An Unobstructed View


As my sixtieth birthday approached in 2017, I should have known better. Life had taught me there was nothing certain about any journey.

I had already navigated the ups and downs of my St. Louis childhood, struggled along as a single dad, shed illusions of a straight existence in favor of an authentic life, and retraced the path of my mother’s life from fertile ground.

Yet, I didn’t expect the journey I was about to embark upon with my husband–waving goodbye to one home in suburban Chicago and resurfacing in another in Scottsdale, Arizona–would prove to be as circuitous.

My third memoir, An Unobstructed View, is the personal story of my cross-country journey from Illinois to Arizona, the unexpected detour I discovered on my way west, and my unfiltered reflections on home, fatherhood, following your dreams, and the fragility of life.

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What readers are saying about An Unobstructed View

Five-star review in April 2020“This wonderful and uplifting book reads like a compilation of short stories, but it is beautifully woven together to demonstrate all interconnections that make up a community and a family. The book also pays tribute to people who may only be in our lives for a short time and emphasizes that a brief encounter does not diminish significance. Mark’s story is one of courage. Courage to start a new chapter in life, and courage to move forward with optimism even when life throws the ultimate curveball. His journey will take you through his love of baseball, the joys of owning a dog, and the challenges of being a gay man. Although these are only a few of the anecdotes he explores, you’ll quickly notice that the book is well poised to connect with a large readership.”

Five-star review in February 2021 … Mark Johnson has a way with words and his storytelling touched me on so many levels. There were parts of the book that made me laugh and there were other parts that made me cry and reflect. Everything he shared was so moving and relatable. An Unobstructed View is an easy but satisfying read that packs an emotional punch. I’ve already suggested it to several friends and I can’t wait to read it again.”