Giveaway: Scratch Beginnings

I had the opportunity to review  Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream last week. It’s the true story of Adam Shepard, a young man who wants to find if he really can go from homeless to doing alright within a year. It’s not your typical inspirational book — it’s got a bit of swearing, among other factors. I really do recommend it, though: Scratch Beginnings is well worth the read.

More relevant to this blog, Adam Shepard self-published this book initially. It sold 10,000 copies and landed him on the Today show. One of HarperCollins’ imprints picked it up and brought a new edition of Scratch Beginnings out last month.

I’m giving away the uncorrected proof that I reviewed. To enter, leave a comment before the end of the day Sunday. I’ll randomly select a winner on Monday (Nov. 24). I’m happy to pay shipping within the U.S. — however, if you win and live outside the U.S., I’ll ask you to cover the difference.

And, well, if you haven’t voted for me in the College Blogging Scholarship yet, voting is winding up. Please take a moment and vote for me.


  1. Robert Young   •  

    Hi! Hope all is well with you!

  2. Carla Pullum   •  

    Would love to read this book! Looks like it will take me on a journey!

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  4. Jeff Rene   •  

    That story seems pretty interesting. Thanks for reviewing it for us and keep up the good work!

  5. Vani Kaltoor   •  

    Looks like an experiment with his life. I would definitely want to read it, as I am on the verge of experimenting with my life.

  6. Nate   •  


    I read your review of the book on — good review (although some of the commenters seemed like they had a political axe to grind).

    Voted for you on the college blogging scholarship.

    Good luck and best wishes!

  7. Raghunath Reddy   •  

    The article on scratch beginnings was inspiring.

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