Drifting in the Push by Daniel GarrisonDrifting in the Push by Daniel Garrison

Drifting in the Push

byDaniel GarrisonEditorLindsey NelsonIllustratorMallory Logan

Paperback | July 24, 2016

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Drifting in the Push is a fast-paced, comical romp that takes the reader on a journey through the unintentional adventures of one man’s reality. From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico to Alaska, missteps, stubborn obstacles, and fate are his constant companions, along with an offbeat assortment of entertaining characters. From time to time, his escapades include his two childhood friends—Bryan, who follows him to the unforgiving Arctic, and Shane, who steers him down an unpleasant alley or two. Amid this craziness, he picks up another friend—Hank, his devoted dog. This chronological series of interdependent short stories will take you from fear to love, amusement to surprise, and it just might occasionally leave a tear in your eye.

Unintentionally, Daniel Garrison has led a bit of an adventurous life. It was never his desire to do so, as he would much prefer a more placid, settled existence, yet fate has always had other plans for him. Through the years, Daniel, who holds a degree in journalism, chronicled many of his stranger experiences, along with some of the ...
Title:Drifting in the PushFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.62 inPublished:July 24, 2016Publisher:Mary TownshendLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0997636300

ISBN - 13:9780997636307

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Made me laugh It was humourous and lots of adventure, but memoirs just aren't my thing I guess. Having said that, it's a good book and 3 and 1/2 stars for sure. I appreciate the effort put into not just writing it, but living it! Better him than me I say.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My kind of book It was seriously funny, gritty, adventurous, unpredictable, scary, loveable, and at times a bit disturbing. What else can you ask from a book?
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good fun This book was a really pleasant surprise. Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea, but I wouldn't really classify this book as a memoir. It's more of a collection of really great stories that are connected with one another. Each story starts strong, moves quickly, and kept me wanting to turn the next page. What I particularly thought was great were the ways in which story ends (the endings are great) and the titles of each story. Everything about this book was terrific, I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun ride If you like real life situations, humour, adventure and dog/man relationship, give this a try. Enjoyable and I also liked the format of short stories, kept it humming right along.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining! I honestly can’t remember how I stumbled across this book, but I’m really glad that I did. The stories are real and I almost felt like I was right there with the author experiencing what he did. Even though he gets pummelled quite a few times and finds himself in less than desirable places, he never loses his humor and throughout much of it he has the support of his fury friend, Hank. It was an enjoyable and entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something Different I don’t tend to write many reviews, but I felt compelled to do so after recently reading this book. It was a completely unique story and written in a style which was different. It’s a series of short stories (some are a lot longer than others) and although they are all tied together and flow, each one could stand on its own. There is so much happening in this book that I hardly know where to begin. It follows the adventures, blunders, and antics of one guy as he grows up. He has numerous run-ins with wildlife, ends up living in some horrid places, and basically gets knocked around a lot. But he just keeps battling away. In fact, there is a lot of humor throughout it and friendship (his lifelong friends and especially his dog, Hank). It does contain some gritty scenes and some swearing, so be ready for that. All in all I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Date published: 2017-03-09

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Kick Off

Chapter Two: Pioneer

Chapter Three: Trouble

Chapter Four: The Battle of Bull Run

Chapter Five: Ashes

Chapter Six: Busted

Chapter Seven: Fate

Chapter Eight: Rocky

Chapter Nine: Freedom

Chapter Ten: Beer and Bikes

Chapter Eleven: Rite of Passage

Chapter Twelve: The Cannondale Man

Chapter Thirteen: Summer Heat

Chapter Fourteen: Missteps

Chapter Fifteen: Brick Courses

Chapter Sixteen: Admission Fee

Chapter Seventeen: Intestinal Fortitude

Chapter Eighteen: Mental

Chapter Nineteen: Reunited

Chapter Twenty: Recreation

Chapter Twenty-One: Tenderfoot

Chapter Twenty-Two: Property Rights

Chapter Twenty-Three: Armed with Paranoia

Chapter Twenty-Four: Holiday

Chapter Twenty-Five: Out of the Blue

Chapter Twenty-Six: Gifts from Heaven

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Drifting On

About the Author


Editorial Reviews

"Garrison, a restless college student, puts an often hilarious modern spin on On The Road in this gonzo tribute to young wanderlust and overcoming difficulties through grit, determination, and humor" - Publishers Weekly"Daniel Garrison's Drifting in the Push is a loosely organized, fast-paced memoir, tracing the author's manic, comic adventures on the road less traveled...The writing is excellent. Garrison's prose is clean, funny, and often touching. It's difficult to tell how much (if any) of the book is fiction and how much is a memoir. Doesn't matter - the stories have the authenticity one attributes to real events, and the narrative drive associated with the very best fiction." - Rabbit Hole Reviews"As a memoir of life lived so far, Drifting in the Push is a real beauty. Well written with an underlying sense of humour, Dan Garrison's life is one that we can all relate to in one manner or another. There is nothing mundane about this work; it is full of variety, entertainment, warmth, and humour. By the final page you will discover that you have made a new friend - that of Dan Garrison." - Blue Wolf Reviews "A memoir that reads more as fiction than reality, this adventurous trek of one young man will inspire readers to go out there and take a chance on their futures. Adventure is just around the corner if you'll only follow it!" - Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian"Don't think, even for a minute, that this book is boring. Every story in this book is engrossing. They are chronological stories, starting from Daniel's childhood. Even as a child he's had interesting experiences. I was constantly being amazed by the different states he's lived in and the different situations he's been put in...A sequel to this book is in the works. When it releases, I will be first in line to buy it." - This is Lit"This memoir is a collection of funny, sometimes kind of insane stories. As Dan grows up, he faces danger, theft, and cross-country moves. His traumatic experiences make for good entertainment, although he probably didn't see them that way at the time!" - Newbery and Beyond"I found it refreshing and light-hearted at times, in addition to down to earth and realistic. It's quite fantastical, yet honest." - The Incessant Bookworm"The author's candid and vivid descriptions of his escapades made it a quick read. Anybody who likes adventure stories, whether they are fiction or non-fiction, will enjoy Drifting in the Push." - The Spine View