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Waltzing A Two-Step: Reckoning Family, Faith, And Self (Paperback)
Waltzing a Two-Step is the first-person account of a boy born into the rural Midwest in the middle of the 20th Century. A bright, timid boy, he is enthralled with the grandeur of his local library and his Catholic church.
One of five children in an upwardly mobile family, he struggles with being gay. Contemplating the paradoxes that life presents him, he looks for his proper place in an enticing but unwelcoming world, a search that takes him overseas–chasing lost happiness and struggling to fit in. His search ultimately reveals that he has been looking for himself all along. It is a cautionary tale told late in life out of the comfort and regret that come with memory and with the bittersweetness of time and opportunity gone by without addressing things that should have been said earlier. The story has many parallels to the world in the 21st Century and is a must-read for those searching for life’s answers.
The story takes place during the pivotal era of the ’60s and '70s. He shares stories from his youth that echo many of the issues facing the United States currently making headlines around the world.
His writing shows the depth of his compassion, through tough times as well as good times.
About the Author
Dan Juday is a retired film producer, publisher, and armchair poet who lives, with his dog Mercy, in North Leitrim, Ireland. He has produced several award-winning documentaries with Journey Films for broadcast on PBS, ABC, and other networks in the US and abroad, including The POWER of FORGIVENESS, and Church Without Borders. He directed the US publication of The Catechism of the Catholic Church for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and with Bantam Doubleday Bell, a New York Publisher now today known as Bantam Books. His poetry has been published in The Farmer’s Journal, Force 10, and read for The Yeats Summer School.
"Dan Juday’s Waltzing A Two-Step: Reckoning Family, Faith, and Self is a coming-of-age memoir that is a must-read. A compassionate journey of self-acceptance that follows Juday from rural communities of Indiana, across Europe, and along the East Coast searching for a life well-lived.” —Chanticleer Book Reviews
"I recommend this book to readers who enjoy memoirs that touch on self-discovery. Queer people who need encouragement to be themselves will find a friend in this story." —Online Book Club