Every Grain of Sand
2020 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize ShortList Finalist, Montaigne Medal Finalist, Horizon Award Finalist
Finalist LGBTQ Non-Fiction 2020 International Book Awards
Maxy Award Non-Fiction Finalist
"Every Grain of Sand is a heartbreaking memoir that I could not put down, a story of pain, of the search for one's place in the world, and of the transformative power of forgiveness. David Wichman has lived a thousand lives-some agonizing, some sublime-and we're lucky he survived them all with his talent and compassion intact."
-Dave Holmes, writer, producer, and television personality; editor-at-large, Esquire; author of Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs
Sexual healer and entrepreneur David P. Wichman has lived through it all: childhood abuse, foster care, homelessness, survival sex work, and the blackest pits of drug and alcohol addiction. Despite the darkness, he found a profound sense of purpose as a male escort, but not the type of provider often seen in the news. His approach to sex work transcended common shame-based belief systems as he brought compassionate intimacy to marginalized men, including the elderly, disabled, and traumatized, illustrating a universal need for true connection.
After white-collar crime landed him in jail, David resolved to finally conquer the sense of brokenness that had been driving him to self-destruction throughout his life. In his moving memoir, he recounts how his recovery and spiritual journey have revealed to him his inherent wholeness and worth, a message of love and belonging that he now carries to others. Every Grain of Sand is a celebration of restoration to a life of joy, gratitude, and wonder.
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"David Wichman is a true original, a unique spirit. He combines openheartedness with erotic wisdom and a tender appreciation of the wounded, of the lonely, of all that's human in the most and least approachable of us. I will always be interested in what he has to report from that frontier where sex and spirit and loving-kindness merge." --Patrick Mulcahey, television writer, The Bold and the Beautiful
"David Wichman truly understands the transformational cycle of trauma and recovery. His unique words of wisdom and heart-centered perspective are a force for good among everyone who encounters him. He has earned the love, respect, and admiration of so many other people who have struggled through the ups and downs of life. I wholeheartedly believe that Every Grain of Sand will have a memorable, wide-reaching impact." --Sarah Prout, best-selling author, motivational speaker, founder of Manifesting Academy
"David Wichman's memoir grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. It blew my mind! Not only because of the events David survived as a child and his subsequent struggle to be free of the demons of his past, but that he writes with such clarity and honesty. His transformation is beyond miraculous. In the end, the book goes from memoir to self-help as we witness David's transformation from victim to guru, but without an ounce of self-importance. Only love, gratitude and forgiveness." --Nelsie Spencer, novelist and screenwriter
"David Wichman's powerfully positive spirit permeates every room he enters. Having known him now for more than ten years, I can say Every Grain of Sand is a perfect title for his journey. Though unique, his words lend a healing perspective to all. I adore him as a person. I respect him as a being who found peaceful strength through his trials in life. Like a phoenix, he is an inspiration, and I'm so proud to call him my friend. Savor his words of wisdom with love in your heart." --Debby Holiday, No. 1 Billboard dance recording artist and daughter of Jimmy Holiday
"Every Grain of Sand is a brave and compelling memoir of recovery from the almost unimaginable abuse David Wichman experienced as a child and later inflicted on himself with alcoholism and drug addiction. It is not, however, a sad tale of victimization. Instead, David's essentially hopeful and resilient nature illuminates his story. His journey is ultimately a spiritual one told with honesty and conviction. He is also to be commended for writing frankly, positively, and unapologetically about his career as a sex worker and male companion. I've been telling him for years to write his story, and I'm glad he finally got around to it."--Michael Nava, Lambda Literary Award winner of the Henry Rios novels
"Brutal and wonderful. It amazed me by revealing the number of emotions still unnamed."--Bud Gundy, Emmy Award-winning producer, and Lambda Literary Award finalist
"No matter the circumstance, David's story demonstrates that love, compassion, and forgiveness encourage acceptance and healing." --Mary Mazurek, GRAMMY-nominated recording engineer