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Groovin' by Rich Israel
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"What a fun romp!" "Drugs, free love, broken hearts, and road trips aplenty" "Easy to read and hard to put down!" In this delightful coming-of-age memoir, Rich Israel takes off on a journey of self-discovery during the late 1960s. Eschewing societal norms, he hitchhikes across the country, tries his hand at mining, works at a circus, and rides a horse hundreds of miles through the Rocky Mountain wilderness--all the while, the draft and Vietnam War are nipping at his heels. Join Rich and his canine companion, Charlie, as they encounter one colorful character after another, from a rifle-toting hippie to a loudmouthed carnival boss to a sultry flower child, whose bewitching powers lead to lust and longing--and heartbreak. A consummate storyteller, Rich peppers his writing with wit and sensitivity, as well as insights often revealed through mind-blowing acid trips. If you were there during this unique period in American history, Groovin' is certain to spark treasured memories. If not, you will get to enjoy the flavor and exhilaration associated with catching that phenomenal wave.

Author Biography

Rich Israel was born in December 1945. The baby boomer generation officially began January 1, 1946, so he likes to say he was sent ahead as a scout to prepare the way. Raised in Sacramento, he spent his college years at the University of California, Davis, where he initially studied engineering, then transferred to biological sciences because of his love for nature. After graduation, he worked for the entomology department at the university for a year before dropping out and embarking on many of the adventures described in his writings. A half-decade later, he coauthored the first back-to-the-land book for his generation-Homesteader's Handbook-and went on to study natural medicine, releasing The Natural Pharmacy Product Guide in 1991. He is currently working on Trippin', the second book in his Hippie Adventurer Series, scheduled for release in the fall 2017. Rich lives with his wife, Doris, in Boulder, Colorado.
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December 7th, 2016
17 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
Sandra Jonas Publishing House
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