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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: FriesenPress (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770972013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770972018
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,614,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Bortz is a 21-year-old student, author, and life enthusiast from Sioux City, Iowa. William published his first book These Ties earlier this year and is currently working on getting his second book Petrichor, a follow up of his first, in the hands of readers this fall. While WIlliam isn't writing he's working towards getting his Bachelor's degree in psychology.

These Ties is an introspective piece written during a period of time in which William started to feel the weight of strained relationships upon him. Bortz spent a sizable chunk of his childhood in foster homes, shelters, and the homes of his closest friends. So one thing he never fully understood was what a healthy relationship really was, and what it took to have one, or even more importantly how to handle one that has become severed. A greater portion of the book reflects on William's discovery of love, and how that ultimately opened his eyes to the true meaning in relationships. William found passion in people, love, and writing, and is using his experiences to inspire other people to find what is truly meaningful in their lives and hold onto it.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen on February 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a creative book written by an amazing person. Will has an expressive writing style which I love and know you will too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill MD on June 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
A thoughtful, poignant work by a talented and deep-thinking up and coming author. Bortz is a man to keep an eye on-he has a long and excellent career ahead of him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle C. Jordan on May 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
These Ties contain poetry and stories that are thought provoking and genuine...Each narrative contains views from the point of view of a teller, who appears to have decided, to stop circling on life's carousel and focus on more of the fundamentals...love, self awareness, self fulfillment, self identity, the velvet bonds between parent and child...

My favorite is Merlot and the Moon, which the speaker appears to be an impassioned young man still wrapped in the arms of first love...with all the vibrant, exuberance of one bent on waiting, and remembering the girl who inhabits his dreams;

THESE TIES is a lush and bountiful banquet for the romantic soul....

and if you aren't that romantic...well, give it a try and maybe it will help:)
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Format: Hardcover
These Ties is a wonderful book of poems with vivid and intricate descriptions of life as it unfolds. It resonates with reality and offers a glimpse into life from the mind of a poet, capturing images otherwise hidden by busy lives. I highly recommend it for moments of quiet reflection with a cup of tea. Nicely done William.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Walt on June 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is no better than creative pieces that I have read and critiqued in introductory college writing courses that were written by students that just had to fulfill a college writing requirement. This is what internet and social media has gifted us: A way for anyone, or Everyman, if you will a way to publish whatever they want. This type of thing is almost a shame to the great authors that came before the internet was invented and actually had to bust their asses to be published or recognized. Will seems to have a start to be a writer but this book drifts from one point to another. This book is filled with obvious nods to the hipster new age romantic theme and tired cliche analogies. I honestly can't see how this book hit publication. But, upon further review of the publisher it is easy: they publish anyone. Hopefully Will spends some time in a college classroom perfecting his technique and learning because while this is a good start I have read pieces by college freshman with a true knack and natural ability far better than this. Not many people are able to be good right out of the gate at what they want to do. Will is not one of them.
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