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Fearless Puppy on American Road

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Fearlessness begins when the author is 15 years old, hitchhiking away from a drug-dealing adolescence in Brooklyn. True stories from Doug Rose's 35 years on the road encountering heavenly Hells Angels, oxygen orgasms, transcendent Buddhist wisdom, lesbian musicians playing a rock concert for the deaf, martial artists battling Neo-Nazis, a modern-day Robin Hood, and other u ...more
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Published November 8th 2010 by Smashwords (first published January 11th 2008)
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Richard
Review copy kindly provided by GR friend Kevin.

This book was yet another unusual reading experience for me. It describes how Doug "Ten" Rose, a native of New York City and a child of the 1960s, hitchhikes his way all over America. Along the way, he has a multitude of adventures and meets many unusual, not to say eccentric people. He writes his story in an easygoing, humorous style that is nonetheless quite serious.

The author places a disclaimer near the beginning of the book, saying that he doe
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Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
"The way is not [on the road]. The way is in the heart." I found Buddha's words to be quite fitting to give you a sense of what this memoir by Doug "Ten" Rose stands for. I would assume the author applied a light coat of fictional sheen to his remembrance of that portion of his life spent on the road in search of his true self. But whether realistic fiction or travel log, Fearless Puppy is a "manifesto" of personal views and social commentaries, loaded with emotional authenticity and clarity of ...more
Mollydee
Nov 13, 2013 Mollydee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: memoirs, adventure, non-fiction
There are some things in here that, although they sound like spoilers I do not think they have a bearing on the actual story.

This was an amazing book. My first bit of advice, skip the pre-chapters. Save them until later on. This book sat for a week because the pre-chapters were so boring and made no sense to me. I could not read it. But I kept going and am better for the experience of reading this book. I am glad I hung in!

It is about Doug "Ten" Rose. You will find out later how he gets his nic
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Renee Remi
Nov 13, 2013 Renee Remi rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by RI&R on GR.


This book could literally be written by myself or one of my best friends. I was swept up from the moment they tripped out for 8 hours on a bench through Greenpeace, Wild Turkey & finally to the emotionally deep quote by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

This novel/memoir shows the finer points human beings are capable of, but also the more undignified aspect we as people demonstrate. It shows that if you are driven, an
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Francesca Corbacho
Mar 10, 2013 Francesca Corbacho rated it it was amazing
This book manages to get a number of really deep truths without becoming inaccessible or getting preachy in the slightest. The nicest part about it, is that even if you don't want to read it for the "life lessons," you can just go along for the ride and enjoy the story of a pretty amazing life on the road. The funny thing is, after some time reading Fearless Puppy, I always feel better -- calmer. It was not what I expected, and I'm glad of that!
E. Prybylski
Feb 19, 2014 E. Prybylski rated it it was amazing
I will admit that I was hesitant, at first, to review this book. It is not a genre (or an era) I can typically relate to, and having read Kerouac's "On The Road" I wasn't sure I would be able to provide the author with a good review. Not "good" in the sense of high, but good in the sense that I am not his target market. I was, however, pleasantly mistaken.

Fearless Puppy on American Road is a warm, engaging story that leads the reader through a goldmine of different cultures and experiences. It i
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Tim Janakos
Mar 04, 2012 Tim Janakos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to leave your desolate life and see what's going on in other parts of the “good ol' US?” Have you ever felt the urge to take a free ride and see where your good looks and courage could take you on the open road? We've all probably imagined sticking out our thumb on any given street and seeing if someone was crazy enough to pick us up and take us on a new adventure, but few of us have had the courage to really do it. Doug “Ten” Rose is not the average person, who has lived th ...more
Sarah
Nov 04, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, although it got a bit tedious nearing the last 100 pages. I really enjoyed his lighthearted attitude combined with his direction into the Buddhist teachings. All the different things that have happened in his life was a refreshing look at even if you fuck up there is time to make it right/it's not the end of your world. I think i really enjoyed this because i felt i could really relate to "Ten"'s views.

If you like to think about the human race as individual cases and s
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Reviewed by: Richard
Genre: Buddhism
Rated: 3 hearts

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Dorothy Burrows
Feb 06, 2013 Dorothy Burrows rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book and am looking forward to the next. More than just a good story.
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Doug "Ten" Rose is the author of two books--Fearless Puppy on American Road, and the soon to be released Reincarnation Through Common Sense. He has organized charity projects involving governors, senators, rock stars, and major league sports teams. "Ten" has also been a heroin addict and drug dealer, worked as a juvenile and psychiatric outpatient counselor, in factories, construction, and environ ...more
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