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Author Sam Moses releases new book

After a 10-year wait and five years of writing, White Salmon author Sam Moses has released his parenting memoir titled “It doesn’t Get Any Better Than This: The dream lives of Papa Madre and the AngloArabAsian Brothers.”

Moses introduced the book in a presentation at the Woodstock book festival in Portland in October.

It was his second appearance there; his previous nonfiction book “At All Costs,” a page-turning account of the naval battle that turned the tide of World War II, was published by Random House and received starred reviews. His first book, a race driving memoir, “Fast Guys, Rich Guys and Idiots,” was named one of the five best books ever written about motorsports.

The jacket describes “It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This” as a rollicking memoir that reads like “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”-meets-Pee-wee Herman. It’s a five-year journal (1997-2002) of raising his two sons, Tai and Maks, to the ages of 7 and 5.

The author interjects occasional snarky comments from today, about verbatim entries from the journal back then. Parenting in hindsight. The jacket adds, “A parent can relate. If you’ve ever raised a child, or if you’re raising one now, this book is for you.”

Moses plans to do readings around the Northwest this winter.

Much of the book takes place in Hood River and White Salmon. Mike’s Ice Cream and Underwood’s Steve Curley are thanked in the acknowledgements.

Signed hardcover and soft-cover copies are exclusively available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and the Book Peddler in White Salmon.

This is not first time Sam Moses has been covered as an author by the Hood River News. A 1992 article headlined “Book tells of daredevil life” detailed about Moses’ life and his many adventures of cliff-diving, tracking bobcats in snowshoes and climbing the Carstensz Pyramid, a 16,023-foot glacier found in the jungle of New Guinea (even against the will of the authorities). That was the first ascension by an American party.

Inside the article, then-senior editor of Sports Illustrated Bob Brown comments, “Sam has done a number of stories on man taking on the unknown, those sports endeavors in which there are no guarantees.”

Outside magazine claimed Hood River is “the best sports town in the U.S.” Moses then commented, “I agree, totally. I’ve seen most of them. I’m the only guy I know who can say there are absolutely no drawbacks in the place I live.”

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Cici 1 year, 11 months ago

This book made me laugh and made me cry. Plus I had to visit the Baja site which was where the AngloArabAsian brothers roamed free and learned Spanish. You will fall in love with this candid Dad--and his comedic but oft stern episodes (what to do when your bundle of joy blows snot bubbles with each breath, or reads Kurt Vonnegut at age four?)--and won't want the stories to end, despite the harrowing and self-effacing moments!

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