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Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Franz Wisner
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Book Description

This is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fiancée of his dreams- when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married, his fiancée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn't let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have a wedding and a honeymoon anyway- there just wouldn't be a bride at the ceremony, and Franz' travel companion would be his brother, Kurt.

During the "honeymoon," Franz reconnected with his brother and began to look at his life with newfound perspective. The brothers decided to leave their old lives behind them. They quit their jobs, sold all their possessions, and traveled around the world, visiting fifty-three countries for the next two years. In Honeymoon With My Brother, Franz recounts this remarkable journey, during which he turned his heartbreak into an opportunity to learn about himself, the world, and the brother he hardly knew.

Editorial Reviews Review

Franz Wisner had the world by the tail. He was engaged to the beautiful Annie, with whom he shared a passion for conservative politics and a command of quotes from the movie This Is Spinal Tap. He worked as a government-relations official for a California real-estate giant, rubbing elbows with bigwig politicians. But then his fiancée dumped him days before their wedding, and his boss demoted him. So he dragged his younger brother, Kurt, a Seattle realtor and divorcé, to Costa Rica for his already-scheduled honeymoon, where Wisner spilled his guts to a prostitute in the hotel bar. ("Not once did it occur to me that I was having a heart-to-heart with a woman who faked orgasms for a living.")

Both inspired and desperate, the two quit their jobs, sold their houses, gave away their belongings, and traveled the world for two years, romping through Europe in a newly purchased Saab, then hitting the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. Along the way, Wisner got to know his brother in a way he never had ("Kurt had become ... my new best friend") and fought to move past his failed relationship.

Wisner's story is straightforward, heartfelt, and highly readable--though without any true, biting insights--and should connect with readers who've gone through a breakup, career change, or midlife crisis, or fantasized about quitting the rat race. His best travel tip? Throw away the guidebooks, and talk to the locals instead. --Andy Boynton

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Coming soon to a library (and movie screen) near you is this true story of two brothers rediscovering each other and the meaning of life during 24 months of world travel. Jilted by his fiancee mere days before the wedding and demoted at work, Wisner collared his brother, Kurt, a Seattle Realtor, to celebrate his Costa Rican nonhoneymoon. That experience, with the help of a Saab purchase in Sweden, grew into subsequent lengthy trips to Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Sandwiched between the chuckles are letters to their grandmother and short, pointed chapters on best trip advice--for instance, attend a professional soccer match to understand culture--and some good lessons in hustling (bid against yourself, pretend there's a language barrier, among others). Humorous and heartening, it will be fun imagining which Hollywood hunks will star. Barbara Jacobs
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Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312340842
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Bros on a Journey of a Life Time December 29, 2005
The last thing I wanted to do was to read about two good-looking straight guys from Orange County, Calif., who traveled the world to bond with each together and with exotic women. I thought I had nothing in common with them; I grew up without a brother and a father plus I read mostly military and political books. The clincher was watching my wife read "Honeymoon" in two nights, often laughing aloud.

Boy was I wrong.

"Honeymoon" took me for a ride, through California politics and business, then to the altar where Franz, the author, got dumped. Instead of becoming a sour puss, he took Kurt, his estranged brother on his non-refundable honeymoon that lasted for two years. Together they reconnected and shared their dispatches to a bunch of envious desk jockeys back home. Their grandmother gave them the ultimate approval--she was the glue.

I get weird responses whenever I recommend this book to my male buddies, especially Marines. But I'll continue to do so because it's funny, it's personal and it's adventurous. Live a little. Life is short. Never look back. Look for the movie and a sequel in the near future.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Entitled Sees the World January 28, 2012
The author describes at some length his jobs as a Republican op--soliciting money for governmental favors--and a corporate op--soliciting governmental favors for money. He seems to see it is sleazy, what? he's making out--even demoted, he gets a $70,000 bonus. It's all a big game--any consequences for anyone out of his cohort is not on his radar.

So off he goes around the world with his brother and we learn more about his character: If you aren't a member of elite lounge in the airport, just brazen your way in--you're male, good looking, have a high end watch, and you're white. No problem! There's a long line at customs--two hundred people. Just barge your way to the front and cut in. No problem! He screws women in cultures about which he is totally ignorant and then is offended if they a)ask for money or b) stick around after he is bored (which is soon). No problem!--he just blows them off. Beggars? No problem!--after all they're all fakes, right? He gives numerous hints for making fun of them, getting rid of them, etc. everything but giving them anything.

He loves Africa: the people are suffering horribly but they're still cheerful, still have some fun. Perfect! It means it's no problem!

