Surviving Jersey: Danger and Insanity in the Garden State

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Scott Loring Sanders


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Scott Loring Sanders

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Outpost 19

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Reviews from Amazon.com "We realize by the time we close this wonderful book that we have been reading not only about fear and human mistakes and how to survive despite them, or even how to take control over our lives in ways we had not previously imagined, but also about the richness of life, its connections and joys -- the very things that help us hold onto hope for the future." --Arts Fuse, the Arts Journal of Boston

"Surviving Jersey takes one of the most fundamental human endeavors, to survive the hazards of our world, and applies it to hardy characters, questionable man-made structures, risky decisions, and life-altering events. It's magic goes beyond asking Where are we going? and reminds us to also wonder: How did we make it to here?"--from Sweet, A Literary Confection

SURVIVING JERSEY is an amusement park of riches, and Scott Sanders is your brave,big-hearted tour guide, leading the way through a series of unforgettably madcap adventures. Exuberant, gritty, and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is one for the ages. -Matthew Vollmer, author of Gateway to Paradise

Surviving Jersey brings all of these perilous locations vividly to life in an absorbing amalgam of ravenous tigers, crazy coincidences, memorable characters, and human folly. A good read for anyone from New Jersey, or anyone seeking a few compelling reasons to steer clear. -Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire

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Scott Loring Sanders’ memoir provides a look into a not so average New Jersey childhood from a circus tiger attack to heartbreaking addicts. Scott Loring Sanders’ experience as a suburban adolescence overflowed with perils including bone-crushing water slides, hitchhiking serial killers, and a chilling collision in a ‘71 Impala. From his tough, complex father to Sanders’ own recollection of fatherhood and alcohol, this book provides exploration of the risks that shape America’s youth.

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