"Paradise is what many seek, but few ever find...an uplifting story
of two men who find their love, and search for paradise, finding it in New Zealand...a poignant pick
for those looking for positive and gay memoirs, highly recommended
." --THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"...This is a portrait of a paradise, warts and all...Intended for travel lovers, humor fans, history buffs and any dreamer looking to improve their standing in life...hints at worldly adventure and a deeper knowledge about the mystery of living in this world.." --QueerMeUp.com"...From Fashion Island...and celebrities on the beaches to...the land of cannibals and flightless birds...they are both Ms. Gabor and both Eddie Arnold ('Green Acres')--they both love southern California and farm life in New Zealand...110 miles from the nearest stoplight..."--GAYTRAVEL.COM
In THE LAND NEAR OZ: TWO GAY YANKEES MOVE TO NEW ZEALAND, memoirist and humorist Aaron Allbright examines the mystical fringes of life with a side of love and a little hash. Filled with great affection, indescribable moments of serendipity, and a few cattle calls, this debut is a raucous spot of fun.... --GlobalGayz.com
From the Back Cover
Like Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence and Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, this memoir shows the explosive, endearing, and unforgettable follies of being an expat, as well as the wild mysteries of living a full life. Here readers glimpse at what comes after adventure--and are given intimations of mortality in paradise. A sort of modern-day gay Huck Finn, who becomes a professor and then runs away from it all, author Aaron Allbright lights out for the Territory and moves to the land of cannibals and flightless birds. With his beautiful lover Beau, an IBM exec who chucks Big Blue, he makes a life Down Under. Even more Down Under than Australia--called Oz by folk thereabouts. Not since Herman Melville voyaged to the Antipodes--not since Ishmael shared a cozy bed with Queequeg, that affectionate cannibal from New Zealand--has an American met Kiwiland in the way you will meet it in this memoir. Allbright describes the wanderlust of being a human exploring the world and the bright, cheeky landscapes of humanity.