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Ebook Details
  • 06/2016
  • 9780997636314 B01HKL4A20
  • 238 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9780997636307 B01HKL4A20
  • 265 pages
  • $16.95
Drifting in the Push

Drifting in the Push is a fast-paced, comical romp that takes the reader on a journey through the unintentional adventures of one man’s reality. From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico to Alaska, missteps, stubborn obstacles, and fate are his constant companions, along with an offbeat assortment of entertaining characters. From time to time, his escapades include his two childhood friends—Bryan, who follows him to the unforgiving Arctic, and Shane, who steers him down an unpleasant alley or two. Amid this craziness, he picks up another friend—Hank, his devoted dog. This chronological series of interdependent short stories will take you from fear to love, amusement to surprise, and it just might occasionally leave a tear in your eye.

Reviews
Garrison, a restless college student, puts an often hilarious modern spin on On The Road in this gonzo tribute to young wanderlust and overcoming difficulties through grit, determination, and humor. His parents’ divorce was the start of his quest for adventure and freedom from family conflicts, and he went off in a nomadic search for belonging amid a series of unsatisfying jobs. The comic relief in this cycle of interdependent short essays is ably provided by Garrison’s best pals, Bryan and Shane, and his loyal canine, Hank, as he recounts setting up camp in one place after another throughout the U.S. and Mexico. He collected a motley crew of colorful characters and crises, venturing out into the wilderness but often returning home. His travel bug sent him out solo, “leapfrogging from hostel to hostel and train to train” through country after country; he made it to Turkey before going broke. Some episodes fall flat, but taken as a collection, they pack a zany wallop. In Garrison’s world, enlightenment and sensibility come through besting obstacles and challenges while avoiding failures and disappointment. (BookLife)
Blue Wolf Reviews

"As a memoir of life lived so far, Drifting in the Push is a real beauty. Well written with an underlying sense of humour, Dan Garrison's life is one that we can all relate to in one manner or another. There is nothing mundane about this work; it is full of variety, entertainment, warmth, and humour. By the final page you will discover that you have made a new friend - that of Dan Garrison."

Newberry and Beyond

"This memoir is a collection of funny, sometimes kind of insane stories. As Dan grows up, he faces danger, theft, and cross-country moves. His traumatic experiences make for good entertainment, although he probably didn't see them that way at the time!"

Rabbit Hole Reviews

“Daniel Garrison's Drifting in the Push is a loosely organized, fast-paced memoir, tracing the author's manic, comic adventures on the road less traveled...The writing is excellent. Garrison's prose is clean, funny, and often touching. It's difficult to tell how much (if any) of the book is fiction and how much is a memoir. Doesn't matter - the stories have the authenticity one attributes to real events, and the narrative drive associated with the very best fiction."

The Incessant Bookworm

“A fast-paced look into Dan Garrison’s life left me feeling like if I find something inspiring, go for it! I found it refreshing, and light-hearted at times, in addition to down-to-earth and realistic. Dan’s life is not boring, that’s for sure. He finds himself in several pickles in which I’m amazed that he is able to survive – both as a child and well into his adult life. It also leads me to wonder - how can so much happen to one person?”

This is Lit

"Don't think, even for a minute, that this book is boring. Every story in this book is engrossing. They are chronological stories, starting from Daniel's childhood. Even as a child he's had interesting experiences. I was constantly being amazed by the different states he's lived in and the different situations he's been put in...A sequel to this book is in the works. When it releases, I will be first in line to buy it."

Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian

"A memoir that reads more as fiction than reality, this adventurous trek of one young man will inspire readers to go out there and take a chance on their futures. Adventure is just around the corner if you'll only follow it!"

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 06/2016
  • 9780997636314 B01HKL4A20
  • 238 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9780997636307 B01HKL4A20
  • 265 pages
  • $16.95

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