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Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All Paperback – February 3, 2015
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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"Any parents who have gotten through the launching stage of life with their sense of adventure (and humor) intact deserve our attention. They got mine! If I could be on the road againand I guess we really all canthis is how I’d do it. An empty nest just means the kids have learned to fly. How nice to know the parents can too!" Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids
"It's quite a talent to turn a midlife journey into compelling and amusing reading, and the authors of Going Gypsy clearly have that talent. There are as many smiles as miles in this unique travel memoir told in the voices of both halves of a newly nest-emptied couple. Veronica, especially, shares her internal struggle with genuine insightafter all, she's been a very involved mother of three kids. Can a couple really just sell the nest and take off in an RV with hardly any plans? Seems so, and we lucky readers vicariously get to enjoy it all with them." Susan K. Perry, creativity blogger at PsychologyToday.com and author of Writing in Flow, Loving in Flow, and the empty-nest novel Kylie's Heel
"Warm, funny, clever, and inspiringmakes you see the fun in being empty-nested, whether you take to the road like David and Veronica or stay at home and reinvent your life with the sense of adventure they found on their journey." Linda F. Burghardt, PhD, author of The Happy Empty Nest
"A thoroughly charming account of a romp across America and beyond by childhood sweethearts who discover life without children, rediscover the joy of thirty years together, and learn firsthand the magic of living with eyes wide open to the wonders of a new and independent life." Victoria Zackheim, editor of Faith: Essays by Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists
"As soon as I read the dedication I was 'in,' and the rest did not disappoint. I found myself chuckling at every turn. Loved the writing style as well." Rayya Elias, author of Harley Loco
"Veronica and David's story reminds us [that] when we set out in search of adventure what we really discover is ourselves." —Karen McCann, author of Adventures of a Railway Nomad
"Charming and adventurous . . . Reading their book feels like they are sitting down with you and telling their hilarious adventures over a couple of smart cocktails. . . . A great book to read when you're on vacation." —Arthur Wooten, author, playwright, and creator of The Dizzy Traveler
About the Author
Veronica James was born and raised in Southern California and was like, totally, a Valley Girl. Against any sane person’s better judgment, she ran off with a musician at age eighteen. After procreating, she became Earth Mama, then Helicopter Mom, hovering over every detail of her children’s lives. She and her husband are the creators of the popular website GypsyNester.com. Veronica has held approximately thirty-three different jobs including writer. She is never bored.
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What stopped me from giving a five-star review? I felt that while there were lengthy descriptions of the internal wrangling of heart and head, there was not a similar emphasis when it came to descriptions of some of the roads driven or places visited. For a reader who does not live in the USA, I would have enjoyed a little more geographic description. I felt towards the end of the story, it became more of a summation of events quickly passing by, rather than a little education. Many would argue that memoir is not about education however, I dispute that argument in that memoir is often what influences some of the choices that a reader will make about visiting a particular place or country. That aside, it did not stop my enjoyment of the struggle the parents, and particularly the mother, faced on their continuing life journey as Gypsies.
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But Going Gypsy is mainly a book about growing up. It's about children growing up into responsible adults, and about parents growing into a kind of freedom they never thought they would have. Giving up a life that most of us would call *normal* David and Veronica embark on a road trip that takes them first across all over America and eventually all over the world. They give up the security of the well-known to face adventures most of us will always dream about, but never have the guts to follow.
Four stars out of five because–for me–it's too short a book