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The Route Paperback – May 18, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Brigham Distributing (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935217240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935217244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Absolutely delightful! The Route shows all the depth and talent of Sears' previously published masterpieces in a witty, fun-filled romop full of warmth and humor. This is a book to read in one sitting-and then run out to buy for all your friends!" --Kerry Blair

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I grew up in the wonder and magic of Lake Tahoe, California. My imagination was nurtured as I tromped around among the pine trees, swam in the icy waters of the lake, and rode my bike on dirt roads.
During my high school years, my mom and I spent time living in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I tromped around among the palm trees, swam in warm ocean water, and rode the bus down busy city streets.
After my graduation from McKinley High School, I went on to secure a bachelor's degree in playwriting from Brigham Young University, and a master's degree in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota.
I came to writing novels later in my life, and the experience has been interesting and joyful.
I am married to George and we have two grown children.

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It's a very quick read, that will warm your heart.
Laura May Long
This is a very quick read, but if you take it a little slower you might just think of how we can all learn from serving others.
V. McMullin
Often I found myself laughing and crying at the same time (in a GOOD way).
mormonhermitmom

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on November 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been a full-time employee of my local "Meals on Wheels" organization for a bit less than nine months. My main job is to enroll those senior citizens new to the program, and to do once-a-year home visits and paperwork updates for those who have already been clients. I've been in the living spaces of about 250 people in my medium-sized city. I swear that all 12 clients Gale Sears profiles in her book must live in every city in the country. The book is a slightly fictionalized journal of her once-a-week meal route, and the changing circumstances and varied personalities and living conditions she encountered. We meet the tragically damaged, the chronically lonely, the dying, the cheerful in spite of everything, the blessed by helpers, and the cursed by adult kids who don't lift a finger. Some are well-off, most are not. Some are mentally sharp, more are in decline in that area. Almost all of them have distinctly courageous or graceful, giving moments easily seen when you share their lives for a few minutes a week. Wherever Mrs. Sears did her route, her people are those I recognize from my own recent experience. There are days of heartbreak, days of inspiration, and days of great frustration for those who feed, or medically care for, or just keep an eye on the oldest of our citizens. Some are stubborn and no longer make decisions which are even in their own best interests, but are allowed by law to say "nope" to offered improvements. Some wish for change, but have no resources to make it happen. Sometimes what is needed is not available to that particular client due to his or her income, or the state's budget, or to an agency's permitted mission. Mrs. Sears' short book will bring tears to the eye of any decent reader three or four times.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison M. Palmer on September 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I laughed, I cried, I came away satisfied and inspired. To me, those are key qualities in an exceptional book. This is a quick, comfortable read for a Sunday afternoon. I'm betting you won't regret your time on The Route with Gale Sears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. McMullin on August 29, 2009
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This is a very quick read, but if you take it a little slower you might just think of how we can all learn from serving others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ma Reader on August 27, 2009
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I don't think that the elderly are represented in books and movies nearly as much as they should be. It's a shame the way they are often treated in this country, neglected and forgotten by their families, often seen as a burden.
Carol has reached a point in her life where she needs to find something to do. Her children are grown and no longer need her as they did when they were young. As she says, "Fifty makes you think. Thirty makes you morose, and forty makes you panic, but fifty makes you think. Half a century, and what is my life? Does it resemble anything I dreamed at sixteen, or expected at twenty,or hoped at twenty-five? What am I doing here? " When Carol sees an ad for volunteers to take meals to the elderly, she realizes that she needs to do it, that this is a way to make a difference in the world.

At first Carol sees her volunteer work as doing something good for the senior citizens on her route but along the way she realizes that they bless her life too as she gets to know and appreciate each one of them. Some of them are harder to appreciate than others, tending to be rather cranky, others are sweet, and still others are fun. Even the cranky ones touch Carol's life and she finds her feelings towards them changing.
I really enjoyed reading this book and my only complaint would be that it is too short. At only 175 pages, it is a very fast read. I would have loved to have another 100 pages or so about their backgrounds, personalities, and families.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mormonhermitmom on August 24, 2009
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Get a box of tissues, ladies. This one plays your heartstrings like a master on a Stradivarius.

The author takes us with her to deliver lunches to the elderly, the infirm, the isolated members of her community. The kaleidoscope of personalities dazzles and depresses, inspires and intimidates, comforts and chills us. Life and death and trauma stare us in the face and won't let go until we acknowledge our own mortality. The author starts out to give service and along the way finds solace for herself. Isn't it always that way? The more you give, the more you receive? Good stuff.

Lest you get the wrong impression, this book doesn't read like a heavy-on-philosophy tome. It's more a conversation between friends with at times serious topics and light-hearted humor. The humor lifts the human spirit beyond the nuts and bolts of surviving day to day. Often I found myself laughing and crying at the same time (in a GOOD way).

I heartily recommend you get this book for yourself or for someone who doesn't feel "needed". There are so many possibilities for service if we are open to them
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