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Press Release

May 25, 2011

Media contact:            303.550.4974

Will Murray   will@willmurraycompany.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Book Available June 17, 2011

Uncle! The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle

By Will Murray

Published by Morgan James Publishing, N.Y.

 

Boulder, CO May 25, 2011

Local author Will Murray announces the release on June 17 of his new book, Uncle! The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle, published by Morgan James Publishing.

 

This is the first and only book for aunts and uncles who want to have a positive and lasting impact on their siblings’ children.  Uncle! The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle celebrates the unique, indispensable and slightly zany role of aunts and uncles in our society.  It helps aunts and uncles realize their role through a collection of more than 190 fun and whacky activities that nieces and nephews need to master to grow up as great kids:  things that the grandparents have forgotten and that the parents wouldn’t ever think to teach.  Uncle! the Definitive Guide for Becoming The World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle will appeal to anyone who has an endearing aunt or uncle, whether blood relative or a revered unofficial aunt or uncle.  It’s a far better birthday gift than another tie.

 

The role of uncles and aunts is vital to the survival of our species.  Parents seek to keep their kids safe and fed.  Grandparents act to spoil those kids.  But uncles and aunts help those children learn essential lessons to help kids grow up to be wonderful adults.  Whether making scary teeth from orange peels, creating entertainment while riding in the car or using an imaginary camera, these activities are what kids get from uncles and aunts that they won’t get from their parents.

 

“There’s something very Darwinian about Uncle! It proves that we uncles must share a common ancestor. Why else would we all be independently imitating the Three Stooges, spitting watermelon seeds, and drumming on overturned buckets?” says Will Stolzenburg, author of Where the Wild Things Were and Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World’s Greatest Wildlife Rescue (both published by Bloomsbury).

 

 

Aunts and Uncles in the U.S.

The U.S. has roughly 68.5 million households with nieces and nephews.  Countless households also include adults who are not blood relatives, yet are endeared as unofficial aunts or uncles.  In addition, millions of adults spend time with kids who are not their own through clubs and activity organizations.  The Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Big Sisters and Big Brothers together have a combined volunteer force of 1.4 million adults searching for activities to do with children.

About Will Murray

Will Murray has 15 nieces and nephews and no children (which makes him all uncle). He believes our society needs the kind of kids who grow up strong from being around great aunts and uncles. Will works with conservation organizations, climbs mountains, fishes for trout, and participates in triathlons in the 55-59-year age group and has completed three Ironmans. He is a 22-year resident of Boulder, Colorado.

 

Excerpt

Excerpt from Uncle! The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle

 

Some parents, many parents, maybe almost all parents, don’t want their kids to act like kids. Let’s face it—kids can be a pain. They make more noise than machines that shear metal. They find dirt and make messes where none exists. They create entropy. They take apart things that should be together and put things together that should remain apart. They mix salt and sugar, water and soil. They would mix nitro and glycerin if they could get their hands on it.

 

Kids find danger in the safest of places and create it if it isn’t lying about. They work hard at trying to get killed. They search for broken glass to eat, electric sockets to poke metal objects into, and cliffs to fall from. As if by magic, they hone in on “The Place Where They Can Do The Most Damage.”

 

A colleague at work has three wonderful kids. They came into the office one day with their mom—a fun outing. The youngest, Amy, instantly sized up the office treasures: staplers, tape, top-heavy file cabinets, carefully arranged documents on the desk, pushpins, letter opener, Swiss army knife, telephone. Then she headed straight for the computer keyboard, arms outstretched and fingers wiggling. If I hadn’t headed her off, I’m certain the random keystrokes she’d have made would have resulted in this sequence:

 

<<Format hard drive?>>

Y.

<<Are you sure?>>

Y.

<<All data will be lost. Forever. Irretrievably. We’re not kidding. Are you still sure???>>

Y.

 

So parents have a real reason for wanting their kids to act like miniature adults. It’s just not a good reason. Dress them up cute, but don’t let them create messes, wail like banshees, find the lipstick, hide the car keys, fingerpaint the wall with shoe polish, write their names on the cat with bleach, or take all the CD jewel cases from the stereo cabinet and build forts with them. You see, parents don’t really want kids; they want harmless tiny adults—ones they can get to do what they want (unlike every single one of the full-sized adults they have to contend with every day).

 

This is where aunts and uncles enter the fracas. If parents got their wish, how would these little bitty adults grow up? I say: miserably. Into accountants probably. Or worse than that, economists (defined by some—not me of course—as accountants without personality). Humorless, dour, sour, serious, and generally un-fun to be around. To become an adult human being worthy of the title, you must be allowed to be a child when you are a child. The dough must be allowed to rise.

 

Aunts and uncles have a unique and indispensable role in creating a human race that will be up to the task of living well on the planet. It is we, the aunts and uncles, who must help kids learn how to be children. Nobody else will do it. They need to know how to chew food and show it to people on their wildly protruding tongues, blow bubbles, tell knock-knock jokes badly, and make cow and chicken sounds.

 

The ideas in this book provide a start! You won’t find every kid-thing in the world in here or every kind of kid-skill to impart. In writing this book, I stayed away from including activities that are dangerous, evil, or just plain mean. The world is full of human cussedness already, and we certainly need less of it. Kids can do mean things, but they can also learn not to do them.

Contact

Will Murray

341 Spruce Street

Boulder, CO 80302

303.550.4974

will@willmurraycompany.com

www.auntsandunclesguide.com

www.willmurraycompany.com

 

Bethany Marshall

Morgan James Publishing
The Entrepreneurial Publisher
5 Penn Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York City, New York 10001
(516) 515 1870
Toll Free 1(800) 485 4943
Fax (516) 908 4496
Bethany@morganjamespublishing.com
www.MorganJamesPublishing.com

Citation

Murray, Will.  2011. Uncle! The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle. New York: Morgan James Publishing.

ISBN 160037946X

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Author Biography

Will Murray has 15 nieces and nephews and no children (which makes him all uncle). He believes our society needs the kind of kids who grow up strong from being around great aunts and uncles. Will works with conservation organizations, climbs mountains, fishes for trout, and participates in triathlons in the 55-59-year age group and has completed three Ironmans. He is a 22-year resident of Boulder, Colorado.

 

 

About Uncle! The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle

This is the first and only book for uncles and aunts who want to have a positive and lasting impact on their sibilings’ children. “Uncle: The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle” celebrates the unique, indispensable and slightly zany role of aunts and uncles in our society.  It helps aunts and uncles realize their role through a collection nearly 190 fun and whacky activities that nieces and nephews need to master to grow up as great kids:  things that the grandparents have forgotten and that the parents wouldn’t ever think to teach.  Show them how to scream, “Haaaaaaay!” while Dad is driving past a farm. Turn an orange peel into teeth that would scare a dentist away from her drill. Or spend time hanging out doing the fine art of nothing. The “Uncle: The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle” will appeal to anyone who has an endearing aunt or uncle, whether blood relative or a revered unofficial aunt or uncle, or scoutmasters and other adults who get to engage kids in fun and useful activities.  It’s a far better birthday gift than another tie.

 

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What is special about aunts and uncles?
  2. What made you want to write Uncle!?
  3. What are your qualifications to write Uncle!?
  4. How would society be different without aunts and uncles?
  5. Where can our audience go for additional information?

 

About Morgan James Publishing

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Bethany Marshall

Morgan James Publishing

The Entrepreneurial Publisher
5 Penn Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York City, New York 10001
(516) 515 1870
Toll Free 1(800) 485 4943
Fax (516) 908 4496
Bethany@morganjamespublishing.com
www.MorganJamesPublishing.com

 

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