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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312340842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312340841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

Customer Reviews

Inspiring journey with Franz and Kurt.
This is a great book for all of us who wonder what would happen if you just left your life behind and went wherever the wind takes you.
Wendy K.
The sex scenes were laughable and added nothing.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Quang Pham on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By Conn Sunyata on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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, but...so 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 By Literary Crew on May 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By AmazUser on March 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By CherylY on September 12, 2010
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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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