That’s Just the Way Life Is… A Memoir
By Leslie Compton
That’s Just the Way Life Is… details the journey my father and I traveled as he battled prostate cancer while weaving through memories of happier times. The physical, emotional and medical situations we encountered are explored in detail. This memoir was written for those who have lost a loved one, those who are caregivers and those who are training to be caregivers.
At the conclusion are discussion suggestions to be used in a group situation to prepare them for their journey ahead.
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…a fine piece of writing, honest, unflinching,…impressive work.”
— Peter Gibb, author of King OF Doubt (a memoir), teacher, lecturer on memoir writing and mindfulness.
“This is a book not everyone will want to read…but everyone should… profound and moving, wonderfully well written.” — Olivia Taylor-Young, FORMER Public Relations Director / Hospice Public Information Officer, San Jose, CA
retired newspaper / magazine columnist, U of Oregon Osher LifeLong Learning Institute
“It is well written, a very honest telling of your experience with your father’s dying. The questions at the end are …helpful and should generate valuable reflection.” — Fred Grewe, Clergyman, Hospice at Providence Medical Facility, Medford, Oregon
a sailor’s story
Narrative-Driven Historical Fiction |
Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet
Dearest Minnie is a strong narrative-driven historical fiction which brings to light a typical sailor’s life on the USS Virginia during Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet cruise of sixteen battleships around the world in 1907-1909.
Travel with Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet through the eyes of an enlisted sailor, during 1907-1909. A wonderfully accurate portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt’s sixteen battleships good will tour that is seldom told in depth in history books. Extrapolated from over 200 actual postcards sent home to “Dearest Minnie” this book is an engaging narrative as seen through the eyes of a sailor on the USS Virginia.
This documented event is only a couple of paragraphs in most history books. Learn, through the eyes of an enlisted sailor about the battleships, the reason for the cruise, the political climate, the animals aboard, the entertainment at each port and aboard ship, and the unexpected mishaps. This book includes over 200 colored postcards printed during the cruise. A wonderful book for any age — you need only have a love of history and a desire to learn something new.
My book, Dearest Minnie, began when I was ten years old though I didn’t know it at the time. I received a large box containing three albums filled with postcards from around the world from an estate of someone I had never met. I spent hours studying the pictures on the cards. As an adult my fascination grew. I took the postcards out of their disintegrating albums to discover they had been sent to my grandfather’s cousin, Minnie Camp from the USS Virginia during the Great White Fleet cruise around the world. Thus began my research and passion for this period of history.
Release Date: August 2017
Book Title: Dearest Minnie, a sailor’s story
Subtitle: Travel with Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet 1907-1909 through 200+ full-color postcards
Author: Leslie Compton
Published by: First Steps Publishing, Oregon
Publication Date: July 1, 2017
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Distributed by: Ingram Distribution
Wholesale Discount: 50%: returnable
Format: Paperback, full-color, 70 lb, acid-free stock
Weight: 1.34 lbs
Size: 8 x 10 in
Available from: First Steps Publishing, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Amazon and other booksellers.
Author Website: www.LeslieCompton.com