See the world like you never have before with Michael J. Hawron's engaging new memoir, Entertaining Detours.
This fascinating collection of individual chapter-length anecdotes are both funny and poignant...but always heartfelt.
The adventure begins with a chance email encounter as Hawron is planning a return trip to Hong Kong with his son and daughter.
As a young MIT student in the early 1970s, he launches a personal expedition around the world-one that ultimately takes him to more than thirty countries in five different continents over the span of three decades.
One of those countries is Hong Kong, a place that makes an indelible impression on him-one he wishes to share with his grown children. While planning the trip, he learns the family that has moved into his old home in Hong Kong has developed an environmental foundation to preserve the area-and the email exchange between them soon becomes the catalyst for Hawron's memoir.
As the book title suggests, however, life has a way of throwing in unexpected detours, and a devastating one occurs just three months into the memoir's creation. Undeterred, Hawron completes his narrative...and manages to bring his journey full circle.
About the Author
Michael J. Hawron studied electrical engineering and behavioral sciences at the Sloan School of Management at MIT before taking a long break from his formal education to travel the world.
Over the next thirty years, Hawron ran various successful small businesses and nonprofits while living in over thirty different countries on five different continents. Along the way, he experienced countless unique adventures, including a close encounter with a group of baboons; surviving near shipwrecks, killer typhoons, earthquakes, and ball lightning; and giving directions to a lost Chinese platoon.
While living in Hong Kong, Hawron worked as a book editor for a PR firm. Having completed his master's degree in higher education at Texas A&M University, he now works as general manager of a digital design firm.
His greatest adventure of all, however, is fathering twelve children. Now a grandfather of fourteen, Hawron lives with his wife, Annette, in Texas.