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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462002927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462002924
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,974,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Baskin was a features writer for The Boston TAB, at the same time that she worked as a clinical social worker. She often uses her familiarity with "the mad, the bad, and the totally unbelievable" to fuel her often wildly imaginative stories. Jane of the Jungle is her first novel. It tells the hilarious and heartfelt story of a baby boomer widow who thumbs her nose at financial ruin and hits the road in a converted tour bus to find adventure, crime, mad bikers, telepathic tigers, talking foxes, and of course, true love.

Jane of the Jungle has won numerous awards, including Silver Medal in the Foreword Book of the Year Awards, and Honorable Mentions in The Hollywood Book Festival, the Indie Excellence Awards, and Readers Favorite Awards.

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Jane had high-hopes for her golden years at the age of fifty-eight. Shortly after becoming a winner in a radio contest, she looks at her future as she contemplates enjoying many more years of pure content. However, just a few years later, the unexpected knocks her off her feet after the loss of her husband, leaving her with financial hardship. The more she looks back, the more determined she becomes to ditch her Nursing job, and hit the road. The adventure begins as she sets out on a mission in her RV, meets new people, and receives a tempting offer that's hard to refuse. Her mission becomes much more interesting as she finds herself in places, she never imagined she would be. The further she drifted away, the more strange her road trip became. To make matters worse, she hooks-up with a mobster, finds herself flying airplanes, then meets Sadji after a plane crash. In the midst of biker gangs, hit-men, and danger on the way, was there time for romance? Was Jane paranoid, or was someone out to get her? During weird situations and dangerous encounters, did Jane grieve at loss and reflect on her life? I highly recommend this novel to all adventure lovers, who enjoy dark comedy with action and suspense, blended with a hint of romance. Jane Baskin, writer and clinical social worker, delivers a colorful Masterpiece of mystical magic and realism in one incredible adventure through the life of the main character. A widow attempts a second chance in life, after losing her best friend and everything she had in a desperate search to find the possible dream. The author takes the reader on a magical carpet ride as we laugh and cry, but also reflects on our own definition of life's expectations.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Schneider on February 21, 2012
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Alternative title: So I shot them. I just didn't know what else to do.

This is Jane Baskin's first published book, as far as I know. There is no doubt that she can write. The question is: does she have something to tell us?
The book is strangely ambiguous in that respect. Heroine/narrator Jane is portrayed by author Jane as an attractive 60 y old .... That may turn some off and some others on. It raises my interest level, which is needed, as her adventures are not entirely of the kind that guarantees my attention. You could call it a crime story with road trip and romance, spiced up by surreal elements, a biker commune idyll and a Disney style fairy tale.

Jane has lost her husband, her money, her house, her job as a nurse, and is now drifting with an RV vehicle. She grieves and philosophizes. She has a hole in her life. Some of the hole is older than her widowhood ... Her husband had been her best pal for his last 10 years, but lust had gone away. She is an incomplete person. (Women are a misconstruction of nature. When they are young they complain that they are sex objects. When they are old they complain that they are not. Says Jane B.)

Jane's gregariousness leads her into an adventure: she links up with a mob outfit and gets hired to fly a plane from Yucatan to the US. (She is a hobby pilot.) The criminal background of the task is undeniable, but unclear. The adventure starts with a road trip in the company of an attractive 63 y old mobster. We are on the verge of romance for a while. Then we are over the verge, but it doesn't last, which is good for readability.
After her mate seems to die in a plane crash, she crash-lands her own plane on a Rockies forest clearing, and meets a Siberian tiger, Sadji, who can think and talk like a human.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. West VINE VOICE on February 20, 2012
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If you can suspend your strong urges and temporarily believe in magic, you should enjoy this unadulterated magic bus ride with wild enthusiasm. By looking past that which cannot possibly happen, to the inner core of Jane of the Jungle, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the wisdom and eternal truths lurking where you least expect them. It may help to be middle-aged to really appreciate this book, but the kernels of insight will astound you. While certainly enjoyable for all ages, for those of us past our prime, this tome is filled with the distinct reveries that we so often indulge in regarding how we lived our lives and how we've squandered all of those lost opportunities while we kept our head down, shoulder to the wheel, fulfilling obligations to a career and often a family. Not necessarily in mid life crisis mode, but certainly in a reflective and inane mode, Jane shows us how we could have been happier, richer in faith, love, and life had we not been so ponderously trudging through our own expectations of what life was/is supposed to be about.

This author, Jane Baskin, reminds me a bit of Janet Evanovich, with characters whose skills are a bit too outrageously coincidental (since I don't believe in coincidence) to be realistic, but since nothing in this book is within the realm of "shoes nailed to the ground" reality, why let that bother you as well. This novel is simply a romp: a magic bus ride through the dreams of someone who reaches middle age and reflects on what his/her life would be like if everything and anything was possible. If you intend to take this book too seriously, you'll miss the sage tidbits dropped on nearly every page throughout the storyline.
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