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About the Author

Ronald Bruce Scott was born and raised in Salt Lake City where he began his career as a journalist with The Salt Lake Tribune.  He fled to New York City in 1970 where he reported and wrote for Time, Inc.'s magazines -- Time, Life, Money and Sports Illustrated and was part of a small editorial team that founded People Magazine.  Closing Circles is his debut novel, however he is also the author of the independent biography  Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics (Lyons Press, 2011).  Scott's second novel, The Mending: A life too well remembered is due out in late 2015.  After more than 40 years in metro New York City and Boston,  Scott and his wife relocated to San Francisco in 2013.  He is the father of two sons and two daughters.

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  • File Size: 1399 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Gray Dog Press (January 29, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073KBXNS
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Ronald Bruce Scott is an American journalist and author. His biography of Republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney --"Mitt Romney: An inside look at the man and his politics"-- was published in November 2011 by the Lyons Press imprint of Globe Pequot Press in Guilford, CT. The biography has received significant media attention and, in the process, Scott became a regular commentator on the 2012 Presidential Elections in The United States. He is a contributor to the "Cognoscenti" at WBUR, Boston Public Radio.

Scott's first novel -- "Closing Circles: Trapped in the Everlasting Mormon Moment"-- was released in late January 2012 by Gray Dog Press in Spokane, Washington. It tied into the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections.

The working titles and projected release dates of the remaining novels in what the author has characterized as the "Pratt Pentalogy" are as follows: "The Mending: A life too well remembered (late 2015); "Advancing Autonomy": A girl, her father and the rub of the green (2016);"Quad Pratt: Prince of New England, Lord of Star Valley" and "Leaving West Perish (2017)."

Born in Salt Lake City (October 4, 1945), the eldest of eight children, Scott was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New England (1965-67). He studied journalism at the University of Utah while working as a reporter for both of the city's daily newspapers, "The Salt Lake Tribune" and "The Deseret News" (now "The Deseret Morning News"). He joined United Press International in 1970 before accepting a position with Time, Inc. in New York City, where he reported and wrote for all of its magazines "Time," "Sports Illustrated," "Life" and "Money" and was part of the small start-up editorial team that founded successful People Magazine in 1974.

In 2013, after living more than 40 years in New England, Scott and his wife moved to San Francisco.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vic Pectol on December 8, 2012
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This was a fun read. Mr. Scott writes in an unusual style that makes great use of humor and self deprecation. While the story is built around Mormons and Mormonism, the emotions of the characters are not unique to Mormons. I particularly identified with the characters and emotions because I grew up in a Mormon family and attended BYU. I became a "Jack Mormon" when I was asked to go on a mission while attending BYU. I had many of the same questions and issues with Mormonisn as those that Jed wrestled with. This is a fun book to read due to Mr. Scott's humor and style. I have recommended it to my friends; both Mormons and non Mormons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andy_howell on October 26, 2012
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Wow. Great read. Couldn't put it down. The protagonist, Jed Russell, clearly has a deep and profound love for his upbringing, yet struggles in so many ways with aspects of Mormonism. I'm not sure that this kind of book has ever been written about the Mormon church. The issue of Mormonism is weirdly divisive. It's either "on the straight and narrow path" or it's anti-Mormon. Scott spins a yarn that might be closer to reality, even if not ideal. My guess is most Mormons, whether they believe everything or not, find their own actions and beliefs to be similar to those of Jed's struggles, on at least a couple of levels. Well done, and oddly very relatable to those not of the Mormon faith. It's also an interesting and informative commentary on some of Mormonisms skeletons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By little librarian on June 30, 2012
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While reading Closing Circles, I was able to see how people could have a hard time with aspects of the Mormon church. The main character, Jed, who was raised in a traditional Mormon home, struggles to fit in with a faith in which he believes, and yet questions it's authorities - leaving him feeling incomplete. While accompanying Jed on his journey through life attempting to `close circles,' one may view him as pompous and arrogant, but under all the big words and inflated ego is an insecure young man seeking to find a place to belong in a church he has uncertainties about. Watching him struggle and come to terms with himself, as well as his religious quandaries is an interesting journey to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on June 2, 2012
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I wasn't sure how I would feel about what I thought was an exclusively Mormon novel when I started reading Closing Circles. About a quarter of the way in I was completely invested in the protagonist, Jed, and his personal struggles outlined by often hilarious and gripping anecdotes. This novel is incredibly honest and relatable. Anyone who has struggled with relationships and spirituality and doesn't mind facing the often painful realities of these situations will love this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WBDover on February 13, 2012
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author ron scott pulls the reader into the circumference of his main character jed russells inner circle from page one of this vivid detailed and embellished first novel about a frustrated writer who lives to write a novel based on his story of growing up mormon. the level of detail and tantalizing stories will pull the reader right in. for anyone who loved the hbo series this is fully intreatment with dr. quack quack counseling his mormon divorced journalist wanting to turn best selling novel writing patient. a great read that would make a great movie.
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