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The Sourtoe Cocktail Club: The Yukon Odyssey of a Father and Son in Search of a Mummified Human Toe ... and Everything Else

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A father-and-son love story set against epic backdrops and overlooked places



After Ron Franscell’s divorce, he feared he was the continuing link in a long chain of estranged fathers. But when the author and his teenage son embark on a road trip to the Yukon to seek out a macabre cocktail containing an amputated human toe, they unwittingly begin a journey into their own past
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Globe Pequot (first published January 1st 2011)
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Malcolm
Sep 13, 2016 Malcolm rated it liked it
Franscell writes with admirable honesty about his problems and emotional issues in setting up and describing this journey. Not every stop the boys make is riveting, but Franscell writes with enough skill to keep the narrative moving. The toe scene was quite amusing. I hope the marriage is working out well.
Herb Mallette
Jan 07, 2012 Herb Mallette rated it it was amazing
A good travel book allows you to experience something vicariously -- a place, a time, a people. A well-written memoir gives you a sense of someone, intrigues and entertains you with the personality of the subject, catches you up in the events of a life. A clever humor book buoys your mood with laughter; a sensible self-help book makes you think you might be able to better yourself; an ingenious mystery keeps you guessing what the twist at the very end will be.

A great book transcends all of those
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David Bales
Mar 21, 2013 David Bales rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book was an interesting mixed bag; on one hand, Ron Franscell and his son Matt journey from Texas (Ron) and Wyoming (Matt) to the Yukon on a kind of half-assed father and son bonding trip to drink a "sourtoe cocktail" in Dawson City. The travel parts and history are great. Franscell is a good writer and describer and I liked the descriptions of the Yukon and other Canadian landscapes, the cities, towns and foliage. The more personal parts--where Franscell does tough-guy bonding with his ...more
Paul
Jul 17, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, family, bonding
This is a hard book to describe. It is a story about family ties, and it is a story of traveling to a distant location. I don't have a son and I am not a father, but this author is so good at what he does that I was able to instantly connect with both he and his son. It is also about the author (Ron) connecting with his father who abandoned both he and his mother when he was born. You will definitely laugh with this book, and you might get teary-eyed in parts, but if you have ever been a father ...more
Max
Aug 13, 2016 Max rated it it was amazing
I knew I would like Sourtoe. Hey, a seasoned journalist with Wyoming and Colorado roots, a father who is nearly desperate to connect with his son, a road trip with a grizzly cocktail as a goal, references to Kerouac, Least Heat Moon, Jack London and Robert Service. Many of my favorite themes are packed between the cove...rs of this book. And I did learn to love this book along the way, I loved the whole ride. But what I could never have anticipated was the astonishing crescendo Franscell creates ...more
Steve Davis
Dec 30, 2014 Steve Davis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
A touching and funny tale of a divorced father reconnecting with his son. Extremely enjoyable read. Very different from his usual fare, but Ron is such a good writer that he draws the reader into the tale. Highly recommend this one to all readers.
Dawn
Oct 14, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
This is a great non-fiction about a father and son trip to the Yukon. Ron's side bar stories are very funny. I am really enjoying this book so far.
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A lifelong journalist, Ron Franscell is the bestselling author of 14 books. He is currently working on his next true crime for St. Martin's Press.

Over the years, Ron's books have earned high praise from bestselling authors such as Ann Rule, John Lescroart, Vincent Bugliosi, C.J. Box, Howard Frank Mosher, and Warren Adler. His writing has been compared to Truman Capote, Robert Olen Butler, Norman M
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