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"Great fun!"

"...a skillful blend of history and the author's interesting childhood journey."

"...the artist shows through in the writing.  Spetz truly paints with words."

"Hilarious!"

"Sweet."     "Clever."

"Searching for Alpha Centauri puts the fun in dysFUNctional!"

"Colorful."

"I couldn't put it down....always wondering what was coming next."

Searching for Alpha Centauri: A Boyhood Memoir is American Public Television artist Gary Spetz's absorbing tale of living a nomadic life with an impetuous mother, a discontent casino-security-guard step-father, a kid-indifferent French poodle, and two older, all-too-often unpleasant, siblings—during the turbulent early 1960s.

The artist/author paints his experience with both humor and sensitivity, adeptly portraying his ever moving landscape. Effectively blended into Searching for Alpha Centauri's backdrop is the author’s keen attention to the world events unfolding around him. These were the days of an impending nuclear war, an exciting new space race, an escalating conflict in Vietnam, a rising civil rights movement, the invasion of Beatlemania, and the shocking assassination of a President. To the the author, this mix of colorful and dark days was, indeed, "the best of times" and "the worst of times.”

Searching for Alpha Centauri, though often hilarious, is a beautifully rendered story of innocence, edification, intrigue, adventure, and endurance.

SEARCHING FOR ALPHA CENTAURI
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SEARCHING FOR ALPHA CENTAURI
(formerly titled Easy Hearts)
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SEARCHING FOR ALPHA CENTAURI
(formerly titled Easy Hearts)

#1 AMAZON BEST SELLER
AGAIN IN AUGUST 2016!

GOODREADS STAR RATING: 4.27
(not too bad coming from this group of serious, highly critical readers)

Gary Spetz is also known as the artist-host of three popular Public Television series:  Painting Wild Places, Watercolor Quest, and Color World.

He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and has been published in various art magazines and books, including Watercolor, Artists, Watercolor Magic, Searching For The Artist Within and Art From The Parks.  His artwork has been included in the “Top 100” of the National Park Academy of the Arts.

Gary has hosted, wrote, filmed, and co-produced—with his wife, Marlene—111 painting and travel episodes for American Public Television (APT), the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), MontanaPBS, and Janson Media.  

The two of them reside in Northwest Montana. 

 

GARY SPETZ
WATERCOLOR STUDIO

GARY'S
PUBLIC TELEVISION SERIES
 

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"I never became a cowboy or an astronaut as I once thought I would.
But decades later I did buy a cowboy hat and some boots.
And I moved to Montana.
On warm clear summer nights, I stare wistfully out into its big sky of stars and planets.
It still makes me wonder—
just like it did when I was a kid gazing up into the desert star-filled nights.

Then, like now, I looked up into infinity and I yearned for answers to big questions."

Searching for Alpha Centauri: A Boyhood Memoir by Gary Spetz