Phil Reed Recounts Colorful Life in Barred Memoir

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A Life Fully Lived with No Apologies

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Even as a boy I was a bit removed from the other kids, preferring to paint rather than play.

The adventures of a man who has made every effort to live life to the fullest are preserved for future generations in “A Man's Life: Where Black Sheep Go” (published by iUniverse), the new autobiography by Phil Reed.

“A Man’s Life” tells the story of Reed’s life, which began auspiciously on the plains of Oklahoma in the 1940s. Born during the height of a devastating tornado, he was the third child born to a mother of American Indian descent and a blue-eyed, Scottish father.

Growing up, Reed’s family struggled through many ups and downs, and at times it felt as if their luck was cursed. He also felt awkward and shy in social situations. “I have always found myself to be different from those around me,” the author recalls. “Even as a boy I was a bit removed from the other kids, preferring to paint rather than play.”

Reed has experienced a wide variety of events in his 60 years on Earth; now, he recounts those experiences in a series of engaging short stories. From years in Asia to dropping acid on the Haight during the ’60s, he has lived a life on the edge. Follow him as he tows oil rigs and barges in Alaska, survives a plane crash and more.

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Phil Reed was born and raised in the dusty state of Oklahoma but he had to see what was out there and so a life alone started. He lived at sea most of his life but now has dropped his last anchor where he started from. He is painting now, which he discovered as he worked at sea. This is his first book but he is working on a new one now – if he doesn’t get close to open water.

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