Wendell's Books

Author, Researcher, and Memoirist Wendell Affield writes historical narratives that offer an honest yet sympathetic view of what life was like for those suffering from mental illness, abuse, alcoholism, and undiagnosed PTSD.

Muddy Jungle Rivers

Muddy Jungle Rivers, a river assault boat Cox’n’s memory journey of his war in Vietnam and return home, gives the reader a close-up look at life in the Mobile Riverine Force during 1968, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War.

This book won the Minnesota Veteran’s Voices Award in 2017.

Herman (Chickenhouse Chronicles Book I)

In this biography, Wendell Affield researches the life of his stepfather, Herman. Follow Herman’s four-year search for a wife through Lonely Heart’s Club publications. The book includes a rare 52-page Lonely Hearts Catalogue from 1945. It is a great resource for Women’s Studies classes or those researching women’s plight in 1940s post-war America.

“Herman” is FREE with purchase of “Pawns.”

Pawns (Chickenhouse Chronicles Book II)

Caught between a mentally ill mother and a stepfather with undiagnosed PTSD, Author Wendell Affield’s childhood was marked by family dysfunction. In this memoir, which includes nearly 100 illustrations, he recounts growing up on an isolated farm in northern Minnesota in the 1950s.

Praise From Readers

…I found this book compelling, chilling and intensely real. The experience of being there with a slice of American youth good and bad, the tension of frequently being on edge, the horror of battle and being wounded severely is the start, but the rejection upon returning home and carrying all of those feelings for the rest of a vet’s life sank even deeper…

~Harley Smith

Praise for Muddy Jungle River

Wow is all I can say. Good read!!! The details and the way it flows keeps you not wanting to put it down. Highly recommended for any one looking to really look into someone’s life.

~Daniel T.

Praise for “Pawns”

About Wendell

It’s one thing to write a book; it’s another to live it. Wendell Affield never knew his father. His childhood was punctuated by a volatile mother and an unpredictable stepfather. At twelve, he and his siblings were placed in foster homes, his mother committed to a mental hospital. At sixteen, he rode the rails out west and lived in hobo camps. At seventeen, he enlisted in the navy. At twenty, he was wounded in an ambush while driving a river patrol boat in Vietnam and medevaced home. This lifetime of adventure and instability are the foundation for everything he writes.

After being diagnosed with PTSD in the 90s, Wendell began exploring writing as a way to process everything he had experienced. He studied the writing craft at Bemidji State University. Today, he speaks to groups across Minnesota about PTSD and leads workshops to show veterans and others how to use writing as a way to move forward from their experiences.

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