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When a stand-up comedian - insurance salesman chucks the good life to live in a Kibbutz and trek around the Middle East for six months you have to admire him (and his wife) for stepping out of his comfort zone to learn the meaning of life and his place in it. 
 
Carolyn Wilkerson, Author of Hasta Manana

"Jeffrey Simon's search for the meaning of life is a hilarious travelogue, filled with sharp observations, poignant anecdotes, and timeless wisdom learned on the road."
 
Michael Ray Brown, Owner of Story Sense, Script Analysis 


"The reason I love Notes, apart from the fact that I loved Jeff, is that it's a moving and witty combination of external observation and deep introspection. Every time I go back to the pages I learn a little bit more about my best friend, and often, a little bit more about myself." 

Michael Buckley, Author's Best Friend

From the Author

"Notes From The Sand" is a hilarious and insightful journal about Jeffrey Neil Simon's adventures in the Middle East at a time in his life when he was looking for answers about the meaning of life. Simon, once a stand-up comedian, used humor to highlight the absurd which, combined with sincerity and warmth, earned the hearts of many readers who anxiously awaited his regular e-mails about his travels. This is Simon's legacy to the world and to his children, his imprint on mankind, and his gift to all who take the time to read his "Notes", gaining insight into our endless search for the answers to the universe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Blockhead (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615537669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615537665
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,653,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had no idea this book was coming out. Took me by surprise. I'll keep it simple. This is a great book. The reason it's great is because the author is a regular guy. It's a hybrid travelogue/life commentary that comes at you with a very real-life scenario. Two people, people just like you and me unsatisfied, decide to leave for Israel, and see what happens. Simon offers great "Zagat" esque reviews of places all over the middle east, but before you know it he is throwing us in the middle of arguments with cab drivers, life on a Kibbutz, surviving Egypt and beyond. He also includes his take on Israeli politics that I found to be refreshing. To me, he is pro-human. That spoke to me. This book is beyond political giving us a true "American"-standpoint, which I loved. Simon is a Jew, but firstly, he is a person, looking for insight, and meaning, and is willing to truly step out of his comfort zone in order to achieve this. I can relate, profoundly, and strongly recommend it to anyone thinking about getting out of their day-to-day routine, and deciding for themselves to truly have an adventure. I felt like Simon was right there beside me, just giving me his two cents which is so very refreshing in this day of back-room punditry and political correctness. Simon tells it like it is. Highly recommended.
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Jeffrey Simon's book is not only a fascinating travel journal,
but it is also a humourous and at times serious look at
one couple's search to find meaning and purpose in thier
lives. What courage it took to sell everything, quit their
jobs and embark on a journey full of unknowns. I commend
his wife, Stephanie, for the courage to get the book
published, after the sad and untimely death of her
husband, Jeffrey. What a legacy she has provided for him and his
family.
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By Leslie on November 21, 2011
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Very well written, transparent, funny book published posthumously by the author's widow. If anyone has traveled abroad he will appreciate many of the observations - if not, it's a good primer. I'll probably never get to the Middle East but after reading this book, I feel like I've been there .
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