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4.0 out of 5 stars Right Now is Perfect, 9 July 2011
We've all heard the old saw that "everyone has a book in them." I'm going to make the assertion that almost everyone has a memoir in them that many people would enjoy reading. An autobiography would have too many boring parts, unless they're famous or have led a life more exciting than most. But since the memoir is a focused autobiography, anyone who has had uncommon or interesting experiences has that memoir in them. Whether they have the skill or desire to write a memoir is another question. Carol Ryan has the needed skills.

A large part of "Right Now Is Perfect" is a travel narrative. Quitting work and sailing the South Pacific isn't something I'll ever do, but I can do it vicariously this way. In the past I've made the claim that there were two types of travel narratives, one largely positive, emphasizing the adventure, and the other, focusing on the negative in a humorous way. "Right Now Is Perfect" makes a liar out of me, at least if we file this in the travel section, which I suspect a bookstore would. It has positive adventure, but also plenty of challenges, most of them not humorous.

But "Right Now is Perfect" is much more than a travel narrative. It is a memoir with adventure and romance. Ryan experiences adversities to overcome and plans gone awry. It is also a story of learning to live life to the fullest and making the most of what life brings, whether good or bad.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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