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Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir Kindle Edition

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Franz Wisner had the world by the tail. He was engaged to the beautiful Annie, with whom he shared a passion for conservative politics and a command of quotes from the movie This Is Spinal Tap. He worked as a government-relations official for a California real-estate giant, rubbing elbows with bigwig politicians. But then his fiancée dumped him days before their wedding, and his boss demoted him. So he dragged his younger brother, Kurt, a Seattle realtor and divorcé, to Costa Rica for his already-scheduled honeymoon, where Wisner spilled his guts to a prostitute in the hotel bar. ("Not once did it occur to me that I was having a heart-to-heart with a woman who faked orgasms for a living.")

Both inspired and desperate, the two quit their jobs, sold their houses, gave away their belongings, and traveled the world for two years, romping through Europe in a newly purchased Saab, then hitting the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. Along the way, Wisner got to know his brother in a way he never had ("Kurt had become ... my new best friend") and fought to move past his failed relationship.

Wisner's story is straightforward, heartfelt, and highly readable -- though without any true, biting insights -- and should connect with readers who've gone through a breakup, career change, or midlife crisis, or fantasized about quitting the rat race. The author's right-leaning views, sprinkled throughout the text, may rub some readers wrong. His best travel tip? Throw away the guidebooks, and talk to the locals instead. --Andy Boynton

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Coming soon to a library (and movie screen) near you is this true story of two brothers rediscovering each other and the meaning of life during 24 months of world travel. Jilted by his fiancee mere days before the wedding and demoted at work, Wisner collared his brother, Kurt, a Seattle Realtor, to celebrate his Costa Rican nonhoneymoon. That experience, with the help of a Saab purchase in Sweden, grew into subsequent lengthy trips to Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Sandwiched between the chuckles are letters to their grandmother and short, pointed chapters on best trip advice--for instance, attend a professional soccer match to understand culture--and some good lessons in hustling (bid against yourself, pretend there's a language barrier, among others). Humorous and heartening, it will be fun imagining which Hollywood hunks will star. Barbara Jacobs
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 943 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (April 1 2007)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I saw these guys (the brothers from "Honeymoon With My Brother"), on Oprah in September, and was intrigued by their story. I ordered their book, and just finished reading it. What can I say? I LOVED it! Amazingly honest insights into human behavior the world over, not to mention wonderfully personal cultural insights and "lessons" if we choose. I am awed and enlightened by the experiences these two brothers have shared, and look forward to another book! If I read (at their website correctly, they are currently on another world tour for their next book?
I recommend visiting their website while reading the book, as there are wonderful photographs of places they have visited and mention in the book. Kurt's (he's the photographer, Franz is the writer) got an amazing eye.
There are many "moments" in this book, but I think the moment Franz experienced with the African children was the most profound for me. I cried with him.
There's also plenty of humor throughout their journey. One incident that made me laugh out loud, (embarrassingly because I have had a similar experience!) is when Kurt and Franz swipe a little Ben Gay under their noses before climbing into bed (to try to cover the wretched smells saturating every corner of their "hotel" room). "Nature calls" Franz during the night, and he's forgotten about the Ben Gay still lingering on his fingers... . Too funny. There are many hilarious scenes as they travel from country to country.
These two guys share a worldwide adventure, as well as a deeply personal journey. That they were able to break old debilitating barriers, and become "real" brothers is encouraging in a world where depth in a relationship (whether partners, parents/children, or siblings) has become an anomaly.
You've gotta read this book.
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Format: Paperback
I saw Franz Wisner on Oprah several months back and thought his story sounded intriguing enough to pick up the book. I'm just finishing it now and this is one of those books that has entertained me immensely and also given me a different look on the world. As another reader mentioned, the moment with the children in Africa is truly profound.

It's a rather simple story. One brother is ditched at the altar days before the wedding and is quickly being demoted at work. Devastated but not destroyed, he goes ahead with the "wedding" (minus the bride) and takes the honeymoon trip with his brother instead. He then convinces his brother to drop everything and travel around the world for two years. The tale of their journey because both entertaining and meaningful. Franz, the writer and he writes in a very engaging manner. I actually feel like I've been to those places with him and felt what he's felt. I hope he writes more on his travels!
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book although some of it read like (the dreaded) "tour guide" and some of it was boring (especially the political jargon). But if you got past that, it's a pretty funny and enlightening book. It definately made you want to travel around the world! (I wish!) The chapter entitled "This poor old world of ours" made me cry. Mostly the book made me hunger for more. I think this book would make a great movie! I could totally picture the Wilson brothers (Luke & Owen) playing the parts of Franz and Kurt! I look forward to reading the next book!
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