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MEDIA RELEASE - Lack of Restraint, a novel by Richard M. Baker, Jr., is being released as a Web-e-Book®, part of a rare collection of Baker’s newly edited novels. The Tri-Screen Connection, LLC, publisher and distributor of the e-book, is providing the technology platform and online shopping website for the Lack of Restraint e-book.
In Lack of Restraint, Baker addresses the challenge of awakening awareness to a difficult social reality. Noting an oppressive view of teen pregnancy, he wrote: “It was no pleasure writing it…though I meant every word in the book, and sincerely believe that it’s an accurate reflection of certain aspects of modern life, perhaps even mild by comparison.” Indeed, if he'd had his way, Lack of Restraint would have been required reading in every American high school. “…as for the erotic parts,” he wrote…“most kids would take them in stride. I doubt if I’ve said anything that they don’t already know.”
Lack of Restraint may not ring true to those with orthodox views -- it is difficult to pity reckless teens who make predictable mistakes and gripe about the consequences -- yet Baker felt a sense of obligation, expressed through main character, Reta Ellis, to protest against potentially harmful, social dispositions at a time before birth control pills, legalized abortion, sex-education and abstinence programs, and the fear of AIDs. Before such advances, the author provided a prophetic view of today’s continuing tragedy of teen pregnancy, runaways, and unwed mothers.
Provoking and impassioned, Lack of Restraint results from Baker’s propensity to write what characters say, do, think, and feel, and to portray life as he sees it -- shock value notwithstanding. He wrote, ”I often cringe, too, and feel uncomfortable, but I don’t try to be sensational and write in a lip-licking way. I only say what I think should be said and should not be hidden.”
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”All her life, Reta had been told by her mother that to let a boy touch her under her clothes was wrong, and yet, when the first one had, it had been wonderful, as all her wiser friends had said it would be.”
”No one should expect me to stay here alone all day and like it. It’s no test. It’s unfair. I need a man to love me…I need someone to know how to make love to me.”
”On her lips was the brightest red she had; her face glowed with natural color, from excitement and the heat of her blood.”
”Greedily, the baby sucked and frowned, staring at her with those purple-blue eyes of his, practically telling her with them that he hated the sight of her.”
”I said, ‘I don’t feel like going to sleep’. Also, I don’t feel like playing records, listening to the radio, watching TV or reading. I don’t feel like doing anything, which is the way this crumby house makes me feel.”