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Riding Shotgun

Riding Shotgun

Paul Schaefer

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-59298-700-9
  • Publication Date: 2017-02-07
  • Beaver's Pond Press

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Riding Shotgun

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Desperate for adventure and a last chance to see her sister, eighty-year-old Mary hits the road for the cross-country adventure of a lifetime in her late husband's beloved Lincoln Town Car. While the car's a tank, it can't entirely protect an elderly woman traveling alone. A shot of inspiration leads her to ''Mike''--the perfect plus-one to ride shotgun as she heads west. Once she gets him outfitted in her dead husband's clothes, Mary figures no one will ever know she brought a mannequin along for the ride. He'll never disagree with her choice of music, food, or lodging, doesn't need to pee, and is guaranteed to let Mary do and say whatever she wants. Though her department-store companion fills the passenger seat, he doesn't ward off the worst of what's out there. Who knew a nice little old lady out for a drive could be so dangerous?


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''A rolling road-story of well-turned observations on contemporary America; a celebration of family, courage, music, food, and the ever-moving spirit of our time. Wonderful characters interacting at a satisfying pace. Excellent.'' --David Rhodes, author of Driftless

Paul Schaefer

Born in a military family, Paul Schaefer was raised everywhere from the quaint English countryside to New York City. After a stint in the Air Force, Paul took his own family to a remote Pacific island where he completed a PhD in anthropology. Drawn by happy memories of visiting his grandparents' farm, Paul and his young family finally put down roots in Wisconsin. In true woods hippie fashion, they bought an abandoned nineteenth century farm. No electricity, no heat, no running water, no problem. Homesteading required nothing more than a lifetime of sweat equity. Off the farm, Paul shared his talents as an organizer, instigator, and adjunct professor, keeping the counterculture alive while raising a family. Now grandparents, Paul and his wife Trudi still go full tilt, filling their days with barn animals, gardens, grandchildren, and a steadfast desire to raise their voices against the establishment.