The Books of Philip Nork                                                                                         

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The Books of Philip Nork

Misguided Sensitivity

In the 1960's and 1970's divorce was not as prevalent as it is nowadays. The separation and eventual divorce could hit the children involved extremely hard. They would try to lose themselves in drugs, alcohol, or other things to help them cope. Misguided Sensitivity chronicles the journey of self-discovery of one such boy as he searches for acceptance and happiness, the two desire we all have in common.

Awarded the Gold Standard of Literary Excellence by The Princeton Literary Review in 2012 



                                     "Sensitivity 101...The Search for Acceptance"  is now available as "Misguided Sensitivity"  
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All Things That Matter Press.
    
         
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                 Life is a Balance, it isn't only about you


The journey of self-discovery is a lifetime trip and just like the fingerprints you possess, yours will be uniquely different than anyone else's. There are things that are common in each, such as good and bad times, emotional highs and lows, and choices that will need to be made.
These choices that are presented to you can greatly define how you live your life. They may be influenced by the people that you meet, symbols that are strategically placed along your journey, and especially by however you choose to worship your idea of God. Being that no choice ever comes without consequence, there really is no right or wrong answer; either road taken will eventually get you to where you’re supposed to be. Although some roads take longer than others in order to reach your final destination.

                                               Awarded the Gold Standard of Literary Excellence 
                               by The Princeton Literary Review in 2013

             
 



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The Other Side of Horse Racing

Thundering hooves. Shouts and cheers! Quickly spoken words and moments of anticipation. Flashes of the lean creatures as they go by being directed by focused riders in colorful silks. That unmistakable scent of dust and horse. And the lure of money, lots and lots of money.Many people enjoy the sport of horse racing.

Then there are the others, those who go too far. Bobby Tucker is one of them. Once he was a casual fan, but then something came over him— ‘the fog’ is what his father, an ex-gambler himself, called it. ‘Your demon’ is what someone else tells him he needs to get under control. A friend tells him the truth, “You’re an addict, a simple gambling addict and you’re sick.”

    

     


 
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Legends of the Lake


Grandparents and Great-Grandparents are the foundation of a family. Come read about “Gramps and Nana”, their family and a very special summer cottage tucked away in rural Wisconsin. This is a story about nature, fun and relaxation … but it also tells about the special relationship a boy of divorce has with his great-grandparents. Share the legends or myths he heard while growing up every summer at this special retreat. Be there when Nana teaches him many valuable life lessons that he uses his entire life. Share in the happiness and the sorrow of one family as they truly experience the love they have for each other. Legends of the Lake is a lazy Sunday drive through time, revolving around generational memories and shares the joy and sorrows of one family, one summer at a time.




    



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Amore & More in Albuquerque


Memories of the past. White wine. A simple vase of colorful roses.

Meet Paul Summer, a divorced author who has lost his way. Earlier in his life Paul was a player, a metro-male, someone in total control of his actions. Now, as a fifty-something middle-aged man, he is just a shadow of his previous self, only going through the motions of living.

On a routine book signing trip through Albuquerque, New Mexico Paul meets two ladies who want to help him regain his lost mojo. Shelby allows him to feel things he never thought he would ever feel again while she gets exactly what she wants from him. Kathy, an acquaintance from his past, reminds him about the things he used to believe in, how he influenced her life, and what a colorful vase of roses once meant to him.







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This House is a Home


Meet Vern, an older gentleman disillusioned with where his life has led him. Is there anything that can help him come to grips with it? When his teenage grandson suggests a trip to the small coal mining town where he grew up to revisit the times of his past, at first Vern is hesitant. Will this trip help him break out of his funk? 






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You're Never Alone


This is the Young Adult version of Misguided Sensitivity. There is no graphic sex or violence, however there is sexual content written for the teenage reader.

The divorce of your parents at a young age can drastically change your personality. Luckily, there are people you can learn life lessons from to help you through this devastating time. When high school, girls and dating enter his life, what will Phil do to be accepted and regain the happiness he thinks he lost? Although there are times when you'll do things you know aren't quite right, rest assured that you're never alone in your teenage years.







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What the Heart Feels
  

Teenage years are difficult ones.…
Trying to find yourself and the self-discovery of who you want to be can be time consuming. Throw in searching for acceptance and happiness missing from your home, not to mention dating, feelings of inadequacy and possibly thoughts of suicide, and you’re looking at a complicated set of years. These poems run the gamut of the teenage years.





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All Because of the Tip of a Needle


Based on a true story.
Samuel Newman is a young up and coming harness driver. Everyone says he "has a way with equine."
But what would happen if he was framed and accused of drugging his horses to win?
Highlighting the heartbreaking experience of young trainer caught up in the murkier side of harness racing in the 1980's Nork has created a compelling story of collusion and corporate bullying.




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