I find it discouraging that no other reviewer seemed bothered by this stuff.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Vicariously May 3, 2005
Had a bad day? Lost a job? Relationship troubles? Why not just go travel for a couple of years? This book made me want to go on a Honeymoon with My Brother. I enjoyed living vicariously through the Wisners. What a refreshing read. It made me laugh (the "dating" stories). It made me cry (LaRue). It made me remember my own travels (Prague). The writing was honest and real. I was impressed with Franz's ability to share so many personal experiences so openly. The adventures were fascinating. I had a hard time putting the book down and was bummed when I was finished with it. My book club read it and enjoyed it tremendously. We have read memoirs before but found this one to be one of our favorites. We cannot wait to read what Franz and Kurt are up to next. And I keep thinking of ways they might need an extra person (to carry a backpack?) so that I can go along...
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 25, 2006
I too had great hopes for this books after hearing the NPR segment. But I found the book supercifial , and not particularly well written (to say nothing of the annoying use of italics). Franz is demoted in his position at work, and his long term relationship falls apart, but there is no real reflection on the reasons for either. He tells you that his performance was exceptional and he was incredibly successful in his job, and implies that the demotion was entirely arbitrary. He never even explores why his employer stripped his job of its key responsibilities and knocked him out of the inner circle. The demotion and break up take up the first 75 pages. I just was not drawn in. The expression that keeps coming to mind is: a mile wide and a half inch deep. His travel tales and personal travails are explained, but never beyond the surface. His description of culture of and recent developmts in Prague is non existent, as he dwells on his escapades with a woman he hooked up with, and then dumps. He states in the book that one of his friends advised him to "go deep", meaning deep into the continents, away from the obvious tourist destinations. Good advice. I wished that the author would have gone much deeper, and not just skimmed the surface.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fake C-Cups Save The Day! September 12, 2010
By CherylY
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In this little bag of dryer lint, a hot shot, top producing political wizard and self-proclaimed "rep-tie rock star" gets demoted out of the blue on a mysterious management whim. Then to make matters worse, the selfish, neurotic, unappreciative girlfriend he is desperately in love with dumps him on the eve of their wedding. She is a hopelessly messed up flake and he is a flawless, well-balanced, brilliant catch who is heartlessly cast aside. Go figure. Boo hoo.

How could a studly guy with his magic charisma and good looks, a hot shot with political career chops earned through his skill at brokering election results and doling out wads of corporate dough, be candidate for a dumping? He is thrifty, loyal, does his duty to God and the Republican Party, is devoted to his grandmother, helps other people at all times, keeps himself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight (okay except in Moscow but that's Russia so it doesn't count). He is patient, generous and tolerant with the little brother who comes to his immediate rescue. He has absolutely no flaws. What's not to love about this smooth talking, self absorbed slice of Wonder Bread? Just ask him!

Well, life can be cruel especially to the good guys, so he bravely decides to suck it up. And our hero The Wiz sets off, dragging around his great big load of love baggage, to travel the world with his quirky, loveable, erstwhile ignored little brother. Oh, yes and they do have some grand adventures, even out of the sack. Unfortunately none of them are rendered with any skill. The whole business is tiresome.

Here's one good thing, though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying to Read
This book reads like something that was self-published and distributed to the author's frat brothers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by contigo
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
As a humanities graduate, seldom do I take to a memoir-- especially from an unknown. The very next day after completing the book, I was compelled to buy its counterpart.
Published 5 months ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Who would have thought...
Great read, especially if you love travel to foreign places/ third world countries....What a great way for adult brothers to reacquaint and for us Westerners to see how wonderful... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gail W
5.0 out of 5 stars Honeymoon with My Brother..Traveling without the Lonely Planet
Loved watching the character growth and transformation in this book. (Semi-spoiler happens in the first get over it...The book goes on from there, but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gigi
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Boy this is a funny book
The story is delighful and has some great twists in in
Plus it makes you think about what is important in life
great gift
Published 13 months ago by EbeTide
2.0 out of 5 stars the book was good but this was an unedited version
This was an advance release or something. I just felt like i was going to draw the red lines all over the book. The book itself was pretty good and really inspired some jealousy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by rory
5.0 out of 5 stars great story and well written
Great story, well written and easy to pick up and start again which is great for traveling. I loved reading about their travels and think this is worth reading.
Published 18 months ago by jamielovesbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great journey
Franz takes you on an excellent journey as his rediscovers himself and the relationship that matters while finding respect and adoration for the cultures of the world. Great read.
Published 20 months ago by nicolejuliette
5.0 out of 5 stars easy fun read
Anyone wanting a good night with a fun, easy read should enjoy this book. Two brothers having an adventurous time traveling after one brother is dumped by his fiance.
Published 21 months ago by Janice A. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but lacking depth
This book has a lot of potential - the premise is interesting and boded well for stories of adventure and personal growth. Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by ruth42
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More About the Author

Franz Wisner has no idea what to label his profession. Writer? International travel addict? Profession dumpee?

He is the New York Times bestselling author of HONEYMOON WITH MY BROTHER, a memoir of the two-year, 53-country honeymoon he took with his younger brother Kurt after being left at the altar by his fiancee; and the recently released HOW THE WORLD MAKES LOVE, a look at dating, marriage, sex, and romance around the planet.

Franz and his honeymooning brother have appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, CNN, and Fox News, among others. He has also penned essays for NPR, Redbook, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and Coast Magazine.

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