THE PEPPER TREE KINGDOM
Paperback, 254 Pages
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Rarely are we invited to look behind the curtain and get such a revealing glimpse of real life with all its struggles and pain. Dr. Burroughs shares himself with authenticity and wise reflection. His journey shows us that it is possible to discover love, purpose, friendship and even joy in unexpected places. This is a memoir for anyone interested in learning about overcoming the adversities presented in childhood.
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Oct 6, 2014Frank develops an inspiring story in The Pepper Tree Kingdom by imagining the area around a large California pepper tree in an impoverished town in Southern California as his kingdom and the rope swing as his throne. The tree and its surroundings provided solace when Frank was psychologically disturbed and a place to rejoice alone. He eventually left the area of the pepper tree but continued for years to use the metaphor of a pepper tree as his means of dealing with setbacks, economic upheavals and even peaceful moments. The metaphor served as the basis for his memoir and the eventual discovery of the "self."
May 29, 2014REVIEW BY VINCE DARLING Teacher and Professional Speaker “I had the good fortune to meet Frank and found him to have many qualities that I admire in a man. He was approachable, sincere, intelligent and well informed about world affairs, especially the Middle East. He invited me to read to his newsletter which only reinforced his knowledge re: the Middle East. This was before I knew that he lived in Iran for 15 years – this I found out while reading his Memoir, “The Pepper Tree Kingdom.” While reading his book I began to realize the depth of Frank’s life experiences. He was married for 50 years to a very special Iranian woman, named, Mahin and had two daughters, Ladan and Rana. Ladan had five children and Rana remain childless. When he lost his wife it created a lot of sorrow, but Frank eventually managed to continue with his life. What followed was a series of involvements with various business and religious groups – He also assisted in giving the U.S. Government information valuable... More > information about Iran during the Iranian Hostage episode. But, where does the Pepper Tree Kingdom come in? When Frank was very young he lived with dysfunctional parents but was able to find solace on a rope swing hanging on Pepper Tree in an adjoining lot. There he was free to dream and visualize whatever he wanted. As he matured he became a scholar and would you believe it a vocal soloist. Frank’s main goal in life was to find out the age old quest of who was he. My opinion is that Frank found out because of his deep spiritual beliefs and the reflection on his many and varied life experiences.”< Less
Apr 28, 2014“The Pepper Tree Kingdom” is a true page turner. The author was compelling in his choice of subject for his first chapter. Once you have read that, it is hard to put the book down. The author’s skill in developing his characters: Grandma Dickson, the beloved Mahin, and even the Pepper Tree, help the reader to know and understand the author. The book is an inspiration to use what comes in life to build a life of meaning for oneself as well as to those who read it.
Apr 20, 2014The Pepper Tree Kingdom was a book that was difficult to put down, for many reasons. The many adventures in Dr. Burroughs’ eventful life make it read like an engrossing novel. On another level, it is a window into a fascinating man’s innermost thoughts about spirituality and his place in the world. It is candid--sometimes painful--both most of all, hopeful in conveying the idea that along with the many difficulties life holds for us all, there are joys and satisfactions that can help create moments of reconciliation and revelation. The book takes us through many episodes of Franklin’s life: a childhood overshadowed by an oppressive father and passive mother, a rewarding marriage into a family of another culture, time spent as Executive Director of the United States Chamber of Commerce in Tehran, a hair-raising departure from Iran made necessary by the fall of the Shah, and the difficulty of transition back into life in the United States, after a high-level career abroad. Frank’s... More > reflections upon these pivotal moments are intelligent, moving, and somehow universal because we all face the problem of how to pick ourselves up and keep coming back at life’s adversities, without sacrificing our sense of self or permanently retreating into the solace of The Pepper Tree Kingdom.< Less
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- Franklin T. Burroughs (Standard Copyright License)
- Azalea Art Press
- December 13, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.97 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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