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Notes from the Sand Paperback – October 15, 2011

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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.

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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,456,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author and comedian, Jeffrey Neil Simon passed away before he was able to fulfill his dream of writing and starring in his own one-man show. In memory of this brilliant man and entertainer, his widow, Stephanie Simon, recently published his book "Notes From The Sand". Director, Kenneth Kokin (producer of the multi-Academy award winning film "The Usual Suspects"), has joined up with Stephanie Simon to adapt this humorous and meaning of life-filled adventure into a full-length feature film.

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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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I never met the author, of course. He left the planet years ago. But this book made me feel as though we were old friends.

I connected with the first part immediately. Jeff was an overweight, burned-out salesman--stuck in a life he didn't know how to escape. Then his wife swooped into his office with a bold suggestion: "...let's sell everything and go live on a kibbutz in Israel...".

I love the raw, humorous style and the deepening introspection the author shares.

They say this book is being worked into a movie and I'll be first in line to see it when it debuts.

Thank you Jeff and Stephanie for taking the path with heart and writing about it. Many modern seekers will be inspired by your courage.

Jacob Nordby
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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
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