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 – 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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Travel Memoir – Living in Italy

Living in ItalyLiving in Italy
The Real Deal
By Stef Smulders
Publisher: Babelcube
Published: December 2016
ISBN: 9781507162965
ASIN: B01NBO82NP
Pages: 255
Genre: Travel Memoir
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In 2008 Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up a B&B. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. Now Stef shares his experiences in a collection of witty short stories. The book treats the trials and tribulations of an emigration: what it was like to buy and renovate a house, to import a car, to gain residency, and much more. The reader is introduced to a full range of Italian characters, from the trustworthy to the rogue, from the gentle to the shameless, flesh and blood Italians. Some are stereotype, others unexpectedly original. Yet they never fail to amuse and entertain.

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Memoir – My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily

My Father's DaughterMy Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily
By Gilda Morina Syverson
Publisher: Divine Phoenix
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-1941859100
ASIN: B00Q0G6PIY
Genre: Memoir
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In My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily, we are captivated by a multi-generational, travel adventure with Gilda Morina Syverson, her Italian-born father, Italian-American mother, and very-American husband. A Novello Literary Award Finalist, this memoir exudes passion, eloquence and heartfelt language, as our four main characters travel to our author’s ancestral roots. In this trilogy, we are lead through ancient sites of Rome, landscapes of a picturesque countryside, seaside villages of Sicily, and olive trees in the valley of Mount Etna, while contrasting an emotional journey between a father and daughter.

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Memoir – Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir

Life, Love, and a HijackingLife, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir
By Wendy Sue Knecht
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-1502523495
ASIN: B00Q73WL8S
Genre: Memoir, Travel
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Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir is an insightful, hilarious, sometimes seat-gripping look at the adventures of an ebullient flight attendant, who flew for the world’s most iconic airline, Pan Am. With the world at her fingertips, anything was possible…even the improbable. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the read as Wendy Knecht recounts the experiences of her lifetime.

Travel with Wendy as she transforms from naive, frizzy-haired college student into a wined-and-dined, weight-checked woman of the world. After rigorous, eye-opening training and an aerodynamics lesson called PFM, she progresses to rich experiences around the globe. Fly along as she tells stories about a cockpit swimsuit competition, working the world’s longest flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, and all the perks, discoveries, and personal growth that came along the way.

It wasn’t just a party, and world politics were always part of the Pan Am experience. An interview by the Secret Service details a threat on President Reagan’s life, and an assignment in India leads to personal involvement in the shattering, deadly 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73.

Single until age 47, Wendy’s Pan Am story of her “life of freedom” is thought provoking and peppered with celebrity, adventure, tragedy, and a lot of laughter. Life, Love, and a Highjacking just might empower you to seek your own life’s adventure.

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