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12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Family Tale

Jacobson, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0871138522 / ISBN 13: 9780871138521
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2003
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2003 As New Book, Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 271 clean tight unmarked pages, light blue end pages, book has blur cloth boards with 1/4 blue spine with gilt embossed lettering, jacket is blue with a full jacket color illustrations of the family and the many places that they visited, white, black and grey lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 004100

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Title: 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Family ...

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Recounts the author's decision to educate his three children about the world by taking them on a three-month tour of several countries including Thailand, India, Israel, France, and England; a trip during which the family's bonds were tested by cramped vehicles, long train rides, endless walks, and unfamiliar foods.

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American pop culture has decimated a formerly rich civilization and left in its evil, McDonald's/TV/CD-driven wake zombified kids and adults with unrefined tastes. So asserts former Village Voice writer Jacobson in this self-congratulatory treatise on how to save one's children from pop-promulgated perdition while also bonding as a family. A parental how-to for upwardly mobile hipsters, the book has no Dr. Phil "just sit down and talk" attack plan. Rather, Jacobson promotes a kind of intellectual Outward Bound program to get one's kids into "The World" and, consequently, another way of thinking. In 2000, Jacobson, his wife and three kids (aged 16, 12 and nine) left cushy Park Slope, Brooklyn, and spent three months traipsing through Asia, the Middle East, England and France. They witnessed funeral pyres burning on the Ganges, Cambodia's Pol Pot museum, religious infighting in Jerusalem, Giza's pyramids and other phenomenal sights. Throughout, Jacobson muses on the meaning of life, in language alternately way cool and smugly anachronistic. An epilogue by his eldest daughter (who's now a college dropout) gives no sense that the trip imparted the meaning her father had envisioned. Alas, the Jacobsons are never true participants on their travels, but mostly voyeurs on an experiential voyage. The book's elitist tone and commentary may leave some readers feeling insulted and perhaps somehow lacking (if they are trying to provide for their children what Jacobson's privileged trio were born to).The irony in Jacobson's memoir is its resemblance to a reality TV series: lots of tell-all revelation with little insight.
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