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Books by Roy Taylor

  • The Road to Courage: A Boy’s Adventures on America’s Last Frontier

    Set in the mid-twentieth century, The Road to Courage is narrated by a young boy as he journeys with his family to new and wild territory on the Alaskan frontier, a land where life’s priority is survival rather than comfort. This memoir sketches a portrait of his complex family—courageous, committed, flawed, and yet resilient—and, through a series of terrifying adventures, traces the unbreakable bond between the timid narrator and his fearless, fun-loving brother.


    The family’s faith remains a central thread as the preschool brothers work beside their minister father to construct a log church in Valdez without power tools. Along the way, the reader is given a rare glimpse into life in Old Valdez, a town destroyed by the 1964 earthquake.

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Roy Taylor’s childhood veered into unknown territory when his family moved to the Alaskan frontier before it became a state. For the last decade, he has been writing his wilderness stories, some of which have been published in anthologies. Now retired from a forty-year career as a vascular surgeon, he enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and keeping up with his grandchildren.