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One year off : leaving it all behind for a round-the-world journey with our children
Cohen, David, 1955-
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New York : Simon & Schuster, 1999.
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302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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Like Peter Mayle gone global, bestselling author David E. Cohen shares his rollicking and wonderfully true tale of his family's year-long odyssey through 14 countries on five continents. Photos.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Nostalgic for his adventurous youth, Cohen quit his job at age 40 and embarked on a year-long voyage with his wife, Devi, their eight-year-old daughter and two sons, aged seven and two. This account of their adventures consists of 23 humorous and gripping e-mails that Cohen (an editor of the coffee-table book series that includes A Day in the Life of America) sent to friends and relatives during their 1996 journey to 14 countries, including Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, France, India and Australia. Having the children along sometimes made the Cohens anxious for their safety, but watching them thrill at the sight of wild giraffes, elephants and hippos on an African safari, for example, offset their parental fears. Although the children did not share their parents' fondness for visiting museums and churches, they were delighted to live on a houseboat and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A trip to a Jain temple near Delhi (Devi's father is Indian) so enthralled the family that they got locked in after closing hours. Although this year-long vacation included some harrowing moments, such as when daughter Kara nearly drowned off the coast of Queensland, the author considers the rewards of this unconventional trip for himself and his family well worth any risks or inconveniences they encountered. Photos not seen by PW. Agent, Carol Mann. Author tour. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The man who created the "Day in the Life" series now gives us a year in his life√Ąspecifically, the year he and his wife sold the house, closed shop, and took their kids around the world. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 13
Chapter 1 What Have We Done? (Tiburon, California)p. 31
Chapter 2 We Never Get to Go Anywhere (Stinson Beach, California)p. 40
Chapter 3 The Sex Life of Butterflies (Arenal Lodge, Costa Rica)p. 48
Chapter 4 Pura Vida (San Jose, Costa Rica)p. 57
Chapter 5 Those Lovable French (Paris, France)p. 65
Chapter 6 Awkward Moments (Dole, France)p. 74
Chapter 7 Speak French or Die (Saint-Jean-de-Losne, France)p. 81
Chapter 8 Finding Our Stride (Nice, France)p. 90
Chapter 9 Gluttony without Tears (San Teodoro, Sardinia)p. 98
Chapter 10 A Tough Day on the Road (Rome, Italy)p. 108
Chapter 11 Next Time We Take the Bus (Panzano-in-Chianti, Italy)p. 118
Chapter 12 The Museum of Torture (Patras, Greece)p. 129
Chapter 13 Autumn of the Gods (Kusadasi, Turkey)p. 139
Chapter 14 Your Wife Doesn't Love You (Istanbul, Turkey)p. 152
Chapter 15 Kara's Shangri-la (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)p. 164
Chapter 16 "In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle..." (Johannesburg, South Africa)p. 176
Chapter 17 Flight of the Damned (Cape Town, South Africa)p. 187
Chapter 18 The Most Beautiful Place on Earth (Mumbai, India)p. 198
Chapter 19 Another Planet (Bangkok, Thailand)p. 221
Chapter 20 The Middle of Nowhere (Ceduna, South Australia)p. 233
Chapter 21 Heads or Tails (Sydney, Australia)p. 243
Chapter 22 Land Mines and Temples (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)p. 253
Chapter 23 The Lesson of the Buddha Cave (Luang Prabang, Laos)p. 262
Epilogue: Was It All Worthwhile?p. 269
Appendixes Four Frequently Asked (and Unasked) Questionsp. 279
Bibliographyp. 285
Acknowledgmentsp. 289