Books by Rick Goeld
Rick's newest book is "People of Windsor Mountain."
This book is a major departure from Goeld's previous work. People of Windsor Mountain was inspired by remembrances of the boarding school he attended from 1961-63: Windsor Mountain School, which was located in Lenox, Massachusetts. This non-fiction book combines a history of the school with the personal stories of dozens of alumni and former faculty. Rick interviewed more than 100 people, many whom he hadn't seen, or even spoken to, in over 50 years.
Windsor Mountain, located in Lenox, Massachusetts, was educationally progressive, socially liberal, and politically left-wing. Rick describes both faculty and students as a mix of scholars, artists, beatniks, hippies, nerds, and misfits. Some students came from famous or near-famous families, including the children of Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and Dr. Max Jacobson, the infamous "Dr. Feelgood."
To read excerpts from People of Windsor Mountain, click here.
"Sex, Lies, and Soybeans," published in 2010, is a sexy, fast-paced political-environmental thriller...with a message. Check out this interview...
...and this promotional video:
To read an excerpt from Sex, Lies, and Soybeans, click here.
Sex, Lies, and Soybeans takes place in a dystopian future in which a variety of diseases have decimated most types of food animals. Soy has become the world's "go to" crop for protein, and the Soy Industry has become the world's most powerful food consortium. Their long-term goal: dominate the worldwide food market with genetically engineered synthetic food made with 100% soy. Their interim goal: saturate the American fast-food market. Texas is their first target. If they can conquer the influential state of Texas, other states will fall like dominoes.
But Victoria Blackburn, Chairman of the Texas State Senate's Food and Drug Committee, is blocking key Soy-Industry-sponsored legislation. Soy Industry attempts to influence her are unsuccessful, so Plan B is devised: penetrate her family and twist a few arms—or worse—to change the Senator's mind. Her brother, William, a slacker with an overactive sex drive, is identified as the "weak link" in the family.
Sex, Lies, and Soybeans is fast-paced entertainment that mixes outrageous sex, political deception, technology, and screeching plot twists with a serious message: What will happen if we become too dependent on genetically engineered food?
"Searching for Steely Dan," published in 2006, is a contemporary coming-of-age story that literally takes place on the sidewalks of Manhattan.
Searching for Steely Dan is the story of Eddie Zittner, a 29-year-old New Yorker who is obsessed with the rock group Steely Dan. His life is going nowhere. He's an aspiring writer who has stopped writing. He's bouncing from one dead-end job to another. His marriage is on the rocks. His wife, fed up with his obsession and lack of ambition, throws him out of their apartment. As Zittner's life crumbles, he takes to the sidewalks of Manhattan, looking for answers, looking for inspiration, looking for The Dan.
Searching for Steely Dan is a compelling "coming of age" novel that incorporates many aspects of "mid-life crisis" stories.
Dan fans: This book contains many "obscure" references to The Dan and their music. See how many references you can find! Check out the Searching for Steely Dan Quiz
For everyone else: Give this book a try! It's a funny, poignant love story.