Thursday, April 16, 2015

Not Without My Father Book Tour Highlights #memoir #hiking

 It's so sad to see our authors go, but in tribute we do a recap of the highlights of their blog tour with us at Pump Up Your Book.  Today we're highlighting Andra Watkins and her NOT WITHOUT MY FATHER Virtual Book Publicity Tour.


About the Book:

Title: Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace
Author: Andra Watkins
Publisher: Word Hermit Press
Pages: 240
Genre: Memoir
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero?

Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days.

After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim.

As Watkins trudged America’s forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. In Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Watkins invites readers to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn I wish I had into I’m glad I did.

About the Author:

Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films. In addition to her writing talent, Andra is an accomplished public speaker. Her acclaimed debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press in 2014.

Her latest book is the memoir, Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace.

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Virtual Book Tour Highlights

“I must say that I enjoyed reading this book immensely. In my opinion, this was a beautifully written story; poignant and funny, but also extremely moving. I was consistently reminded while I read this book that in everyone's life, no matter how difficult the relationship may become with a loved one, there are always certain special moments or memories that can never be forgotten."

-- Emeraldfire's Bookmark (review)

I would recommend this book to all readers as it contains elements of each genre which will delight those who have a favorite. There are whimsy and thrilling moments. The whole story seems like a tale that was crafted to stand a significant test of time. I believe this book will be read by future generations and will benefit from some of the lessons in patience and understanding as well as a sense of the difficulty surrounding the original trek by Meriwether Lewis.”

-- Perfectly Unperfect (review)

The gradual shift in Andra's thinking about her dad, from being maddened by him and wanting to quit walking so she doesn't have to stay with him to accepting his foibles, recognizing his mortality, and seeing the undercover way he does truly care and worry for her (and she for him) is lovely. This book and the experience that spawned it is a gift to both her father and to herself. ”

-- Book N Around (review)

"I am recommending everyone from teenagers on up read this book.  For the younger set, I hope you view your parents in a different light and learn to appreciate their concern for you.  Start a conversation and ask why they have the ideas and opinions they have.  I hope you learn something.  For older readers, I am sure you will find your own relationships somewhere in these pages.  Put that fresh awareness to good use and use the time you are given.  As Andra encourages: Make a Memory.  When Andra reaches her final mile marker, please continue to read the Epilogue and additional pages of information.  You will not be disappointed.

--Laura’s Interests (review)

I appreciate Andra’s candor with exposing her issues long held within regarding her parents. Capable writing skills, feelings in black and white font add tenderness to an already sentimental narrative. Her quick wit, wry humor and huge heart endear her to readers. Her father is a hoot, truly a one-man-show. No doubt the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. With all certitude Andra has material for a novel based solely on her father, his stories alone worthy of sharing, a man larger than life possessing a very vibrant personality. I enjoyed the intimate glimpse of these two rebuilding their rented bond. A story I found inspiring on a physical as well as emotional level. Andra excelled in making a memory singularly and plurally.”

--The Discerning Reader (review)

I wanted to read "Not Without My Father" by Andra Watkins because I read "To Live Forever."  I was interested in the Natchez Trace and learned a lot of interesting details that I did not know about before.  Because I enjoyed " To Live Forever" I was interested in the journey that brought the author to the book and her experience in the trail.  I was even more interest to see how she would accomplish this with her sidekick-her daughter.
I have to say I realy enjoyed the story/ adventure that Watkins shared. I appreciated the honesty that she shared and also the raw emotions and the discoveries they had throughout.  This was a great companion to her novel and helped me appreciate it more.

--Book Nerd (review)

"I found this to be a wonderful story of a woman's determination to follow through with her commitment, and to understand and relate to her aging parents in a deeper way. If you enjoy memoirs, I highly recommend Not Without My Father. "

-- My Book Retreat

"While the Natchez Trace itself is full of history and intrigue, Not without my Father is more a story about relationships and how a father and daughter came to terms with each other.
I definitely recommend the book if you love reading about relationships and also a little history thrown in. I’m giving the book 4 stars."

-- My Life.  One Story at a Time.

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