Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick: Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters by Jennifer Wilson

Due out October 11, 2011

Product Description taken from Amazon:
A middle class, Midwestern family in search of meaning uproot themselves and move to their ancestral village in CroatiaJennifer Wilson, her architect husband, and their two kids lived the typical soccer-and-ballet practice life in the most middle-American of places: Des Moines, Iowa. They overindulged themselves and their kids, and as a family they were losing each other in the rush of work, school, and activities. One day, Jen and her husband looked at each other - both holding their Starbucks as they headed out to their SUV parked in the center lot while the kids complained that the store didn't have their favorite soda - and asked themselves: "Is this the American dream? Because if it is, it sort of sucks." Jim and Jen had always dreamed of taking a family sabbatical in another country, so when they lost half their savings in the stock-market crash, it seemed like just a crazy enough time to do it. The family packed up and left the troubled landscape of contemporary America for the Croatian mountain village of Mrkopalj: land of Jennifer's ancestors. It was a village that seemed hermetically sealed for the last 100 years, with a population of 800 (mostly drunken) residents and a herd of sheep milling around the post office. For several months, they lived like locals, from milking the neighbor's cows to desperately seeking the village recipe for bootleg liquor. As the Wilson Hoff family struggled to stay sane (and warm), what they found was much deeper and bigger than themselves.

This one is due out in just a week, and being from Iowa I am interested in the Iowa connection.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds like a good one Tina.

Giselle said...

Never heard of this one before. Sounds like a Jodi Picoult Novel :)

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Jill said...

I'm so drawn to books with a geographical connection to me...great pick!

nomadreader said...

I'm drawn to the Iowa connection too!

SweetestLittleBookworm said...

Oh! I have read a synopsis of this book at some point and I remember thinking it sounded so interesting, but I had forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me! I think it sounds like it could be great. :)

~Asheley (Into the Hall of Books)