Tour: Hits, Heathens and Hippos

Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer

Memoir, humor, nature, music business

Date Published: February 28, 2021

Publisher: Encante Press, LLC


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Be inspired, intrigued, and entertained!


Everyone has dreams of what they want to accomplish in life. Marty Essen’s
childhood dream of becoming a herpetologist gave way to his dream of
becoming a popular DJ, which led to his dream of becoming a big-time talent
manager, which morphed into the dream of becoming an in-demand author and
college speaker. While he achieved most of his dreams at various levels, he
also realized that he didn’t necessarily have to reach the top to find
success or happiness. Sometimes “almost” is close enough.

Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer
is a humorous and inspirational memoir that explores relationships and
careers and how seemingly minor events can lead to life-changing results.
Compelling stories have filled Marty’s life, and he tells those stories in a
conversational style that combines his talents as an award-winning author
with his talents as the creator of a one-man stage show that he has
performed at hundreds of colleges across the United States.

This is a must-read for anyone faced with an unexpected career change,
worried about finding and keeping the partner of their dreams, forced to
take on bullies (whether individual, political, or corporate), eager for
ideas to make life more satisfying, or just in search of a fun-filled



“A thoroughly absorbing and inherently fascinating account of a most
unusual life lived out in a series of equally unusual
circumstances.”—Midwest Book Review

“With thought-provoking explorations into making peace with family
members who adhere to differing religious values, tales of his time as a
talent agent, and escapades with gigantic rainforest monitor lizards—there
is much to enjoy in Marty Essen’s memoir Hits, Heathens, and Hippos:
Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer.”—a 4/5 starred
IndieReader-Approved title, reviewed by C.S. Holmes



About the Author

Marty Essen began writing professionally in the 1990s as a features writer
for Gig Magazine. His first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the
Seven Continents, won six national awards, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
named it a “Top Ten Green Book.” His second book, Endangered Edens:
Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades,
and Puerto Rico, won four national awards. His novels, Time Is Irreverent,
Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! and Time Is Irreverent 3:
Gone for 16 Seconds are all Amazon #1 Best-Sellers in Political Humor. Hits,
Heathens, and Hippos is Marty’s sixth book, and like all of his books, it
reflects his values of protecting human rights and the environment–and does
so with a wry sense of humor. Marty is also a popular college speaker, who
has performed the stage-show version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet on
hundreds of campuses in forty-five states.


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Twitter @MartyEssen




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