12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time

by Mark Jacobson | Parenting & Families |
ISBN: 0802141382 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 4/2/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, April 02, 2020
Duplicate copy. I'll eventually read the one on Mt. TBR. :-)

12000 Miles in the Nick of Time is about traveling quick over a great distance in the midst of a crisis--in this case, an emergency of the heart. Author Mark Jacobson and his wife, Nancy Bray Cardozo, decided that their family--the three kids and two parents--had reached a mutual moment of decision. Things were tense in the house. Their precocious, darling oldest daughter Rae was raging through teenagehood, staying out late, flunking out of school. The other two, Rosalie and Billy, teenagers-in-training, were spending way too much time in front of the TV. This desultory equation, the parents thought, in their admittedly slapdash way, could only be changed by the introduction of something radical, something big. The World was big. The World was radical. The World would get everyone's attention. To the World they would go, and too bad about the cries and whines of der kinder. It would be FOR THEIR OWN GOOD. So they went, on their particular baedeker, a journey into what the parents surmised would constitute a touch of The Real: Thailand, Cambodia, India (dementedly, the parents actually believed the kids would really like Varanasi, where Hindu pilgrims bring the bodies of their dead relatives to burned on massive pyres, the ashes tossed into the River Ganges), Nepal, the deserts of Jordan, Cairo, the soon-to-be seething streets of Jerusalem, and eventually Paris and London.

12,000 Miles should inspire wanderlust in all those who ever have taken any sort of a journey, or even contemplated one, but this isn't really a travel book. It's not even an adventure travel book, though the Jacobsons certainly had some harrowing and mind-blowing encounters during their three months abroad. 12,000 Miles is about another kind of travel, about remembering who your family is and how you all got that way. It is about journeying through the often impersonal, frightening, dangerous universe with the people who, for better or worse, share your DNA, experiences, memories, and dreams. It is about the spaces that exist in between you and the people you love, how they sometimes grow too great, and how distances can be closed, simply by reaching out and taking the time to look at each other, sometimes in the most remote of locales. This is the story of an American family.

A family comedy reminiscent of The Osbournes, Jacobson's odyssey is also a wider journey. A story about parenting-stretching across generations, an expedition into the minds of five family members as they make their way through a succession of cramped cars, 17-hour train rides, seemingly endless walks through teeming metropolises-and one more bowl of curry.

Fueled by Jacobson's trademark mix of candor and sincerity (and by his own daughter Rae's commentary, who has her say in a "Talkback" section) 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time is a rollicking journey across the globe and a sincere attempt for Jacobson to make sense of his own existential position as: The Dad.

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Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Released 11 mos ago (6/9/2020 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


On its way to booklady331 via her Nonfiction VBB. Hope you like it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Thank you for sending this book to me and sharing it with me. Also thank you for the bookmark. I am looking forward to reading this and then sharing it with someone else.

Journal Entry 4 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Sunday, January 31, 2021
I felt that the book was well written. I feel like I know this family. I was expecting more about how the trip bonded the family and the children's reactions to different places. In a lot of ways, this is a memoir and not a travel book.

Reserved for my NF VBB 1/31/2021

Journal Entry 5 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (3/22/2021 UTC) at Cape Coral, Florida USA


Enjoy! KTM RABCK to Readertoo for Oh, The Places You Can Go Release Challenge 2021 - Nick, Poland

Journal Entry 6 by wingReadertoowing at Sugar Land, Texas USA on Monday, April 05, 2021
I thought this book sounded interesting and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing booklady331!

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