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The Light at the End of the Trail - Part One

     This is a memoir of Moore’s early life--a life filled with equal parts light and darkness. Battling the neighborhood bullies, embracing the world of nature, surviving his mother’s depression, he finally descended into his own world of sadness. But the sadness was nothing compared to what awaited him at college. With the help of various intoxicants, a mysterious illness overtook him that baffled both him and the best of doctors.

      Meanwhile, the Moore family exploded. His parents separated, one sister joined a religious cult, the other buried herself in therapy, and his mother finally moved to the West Coast to escape it all. There were moments of bright light. At times, his illness vanished and during those reprieves he tried to live life to the fullest. But the quest for a life full of passion and joy pushed his mysterious psyche to the edge--then over the edge. It was time to enter the gates of hell.


More about the author:

Memoir is a dicey genre. There are real people in this book. Their names have been changed but they still know who they are. I’ve been honest about them but even more so about myself. A friend once told me: “I don’t know if I’d have the guts to write a book like this.”I told him that courage and recklessness are close cousins. But in truth, I’m neither of those. I can write about my life now, simply because I’ve finally transcended the darkness I spent much of my life thrashing around in. I’m above the tree line now and have a pretty nice view.



The Light at the End of the Trail, Part One is available in both ebook and paperback at

"David Moore's memoir is full of light, but where there's light there are also shadows. It is full of humor, but behind the comedy there are some demons. 'This is a story about my life--a life of conflict, craziness, occasional joy, and a never-ending quest to save my ass,' he begins. Readers will appreciate Moore's breezy prose that delivers surprisingly intense moments of insight." 

-K.F. Thurber, author of Paris Thibodeaux and the World of Lost Things

"David Moore invites us in to witness and observe his own engaging and sometimes harrowing life journey. Is the inherited darkness that makes an appearance in all of his family members an inescapable curse or a secret blessing, a gateway that could ultimately lead him to happiness?  Moore masterfully sketches a kid's life in Westfield, New Jersey, his college years in Syracuse, and a number of riotous and often surprise-filled cross-country jaunts.  We are lucky to be traveling along on his odyssey!"                                                     

- Robert Resnik, author of Legendary Locals of Burlington

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