New memoir follows authors experience with PTSD and addiction on the road to recovery

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Duke Talbott, PhD, announces publication of ‘Appalachian Free Spirit’

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Growing up in Appalachia, becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in Somalia and an infantry sergeant in Vietnam, Duke Talbott, PhD, explores the challenges faced from post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction in his memoir “Appalachian Free Spirit: A Recovery Journey” (published by Balboa Press AU).

Twelve Step programs and the spiritual traditions of Gnosticism, Buddhism, and Taoism are what Talbott says allow him to overcome PTSD and addiction to find a life of genuine peace. “If (readers) are addicted to something it does not have to remain the obsession they thought they had to fulfill with its resulting unmanageability of life,” Talbott says. “There are solutions available if the addicted person can truly surrender.”

The book is available for purchase on Amazon at

“Appalachian Free Spirit”
By Duke Talbott, PhD
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 266 pages | ISBN 9781982232924
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 266 pages | ISBN 9781982232900
E-Book | 266 pages | ISBN 9781982232917
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Duke Talbott, PhD, is an emeritus professor of history at Glenville State College, who has recovered from chemical and other addictions. He was born and raised in Elkins, West Virginia, where, after retiring there, he eventually was elected to city council and mayor. He has two children.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with the worldwide self-publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today.

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