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  • Keywords
    • American autobiography,
    • woman’s memories,
    • family memoir,
    • growing up in rural America,
    • dysfunctional families,
    • dealing with tragedy,
    • retelling family history

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Paths I Have Walked
by Jo Ann Fuson Staples

Despite what Jo Ann Fuson Staples might tell you, she is no ordinary woman. She has led a remarkable life, full of adventure, love, hardship, and survival. Raised in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, she comes from a long line of strong mountain folk, those ready to take on adversity and fight for anyone they love, no matter the odds. At only seven, Jo Ann tragically lost her father, and then, when Jo Ann was twenty-four, her mother to brutal violence. Although the pain from those experiences followed Jo Ann for the rest of her life, the bonds she made with her friends and family members only grew stronger, and from there, Jo Ann dove head-first into life. From having a relationship with the prime suspect of the infamous D. B. Cooper skyjacker case to taking on a twenty-six-year journey with her husband on diplomatic assignments to Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East to surviving a grizzly bear attack, Jo Ann shares it all with humour, grace, and, occasionally, sorrow. Paths I Have Walked is a story of trauma, heartbreak, compassion, true friendship, finding love, and the gift of motherhood. It is a deeply human, compelling, and poignant self-portrait of a resilient woman ready to face life, no matter the odds.

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Jo Ann Fuson Staples came of age in the Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky. She is a lifelong seeker of knowledge, and education that came from love of books and a well-traveled life. She spent 26 years working, learning and traveling overseas with her husband, George Staples, a Foreign Service Officer, on behalf of the U.S. State Department. She has a daughter, Catherine Desiree, a granddaughter, Grace Ann, and Matthew Randolph, a special son-in-law. Jo Ann is the oldest of five siblings, three of whom are still living. She is the first in her family to write a book.


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