Looks Easy Enough: A Joyful Memoir of Overcoming Disease, Divorce, and Disaster

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9780984281008: Looks Easy Enough: A Joyful Memoir of Overcoming Disease, Divorce, and Disaster

LOOKS EASY ENOUGH is a work of narrative non-fiction recounting a four year period in the author's life where at the age of forty-six he marries for the first time, retires, and moves with his bride to a small mountain town to live the simple life. Instead, he finds himself supporting his wife through cancer, helping his sister through a grueling four year divorce from an abusive husband, painfully witnessing their retirement money circle the drain in the biggest stock market crash since the Great Depression, and watching as a thousand foot wall of dense smoke and raging flames (the Cedar Fire - San Diego, California) approaches their home - the home they spent the last three years building themselves. With the flames less than a hundred yards from their back door they realize, they could lose everything. Yet through it all - cancer, divorce, market crashes, and forest fires - the author ultimately sees the events for what they really are . . . and comes out smiling.

The refrain, "looks easy enough" is the author's general attitude towards life's many processes - from breast reconstruction (cancer) to pouring concrete foundations to filing legal documents. It is also intended as an empowering affirmation to inspire readers with the confidence that they, too, can tackle even the most disheartening of life's challenges and land on their feet.

The book is a tale of love, adventure, personal growth, a do-it-yourself story and a comedy all rolled into one compulsively readable volume.

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About the Author:

Looks Easy Enough is Scott Stevenson's first book. The book is based on his personal experiences and on a lifetime of asking questions, keeping his eyes and ears open, and trying to figure out what makes this funny world of ours go round. Scott, his wife Susan, and their feisty young tabby Little Ray live in the small mountain town of Julian, California. Scott's future plans include carving a totem pole recounting the story of how he and Susan met and working on his tennis game in an effort to become the oldest person (over 60) to obtain an ATP tennis ranking.

Review:

"Looks Easy Enough is the Eat, Pray, Love for guys - which women will adore. The manuscript has a distinctive, humorous, intimate voice that is a joy to read. Men will love this book because it's all about process - step-by-step how-to knowledge. Women will love it because it's all about the things women value most: family, friends, spirituality, and love." ------ Carol Gaskin, Editorial Alchemy

"When I read a good book and good writing, it makes me want to write - reading your book made me want to write! I felt as if I was sitting down and catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee. It's really a love story between you and Susan, also between you and your characters and with life - what you call the Magic." ------ Lynn Scozzari, Contributing Editor, San Diego Parent Magazine

"Scott, if my memory serves me right, wasn't English Language your worst subject in school? Didn't your report cards come home with mostly C's and D's? I can t believe you actually wrote a book . . . especially one this good. I loved it!" ------ Lilly Stevenson, Mother of the Author

"A fascinating tale and a superb read. I was really caught up in the story. Looks Easy Enough gave me an intimate view into the struggles of a patient trying to come to terms with a diagnosis of cancer and how best to treat it. Looks Easy Enough reminds me of Suzanne Somers' recently published book Knockout which takes a critical look at how cancer is treated and some of the alternative methods available." ------ Dr. Michael B. Schachter, The SchachterCenter for Complementary Medicine

"I liked Looks Easy Enough a lot. You certainly followed through on your subtitle, A Joyful Memoir of Overcoming Disease, Divorce and Disaster. My favorite part was the construction chapters. It's amazing to think that you and a crew of five females (from grade-school to senior citizen) built your house by yourselves." ------ Susan Carter, Deputy Director, San Dieguito River Park

"I devoured your book in two sittings! I thought the sections detailing your ups and downs in the stock market were excellent - so honest and open when it came to taking a good hard look at yourself. I can't wait to read the sequel . . . you are writing a sequel?" ------ John Maizer, Attorney-At-Law, New York, NY

"An absolute excellent, excellent piece of work! I feel as if I've been visiting with a very close friend for the past few days while reading your book. Your writing style is so easy and fun to read. I admire your boldness to share life in such vivid detail (good/bad/ups/downs). As I read - especially the fire chapters - I couldn't wait to find out what happened next." ------ Maureen Breen, Julian Pie Company

"What a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed it . . . so many laughs. I definitely want to play myself in the movie!" ---- --Dr. Paul Chasen M.D. F.A.C.S., La Jolla Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

