My Book Reviews
From Debra Neisler of North Carolina:
“Just got the book in the mail today. I am on page 30 and you are just arriving in Bulgaria. I see you had some travel experience under your belt. Love the descriptions of the towns and people. I think that is what I long for… to see how the rest of the world lives … I can only imagine how a trip like yours changes you. Oh, loved the opening story about your mountain climb.
In another email, Debra writes: “I wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I finished it on Saturday and, as always with a good book, I hated for it to end! I especially enjoyed your travels through Egypt and India. As matter of fact, I can’t wait to plan my trip to Egypt, after I tackle Europe….Your descriptions of the train rides were fascinating. Keep in touch!”
Angie DiMauro of Clearwater, Florida, sent this review also to Oprah, recommending me for her show and the book for her list:
“Hey Boomers, Dust Off Your Backpacks” by Linda J. Brown, is a superb travel odyssy. Between the pages you will meet a diplomat who is going around the world and reporting back that the people in other countries are our friends. When for selfish reasons, the politicians and religious leaders want to keep us separated, Linda is proving them wrong. Perhaps Linda dropped the biggest bombshell when she says, “Pretty awful…today the low and middle classes still struggle so mightily for every scrap they put in their mouths.” Give Linda a seat in the United Nations – she will accomplish what all others fail to do, extend the loving hand of friendship and harmony. Because of Linda, God’s Will shall be done on the Earth as it is in Heaven. If you want to meet a living prophet, read this book.”
Marsha Reiniers of Spring Hill, Florida wrote:
“I’m only about 10 pages in – but I’m loving it! I can’t wait to give my sister and sister-in-law their copies so we can discuss together on our “girl’s” weekend in Hilton Head later this month.” (She is setting up a radio interview for me in Hernando County, which…) has one of the largest population of seniors in the country…Lots of baby boomers here…although, I think your book goes well beyond that demographic.”
And in a different email, she says: “And the book just gets better :)”
My niece, Lynda Cay Breen, of Tallahassee, Florida, wrote in an email tagged “Your Wonderful Book:”
“It’s your niece, Lynda Cay, and I just wanted to tell you how much I’m loving your book! It’s fabulous! I told Randy last night that I’m reading it the way I read really good books. I speed through the first part, devouring it, then as I reach the last 70 or so pages, I slow way down because I don’t want it to end!
I’ve just ordered a copy of it for Jim’s Aunt Betty for Christmas. She is a true free spirit. She’s done a lot of traveling (not nearly like you have done), and I think if you two met you would hit it off immediately. I can’t wait for her to read it. I enjoyed all the photos and the interview on your website and look forward to more of your travels.”
Wow! This book is inspirational! , December 8, 2008
I actually bought this book as a Christmas present for my mother-in-law (who’s about to turn 70), but started glancing through it myself before sending it off. Before I knew it, I had finished the book and felt like I had travelled the world in a few days. It’s not written like a travel book; rather, it’s an eyes-wide-open, funny, first-person account of one senior citizen’s ramble through the world. It’s very readable and honest. I just love the idea of this intrepid grandmother waking up on a crowded overnight bus in India to find an elephant’s face staring at her through the window, blithely accepting rides from probable banditios in Northern Albania and sharing dinner and conversations (having no common language!) with locals all over the world. It’s an amazing way to spend your retirement (financed by a social security!), because, as the author says: life is about pushing the boundaries, no matter what age. Although this book is targeted to baby boomers, I think it would be appreciated by anyone with an open heart and a sense of wonder.
FANTASTIC reading! This book is so much fun!, December 5, 2008
Linda J. Brown takes us on the adventure of a lifetime. She throws on her backpack and dives into to third-world countries, a fearless traveler who doesn’t care that she’s a senior citizen on the road alone or living within the bounds of her Social Security check. Brown is an incredible character who will inspire you to find the adventure within yourself. Buy this book!