The book: “Hands Upon My Heart: My Journey Through Heart Disease and Into Life”
(Discovery Publishing Co., $15.95)
The author: Perry Foster, 67, lives in York Township. Now retired, he taught English at York Suburban Senior High School from 1973 to 1978. He and his wife then owned and operated
Touch of Gold jewelry stores in York, Lancaster and Reading.
What it’s about: Fourteen years ago, the author underwent coronary bypass surgery. His story is a first-person account of his surgery and recovery.
Excerpt: “No, I wanted to meet him to size him up. I wanted to see heartfelt compassion in his eyes. I wanted to sense self-confidence in his bearing. I wanted to intuit extraordinary competence. I wanted to grasp his hand, the hand that would hold my beating heart, and feel reassured.”
Book signings: 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Borders Books & Music, 3000 Whiteford Road, Springettsbury Township and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1 at York Hospital’s gift shop.
To buy: The book can be purchased on the author’s Web site, www.perryfoster.com; at York Hospital, Borders Books & Music, amazon.com and barnes&noble.com.
Quote: “I would also like people to know that my book describes coronary procedures in simple language.”
Interesting fact: It took Foster five years to write the book, which he started in longhand and finished on a used computer. It is self-published.