Books by Peter W Yaremko

Informed and inspired by the ever unquiet seas that embrace his Vieques Island home, Peter W. Yaremko writes and publishes both fiction and non-fiction. His work has been described as at once entertaining and insightful. He refuses to be landlocked by lifestyles, creative expressions, or residences. As a result, his professional career has included journalism, corporate communications, event and video production, speechwriting, and teaching writing.

In his Caribbean home, he is surrounded by works that express our timeless delight in art that is unseen until freed by the creative hand. He holds collections of Inuit sculpture, Balinese statuary, and stone Buddha images. Among the water features that grace his home is, for example, a Calder-inspired mobile sculpture that reflects the invigorating interplay of water and air. The portfolio of paintings he has built ranges from 19th Century European works to contemporary artists.

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


A Striking New Novel



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Billy of the Tulips

A homeless boy’s grim engagement with innocence and iniquity

When he is put onto the street by his abusive father, fifteen-year-old Billy never dreams that he is embarking on an odyssey that will force him to choose his place in an intimidating world. Set in 1957, Billy’s story unfolds in letters to his younger sister. He speaks for a generation fascinated with UFOs and Elvis Presley. But his letters also record the clash of innocence and iniquity, including a first sexual skirmish, until a confrontation with a band of menacing hunters forces him to take a stand—a dangerous one.

Published by TouchPoint Press.


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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.


 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.”


Works in Progress

Down the Edges

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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  • Sharon Matthews
    commented 2018-11-10 10:54:55 -0500
    Peter, your most recent blog on prayer was extremely interesting.
    Prayer is very powerful. What else can we do, but to turn to
    prayer in difficult times. My husband was diagnosed with 4th stage
    lung cancer in June 2018. It isn’t easy being his caretaker, but prayer
    seems to bring us closer, and make it easier. Jo-Anne had a fabulous attitude living with her cancer. The angel she was on earth, is now an angel in Heaven. We, who knew her, miss her.
    Thank you for creative blogs. I look forward to your next one.
    Sharon Matthews
  • rohan pande
    commented 2018-08-20 01:53:41 -0400
    Happy birthday, Peter.
    Here Best Birthday wishes from my side
  • Sharon Matthews
    commented 2018-03-11 00:57:12 -0500
    Happy Belated Birthday Peter. Hope your day was special.
    Sounds like you spent it with a Jay and Wendy, lovely. I always one can teach old dogs new tricks, just takes patience…
  • Bob Duca
    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,
  • Helen Horwitz
    commented 2017-10-13 22:38:10 -0400
    Happy Birthday, Peter, and many more! I’m ahead of you by two years!
    My best,
  • Stephen Kovacev
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  • Sharon Matthews
    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
  • Matheus Marques
    commented 2016-05-02 14:44:09 -0400
    A good Story, cool!!!! Genius X Rui Falcão increases your focus and your memory!
  • Gene Fairfield
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  • Bob Duca
    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.