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My Search for Jazzbo Jones, by Ethan Hirsh

“Ethan Hirsh has given us a soulfully rich and vivid memoir. With its combination of subtle humor and characters, My Search for Jazzbo Jones will connect with readers early on and keep them absorbed to the end. Classic cars, camaraderie, and the coming of age, Ethan’s memoir is inspirational and beautifully written, capturing the essence of a deep friendship and the exhaustive search to find answers.”

-Dr. David W. Carter, author of Mayday Over Wichita

Written as a tribute to the unusual, older student he befriended in college, this “real-life memoir adventure” retraces the author’s life as he searches for clues about the horrific crash that blinded his friend many years before they met.

The story weaves keen observation, nostalgia, and humor in its portrayal of Jim Beeson, a colorfully complex character from small-town Kansas who overcame adversity and loss to become an outspoken advocate for the blind in Houston. Even though Beeson and Hirsh differed in age, background, and education, Beeson’s outgoing personality and unlikely mentorship had a lifelong positive impact beyond simply teaching the author about mechanics when they overhauled a 1954 Ford.

Touching on issues of blindness and resilience in the face of tragedy, My Search for Jazzbo Jones includes vivid recollections of personal history and the JFK assassination, civil rights, the Vietnam draft, and even an encounter with Cuba’s Che Guevara. After more than a decade of online detective work, Hirsh ultimately delivers far more raw facts than he ever expected about that fiery wreck on a Wichita racetrack.

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