Thursday, March 09, 2023

The Eckhartz Bookshelf--Cheeseland

  With over 80 books in our library, this year we're taking some time every week to highlight one of the books on the Eckhartz bookshelf. This week we're featuring one of the first books we ever published, Cheeseland by Randy Richardson. Randy's book got some great reviews, and we're proud to have it as part of our back catalog. 

How do you mend a broken friendship? For Lance Parker and Daniel McAllister, the answer is simple: road trip. A trip to Wisconsin should be just the ticket to come to terms with the trauma that had drawn them apart. The journey of recovery is filled with comical twists as the two teens navigate Cheeseland, a place that blurs the line between adolescence and adulthood. The journey of recovery turns into a journey of discovery, as secrets are revealed. Cheeseland is a novel about loyalty, friendship and the self-destructive nature of secret-keeping and unresolved anger.

  • Richardson richly captures the bravado and heartbreak of damaged boys who grow up into damaged men.

    --James Finn Garner, author of "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories" and the "Rex Koko, Private Clown" mysteries
  • Easy Rider’ meets a warped version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’…’Cheeseland’ is a story about masculine friendship you won’t soon forget.

    --Christine Sneed, author of "Portraits of a Fe of the People I've Made Cry" and "Little Known Facts
  • Randy has opened a portal and invited us to cross back to the way it really used to be: those days of youthful rebellion, reckless abandon, and the promise of radical yet real reconciliation. A fun read and a great ride.

    --Mitch Michaels, Chicago Radio Legend
  • Cheeseland’ is a novel that touches the reader; a novel about life, death, and how we choose to live our lives…how we want the dash between the dates on our tombstone to resonate.

    --Robert Walker, author of "Titanic 2012", "Bismark 2013", and "Children of Salem"
  • If you liked Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, you’ll love Cheeseland, Chicago’s answer to that Texas classic. Highly recommended!

    --Frederick Lee Brooke, the Annie Ogden Mysteries
  • I cannot help but compare Mr. Richardson’s work to Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River. A five star drama!

    --Dina Rae, author of Halo of the Damned