The Best That Can Happen: The Grand Trek

The Best That Can Happen: The Grand Trek
By Kathleen Schmitt
ISBN: 978-0998430508
Genre: adventure travel, horseback travel, travel memoir, Boxer dog, memoir, adventure, creative non-fiction, outdoors, farm life, personal narrative, fulfill dreams, Americana
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“The best that can happen is to fulfill the dreams of one’s youth.” – Willa Cather. “Uh huh. Ever actually, like, try it?” – Kathleen Schmitt. A lame joke over the farm breakfast table just after high school turns into Kathleen’s decision to ride a horse from coast to coast. It took a few years to assemble ‘The Trekkers’ – a national champion trail horse to ride, a half-broke half-bred as a pack horse, a protection-trained Boxer dog, and a post-college Kathleen. This solo adventure travel memoir recounts the characters and challenges met along the road for each of The Trekkers, and also recounts preparing for The Trek and how The Trek impacted Kathleen’s later life. Humor, insights, the occasional rant, a few slides into fiction, and one moment of real terror, Kathleen invites you to come along on one life adventure that, as all adventures do, leads to another.

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Travel Memoir – Freedom Sex and a Meat Cleaver

Freedom Sex and a Meat Cleaver
Wild Adventures in Southeast Asia
By Sherman Miles
ISBN: 978-0578528724
ASIN: B07T3C9KG2
Genre: Travel Memoir
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FREEDOM SEX AND A MEAT CLEAVER is a young man’s quest for personal freedom and self-discovery. It’s the riveting stories of Pierce Colter, a naïve American, seeking adventures in Southeast Asia during the tumultuous period from 1973 to 1978. Inspired by actual events, Pierce’s adventures extend beyond Thailand to the neighboring country of Laos during the CIA’s secret war with the communist Pathet Lao. From border towns of Cambodia during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh to hidden Chinese waterfront opium dens on the island of Penang off the coast of Malaysia. And on and on, and on to one too many slings in Singapore. In his quest, Pierce discovers, as with all freedom, there’s a price to pay with each step.

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Memoir – One Pill Makes You Stronger

One Pill Makes You StrongerOne Pill Makes You Stronger
The Drug That Scorched My Soul
By Jill Stegman
Publisher: Transformation Media Books
ISBN: 978-1941799628
ASIN: B07L5PS29W
Genre: Memoir
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After forty years of marriage, Jill and Don Stegman had it all—two beautiful children, a stable relationship, fulfilling careers. But a brush with cancer and subsequent complications upended their lives. Don survived the cancer but was saddled with a sinister sidekick that transformed this gentle Dr. Jekyll into an evil Mr. Hyde: a white pill called prednisone. What was supposed to save him instead killed him—by his own hand.

With 44 million preions written per year, for everything from allergies to immune system disorders, prednisone is something of a miracle drug. But the side effects—mania, psychosis, depression—took Don’s life and nearly ruined Jill’s.

In the months and years after Don’s death, Jill reels from grief but finds her own way of coping. A memoir written in beautiful prose, One Pill Makes You Stronger is a love story, a cautionary tale, and a true testament to human resilience.

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Memoir – UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL

UP-CLOSE & PERSONALUP-CLOSE & PERSONAL
In-Country, Chieu Hoi, Vietnam 1969-1970
By Robert C. Bogison
Published: June 2019
ISBN:  978-1097969142
ASIN: B07VQ87QPT
Genre: Memoir – Military History
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The Vietnam War has tormented American consciousness for more than half a hundred years, and Up-Close & Personal is a signal contribution to understanding that drawn-out conflict from a soldier’s point of view, informed by knowledge gained from being “up-close” at the basic, ground-pounding or river-patrolling combat level. Drugs, sex and blind resistance to authority at home exported its rot to the military in Vietnam as morale collapsed and Army leadership went adrift. 1969-1970, the era covered by this book, was the nadir. That the stalwarts who dubbed themselves “Bushwhackers” were actually Military Police assigned an infantry role — and thus unique in US military history — makes the tale all the more compelling.

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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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Memoir – The Reluctant Caregiver

The Reluctant CaregiverThe Reluctant Caregiver
Missives from the Family Caregiving Minefields
By Joy Johnston
Publisher: Draft2Digital
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1386197614
ASIN: B075CJ6GWY
Genre: Memoir, Families
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Not everyone is born a natural caregiver.

One moment, digital journalist Joy Johnston is a cynical workaholic with an underwater mortgage. The next moment, she faces the responsibility of caring for her eccentric mother who’s battling colon cancer, just six months after her father’s death from Alzheimer’s. As an only child, she has no choice but to slap on the latex gloves, and get to know more about her mother — and herself — than she ever imagined possible.

The road from reluctance to resilience is bumpy and splattered with bodily fluids, but it also offers unforgettable lessons. Who knew you could learn how to change a colostomy bag on YouTube, or that hospice nurses like telling dirty jokes? Peppered with snarky humor, vivid observations, and poignant honesty, this essay collection will resonate with anyone drafted into a family health crisis.

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