Local Author Provides Human Interaction.

SUNNYSIDE — Reading about the teaching profession often comes in the form of technical jargon that only the academics like to read.

In the case of Terry Lloyd Winetsky's fourth book, "Belagana, Belazana - An Outsider's Quest in the Navajo Nation" the reader can expect more human interaction versus explanation of teaching methods.

The Yakima author's story is about a white man hired as a teacher and counselor at a Navajo Reservation school.

The main character, Sean, discovers quickly his students don't trust him any more than his co-workers do.

In Winetsky's hands, the school and the Arizona landscape all become characters in the story of adventure, cultural dysfunction and near tragedy in a closed society.

It's a combination that captivates the reader.

This is the fourth book in Winetsky's American Teachers Series, which features "Grey Pine," "Maria Juana's Gift" and "Happy Ranch to Watts."

His story of life in a reservation school is partly based on the years he spent teaching in Arizona, giving the book its authentic feel.

The realistic feel to his stories set in fictional form comes from his 40-plus years of experience in the classroom.

A release party is set for his book from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Northtown Coffee Sun Room, 32 N. Front St., Yakima.

Winetsky will read excerpts from his book and will sign copies.

He said a dollar from the sale of each of his latest book will be donated to La Casa Hogar.