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A meditation on fame and treating a son with leukemia, by a former Squirrel Nut Zipper. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking.

I want to tell, with loving honesty, the parallel stories of a bumpy ride through fame and later dealing with a sick child.  The full story of the Squirrel Nut Zippers will at last be told, along with my son's illness, treatment and recovery.

Both of these experiences were isolating, and I want to communicate what it was like: the joy, the terror, the emotional fallout.  For families who are dealing with cancer, I want to communicate that they're not alone; that this can be done, that other people have gone through the same thing.  The end result of all this is that I learned humility, and that will be evident in the writing.

I need time to set this down right.  I am postponing a new job, as an old one passes away, to write the draft, proposal and outline and look for a publisher.  This Kickstarter campaign will enable me to concentrate on this project, and see it through.  I'm convinced that this book will help people.  It's time to tell the story.

Esten is finished with treatment.  I am determined to return to an artistic life, and this book is my biggest priority.  Please help, and thank you!

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    Previous rewards, plus two signed Maxwell/Mosher CDs, made with fellow ex-Zipper Ken Mosher and signed copy of the finished book.

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    All previous rewards, plus a private concert within a 100 mile radius of my home. If outside this radius, I will write and record an original song for you - just give me some musical and lyrical ideas!

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