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About the Author

Jim Gullo has written professionally for more than twenty-five years as a freelance magazine writer and author of non-fiction books. "Fountain of Youth" is his first novel and most personal book. Gullo's memoir about baseball and parenting, TRADING MANNY: HOW A FATHER & SON LEARNED TO LOVE BASEBALL AGAIN, was published in March 2012 by DaCapo Press to strong reviews from critics and fans of the game. Gullo's comic voice has been displayed as the "How-to Guru" columnist for Premiere magazine, the "Video Vagabond" reviewer for the Chicago Tribune for several years, and as a columnist for Diversion and Wingspan magazines. His eBook, TRY THIS FOR BETTER SEX, is a collection of video reviews. Other published books include guidebooks to the Pacific Northwest, the autobiography of golfer Charlie Sifford, and books on southern history and Hillary Rodham Clinton for younger readers. Prior to his career as a writer, Gullo worked as an editorial assistant at New York Magazine and a public relations executive for Walt Disney Home Video, where he helped launch the home video releases of Disney's animated features. He worked closely with Disney veterans like Wolfgang Reitherman, who directed many of Disney's animated features in the '40s and '50s, and Jack Kinney, who directed most of the Goofy cartoons of Disney's heyday. Moving to Media Home Entertainment, an independent video distributor, Gullo promoted and publicized a wide range of genre movies, and staged publicity tours with the likes of Robert ("Freddy Krueger") Englund, an experience that led to Gullo's first magazine sale in Premiere. Gullo studied journalism and creative writing at the University of Arizona and has taken writing workshops at the Field's End program on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he lived for several years. He now resides in McMinnville, Oregon, in the heart of Oregon's wine region with wife Kris and sons Joe and Henry; his son Michael is a professional jazz singer based in New York City. More on Jim Gullo, including contact information, can be found at www.jim-gullo.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456316753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456316754
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,840,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The words that jump to mind to describe this book - clever, witty, imaginative, poignant - are all so clichéd that they end up feeling misleading to use relative to The Fountain of Youth. This is one audacious, unusual book. So let me say this: Fountain is a tender seduction, easing the reader into a willingness to ponder existential questions without the usual side effects of nausea and despair. Written in a style reminiscent of Glen David Gold, it intersperses belly laughs with gentle reminders that we are all a little better off if we ruminate a bit on how we are proceeding with our lives. You'll be a better version of yourself having read this book.
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This book has one of the most unique story lines I've ever read. The characters are REALLY interesting, to say the least, and there are a lot of them! It took me a while to figure out who was who but it started coming together very nicely. Having just lost my elderly parents three years ago, it brought up the many questions about how God fits in our lives: our beliefs, our faith that God will be there with us at the end, and what's up with all this suffering??? Finally at the very end, we find out that the author's father died very young and he was left with a fear that he, too, would die young. I enjoyed Gullo's sense of humor and yet complete seriousness when facing all these issues.
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A great book that I just could not put down. The characters and story line will definitely hold your attention and you find yourself wanting a sequel. A must read for anyone who has ever considered the existence of God in the context of their own mortality and that of their loved ones. You will find yourself appreciating the authors wit and wisdom and you can't help but laugh out loud at times.
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I read it in one sitting. Gullo weaves a great narrative with entry points for anyone who has complicated relationships with family and yearns for resolution. The writing is compelling and the characters are sincere.
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