Brighton Publishing releases "Ice Cream Camelot" by B.J. Neblett
A touching memoir of a young boy coming of age during the Kennedy years.
Ice Cream Camelot presents the history of the Kennedy administration within the funny and touching memoir of a young boy coming of age during those significant years. But this isn't the Wonder Years revisited, and Billy Neblett isn't your typical eleven-year old. His family has recently moved from his beloved South Philly, and shy young Billy is repeating the fifth grade while struggling to stay out of trouble, make new friends and deal with a growing dependency on alcohol. All the while, Billy is attempting to find his own identity in an increasingly confusing and frightening world.
Amid school bullies, killer nuns, the race for space, peaceful sit-ins, race riots and the growing threat of nuclear war, Billy finds his heroes in the most unusual places. Legendary rock "n" roll DJs Hy Lit and Joe Niagara take Billy under their wing, mentoring him and fostering a love of radio. But it's the 35th president, John F. Kennedy from whom Billy finds hope and inspiration. Painfully aware of the irony in his life—there are no blacks in lily white suburban Lawrence Park, and girls are treated as second class citizens at St. Pius X Catholic Grade School—Billy looks to the charismatic JFK as the savior of Camelot for himself and his first love Amy.
"Neblett paints a vivid picture of the 1960s that will make readers feel like they are right there with him."
~KJ McPike, Author Xodus and Nemesis The Astralis Trilogy
"A must read… if history books were written like this, more students would be interested."
~Remy Benoit, Review
"The 50's and 60's version of The Catcher In The Rye"
~Doug See, Review
"With a unique, engaging and highly entertaining book, author BJ Neblett takes readers on a scenic tour of a young boy coming of age during one of the most important eras in American history"said Brighton Publishing.
B.J. Neblett is the author of the highly acclaimed literary fiction romantic adventure Elysian Dreams and his short stories and poetry have been featured in magazines and anthologies.
Raised in and around the city of Philadelphia, BJ began writing at an early age, and continued throughout his service in the military and a thirty year career as a radio DJ. BJ is currently working on a sequel to Elysian Dreams; a collection of Fantastic Literature stories; a follow up to Ice Cream Camelot, his historical memoir; and as always, more short stories. When not writing, BJ can always be found on the soft ball mound; kicking back around town with friends; tinkering with his old cars; listening to his extensive record collection, or just relaxing in his Seattle home with one of his vintage guitars.