Groovin’: Horses, Hopes & Slippery Slopes
In this lighthearted memoir of adventure and self-discovery, Rich Israel takes us on his journey during the tumultuous and transformative ’60s.
Eschewing societal norms, he hitchhikes across the country, tries his hand at mining, works at a circus, and rides a horse hundreds of miles through the Rocky Mountain wilderness—all the while, the draft and the Vietnam War are nipping at his heels.
Written in vivid detail, this coming-of-age story offers an opportunity to tag along on a nostalgic trek through a unique period in our nation’s history, as well as to experience the colorful hippie culture of that time. If you were there to live it, this book is certain to spark treasured memories. If not, it’s bound to bring to life the flavor and exhilaration associated with catching that exceptional wave.
Regardless of your background, these candid tales and unforgettable, quirky characters are guaranteed to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.
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“Readers seeking an evocative, ‘you are there’ feel to a series of often-zany 1960s encounters will relish the tone and presentation of Groovin’, a saga of hippie days gone wild.”-- DIANE DONOVAN, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review
If you missed the sixties or yearn to relive them, this book has it all: the music, the drugs, the sexual/political revolutions, and the loss (or gain?) of innocence. But what makes it a great read is that it’s also a sensitive and honest coming-of-age tale, a memoir told through stories—and what wild stories they are! Rich Israel has an engaging voice, a lively sense of humor, a quirky group of friends, and a thirst for adventure. Best of all, he knows how to tell a good yarn. Sit down, put up your feet, and start groovin’. — RIVVY NESHAMA, author of Recipes for a Sacred Life
“Groovin’ is a captivating read, full of fun, adventure, and spicy romance set in the spirited sixties. I wholeheartedly recommend adding it to your reading list.” — MITCH DITKOFF, president of Idea Champions and author of Storytelling at Work