Amazon’s Kindle of Lee Marvin Point Blank, an Amazon product, had been persona non grata on their website as I had noted previously. Well, as I also noted in the same blog entry, I’d let you know when it returns. I can now state with a certain level of relief, it’s back! 

Screen grab image of Amazon’s Kindle of LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK.

With less relief, I can also state that it’s rather buried on a page that is not part of the book’s full listing but separately, which is elsewhere. Took me a while to find this out. Very disappointing, I must say. Why did this happen? Well, according to my publisher Tim Schaffner’s fairly recent e-mail:
“I have some great news to share with you concerning our press and recent developments that have taken place. As of Friday, January 6th, we are no longer  distributed by Independent Publishers Group, and are now officially with a new distributor, Baker & Taylor Publisher Services, whose warehouse and operational center are in Ashland, Ohio, and executive corporate offices are in Chicago. Their CEO is Mark Suchomel, who had originally signed Schaffner Press with IPG in 2006. So, after fifteen years with IPG, it seems apt that we have moved to a new distributor with him and some other familiar faces to welcome us as well. Further, we are in good company with the likes of McSweeney’s and Toronto-based ECW among the list of fellow literary publisher clients. While this move may not immediately affect your title or titles in terms of distribution and sales, B&TPS provides a dedicated full-time sales force, both domestically and internationally, that I believe will be a boon to our continued success  in the coming years. Furthermore,  their connection to their parent company, Baker & Taylor, will allow us to use their vast resources and connections with independent booksellers and libraries throughout the country and the world.”
   I had no idea how to find said Kindle but came across it by chance, which probably explains the lackluster sales numbers seen below.

Kindle sales rank on Amazon as of March, 2022.

That can change of course, if you click here. Oh, and the paperback is still very much available, as well.
 So, do yourself a favor. Turn off the depressing news about the Ukraine invasion, pandemic news, and other depressing offerings and download a good book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
– Dwayne Epstein

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Morris & Royce Epstein, the parents of yours truly, have been on my mind a lot lately.
Why write about my parents on a blog dedicated to Lee Marvin and Lee Marvin Point Blank? Well, Marvin’s family background encompassed much of the history of our country and in my opinion, my parents did the same when it came to the 20th century. My father escaped the Nazi Holocaust in Poland (just barely!) and my mother survived the Great Depression (also, just barely!). Consequently, my two older sisters and I are all “Baby Boomers,” and experienced all that the generation entails, culturally.
Now, with the Corona Virus pandemic, we are dealing with something nobody has ever had to deal with, that includes Lee Marvin..and Morris & Royce Epstein.

Morris & Royce Epstein, proudly showing off their holiday tradition: family recipe latkes!

However, allow me to recount a little anecdote about my folks. When we left New York for California in 1968, my father was able to get another job as a Teamster truck driver as he had in NYC. He made friends with a guy named Chris Mojica who helped get him the job. Mojica was very philanthropic with his free time and convinced my father to help with several of the charities Mojica was involved in. Every Christmas, he and my dad would drive to Tijuana with a truckload of toys to give to the needy children there with my father dressed up as Santa Claus. My father loved doing it and told me he got a great kick out of hearing the little children say, “Gracias, Santa Claus!”
One of the many charities Mojica needed help with was a clothing drive for homeless families he was organizing. I was a teenager at the time so the idea of spending a Saturday morning at a homeless shelter helping out the underprivileged was not my idea of a good time. However, Mojica needed the help and BOTH my parents were going and ‘volunteered’ me.
It all came down to one amazing moment for me. Anyone who knew my mother knew how feisty, aggressive and head strong she could be. My cousin once aptly described her as a force of nature. It’s for that reason I witnessed her do an astonishing thing that day. The rule was individuals could go through the lines of clothes and get what they need but only once. A woman got a bunch clothes for her children, left contented and then suddenly came back in stating she needed a warm coat for herself and forgot to get one. The place was pretty crowded so she was politely turned away. She left in tears when I saw my mother rush over to her. My head strong mother literally gave the woman the coat off her back. The lady tried to return it but my mother would have none of it. The woman thanked my mother profusely and as my mom walked back we made eye contact: “Shut up,” was all she said to me.
When we went home my father asked my mom what happened to her coat. My mother feigned ignorance and then glared at me to make sure I didn’t say anything about it.
I guess you can figure out now why I posted this story. In the current climate of fear, stress, and social isolation, even the worst of us can and do rise to the challenge. My parents were living examples of that and I’m trying to do the same. Stay safe everybody and don’t ever stop rising to the challenge.

The Epstein mishpoche back in the day doing what we did best, EAT!
(L-R) Yours truly, my mother, my niece Danielle, my sister Belinda, my niece Natalie, my sister Fern, brother-in-law Jose and my dad.


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