“From Zero to Sixty and Then Some,” a book by David Schuman, hits bookstores

From Zero to Sixty and Then Some by David Schuman (and published by Mindstir Media) has enjoyed early success and positive reviews.

One 5-star Amazon review praised the book: “There is a saying in journalism-“I wrote a long piece because I didn’t have time to write a short one”… This book is the opposite. Short, very well-written “essays” and “musings” on a variety of topics, with one common denominator, as the title suggests. It is roughly about how the author is dealing with being over 60, and beyond. He mixes pieces about his youth, pieces from his career as a college professor, his experience as a husband father, golfer, painter, photographer, and a nap-taker. The author bucks the saddening trend toward writing long, long books that would make better post cards. He is short, to the point, and on to the next piece. Some are a few paragraphs, some a few pages. All reflect the practical wisdom of an educated guy who is now focusing his considerable attention on the ageing process. It is meant to be read over time rather than at one sitting. Read-think. Read-think. And so on.”

From the back cover: This is not an autobiography in any typical sense. While people are interested in Obama’s life or Gandhi’s life, there is no such interest in my life. Rightfully. This is not that kind of book. I believe that getting old is the first time we can genuinely figure out the relationship we have with ourselves. What our likes and dislikes are when they are uncoupled from social standards.

So this is a kind of mental autobiography. It’s a book of essays about everyday life, from the perspective of being much closer to the end than the beginning. The essays are different lengths and there are even ditties (words that rhyme…more Dr. Seuss than poetry). There was nothing systematic about the topics I wrote about. Someone would say something, or a thought would wake me up in the middle of the night. Then I would write to find out what I thought. 

From Zero to Sixty and Then Some is available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and other fine retailers worldwide. Wholesale orders can be placed via Ingram or Baker & Taylor.

About the author:

David Schuman was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He has a B.A. in history from Tulsa University.  He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. 

He taught at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He won the Distinguished Teaching Award at UMASS.  He is Professor Emeritus at that University.

He and Barbara Meyer have been married for more than four decades.  They have a son and he has two step-daughters.  They have seven grandchildren. 

He spends his time painting and writing essays and playing golf and taking pictures.  He takes a nap every day.

This is his twentieth book. 

About Mindstir Media:

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