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Community Wide Book Club Discusses Local Author’s Memoir

On Tuesday, March 7th, at 7:00 p.m., a com­munity wide book club will be hosted at Castle Danger Brewery to discuss local author Christy Rounds’ prescriptive memoir, Escape Bound.

Escape Bound, which was self-published on Amazon in December 2022, is available for pur­chase on Amazon, at Back Forty Books in Two Harbors, and Zenith Book Store, and the Book­store at Fitgers in Duluth. It is also available to borrow from the Duluth and Two Harbors public libraries.

Christy Rounds says that Escape Bound “ad­dresses the topic of internal versus external val­idation. It’s the story of an 18,000-mile road trip I took in the wake of an unexpected divorce. Along with my teenage daughter, whose desire to become an Instagram travel influencer in­spired seventy-two spectacular destinations on our route, I learned that life isn’t about trying to convince other people to fall in love with me for who I’m not. It’s about falling in love with myself, over and over, for who I am.”

Over the past three and a half decades, Rounds has moved fifteen times and lived in six states. She’s visited 35 countries, spending a month or more in eleven of those countries. A lover of high-altitude climbing, Rounds has stood on top of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the western hemisphere. Along with her two teenage daughters, she returned to South America in 2021 to complete the Ausangate Trek in Peru, which included two passes just under 17,000 feet. Those adventures led Rounds to write a book and create expeditionary retreats of her own, to “allow other people to engage in immersive, physically rigor­ous, spiritual and cultural experiences, designed to challenge, inspire, and transform.”

Rounds’ goal for Escape Bound is to use it to promote public speaking, life coaching, and fu­ture retreats to Peru. She has submitted a pitch to the Minnesota Film Festival for an Escape Bound documentary.

Rounds’ daughter, Callie, and her friend, Mia Litzenberg, summed up the exploratory spirit in their song “Escape Bound.” “I’m gonna let loose/See the world in different hues/Life is a blank canvas for/Me to use.”

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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