Taichi: The Story of a Chinese Master in America by Marc Meyer
A T’ai Chi Master embarks on a new life by moving to New York City in the mid 1960’s but is surprised by the level of social unrest and violence he encounters. Told through the eyes of his young nephew, “Taichi” sends the reader through a New York besotted by the hippie movement, and provides a small glimpse into the hidden world of yesteryear’s martial arts, practiced only in small enclaves of America’s Chinatowns.
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“Internal Arts Meets Memoir”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Kathleen Rice
Family. A common thread in this charming story surrounding an adolescent boy and his uncle navigating duty, education, a culture’s oral history, and the ancient art of T’ai Chi in New York’s Chinatown during the 1960s. The story is really the young nephew Paul’s to tell, but it is Tai Chi master Kuo Yun San’s return to the US from China that guides the path ahead for the Chen family.
Martial arts study, first love, family secrets, loyalty, a mentor’s substance abuse, silent benefactors and competition are topics woven through the tale by Tai Chi teacher and jazz pianist Marc Meyer. HIs first novel shows a knack for blending topical issues like immigration, addiction, debt, athletic organization protocols, trust and faith with the beautiful story of one extended family half a century ago.
About the Author
Marc Meyer is a professional jazz pianist, who has worked with prominent jazz and pop musicians throughout the industry. He is also a T’ai Chi instructor and writer who has dilligently persued his dream of having his first novel ” Taichi: The Story of a Chinese Master in America” published in 2014 and almost a full year in print. It has been reviewed by Phil Jason, reviewer at Florida Weekly Newspaper and received acclaim from Matt Polly, author of “American Shaolin” and recently “Tapped out”. Matt lived and studied with the monks of the Shaolin Temple in China.
Marc Meyer hopes the successful launch of this book will not only help him establish his place in the literary world but also enable him to give back the portion of the gifts he has received through his involvement with Chinese martial arts for over a decade.
Marc’s home for the past twenty years has been in Naples Florida, where he continues to make a living as an author, musician and T’ai Chi instructor to residential communities.
Please visit his website at: http://www.marcmeyer-books.com/
“Taichi” has been described by prominent people in the news and broadcast media as both an exciting martial arts story and a book you can curl up with.
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