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Length: 262 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Luba Haviar was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1940, the daughter of the eminent Slovak cardiologist Dr. Vladimir Haviar. She attended Comenius University where she majored in foreign languages, centering on French. Her early plans to travel to Africa to teach French were derailed when she met the Slovakian doctor Fano Ruzicka. They fell in love, married and started their journey to America. After stops in New York, Wisconsin and Arizona they finally settled, with their two children Vladimir and Renata, in Taylor, Texas, just outside Austin. Fano went to work at the Johns Community Clinic and Hospital and Luba began her travel agency "Luba's Travel". She now lives in The Hills, TX, near Austin, and has four American grandchildren.

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  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089NZFKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Luba Haviar was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1940, the daughter of the eminent Slovak cardiologist Dr. Vladimir Haviar. She attended Comenius University where she majored in foreign languages, centering on French. Her early plans to travel to Africa to teach French were derailed when she met the Slovakian doctor Fano Ruzicka.
They fell in love, married and started their journey to America. After stops in New York, Wisconsin and Arizona they finally settled, with their two children Vladimir and Renata, in Taylor, Texas, just outside Austin.
Fano went to work at the Johns Community Clinic and Hospital and Luba began her travel agency "Luba's Travel".
She now lives in The Hills, TX, near Austin, and has four American grandchildren.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Sigg on June 29, 2012
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I enjoyed the book a lot. Being an Immigrant to USA myself I could identify with a lot of Luba's experiences. This is a great book for anybody who doesn't always appreciate/understand what living in a free country means.
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"Luba's Travels" is a story. It's a good story and it's also an auto-biography of a real person. Anyone who has tried to make a life for themselves in another country, while still loving their birth place, yet does not feel safe there, will identify with her struggles and triumphs. All Americans who ever immigrated here to make a new life struggled with the conflict of who they were, who they were becoming, and who their children would become. It's the same conflict that most of our ancestors have had in America, for most of our ancestors came from somewhere else, and many were those who escaped political conflict. It's just that some were in further past history than Luba, and some in more recent history. It's the story of an immigrant to America who stayed because she and her family wanted to become Americans, but they still loved their birth home, and the families they left behind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweeter Designs on July 19, 2012
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For all the woman out there who desire a good life for their family and most importantly their kids... this story is for you. This is an amazing story of a tough woman that was not afraid to spit in the face of evil of the highest order, demanding that World Wars and Communist regimes would not steal her promise for a good life for her and her family. Anyone facing hard problems, read this book. Be inspired and hear this great woman say, through the pages of her life story, "Get up! Show up! Be feisty! Be tough and courageous and fight for your family!!! You can do it!" This is a wonderful story of how LOVE conquers and goodness prevails.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katrinka on July 18, 2012
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A must read for anyone who has immigrated from their homeland in search of freedom and opportunity in America and for all Americans who take their freedoms for granted. This first-hand account of the challenges and heart ache endured in exchange for freedom and opportunity. The courage and ambition to create a new life through hard work and determination. A story of real truths, family ties and traditions, world travels, human emotions along with birth and death. An inspiration to everyone as Luba tells all in this amazing memoir.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.L on December 1, 2012
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Luba's story is admirable and an inspiration to everyone. It is a journey of life, where with determination, strong will, and love you can overcome everything and achieve anything.

Reading this book, all my memories came back to life. I experienced Czechoslovakia during the same time. She very aptly describes life in her homeland, especially the dark Communist period. "Travels of the Heart" is genuinely about the travels of the heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olina on November 30, 2012
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As an immigrant from behind the "Iron Curtain" and Luba's friend - this book has a special meaning for me.
It is a very personal account of Luba's life starting in the communist Czechoslovakia (the old country), meeting Fano (her husband) there and continuing in the US (their new homeland).
Luba pours her heart and soul into the pages of her book.
You can easily cry as well as laugh with her.
I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate Hepburn on September 6, 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It truly makes me appreciate what people can survive and still have happy, productive lives. Easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jirina polakovic on August 12, 2012
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In our 30 years of friendship and being from the same country, we discussed these stories many times. While reading this in the English language, Luba , you did a hell of a good job. I would especially recommend this book for everybody that would like to experience life under the iron curtain of communism. I missed seeing some pictures of your stories, you should have put them in. Congratulations for a great book!
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