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“Wilson's memoir isn't so much about assimilating to Croatian culture as it is about finding family and, therefore, acceptance in unlikely places. A fun-filled, revealing peek into the Croatian countryside nevertheless, it will be enjoyed by travelogue lovers and admirers of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence (1989) and Frances Maye's Under the Tuscan Sun (1996).” ―Katharine Frank, Booklist
“This thoughtful, amusing tale reads like a novel and will have wide appeal.” ―Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Univ. Lib., Rindge, NH, Library Journal
“The author's voice is consistently infused with an energetic spunkiness, complimented with passages of sage introspection…[an] appealing travelogue of discovery and renewal.” ―Kirkus Book Reviews
“In her funny and heartfelt memoir, she packs up her husband and two young children from Des Moines, Iowa, with the plan to live a simpler, more connected life in the ancestral home in Croatia and to learn about her immigrant story.” ―Publisher's Weekly
“Running Away to Home is a sweet journey of reconnection. Wilson and her family move from Big Box America to her ancestral home in Croatia, and in the process become that most precious of things, the truly connected family.” ―Janine Latus, New York Times bestselling author of If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation
“Jennifer Wilson travels and writes with heart and pluck. With her husband and kids in tow, she pushes past all her comfort zone and shows us that adventure is a worthy and rewarding family pursuit. Filled with memorable characters and lovely epiphanies, her tale inspires us to rethink how we define `family' and `home.' ” ―Jeannie Ralston, author of The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming
“I like the heart and good humor of Jennifer Wilson: she has given us a book about the ways sense of place is heightened by displacement and the most enlightening scraps of history must be coaxed from the darkest corners.” ―Michael Perry, author of Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
I don't read a lot of nonfiction but this one hit a lot of sweet spots for me: clear-eyed and funny travelogue of a place I've never been (and now want to travel myself), fresh... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Justin Green
Exactly what was advertised. Item was delivered in a timely manner.Published 5 months ago by mbfirefighter
Fascinating story of a woman finding her roots in a small Croatian village.Published 6 months ago by Bonnalyn J. Martino
This was a great book for learning what daily life is like in the small villages in Croatia. I saw a lot of traits that seem to run though my Croatian relatives.Published 8 months ago by Duncaha
I'm croatian so this tickled my funny bone through and through. Great book! If you're of any ethnic decent (big fat Greek wedding appealed to the same crowd) you'll enj it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fran
I am enjoying this read. The names are so familiar to me, and some of the Croatian expressions that my grandparents used to say are jogging some childhood memories.Published 11 months ago by Pat D.
A very entertaining look at the lifestyle of regular Croatian families.Published 13 months ago by Laurie Roughton
I wish the author hadn't painted the Croatians as such do-nothing alcoholics.Published 14 months ago by Karla Stover