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Memoirs of a Mongol without a Pony

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Leave your heartstrings and sympathies at the door, for this is no woe-is-me or triumph-over-adversity soap opera. Enter a world you have never heard of, experienced or seen. Shane Stern has Down syndrome and a wicked sense of humor. An irreverent, profane, hilarious, and unfiltered worldview, as seen through the “savvy, if somewhat skewed eyes” of one truly unique wise ma ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 9th 2016 by Banal Press
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Deborah Stern
Apr 25, 2016 Deborah Stern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I am the mom of Shane and spouse of the author - so am I biased? You bet I am . Who cares? Just so you know. I thought this was one of the funniest books I ever read, because Shane took me along for the ride that was/is his life and I got to live it. More than that, I got to watch both my son and husband spend countless hours arguing over stories from the past during the writing of the book, with each of them having slightly different (and sometimes grossly different) memories o ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This is one of the most moving and funny memoirs I've ever read. R.G. Stern has a real talent for capturing all the things that have made his life great, the things that few people can put into words but that we've all experienced at some point. Memoirs of a Mongol Without A Pony will give readers a lot of insight and a new perspective on the world around them, and it's a book everyone should read.
Jose Perez-Sanz
Apr 15, 2016 Jose Perez-Sanz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book!
This book very hilariously illustrates the excitement and joy of a life well lived without regard for anything other than doing what seems right and what is true and what is fun. Shane Stern is the true wise man who worries not about achievement or about what others think of him, but rather about living in the moment and appreciating every person for who he or she is. He sees through the curtains and walls most humans build around themselves and seems to see through these barriers
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Lori Jones
Apr 17, 2016 Lori Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful memoir. Sort of a love story between a father and son, although in this telling, the son appears to be the wiser and saner of the two, teaching his father how to enjoy and live a full life. Funny, sharp-witted and sarcastic, Shane Stern can teach us all a thing or two about accomplishments, goals and curiosity. The format and telling of the memoir is unique and clever. Hearing Shane's voice through his father's writing is a joy. I highly recommend this book.
Michelle
Apr 18, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - Shane and his family have a great sense of humor! Shane has a great attitude towards life - and doesn't let anything get him down - he is great at "going with the flow" - and makes friends everywhere he goes. I enjoyed reading about Shane's escapades, and his chance encounters with some very famous people! Great read - I recommend it highly!
Julia
Apr 18, 2016 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I could really picture it as a movie while I read it. Shane touches so many people and truly gets the most out of life. I loved sitting down to read this, especially whenever I could use something uplifting! Definitely recommend!
Grady
Aug 04, 2016 Grady rated it it was amazing
‘You have to expose yourself fully in a memoir or so I am told.’

R.G. Stern writes about unique individuals – his original debut was ORB (a lad with nubbins for hands and feet, Paul, aka The Orb) and now Shane, a Down’s Syndrome lad whose autobiography this is – as told trough the enormous talent of father R.G. Stern.

The Introduction, related by Shane, is so fine it bears quoting – ‘My name is Shane. I was named after a cowboy movie that is very famous starring Alan Ladd. I don’t think anyone und
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Monica
Apr 15, 2016 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a Must read!!! A wonderful look at the Unique life of Shane a young man with Down syndrome. Shane tells us his story in mostly his own as his father writes the book we get a look at a life well lived and a funny look the relationship between this father and son.
Donna
Sep 08, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
This is a book written by someone with Downs Syndrome with the help of his father which I thoroughly enjoyed. I found it funny, sweet and uplifting. Both Shane and his parents seem like such special people. I was so lucky to win a copy through Goodreads and would highly recommend it to anyone. Thank you Shane and father for such a truly wonderful and touching book. You are stars.
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