'No experience necessary'

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MANCHESTER >> On Friday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m., local author Jim Gedney will present and discuss his debut book, 'No Experience Necessary: The Redemption of a Bohemian Zero," at the Northshire Bookstore. A book signing will follow the discussion.

In his twenties Jim Gedney was king of the low-paying, character-building work experience, never holding a job for more than six months. The less than stellar resume he built was accompanied by cross country road trips and sojourns in Boston, New York, and finally San Francisco. Channeling his muse, Jack Kerouac, he endeavored to chronicle his own generation's angst until a close encounter with a pair of serial killers and the impending birth of his daughter led him to an epiphany.

From that moment on, he persevered to shed his past as a bohemian zero and set out to become a teacher.

Once that decision was made, he never looked back. He continues to teach English at the Long Trail School in rural southern Vermont. His journey provides a highly entertaining look at the American workplace in the closing decades of the 20th Century.

This is Mr. Gedney's first book.


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