Imagined Truths by Richard Lemm
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Myths from a Draft-Dodging Poet

Author: Richard Lemm

Memory is not only selective, it’s an amazing liar, con artist and spin doctor. History is what we choose to remember about the past in order to justify the present.

Richard Lemm grew up in cool 1960s Seattle, raised by alcoholic grandparents with a mad, absent mother and a mythic father who might or might not have died before he was born. To avoid the draft, he left “the greatest country in the world” and moved to Canada just as the Age of Aquarius was dawning. Now, having constructed a new and equally imagined identity, he uses his poet’s sensibility to examine the myths, familial and cultural, that shaped his youth—the unsettled frontier, the noble warrior, the little woman, the golden age of the 1950s and the inexhaustible natural resources of the Pacific Northwest. 

This wry, poignant and insightful memoir looks at growing up in a family and
country you didn’t chose and coming of age in the country and with the people you did.

  • Non-fiction, 272pp
  • ISBN 978-1-990160-06-6 (paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1-990160-07-3 (ebook)
  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Published October 2021
  • CAD $ 21.95 (print) / $14.95 (ebook)
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