Memoirs are the backstairs of history. ~George Meredith
You can recall-remember anything in life, and the trick to that is, you have to be there, so if you are not there, then why are you here?
Repeat after me, you have to be here to be there…
_ John E. WordSlinger
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ON THE DESK FOR A READING AND REVIEW
Neill McKee, author of the award-winning travel memoir Finding Myself in Borneo, takes the reader through 400 years and 15,000 miles of an on-the-road adventure, discovering stories of his Scots-Irish ancestors in Canada, while uncovering their attitudes towards religion and guns.
His adventure turns south and west as he follows the trail of his maternal grandfather, a Canadian preacher who married an American woman in Wisconsin, and braved the American Wild West from 1904 to 1907, finding a two-story brothel across from one of his churches and a sheriff who owned a saloon and dance hall, while carrying a gun with 20 notches, one for each man he had killed.
Much to his surprise, McKee finds his American ancestors were involved in every major conflict on North American soil: the Civil War, the American Revolution, and the French and Indian War. In the last chapters, McKee discovers and documents his Pilgrim ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower, landing at Plymouth in 1620, and their Puritan descendants who fought in the early Indian Wars of New England.
With the help of professional genealogical research, he tracks down and tells the stories of the heroes, villains, rascals, as well as, the godly and ordinary folk in his genes, discovering many facts and exposing myths. He also lets readers in on a personal struggle: whether to apply for Canadian-United States dual citizenship or remain only a Canadian.
Print Length: 352 Pages
Genre: Historical Travel Memoir
Guns and Gods in My Genes is available to purchase now on Amazon.com.
About the Author, Neill McKee
Neill McKee is a creative nonfiction writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His first travel memoir, Finding Myself in Borneo, won a bronze medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, 2020, as well as other awards. McKee holds a Bachelor’s Degree, from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Degree in Communication from Florida State University. He worked internationally for 45 years, becoming an expert in the field of communication for social change. He directed and produced a number of award-winning documentary films/videos and multimedia initiatives, and has written numerous articles and books in the field of development communication. During his international career, McKee worked for Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO); Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC); UNICEF; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Academy for Educational Development and FHI 360, Washington, DC. He worked and lived in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, and Russia for a total of 18 years and traveled to over 80 countries on short-term assignments. In 2015, he settled in New Mexico, using his varied experiences, memories, and imagination in creative writing.
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Author’s website: http://www.neillmckeeauthor.com/
I appreciate the quality, and all of the hard work it took to write, and all involved in this book. Great investigating took place in this creation. Love the thoroughness of the book. The research, and travel time. The book is a slice of time travel of sorts, opening doors to wisdom, and others lives is extraordinary cool to me. Each chapter has about three to four stories in them. The civil war stories are chilling. It exposes North American conflict on guns in a whole new light for me. I was selected to do a review, and I am glad I was, and maybe they knew I would love the book, because it has many Railroad stories and places in the book, and along with Poetry, and Poetry wisdom, and wisdom period are in this book. I love the Poem on page 217, and along with all the Poets and Poems mentioned in the book. The book has importance, on the perspective personalities on the matters of God and Guns. Mr. Neill McKee took me on his quest for wisdom, and heritage. The conflict I felt was the choice or free will, on owning guns and for what purpose, furthermore same goes for what is best for humanity on guns. The proof is in the pudding too, because many details in this book, and other factual history, the road to a great planet happens everyday inside all of us. We must learn the good things, and great choices from others so we too can have a joyful, and prosperous lives anywhere on this earth. Will humanity keep learning from the past, and good souls?
We are blessed to have simple, and caring people in this world, so I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel protected, but also exposed the evil in this world also in our times of gun violence.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves memoirs, American & Canadian history, and for sure Poetry and Railroad lovers.
AVAILABLE April 1st 2022
What makes a life a life? The people who raised you? The places you went? The home you grew up in? The historical events that occurred? The relationships you had? The deaths you witnessed? The philosophies you learned? This film is saying these are all correct, focusing on the idea that life is based off memory. Which then poses the question, is life only based off memory? Is what you didn’t remember not considered a part of your life?