas we too easily overlook.

Saints and Poets, Maybe is an entertaining, exhilarating, and enchanting journey, and a welcome gift for readers thirsty for a book of enrichment and companionship.

 

Books Currently Available

 

 Fat Guy in a Fat Boat

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Fat Guy in a Fat Boat

The misadventures of a newly minted Sunday sailor

As a boy, the author fell in love with the graceful sailboats that dance on shimmering waters like toy ballerinas on a mirrored music box. But it took a half-century before he had the time and the wherewithal to buy a sailboat. Fat Guy in a Fat Boat is his story of trying to tame a ballerina of a boat that morphed into a she-devil. Seasoned sailors and armchair mariners will find this tale at once hilarious and heart-warming. Order Fat Guy in a Fat Boat directly from Amazon. Ebook versions are coming soon.

 

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A Light from Within

When the moments of our lives blossom into a transforming force

A Light from Within captures a year in the paradise locales of Cape Cod and Vieques Island. Reminiscent of A Year in Provence, these incisive stories visit the odd and the ordinary, the exceptional and the unexpected, the humorous and the sober–the many moments of our lives that seem commonplace until they are examined under a creative lens. The essays in this ebook appeared in a slightly different form in the author’s blog during 2013 and 2014. Of them, Mr. Yaremko says, “I found that when I lived my life the first time, there were many things I didn’t notice. It was only in replaying scenes—as I sat each week to write the stories—that I had the aha moments.”

 

Soon to Be Published

Billy of the Tulips

A homeless boy’s grim engagement with innocence and iniquity

Following the tradition of classic coming-of-age fiction, Billy of the Tulips is a novella that will take readers to a new and memorable place, where the touch of evil lurks among even the most commonplace lives. Billy of the Tulips is a suspenseful and uncommon story of a homeless boy’s quest for belonging in the aftermath of his father’s rejection--and the raw reality of life on his own. We’re carried along on the guileless boy’s emotional and spiritual journey as he wrestles with manifestations of evil, with guilt and forgiveness, with faith and trust--and with the overriding question of who will decide his life and his happiness. Soon to be published by TouchPoint Press.

Works in Progress

 

Little Flower: A Killing on Cape Cod

What happens when evil comes alive

On January 6, 2002, the body of a 46-year-old single mom was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor of her Truro, Massachusetts, home. She had been raped and stabbed, and her 18-month-old daughter left for days to suckle at the corpse. Four years later, a suspect was convicted of the crime and is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole. His defense attorney claimed prosecutors withheld evidence, and locals in the know say cops got the wrong man. Suppose they’re right?

Down the Edges is a fictionalized account of what could have happened if the true murderer were still on the loose. This is the taut, smartly written and timeless story of of a done-it-all career woman who finds her life running down, like a car left parked with its headlights on. Set against the raw brutality of the Cape Cod that visitors never see, forty-something Jenny Rutherford is assaulted by past and present ghosts as well as an unholy trinity of enemies that includes a very real stalker.

 

The Hundredth Lamb

A layman’s meditations on compassion

Perhaps the most difficult challenge for the typical woman or man in the pew of any church is remaining open to God’s mercy and accepting it wholeheartedly. We fall prey to the conviction that we continually disappoint Him and, therefore, simply don’t deserve his affection. This book is unique in pointing out new ways to recognize and receive the love Christ has for us. The reflections draw on Scripture, Church Fathers, Western and Byzantine spirituality, and classic literature. Perhaps its greatest differentiator is that this book was conceived and written by a layman to help foster spiritual renewal at the parish level. The reader will find the reflections of a fellow lay person clear, concise and free of pieties. As Rev. Stephen S. Wilbricht, CSC, writes in the Foreword, “Undoubtedly, many parish communities heard the preaching of deacons, priests, and even bishops who had gleaned the fruits of Yaremko’s wisdom.”

Chasing Thoreau

Engaging inscrutable Cape Cod on a marathon walk of her Great Beach

At a time in our nation’s history when everything everywhere looks increasingly the same, long, wandering walks can be a way to see the world in new and often striking ways. To test this idea, the author retraced Thoreau’s 1849 traverse of Cape Cod’s Great Beach, the longest stretch of uninterrupted sand and surf in the world—walled against the Atlantic Ocean by palisades of sand that spike up to 140 feet high. Along the way, he encounters spirits of Puritans and Wampanoags, the dwarfish Pukwudgie and giant Moshup, miles of monotony and tunnels of danger, Australian songlines and French psychogeography–until he stands, like Thoreau, with “all America behind him” and the answer to the question that started it all.


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  • commented 2017-10-17 09:34:57 -0400
    Happy birthday, Peter.
    With your recent progress into poetry you confirm that Old Dogs can learn new tricks!
    Best regards,
    Bob
  • commented 2017-10-13 22:38:10 -0400
    Happy Birthday, Peter, and many more! I’m ahead of you by two years!
    My best,
    Helen
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  • commented 2016-06-04 23:45:11 -0400
    Good luck finishing your new books Peter, we all understand your hiatus,
    Just keep on, keeping on. We’ll be reading other blogs from you
    soon. Sharon Matthews
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  • commented 2015-12-07 05:49:53 -0500
    Peter. I am so very sorry to hear that your wife has passed away. I will be praying to our Blessed Mother for her, and for you. With her presence our pain will always be more tolerable.
    Bob