Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Happy Clam – 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Awards Category Finalist



The results are in!

Good news, The Happy Clam was just recognized as a Category Finalist in the 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. A full listing of Category Finalists and all award recipients are shown on the next two links.


“Schmidt has constructed a thought-provoking examination of what produces happiness and how we can change our lives to widen our enjoyment and effectiveness within our daily, individual spheres.”

Eric Hoffer Awards

Read the judge’s full commentary in the US Review of Books:


2021 Readers Choice Awards – Voting is now open!

The Happy Clam was just nominated for the 2021 Readers Choice Awards contest by TCK Publishing! Voting is open through Nov. 13, 2021.

Please vote for it at

Category: General Non-Fiction (page 5)


Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Award:

More commentary from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Award Judges:

“This short, sweet book is like a long conversation with your really smart best friend. The writing style is casual and funny and very well-informed.”

“I found this to be a very informative and uplifting book. It seems, perhaps at first glance, a very simplified guide to life. However, the personal insights shared, the failures and successes, the tips on how to find the positive and even the recipes all add to make this a very good workbook for living.”

“This book delves into the common areas of psychology and spirituality, drawing cautiously from resources of both. The author’s viewpoint is open-minded about all perspectives in these areas, in fact, the importance of being open to all ideas is one of the themes of this book which is consistently addressed. It is a particularly timely topic right now.”


Good Reads

Read more about the book here on Good Reads and see who else is reading it now:

Author’s web page:



Don’t forget to go back to the July 2020 blog for the book’s soundtrack!


The Happy Clam is out and available at:

-       Belmont Books

-       Brookline Booksmith

-       Concord Bookshop




Just in time for the summer, the perfect beach read!

 Stay well!  Keep reading on!



© 2021 Rosemary A. Schmidt

Rose Schmidt is the author of The Happy Clam (Gainline Press, 2020), and Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life (Gainline Press, 2004). The views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the views of any other agency or organization. Use of individual quotes with proper citation and attribution, within the limits of fair use, is permitted. If you would like to request permission to use or reprint any of the content on the site, please contact me. Twitter: Rosebud@GainlineRS


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