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Books That Make You Podcast

Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

Jun 29, 2022

Books That Make You Undertake Life-Changing Adventures

While many of us dream of adventure, how many of us can truly say what it’s like to experience life-changing, adrenaline-rushing adventures that fundamentally transform us?

Chester L. Richards is a retired aerospace engineer and inventor with 19 patents. In addition to publishing over 50 essays, he’s an avid surfer and whitewater rafter, a music-lover, and a man who’s found solace in writing about his beloved, departed wife. He now shares his tales with the world, in his first memoir, From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist.

The book describes a life of adventure, one that has taken him from a near-fatal encounter with “the great potato” to writing a famous Star Trek episode, to becoming a rocket scientist. He talks about everything from why nature wants to kill you to how the most critical step in your success lies in your failures.

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