Creative Non-Fiction Unveils a Saga of Life in The Land of Tattooed Men

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Author Joseph Herren’s “Growing Up in the Land of Tattooed Men” is an equally affecting, highly personal and subtly impactful biographic account designed to inform and inspire everyone

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Growing up in the Land of Tattooed Men may sound like another Vietnam War story. It isn’t. This book contains an intimate and masterfully told autobiographical narrative wielded by author Joseph Herren—a literary piece that is at equal parts affecting, highly personal and subtly impactful.

As a work of creative non-fiction, Growing up in the Land of Tattooed Men serves as an account of one young man’s impressions, observations and judgments as he experiences both the immediate and the far-reaching effects of the Vietnam War. Herren’s goal is to use the story as a means of sharing a little of his life, during the 1960’s, with his grandchildren, once they are old enough to hear his story. Herren, a retired geothermal power plant operator, began this project about ten years ago, upon learning of his daughter’s first pregnancy.

“By definition, autobiographies are nonfiction; however, certain liberties must exist in order to render any life history readable,” Herren wrote. “In this book, nearly all discourse is paraphrased, some events are deliberately presented out of sequence, and most of the names have been altered. In addition, since time has a way of blurring the line between events witnessed firsthand and events reported by others, I have decided to call my story a work of creative nonfiction rather than a memoir.”

Growing up in the Land of Tattooed Men is divided into several parts -- Herren’s story begins with the effects of the military draft, army training, and travel to the Land of the Tattooed Men. Succeeding chapters record his life as a young American soldier in Vietnam, during the war. A Q&A section and a collection of photographs conclude Herren’s splendidly chronicled story.

Candid, moving and vividly narrated, Growing up in the Land of Tattooed Men provides readers one of the best accounts of the American experience in The Land of Tattooed Men.

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About the Author
Joseph Herren currently lives with his wife, Michele, in Lake County, California. They have two wonderful daughters and three, but still counting, stunningly beautiful and exceptionally bright grandchildren. Herren has retired from both Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the Calpine Corporation. He loves retirement and spends much of his free time with his wife in the RV, on the sailboat, or just tinkering around the house.
Growing up in the Land of Tattooed Men * by Joseph Herren
Another Vietnam War story
Publication Date: June 6, 2012
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