“Never have disgusting, miserable living conditions been so funny. When someone finally finds a way to send back a report from hell, I hope it will be Lance Pototschnik. Except this guy is going to heaven, for the way he writes.” –The Kindle Book Review
“Welcome to beautiful Costa Rica! Come and experience our diverse wildlife. Exhume nests of dead baby turtles and stay up all night while mosquitoes elicit blood from your very soul! Indulge in the local cuisine. Eat rice and beans until the malnutrition engenders hallucinations! Travel west to Guanacaste, to the peninsula that pokes into the Pacific like a fang. Visit the remote, cocoa-dust beaches where rare sea turtles crawl from the seething ocean to nest. Here, masochists will enjoy camping beside the water to leave civilization and all its conveniences behind. Burn bucketfuls of used toilet paper, shiver in an infested bed, and wade crocodile-filled rivers every single day!”
Lance Pototschnik and his friends must have booked their trip with that agency. Their incredibly affordable “vacation” was meant to be a relaxing time to meditate on the direction of their languid, aimless lives. Instead, they are introduced to hell and the insane diversity of its tortures.
Marooned on a remote sea turtle conservancy with a handful of fellow unanchored souls, Pototschnik, in his hilarious debut memoir, ponders who he essentially is, and what he is likely to become. In Pototschnik, those who have fallen prey to the desolation of broken dreams, the young and the listless, finally find a voice with the talent to cast out demons and turn them into laughs.
Beneath its shell, this rollicking, episodic story is also a treatise about finding your purpose, realizing your full potential and learning to love your own life. Pototschnik’s very personal book happens to be the story we have all been hoping for.
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About the Author
Lance Pototschnik grew up in rural Frederick county, Maryland, in a house surrounded by farms. The last of his parents' eight children, he was born with severe allergies and a chronic autoimmune disorder, which often confined him to the house, where he busied himself by drawing and painting. As a sick child born at the back of a large family, life positioned Pototschnik as an observer, and he learned to capitalize on that station through writing.
He went on to study English at McDaniel College and published his first work, The Shell of a Person, at age 25. This book was touted as one of the best by an emerging author in 2013 by The Chanticleer Book Review. His second memoir, Hollywood Ending, came three years later, and firmly established Pototschnik as a memoirist who achieved poignancy in his writing by couching anguish inside of gut-busting humor. In addition to painting the covers of his memoirs, Pototschnik has written and illustrated two children's books–The Sewer Rats and Taekwondo Joe–and also founded a publishing company, Cockalorum Books. He currently lives in Beijing, China.
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