Memoir – Making It Happen

Making It HappenMaking It Happen
A Memoir of Peace Corps and Venezuela in the 1970s
By Mike Kendellen
ISBN: 978-1974606474
ASIN: B07HDB7NQN
Genre: Historical Memoir, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Travel Memoir, Peace Corps Memoir
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“Making It Happen” is the revealing story of life in the Peace Corps in the mid-1970s where life wasn’t at all what he expected. From coaching baseball in a remote town, to working with Special Needs children, the author’s reflective tales evoke a long-ago era when life was different not only in the United States but in Latin America as well. The attitudes of the people he met, the challenges, the annoyances, and yes, the rewards are all treated with humor, blunt realism and honesty. It’s not a sugarcoated view of the world, but it is eye-opening, especially when told from the personal perspective of a young American always trying to determine his next move as he experiences life in another country and learns about the world—and finds his place

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Personal Narrative – Arabesque: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles

ArabesqueArabesque: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles
By Cherie Magnus
Publisher: Mirasol Press
Published: December 2014
ISBN: 978-0615980010
ASIN: B00RAP3WCG
Genre: Personal Narrative, Memoir, Dance
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It’s 1960 in Los Angeles. Cherie is 17 and on the threshold of change, even as the world awaits the cataclysmic turbulence that soon comes. Cherie is a dancer, a student at UCLA, and in love with a handsome, troubled graduate student who wants her to give up her career plans. The havoc sets her off-balance and into a nightmare world far from her dreams. A memoir of a specific time and place, but also of things that never change.

Arabesque is set in the L.A. of 1960, specifically the San Fernando Valley, Westwood and the campus of UCLA where she is a freshman student of dance. Through the wide eyes of an impressionable teenager in transition to adulthood, the reader visits the coffee houses, googie-style coffee shops, theaters, nightclubs and venues no longer existing in 21st century L.A.

Cherie’s coming of age story is her own, yet it is everyone’s journey through first love, higher education, career plans going awry, making life-changing decisions too young. Cherie’s agonizes over choices and relationships that shake her into a serious depression requiring hospitalization, as the world prepares for the social revolution and upheaval that changes everything forever.

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