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A Hot Dog Stand in the Himalayas Paperback – October 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438913230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438913230
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Originally from Pennsylvania, Deb and her British husband Pete, currently live on a small farm near the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. They enjoy the simplicity of their rural lifestyle and take pleasure in the daily antics of their horse Colonel, half dozen rowdy barn cats and a large but friendly black snake they've affectionately named "Licorice". The story "A Hot Dog Stand in the Himalayas" began as a diary for their granddaughter. A way for her to remember all of the adventures they had before moving south. Her book embraces the "It is if you believe it is" credo she and Pete live by and have instilled in their kids and grandchild. Deb is currently working on her next book, "A Pizzeria in Pago-Pago", that explore the adventures of Sammie's daughter Krista. Krista is an articulate and whimsical child that some would say has an empathic sensibility towards life far beyond her years. Krista's grandparents Nina, her husband Professor Tucker Chapman Bernard and Tucker's oddball aunt Mona Moon-Rae will play a large part in keeping her in check.

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Originally from Pennsylvania, Deb Martin-Webster and her husband Pete moved to Western North Carolina and live on a small farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. After retiring from a successful career in Art Administration, she has taken on a new career as a novelist and humor writer. Her novel Love, Montana was selected and published by HumorOutcasts Press. The sequel, Always, Montana is published by Shorehouse books. Deb is one of the original writers forming the successful online humor magazine, Humoroutcasts.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Deskins on September 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
A Hot Dog Stand In The Himalayas, by Deborah K. Martin is a book to be treasured!

This book is compelling from start to finish. The author chronicles a grandchild's special relationship with her grandmother from childhood through early adulthood and illustrates how profoundly a grandparent's love can impact a child's life.

I found myself making mental comparisons between the grandmother in the story and my relationship with my own grandchildren. Hopefully they will remember their relationship with me with as much joy.

The storyline, as seen through a child's eyes, is very descriptive and makes you feel you are along for the ride as an "invisible friend." As the main character ages, she realizes that her grandmother has always been instrumental in adding a dimension of wonder and imagination to the way she experiences life.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent or hope to be in the future, don't miss this book! It will give you new insight into the ways a child views the world and how you can add to the magic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Gelean on July 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
A fabulous book for young and old, as we find ourselves back in our childhood right away. What wonderful memories this book will bring to those fortunate to have known a grandmother like Grandmom. The story really belongs to a three year old girl named Raelyn but her Grandmom always calls her Sammie because that's what she thinks is more to her personality. Sammie narrates the story with a beautiful innocence and brings back all the magic we adult and even many teenagers have left behind us. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to read the book. With a title like "A Hot Dog Stand in the Himalayas", what else could I do, I knew I just had to read it. I think it was calling out to me personally.

Deb Martin-Webster must have somehow retained the magic of early youth, she is so on the mark! If I had a hat I would tip it! She has a remarkable sense of turning imagination into reality. She has tapped into our souls and the child within, either what we were or what we wish we had been. Reading much like a diary, the story flows as conversations, shared secrets and jokes, wonderful camaraderie between the young Sammie and her grandparents Grandmom and Pop-pop. This is a story for all ages: children will enjoy the thoughts and interactions of Sammie and her Grandmom, older readers will enjoy the storyline, the opportunities around them and ahead of them, and the mystery of "Falling Rock". Adults will remember an earlier, more innocent time, relationships, and recognize the value of imagination as quoted by Grandmom to Sammie, "It is if you believe it is."

Though short (this version is 96 pages), it is packed with life and covers four generations and 6 characters. In other words, this takes us from Sammie at 3 years to Sammie married, with a daughter of her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CozyReadersCorner on June 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a child our imaginations are endless, our ambitions know no bounds, our dreams are realistic possibilities and our feet are never still. Somewhere along the way our feet pause and slow down. Our dreams fade to what will probably never be, and our ambitions have boundaries. We lose sense of our imagination because we are no longer innocent and our imaginations are easily blocked by the harsh realities of life. As far away as these qualities may go, they never disappear. Deep within us all lays our imaginative self, the ambitious dreamer, the child within.

A Hot Dog Stand in the Himalayas captures this child and doesn't let her go. It is grandma's memories, a granddaughter's words and actions spoken, a beacon reminding us all that we are life. We are all the excitement, joy, hopes and dreams. Who says only children can keep that alive? The book challenges you to find your inner five year old and remember. Take your wisdom and knowledge of the years and use it to help fuel those ambitions and dreams, never loosing sight of your imaginations. For "It is if you believe it is"!

I really enjoyed this book. It was simple and easy to read. It was short, a nice cleansing of my mental palette, a break from the longer novels I have been reading. I was wrapped up and drawn into my own childhood memories of my beloved Nana. It was as if I were five again and learning to cook and dream big. It is a flashback, but yet a glimpse of the future. It will challenge you, if not for yourself, then for future generations. I would recommend this book to all readers, young and old. It will hold something different for each, because we are all different. One thing will remain the same, the memory of your youth and the thoughts that young child dreamed and imagined.
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By dfris on February 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
From the same town as the author. Got it to help support the locals, was surprised that I did enjoy it....!
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A Hot Dog Stand in the Himalayas is a very quick read. Well written, it is from the view of a child who tells about her wonderful and memorable relationship with her grandmother. It's a group of small quips and memories, moments caught in time as if they are mental snapshots.

Written with style and ease, the author truly makes you feel as if you are there. It had me longing for the days I had spent with my own grandmother and wishing I had written down such vivid moments that may have seemed "normal and everyday" to most but so special in hindsight.

You will smile at the ideas, chuckle at the childlike love and actions, and enjoy every moment that you are allowed to spend inside the mind of a child.

As I read I couldn't help but wonder "Why the title?" but as seemingly fit it all came together in the fashion you would expect of the entire story as it's told.

I guarantee you will walk away from this quick read, glad that you were given these few moments in the life of a family and yearning for the memories of your own childhood that made someone in your life that "very special person." Wonderfully written and definitely the bright beginning of an author that I hope to see more of as time goes on. Truly enjoyable.
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