After making a recent trip through the small community of Colusa, Marianne Aleck fell in love with Colusa’s newest coffeehouse and decided to make the establishment waypoint along her book signing trail.
On Saturday, August 20, from 8 AM to 1 PM, Aleck will introduce her book, The Liberty Club, where she takes the reader on a journey through 20th-century immigrants in a beautifully packaged love and war story.
A lifelong resident of Oroville, Aleck knew she always wanted to become a writer; however, the topics didn’t come quickly.
“Early on, I did know that I wanted to be a writer. I had told myself that I was going to be a writer by the time I was 30 – but that didn’t happen,” said Aleck. “I always had an interest in writing poems, short stories and such.”
After retiring from the workforce, Aleck came across her mother’s journal. The journal was written when her mother was a teenager during the war. Aleck’s then knew her topic was made.
“I have always been fascinated with my families life and my European history. I grew up hearing stories about my mother’s life, and they were just fascinating,” said Aleck. “She would always end her stories with ‘maybe I should write a book about my life’ – and she meant that.”
This sparked an interest in Aleck and had her mother’s journal translated. “Nobody knew that this journal existed, My mom had it all of these years and never said that she had it. Which I find amazing,” she said.
“My Mothers journal was written in French, It took three years to have the journal translated,” said Aleck, “I had to be very patient.”
Aleck began writing her book, and as she researched her family, she discovered inaccuracies in the stories told, and uncovered the truth.
“I found all kinds of great stuff about my family – I even dug up the dirt too! ” Aleck said. “I sent a letter to the DC Archives in France, and I was able to receive documentation, and they gave me additional contact information to receive further information. I was able to get what happened.”
Aleck’s research was a team effort, commenting that she had help from her brother, aunt and other relatives who shared their research and stories collected.
“My brother wanted to write a book. He contacted me and told me he had these cassette tapes of our relatives – I didn’t even know he had them,” said Aleck.
The book, titled – The Liberty Club took the reader back to the early 1900’s and spans over 100 years, covering three generations of her family and packed with history.
“I covered both my French and Greek side of the family,” said Aleck. “You get to know the characters intimately. How they immigrated to America. What they did while they were in America.”
Aleck commented that she dedicated four chapters to World War II.
“Not only do I have my mother’s perspective on the war as a teenager, which is just awesome,” said Aleck. “I also have my dad’s war stories. He was a paratrooper during the war.”
While Aleck is sharing the intimate details of her family history, she marks a small notion of history itself.
“This is not only a story about my family, and it’s a history book. These are stories that happened,” said Aleck.
Included in the book are two hundred photos and images of characters, places of its time.
As Aleck states, The Liberty Club is a state of mind, an inner drive, and a place in time. Within each player a story is born, sacrifices are made, love is found, and love is lost. In Aleck’s eyes, the book is a tribute to The Greatest Generation who unwittingly set a high bar for the rest of us to strive for, while holding her families amazing journeys, gently between pages.
Aleck will be at Caffeinated (538 Market Street, Colusa), Saturday, August 20, from 8 AM to 1 PM to sign and introduce her book. For more information about the book, visit her website at www.thelibertyclubbook.com. Books can be purchased through Aleck’s website, Amazon, Kindle Store, and Nook. Books will also be available for purchase during the signing event.