Non-Fiction Book Addresses PTSD, Service Dogs, and Foreign Travel in a Hilarious and Illuminating Tale

PTSD is not humorous a matter but author Pamela Foster recounts her adventure in Panama with spouse and 150-pound canine helpers in such a way that readers come away with deeper understanding of the long-lasting effects of war—and with tears of laughter in their eyes.
Clueless Gringos in Paradise: Adventures with my husband, his PTSD, and two enormous service dogs was released by Pen-L Publishing on November 26, 2013.

Foster is donating $1.00 of every book sold to Freedom Dogs, a non-profit that provides trained services dogs to veterans.

Foster’s writing is an elevating combination of unrelenting humor and profound insight into how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects combat veterans and their spouses – and their service dogs.

Praise for the book: Clueless Gringos in Paradise is one of the funniest memoirs I’ve read in a long time. Who knew moving with two 150-pound mastiff service dogs and her husband, a former Marine and Vietnam vet with post-traumatic stress disorder, to live in Panama—where they expected to find tropical paradise—could be funny? Readers will laugh out loud to keep themselves from crying with Foster, who nearly has a breakdown in every chapter . . . . But the author’s humorous voice and talent for storytelling is what moves this book along and makes readers giggle at parts and erupt into laughter at others. If you enjoy funny memoirs, you’ll love Clueless Gringos in Paradise . . . . it’s refreshing to find a writer who can laugh at herself and a nearly impossible situation.
~ Margo L. Dill, The News-Gazette of Central Illinois

Clueless Gringos in Paradise will gratify the adult reader who enjoys tales of travel, dogs, marriage, or living with a veteran. Pam’s wit and ability to see the irony and absurdity in life will elicit laughter in just about everyone.

Author Pam Foster
Author Pam Foster

Softcover, 194 pp; price: $13.97
Availability: via Ingram, and other booksellers
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