No Drive-by Shootings, Just Fun and Pranks in Memoir Then And Now, Published by Outskirts Press

Brinnon, WA, November 04, 2010 --( Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Then And Now: Observations of an Old Guy by Fred Near. The author's most recent book to date is a 5.5 x 8.5 paperback in the autobiography and political book category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

Then and Now tells about the way things were when the author grew up…and the way he sees things now.

Readers can look at the past through the eyes of a small boy and a young man, see the adventures of a kid from the project, feel the loves lost and the loves retained, and hear where he sees the country headed from the way it was when he was young.

446 pages in length, Then And Now: Observations of an Old Guy is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the autobiography and political book category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Then And Now meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $19.95.

Additionally, Then And Now can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781432765552

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white

SRP: $19.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author:

Fred Michael Near was born to Hardy and Gerry Near in Shelby, Michigan, on February 7th 1939. At the age of about three, while the second World War was going on, the family moved first to California, then to Oregon, and finally settled in Everett, Washington, where his dad took a job with the local telephone company and his mom went to work in the shipyards building Liberty Ships to support the war effort. They lived in the Project in North Everett, where it was one adventure after another, and there were loads of other kids of the same status in life to play with. No drive-by shootings there, just a lot of fun and pranks. It was kind of like Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher. Now, in what seems like only a few years, but in reality 65 years have passed, Fred finds himself retired with only a bunch of fond (for the most part) memories and a growing distrust of the direction the government is leading us. “What a trip!” says the author.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

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