Books by Jim Gold
Fiction, folk dancing,
and new leaf journal entries
for adventurous minds and hungry hearts
Carlos the Cloud
Jim Gold excels as a writer in the joys of improbability. His stories seize upon the most unlikely of heroes and heroines, and plunge them into situations none of us could ever imagine. They come to us with a hilarious assortment of odd backgrounds, very strange attitudes, and utterly surprising needs and ambitions. Some of them are people. Some are animals, and others plants. There are guys and gals who worry about their sex lives or their deaths, a talking turnip, a cloud with Oedipal problems, a whole world of vivid creations. And they’re all inescapable, irresistible–a tangle of living neurons and flesh we can’t help but be drawn to because they so often, and so surprisingly, remind us of ourselves. These invented souls hint of our own needs, our own frailties. . .and our own triumphs. They will leave you a happier soul.
Wildly off-beat, whimsical, humorous, and philosophical, here is an adventure story to engross the mind, warm the heart, and quicken the imagination. World-renowned concert violinist Zoltan Zany has been sitting in his living room armchair for an entire year, contemplating—with the help of his unconventional friends and Austrian housekeeper—the future direction of his life. Meanwhile, his etymologist son, Attila, along with an Israeli linguist and archaeologist named Isaac Mashugi, is traveling—in search of the first word uttered by man—to eastern Turkey’s Mount Ararat, where they believe this original ur-word can be found by discovering Noah’s ark. they are joined there by the elder Zany. They discover the word and, on a quest for further adventure, return to America to launch a new kind of travel business—Posthumous tours, specializing in dead customers and raising funds by selling reincarnation insurance. Here is an adventure story to engross the mind, warm the heart, and quicken the imagination.
From Bronx Violinist to Bulgarian Folk Dancer
THIS BOOK IS A GAS—a carbonated novel whose bubbly mirth and flagrant lunacies mask a deeper aim. Will Sylvan Woods, it asks, ever manage to shed his callow cynicism and become a fully realized innocent? He is, to be sure, the least likely of heroes, and the road before him is murky and perilous. Demons await him at every turn. He will be tempted by money, fame, common sense, even by truth. Will he transcend them? You’ll have to read Mad Shoes to learn the answer.
Handfuls of Air
Crusader Tours, stories, songs, and poems
Light fiction with a zany edge—here’s a book
that does the hardest thing a book can do:
make you smile.
Jim Gold offers an enlarged second edition
of a book that has made life funnier for his readers for years.
A Treasury of International Folk Dances
A Step-by-Step Guide
Choreographed by Jim Gold
★ Extensive, easy-to-follow guide to 124 new folk dances
★ Each dance comes with links to a YouTube video
★ Step-by-step written instructions for each dance
★ Add vibrant, exciting folk dances to your repertoire!
JIM GOLD HAS BEEN AN INDISPENSABLE VOICE in the international folk dance community as a folk dance teacher, choreographer, and musician. He is also the president of Jim Gold International and organizes folk tours to to such exotic countries as Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Norway, Albania, Romania, Argentina, Cuba, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, and Ireland, and more. He has published five volumes of insightful New Leaf journals along with folk dance and travel novels and collections of short fiction. This book is a product of extensive research into the languages, cultural histories, and folk dances local people have performed for centuries. Mr. Gold intends it as the first reference work of its kind—a repository of movements and dance steps, captured in his choreographies, created over many years.