10,000 Miles with My Dead Father's Ashes: Or Mi Padre Es Muerto En La Bolsa


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$17.95  $16.69
Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.3 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Devin Galaudet is the editor and publisher of the well-established In The Know Traveler series of web sites, which celebrated thirteen years in August. He also publishes several other travel-inspired web sites including In The Know Hotels and The Forever Bride, which chronicles he and his wife's goal of getting married in 100 countries around the world. He has written for the Huffington Post, Technorati, The Citron Review, TravelAge West, and Turkish Airlines' Sky Life Magazine. Devin holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University at Los Angeles where he was the commencement speaker representing his class.

He has been interviewed at the California Writers Coalition, JohnnyJet.com, Thinking Aloud, the Jewish Journal, among others and performed at Antioch's Literary Uprising. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


"With asides spanning the years from his pot-smoking, pill-popping teenage years to his later adult failures as an average American man, this...hoot of a memoir rings with themes that will appeal to many readers coming-of-age in the 1970s and '80s. A candid and humorous tale."

"An achingly poignant odyssey consummately crafted and disguised as a personal family memoir."
--Lon Milo DuQuette, author of My Life with the Spirits

"...riveting, funny, emotional. I laughed out loud and cried real tears."
--Krista Vernoff, showrunner of Grey's Anatomy, Shameless, and Charmed

"Devin Galaudet writes that his dad "wanted to lift off the lid to life for me and show me its flailing innards" and that's what Gallaudet does, himself, in these pages--he lifts the lid off a complicated, volatile, father-son relationship and shows us all that is flailing and painful and hilarious and poignant within. Gallaudet's journey with his father is deeply, engrossingly, unique, yet also has much to say about what it means to come of age as a man in America. A compelling and unforgettable read."
-Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide

"Devin Galaudet has taken on one of the toughest subjects a writer...and a man...can attempt: coming to terms with his relationship to his father and summoning the courage for a final goodbye. Galaudet writes with a great eye for physical detail, compassion, intensity and humor. 10,000 Miles with My Dead Father's Ashes promises to be a guidebook for the rest of us who might undertake a similar emotional journey."
--Kent Black, editor-in-chief at Palm Springs Life Magazine

"How do you write a travel book about a serious topic... while still keeping it fun and highly readable? I had no idea--until I came across 10,000 Miles. This is a story that needs to be widely read."
--Chris Guillebeau, New York Times Bestselling author of The Art of Non-Conformity

"Devin Galaudet captures the wrenching, often funny intricacies of grieving for a less than perfect father. Love and violence, abandonment and slapstick comedy commingle in this poignant and real story of how we come to terms with our parents in their varied and often complex manifestations."
--Kate Maruyama, author of Harrowgate

"Galaudet writes with a voice that is vulnerable and even painful at times, but it's also always entertaining and downright funny. He's clearly an excellent storyteller and traveling around the world with him would undoubtedly be a blast! His writing is the next best thing."
--Kenneth Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of TravelAge West

"Devin Galaudet tells his story of love and loss with humor and poignancy. This is a candid, moving work about a scared boy trying to find a way to be a grown man."
--Telaina Eriksen, 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee

"Anyone who's scattered a parent's ashes knows it is a confusing mix of sadness and irony. Devin captures both perfectly."
--Peter Hancoff, Writer, producer, troublemaker

"[Devin's] writing is creatively intriguing, well crafted, with a very strong narrative voice."
--Alma Villanueva, writer of Song of the Golden Scorpion

"Devin Galudet's journey is a mind-boggling and trenchant tale. Devin captures the deeply troubled moments of a developing young man as he traverses his often maniacal and devastatingly convoluted relationship with his father. He pulls on this thread in gentle tugs, with wit and humor, and lands his punches with the skill of a pro-boxer. His story carries with it a sense of urgency, the need a son has for a father, as the relationship vanishes in the wind. Truly moving, cohesive, and rich in wry cynicism, Devin's writing is taut and can teach all us all something about the love a son has for his father,"
--Kat Kambes, Writer

"Galaudet's story moves in circles from " the merry-go-round experience of finding a parking space in Cadiz", to circling the streets for a place to stop, and then watching the slow moving second hand of a wall clock in the Tourism Office of Cadiz as he waits for a singer to pay tribute to his deceased father whose ashes he carried from California to Spain. In small details like finding parking, Galaudet reveals the inner landscape of losing a parent, interspersing dark humor to give the reader the space to breathe through the intimacy of grief. Galaudet's travel memoir shows us that no matter how far you travel the language of grief and compassion are the same. 10,000 Miles with My Dead Father's Ashes is about a journey 10,000 miles across the ocean, and the story of encircling 10,000 miles within to where it all began."
--Angela M. Brommel, writer