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Mark Lutenbacher, born in 1953 to a Louisiana family with deep Cajun roots, was educated by the Christian Brothers at De La Salle High School in New Orleans and attended Tulane University where he earned a degree in History.
His early career was devoted to the advertising, marketing and public relations industry. In middle age he became a middle school History and Geography teacher, a devotion which ended abruptly as a result of the effects of Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005.
An accomplished photographer and artist, he has been a summer camp counselor working with 9, 10 and 11 year old campers, a carpenter’s assistant and a long time employee of the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
A River in a Bottle, his first novel, draws its theme from his love of family, children and the historic traditions of life in southeastern Louisiana.
on March 01, 2015 :
Mark Lutenbacher's "A River in a Bottle" is as enjoyable as floating in an inner tube down a winding river on a sunny afternoon. The adventures of three children in the post-Depression south evokes the writing of another southern treasure, Harper Lee. Although Lutenbacher doesn't set out to tackle controversial issues as Lee does, he does illustrate friendships know no color and, ultimately that loyalty and goodness are to be admired. The three children make the most of their time together, exploring, flirting with danger and satisfying their curiosity. The rich characterizations and colorful settings make this book a fun read and well worthwhile. When I finished this book, I knew I would miss the characters, but smiled broadly, thinking back on my own summer adventures as a child. A great book for middle-schoolers up to Adult.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)