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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Coming of Age
  • Language:English
  • Pages:310
  • eBook ISBN:9781667805542
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667805535

Rowl Role Roll Your Weigh

Summer of 1969: A Journey of Many Dimensions

by Brian Whelihan View author's profile page

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Overview

What can dyslexia, a bikini loving barracuda, poke salad, a Russian Death Match, a raven that watches outdoor movies with subtitles, a blind hot dog vendor, cotton candy, a teenage femme fatale and empathetic dolphins have in common? 

They are all part of Brian’s spectacular adventures and recorded in his jurinal.

In Rowl, Role, Roll Your Weigh, a young Brian Hamner has a gift disguised as a dyslexic problem which he intends to solve during his journey into the southern United States. As the summer of 1969 began, a decade that would define America; the Sixties, was coming to a close. John F. Kennedy's inauguration in January of 1961 had created an atmosphere of hope and exhilaration. Defining the decade were the space program, rock and roll music, long hair for men, hippies, women's liberation, marijuana, 1967 Summer of Love, Civil Rights Act of 1964, hot pants on girls, muscle cars, the pill, hitch-hiking, Johnson's Great Society, discovery of dyslexia as a learning disability, and rock festivals. Rowl, Role, Roll Your Weigh is a fictional adventurous and romantic tale of challenges Brian faces, including a novel solution to his dyslexic problem. Along the way, he uses his courage, desire, and perseverance to become the person he wants to be. There is abundant humor, entertaining events, and a little fantasy that take place during Brian's journey in his volkswagen van in the summer of 1969.

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As the summer of 1969 began, a decade that would define America, the Sixties, was coming to a close. John F. Kennedy's inauguration in January of 1961 had created an atmosphere of hope and exhilaration. Defining the decade were the space program, rock and roll music, long hair for men, hippies, women's liberation, marijuana, 1967 Summer of Love, Civil Rights Act of 1964, hot pants on girls, muscle cars, the pill, hitch-hiking, Johnson's Great Society, discovery of dyslexia as a learning disability, and rock festivals. There were also the sorrows that came with the Vietnam War, John and Bobby Kennedy's assassinations, Martin Luther King's assassination, campus riots, and violence related to the civil rights movement. Brian Hamner, a unique individual with a gift disguised as a problem, is seventeen when he accepts his high school diploma on May 18, 1969. I refer to Brian's problem as dysgraphia but research in communication disorders would better define it as a specific spelling dyslexia. Deciding to see the country before he commits to college, he leaves the safety and comfort of his hometown, Montapielier, on an adventure in a Volkswagen van given to him by his parents as a graduation gift. While traveling the southern United States, exploring life, romance, and searching for someone to help him solve his problem, he meets a number of colorful characters and develops an unlikely friendship with a raven called Poe, whose advice proves invaluable. Rowl, Role, Roll Your Weigh is a tale of personal challenges that all of us face as we discover the courage, desire, and perseverance to become the person we want to be. Having graduated from high school in Marshfield, Wisconsin in May 1969, my life and Brian's are parallel in many respects, except I never had a spelling problem, an intelligent raven, or a Volkswagen van. I hope you find Brian's adventures and entertaining friends as interesting and amusing as I did, bringing them to life.
About the author

Brian Whelihan lives in Cedarburg Wisconsin, a small historic town north of Milwaukee. Splitting his life-time between Illinois and Wisconsin, he has a variety of friends and enjoys both city and suburban life. After a 35 year career in science fields, Brian had an urge to be creative with words and ideas and to use the other side of his brain. He wrote and published his first book, OPUS 19, a collection of amusing tales and anecdotes. Rowl Role Roll Your Weigh is his second book and is a fictional romantic adventure with the actual events and locations of 1969 as a backdrop to the story.

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Catherine
Rowl, Role, Roll Your Weigh If you like a nostalgic trip down memory lane or a peek into life in 1969 this book is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the many adventures Brian has driving his VW van during the summer after his high school graduation. Written in the first person, this narrative is as real as it gets. The author blends humor, clever wordplay, and insight throughout this tale. The goal of solving his problem with disgraphia, a form of dyslexia affecting the main characters spelling, provides the basis for both humor and pathos. The fact that his misspellings gradually disappear after he finds a solution is wonderful to witness. The first person narrative was so genuine I felt I was along for the ride!! I highly recommend this read. Read more
Brian
Rowl Role Roll Your Weigh, I liked it but I wrote it I wanted to be the first to put one in here just in case no one else does! My friends have liked this very much Read more
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