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Looks Easy Enough: A Joyful Memoir of Overcoming Disease, Divorce, and Disaster

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LOOKS EASY ENOUGH is a work of narrative non-fiction recounting a four year period in the author?s life where at the age of forty-six he marries for the first time, retires, and moves with his bride to a small mountain town to live the simple life. Instead, he finds himself supporting his wife through cancer, helping his sister through a grueling four year divorce from an abusive husband, painfully witnessing their retirement money circle the drain in the biggest stock market crash since the Great Depression, and...

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Looks Easy Enough: A Joyful Memoir of Overcoming Disease, Divorce, and Disaster

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Overview

LOOKS EASY ENOUGH is a work of narrative non-fiction recounting a four year period in the author’s life where at the age of forty-six he marries for the first time, retires, and moves with his bride to a small mountain town to live the simple life. Instead, he finds himself supporting his wife through cancer, helping his sister through a grueling four year divorce from an abusive husband, painfully witnessing their retirement money circle the drain in the biggest stock market crash since the Great Depression, and watching as a thousand foot wall of dense smoke and raging flames (the Cedar Fire - San Diego, California) approaches their home – the home they spent the last three years building themselves. With the flames less than a hundred yards from their back door they realize, they could lose everything. Yet through it all – cancer, divorce, market crashes, and forest fires - the author ultimately sees the events for what they really are . . . and comes out smiling.

The refrain, “looks easy enough” is the author’s general attitude towards life’s many processes – from breast reconstruction (cancer) to pouring concrete foundations to filing legal documents. It is also intended as an empowering affirmation to inspire readers with the confidence that they, too, can tackle even the most disheartening of life’s challenges and land on their feet.

The book is a tale of love, adventure, personal growth, a do-it-yourself story and a comedy all rolled into one compulsively readable volume.

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In this didactic memoir, Stevenson reflects on his personal and psychological growth while dealing with his wife's struggle with breast cancer, his sister-in-law's tumultuous divorce from an abusive husband, his losses in the recent stock market crash, and the destruction of his home in a wildfire. The tone of the book is reminiscent of Tom Youngholm's The Celestial Bar—a staple of New Age spirituality literature by an author whose influence Stevenson readily acknowledges. However, Stevenson's narrative is hardly a journey of discovery. In the book's introductory note, the author tells readers exactly what "Truth" means to him: having a perspective on the "Magic" of life, or "knowing that we choose our experiences to learn and to grow from so we can all move towards and experience the Oneness of all things." Despite Stevenson's obvious sincerity, the crises he encounters inevitably end as opportunities to tell his wife and sister-in-law—as well as the reader—about the "Magic," unintentionally producing a memoir that proves to be more of a self-congratulatory slog than a self-revelatory journey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984281008
  • Publisher: Deadora Press
  • Publication date: 3/8/2010
  • Pages: 451
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Looks Easy Enough is Scott Stevenson’s first book.  The book is based on his personal experiences and on a lifetime of asking questions, keeping his eyes and ears open, and trying to figure out what makes this funny world of ours go round.  Scott, his wife Susan, and their feisty young tabby Little Ray live in the small mountain town of Julian, California.  Scott’s future plans include carving a totem pole recounting the story of how he and Susan met and working on his tennis game in an effort to become the oldest person (over 60) to obtain an ATP tennis ranking.
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  • Posted September 27, 2012

    Inspirational & Funny!

    If you're married and have ever attempted a large project together you'll love this book! Scott does a great job of telling the story of dreams, setbacks, creativity, love and marriage. We're in the process of building our own cabin in Cuyamaca Woods and this was a book of inspiration before we meet Scott and Susan; now they bring us laughter in person. This book will help you look at your hardships differently and remind you how much fun life is.

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