The Happy Clam

Non-Fiction - Motivational
240 Pages
Reviewed on 01/28/2022
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Author Biography

Rose got her first lucky break, getting the chance to write a weekly column for the Flyer News student newspaper at the University of Dayton. What were those editors thinking, giving a column to an unknown Geology major? Next, she started playing rugby while getting her Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois, and went on to play for Beantown when she moved to Boston in 1992, all providing the material for her first book, Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life, published in 2003, a philosophy of life based on rugby. If her first book was all about staying a child – or at least child-like – as long as possible, Rose’s second book, The Happy Clam, is all about being an adult, and maintaining some sense of equilibrium despite it all – becoming a supervisor, dealing with losses and failures, and yet finding the humanity in all. Rose continues to write, regularly adding posts to her blog, Rosebud’s Blog ( on topics spanning current events, culture, art, science, politics, and STEM. The playlist to accompany The Happy Clam is in the July 2020 post. Rose originally hails from a small suburb outside Chicago that may or may not have been the hypothetical setting for Wayne’s World, and now resides in the Boston area, where she luckily and happily found love with her spouse, Susan.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Happy Clam is a motivational self-help book/memoir written by Rosemary A. Schmidt. Schmidt draws from her own life and uses personal anecdotes to convey lessons on various aspects of the human condition to help people lead happy and fulfilling lives. The author also cites examples from experts in a myriad of fields to back up her assumptions and makes convincing arguments that force you to introspect. The book is about growing up and the eternal pursuit of happiness. Schmidt believes that positive words, slogans, or mantras have a profound effect on people's subconsciousness. She also showcases the ways meditation helps prepare the mind for other endeavors and encourages people to eat healthy food, sharing some of her mother's favorite homemade recipes of several delicious dishes.

The Happy Clam is a book that should be on the bookshelves of everyone in the current climate. Rosemary A. Schmidt has a way with words that invigorates your soul and makes you feel optimistic despite the countless problems facing society at large. The author relates the pain of losing her sister and her mother, but she manages to find a way to navigate through the grieving period. She also recounts her experiences of working as a supervisor. There is a surprising amount of humor sprinkled throughout the pages that makes Schmidt's writing all the more engaging, and I honestly found myself chuckling out loud once or twice. You also get some really cool recipes to soothe your stomach as well as your soul. Highly recommended.