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Great Books To Read On A Rainy Day




1969 was that pivotal year for the baby boomers. Young and innocent, they were given the ultimate freedoms and were faced with growing up.

This touching, a hilarious memoir is the true story of a late sixties grand tour of Europe—a life-defining parable, for those who remember and for those who can’t. Never before and not since having a handful of seasons so exquisitely defined the difference between right and wrong. With the gift of youth they saw, sensed, and savored the laughably clear distinction between profit motive and greed, between truth and propaganda, between national interest and defense contractors, between a lovely cloud of smoke and the smoke of napalm, and between the phantoms of security and the dangers of complacency and atrophy.


This is a culturally rich, entertaining narrative of a young man's journey to escape the drudgery & expectations of middle America while seeking personal enrichment through music, drugs, and romantic interludes, A trip of his life and how he lived it.  Author Robert Wintner, however, lived it fully. It was a crazy time of drugs, sex, lack of direction, being in the moment doing what felt right, thoughts of peace and more. Life was experienced in a crazy, impulsive jumble often under a haze of hash, weed, and LSD. A style of writing grew out of this called Gonzo Journalism. It captured the stream of consciousness lifestyle prevalent and is the style this book is written in. 

Back then things were so different, and there was a lot of drug using and sex. No one had any concept of any direction. I found the writing style to be captivating, since I was there & now re-living it, igniting memories of the loose live-for-today life, the humor and goofiness of it all, and how the experience shaped my life and influenced my ability to cope with uncertainty.


Stoned to the gills and then some, these adventurers saw and felt and knew things that no generation before did. Some fully engaged in the counterculture while others merely observed, sticking a left foot in, pulling a left foot out, but not quite jumping to the full hokeypokey.


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Another great book is 

Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm



Brainstorm is the candid and powerful memoir of the author’s harrowing experience of an aneurysm and his road to recovery. It is a journey of love, devotion, and a clash of medical beliefs and countercultures. The fierce resolve of the author and his wife is extraordinary, inspiring, and matched only by the tremendous competence and care of the medical system—one to which the author initially stands in opposition, but that he later learns to admire and respect.

This book is for anyone who has experienced the fear and difficulties of a major illness. The themes, truths, and above all, the compassion that this book shares will be familiar not just to the nine million Americans affected by aneurysms, but to anyone whose family has been touched by a medical trauma. Filled with raw emotion, Brainstorm affords quiet but powerful support to those suffering similar circumstances and strives to tell them that they are not alone.

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