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Lost & Found: Personal Stories of Loss and Discovery

Lost & Found: Personal Stories of Loss and Discovery

By Randell Jones, EditorPublisher: Daniel Boone Footsteps PublishingISBN: 978-1-7347964-7-6Genre: Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir Price: $19.95
Available from: Randell Jones Books

“Lost and Found” is the eighth themed collection from the Personal Story Publishing Project. It is 45 stories, 750-800 words each, from 45 writers sharing personal experiences from their lives on the theme of “Lost & Found: loss and discovery—trials, serendipity, and life after.”

Forty-five writers share insightful, touching, and thought-provoking stories about the trials and casualties of losing something or someone near and dear to them. Or they write of an unexpected experience, a serendipitous discovery, that like the loss changes something, changes everything. These stories from their lives reflect our collective human experience, moments that divide life into a before and after, creating at a point of transition a time of reckoning with a changed reality—something gone, something new—a past and a future.

Randell Jones is the editor and publisher of the Personal Story Publishing Project. He is an award-winning writer about the pioneer and Revolutionary War eras and North Carolina history. For 13 years, he served as an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. In 2013, the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution conferred upon him its national History Award Medal. During 25 years, he has written 100+ history-based guest columns for the Winston-Salem Journal. He created the Personal Story Publishing Project and the companion podcast, "6-minute Stories" to encourage other writers. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Once again, the PSPP surpasses all expectations. My copies arrived yesterday. I read every story last night, stayed up way too late reading several again and again. But what most moves me about the book is the rhythm of story placement. The placement of stories is a story in itself. From one story to the next, the reader is led on a gospel sing of praise for being alive, praise for the trouble that makes us human.

Mary Alice Dixon, member, Charlotte Writers Club

After your podcast reading of my story, I had six people request copies. You are a storyteller! God bless your whole team of dedicated cheerleaders!

Phyliss Adcock, Morehead City, NC

The opportunity you give so many of us to share stories is immeasurable. That they bring perspective, wisdom, and laughter in formulae unique to each reader and writer cannot be over-stated. With great appreciation.

Bill Donohue, Winston-Salem