With becoming modesty, Chester Aaron lists his credentials as the following: mill-worker; boxer; combat infantryman; college student; x-ray technician; union organizer; civil rights activist; sheepherder; professor; farmer; writer.
A native of western Pennsylvania, he served in the armored infantry in Europe from 1944-45 and advises he has been unarmed ever since.
More recently, Mr. Aaron has managed to attract some small attention as a grower of and expert in the long-neglected field (which does not include his own) of garlic. When not winning awards for his writing, he has been known to appear on PBS and NPR to discuss the subject.
He currently resides in the lovely Sonoma Valley near Occidental, California.
How do you enjoy the late years of your life? You give up your former life and become a farmer. What if you are also a writer who has published many short stories and novels? You write about not just your former life, but you write about your new life as well. After all, your life hasn't ended, your life has simply changed. Dramatically changed. Or has it? Garlic Kisses obviously has to be about garlic and about kisses. Kisses (here the writer steps in) being "a metaphor for love." Love past and... more info>>
Most people consider garlic a deterrent to social interaction, but for award-winning author and internationally renowned garlic expert Chester Aaron garlic has provided unique experiences that offer penetrating insights on life, love and the joys of good food and better friends. In these twelve stories--part memoir, part philosophy, part cookbook, all delight--he offers this gift: memories of a life of laughter and tears, seasoned with garlic and tempered with hope.
"The important thing, Gideon, is to survive. In any way at any cost, survive. By surviving you can not only fight back, you can carry the story of what is happening in this ghetto. You are of no use to our people dead." The words of his father ring in Gideon's ears. They haunt him everywhere: on the Nazi-patrolled streets of the Warsaw Ghetto where he and his family are trapped; on the Aryan side, "cleansed of Jews," where he and a ruthless gang of smugglers form an uneasy alliance; and finally ... more info>>
Professor Forest Butler is shocked to learn Farleigh O'Brien is dead. O'Brien, an award-winning, nationally renowned poet, was the star of the English Department at St. Catherine's University and seemed the last person to kill himself. As it turns out, he didn't--he was murdered. Forest decides his late colleague's case is the perfect basis for a mystery novel. He doesn't understand why his beloved wife Emerald is so upset over O'Brien's death, but the excitement of his new fiction project distr... more info>>
Willa's fondest dream is to own a bloodhound, and she wants it badly enough she's even willing to get A's in school to get it. When Poppy enters her world on Willa's twelfth birthday, it seems as if she's died and gone to heaven. True to her word, she works hard to train Poppy as a tracker, and Poppy proves to have a very special knack, even for a bloodhound. Then danger intrudes into Willa's happiness. She and her baby brother are carjacked, and their lives hang by a thread. Will Poppy's talent... more info>>