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Ebook Details
  • 12/2020
  • 9781662906145 B08QYCHQJG
  • 129 pages
  • $6.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1662913013
  • 154 pages
  • $19.99
Hardcover Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1662906138
  • 154 pages
  • $25.99
Torrey Butler
Author, Illustrator, Editor (anthology)
Where Do I Go from Here?

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

This playing field called life is a journey, but it isn't always fair. The load causes so much pain, at times tears are shed and even starts to become unbearable. We all eventually get to the point where we ask ourselves this question: Where Do I Go from Here? This is the memoir of a young man who overcame numerous serious obstacles to achieve more than he thought possible. Torrey Butler describes his experiences so as to help others who are also seeking a better way forward, offering advice and encouragement. Your beginning does not have to be your ending. Each of us have the pen and ink to make changes on our scripts. But in order to get to the point of change, Torrey Butler challenges his readers to ask themselves, where do I go from here?
Reviews
Butler’s inspirational memoir recounts how he triumphed over obstacles ranging from an absent father and birth defects to academic troubles and periods of homelessness, eventually creating a successful and stable life as a commissioned Navy officer and proud father. His passion for telling his story drives the memoir, as does his belief that everyone’s story matters and that he can be a model to inspire the reader to tell their own. The included photos flesh out the narrative, giving readers a glimpse of Butler’s world growing up.

Even though the details of how he grew up are unique, Butler’s conversational voice makes it easy for readers to connect and even relate. The book encourages and advises readers, focusing on the idea that “anyone can be somebody, but it’s up to you to decide what you will be.” Butler’s discussion of fatherhood is particularly moving. He recounts feeling the absence of his own father deeply, addressing him directly early in the book, and later revisits that lack when describing how he missed his daughter’s birth because he was deployed.

This memoir is much stronger because Butler brings self-awareness to his story. The life he depicts is not one of unending hard work and virtue; he recounts college parties and includes details that depict him in a less-than-completely-positive light, including about the problems that held up his commissioning as a Navy officer. He isn’t claiming to be perfect, simply trying to tell his story. He is clearly eager to share, with honesty and courage, the journey through hardships and struggle that led to his building a successful career and life. Readers looking for triumph over adversity and inspiration to tell their own stories will find both in Butler’s relatable memoir.

Takeaway: Readers looking for a story of triumph over adversity and seeking inspiration in telling their own story will find both in Butler’s relatable memoir.

Great for fans of: Liz Murray’s Breaking Night, Vernon E. Jordan Jr. and Annette Gordon Reed’s Vernon Can Read.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: B+
Editing: B-
Marketing copy: C

News
12/17/2020
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Formats
Ebook Details
  • 12/2020
  • 9781662906145 B08QYCHQJG
  • 129 pages
  • $6.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1662913013
  • 154 pages
  • $19.99
Hardcover Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1662906138
  • 154 pages
  • $25.99

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