About the book: “Lyrics have been the poetry of my life.” A former disc jockey who has“lived, worked, and played in every corner” of Vancouver Island, recounts in this absorbing memoir the livelihoods, lessons, and loves of several generations of working people in the resource-based industries of British Columbia, with in-depth and interesting descriptions of how jobs were and are performed and how communities come together and splinter. The author provides equally detailed accounts of his subsequent careers in broadcasting and business in Toronto, Vancouver, the Okanagan, and back on the Big Island.
About the author: Larry Amstutz grew up in a Vancouver Island logging camp and insmall towns on the Island; worked in forestry, mining, and otherresource sector jobs; and studied and worked in radio broadcasting, his childhood dream career. He left those dreams behind to move toToronto and climb the rungs in department-store merchandising, human resources, and training; entered the financial sector back in BC; and found his “vibe” in the not-for-profit sector.
"Finding my Groove" is a good read. I particularly enjoyed a peek under the covers of life in mining and forestry camps - a significant part of our provincial history. Well done Mr. Amstutz!
---Ian MAn entertaining, insightful autobiography of a small town-raised regular guy that is at once intensely personal, while also reflecting the common triumphs and tragedies each of us faces growing up and growing older. Importantly, Larry’s life journey also illuminates the disappearing way of life on Canada’s west coast – life in the myriad camps and towns that were fuelled by logging or sawmills, and which are today largely forgotten remnants of BC’s primary-economy past. Told with humility and self-deprecating humour, Finding My Groove is not only the sound track of Larry’s life, it’s a book for any reader to enjoy.
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