About the Book
"Am I the only one?"
That question sent Lee Warren on a pilgrimage in which he visited thirty coffee shops in Omaha, Nebraska. This collection of heartfelt insights about love, loss, loneliness, and the deep need for connection is the result.
He ended up spending $136.42 on coffee and a few donuts, but it was a small price to pay for the commonality he felt between the patrons, baristas, and himself. And standing on common ground gave him strength in the most unexpected of ways.
Maybe it will do the same for you.
With more than 50,000 downloads or reads, 'Common Grounds' has reached the "Top 250 Free in Kindle Store" as well as reaching the No. 1 spot in the free Kindle store in the memoir category. And it has been ranked in the Top 35 for non-fiction books at Wattpad, where it was a featured selection. It has also been a featured selection at instaFreebie.
What people are saying
Lee Warren's writing is honest, insightful and thought-provoking. After reading his 30 short essays in this book I wished that he had written 31. But, truth be told, if he'd written 100 essays I would have longed to read number 101. -Ramona Bracker
As I read this book I heard the background music, smelled the fresh cappuccino, and gained new insight through Lee’s eyes. From the hilarious “rabbishgrobber” child at Dunkin’ Donuts to the achingly tender memory of a friend’s lost battle with cancer, the author weaves warmhearted vignettes that include poignant glimpses into the author’s heart, similar to reading a friend’s diary over his shoulder. After reading this book I wanted to sling my arm around the author’s shoulder and buy him his trademark skinny vanilla latte. - Jeanie Jacobson
This book was a perfect fit for a life-long people watcher. I've often wondered, as Lee Warren does, of the rest of the story behind the characters that walk through our lives. I very much enjoyed the sneak peeks of his observations during each coffee stop and to be the 'mouse in the corner' knowing what that guy in the corner is really writing on his laptop! Besides a mini-trip into the world of a free-lance writer and the world of coffee, I found his unexpected connections, adventures and useful knowledge especially enjoyable because of Lee's vulnerability and his quirky sense of humor. Quick reads for your next coffee stop that will make you take a second look at the world around you. -Delores Liesner
From the first pages, this book starts to answer the question that many of us have asked, am I the only one? Each of us has a story and Lee has found a way to learn some of these stories while visiting coffee shops and observing the employees and other customers. He uses his talent as a writer and his honesty and courage to relate these observations to challenges in his own life. I share many of the challenges that Lee describes and this book has caused me to realize that I am also not alone when it comes to handling the situations faced each day. I highly recommend this book and hope you will have similar realizations concerning your own life. -Stan Hall