"TO ALL WOMEN OUT THERE: How many of you women have ever said "Next time, I want to come back as a man"? Well, here's your chance. Scott Stevenson is the kind of man you'd want to be. Sensitive, loving, kind beyond measure, spiritual, funny and fun-loving, and very self-aware. AND ALSO very much a man: able to envision, plan and build homes, fix anything in them, supervise crews of construction men (AND women), figure out and execute anything he puts his mind to, be reliable and flexible -- plus he is strong, solid and very masculine. AND he has written a book that details how he lives life -- how he thinks, what he does, how he copes, and how he deals with whatever life hands him -- both the catastrophes and the miracles. This is a great opportunity for all us women to immerse ourselves in the experience of "being" this great guy for as long as it takes to devour this book." ------ Linda Blackstone, LCSW, San Francisco, C

"THIS BOOK READS EASY ENOUGH! Scott's writing style is fun, self-effacing, descriptive and action packed. I picked up the book and read through the first 75% in two days! I connected with Scott's book, Looks Easy Enough, on so many levels. My wife, like Susan, has had breast cancer, so hearing about this part of their journey reminded me about the connection it created between us and how close we are now. And my wife and I rebuilt a house in a nature setting, so again the parallels to Scott's and Susan's journey were fun and many. Thank goodness we never had to live through their harrowing fire experience, although Scott's writing made it feel like I was living through it! It is a great book to read, to share and Easy Enough to recommend to others." ------ Dr. Bruce Bloom President and Chief Science Officer, Partnership for Cur

"A WELL-WRITTEN, LIGHTHEARTED BUT HONEST account of a couple living through the disasters we all hope to be spared off but are so much part of live. It's a moving story about how love, trust and great willingness to accept loss and adversity, persevere and start fresh brings out the best and makes us grow. I found the book engaging and an easy read. While entertaining it will inspire you to take on your challenges with courage and humor." ------ Dr. K. Fisher, Sebastopol, CA

"WHAT AN AMAZING COUPLE! Looks Easy Enough is a heartfelt tale of two independent souls who found each other, joined together and faced life obstacles in a real and honest way. Along that journey, they learned about themselves, each other and that the human spirit triumphs, even in the face of grave adversity! This is a must read for cancer survivors as well as a testimony for married couples and friends who support friends in time of need!" ------ S. MacDonald, Carlsbad, CA

"THE BOOK TACKLES A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS, divorce, destruction, and health issues. But don't think this book is all about life's misfortunes. It pulls the reader into a world that is magical as it is real. The story is quite personal but is told in a way that creates something that we somehow all can relate to, be it life's simpler joys, tribulations and inspirations or the more serious issues of disease, divorce and disaster. Mr. Stevenson's sense of humor makes the reader laugh throughout and makes the book a joy to read. The book also has just enough tension and wonderment that I didn't want to put it down, enough inspiration and humor to keep you going, and enough serious issues to touch your soul. Well worth the read and enough to take away to make the whole endeavor worthwhile." ---- --K. Cote, Sequim, WA

"THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!! "Looks Easy Enough" has a little bit of everything to keep even the most discerning reader engaged. There is joy, sorrow, mystery, intrigue, and suspense, in addition to the D's- disease, divorce, and disaster. Stir in a financial roller coaster and you have a taste of what "Looks Easy Enough" is all about. Laugh and cry and ponder as Scott Stevenson masterfully weaves together the fabric that is his life. This is a book that you won't want to put down, and will have you asking for more!" ------ S. Graham, San Diego, CA

"IT'S GREAT TO GET A MALE PERSPECTIVE on the healing power of love! This touching book is about the power of love and it is wonderful to hear about that from a male perspective. Scott and Susan's story is inspirational and has much to teach those who have a tendency to get bogged down by life's challenges, missing the big picture. The spirit with which they navigated highly threatening events by repeatedly going to the well of their love and connectedness to each other and to the world is awe-inspiring." ------ MM, Las Vegas, NV

"SCOTT STEVENSON IS GIFTED with the ability to observe and document in meticulous detail, and his natural curiosity makes this memoir a fascinating read. The story of the fire is gripping throughout, but the part that really got to me is the love story between a man and his wife. It is so unusual to look at marriage from the man's point of view. This is a grown up love story that proves there are second chances in the world of love. Drawing from their profound friendship, this couple rises to meet the challenges that life keeps sending and I, the reader, am left with a smile in my heart." ------ Nicola Ranson, LCSW, Encinitas, CA

"SCOTT, I JUST DECIDED TO OPEN your book and see what it was like. HA! Just a glance at it! HA! I am loving it. I enjoy your style of writing very much and the book is very easy and enjoyable to read. I am trying not to go through too quickly and savor it instead. The stories, as you tell them, are very captivating. One of my favorite things is the asides you have in italics - delicious!" ---- --Marcy Diehl, Resident, Cuyamaca Woods

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