25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back

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Inspired by Stacy Juba's bestselling novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, this collection of poignant and uplifting essays is the perfect book to enjoy over your morning coffee. Read about school days, quirky jobs, romance, raising a family, hard times, the writing journey, and much more in these slice of life vignettes from 52 writers. Reflect upon the small defining moments that shape your life. More
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About Stacy Juba

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. Get your FREE Storybook Valley Welcome Kit on her website.

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Reviews of 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back by Stacy Juba

Mareena McGirr reviewed on March 27, 2014

'What were you doing 25 years ago?' That was the question posed to 52 of her author colleagues by novelist and award-winning journalist Stacy Juba. In this collection of poignant and uplifting essays, you will read personal stories dealing with early school days; quirky first jobs; finding and keeping romance; the joys and difficulties of raising a family; going through various hard times; the pride and pitfalls associated with the writing journey; and discover what makes the characters these authors have created truly tick. Each story will alternately warm your heart, raise your spirits and ultimately compel you to examine your own life.

'25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back' by Stacy Juba will help readers discover a entire crop of new authors whose names they can add to their to-read lists. Publishing credits for each of the contributing writers include New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling and Amazon bestselling. They also include recipients of the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award, Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, Mississippi Author Award, Benjamin Franklin Award and Eppie Award, as well as nominees of the Pushcart Prize, Agatha and Shamus Awards, to name a few of the many honors.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this particular book. Alright, so it only took me two years to actually read, but I guess good things come to those who wait. :) I give '25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back' by Stacy Juba a definite A+!

My mother had read 'Sink or Swim' by the same author in March of 2011 and enjoyed it very much. I'm delighted to say that I have Twenty-Five Years Ago Today - the mystery that was the basis for the question asked in '25 Years in the Rearview Mirror' - already on my TBR pile. I can assure you that reading 'Twenty-Five Years Ago Today' won't take me another two years! :)
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
SAMANTHAJULIA reviewed on Jan. 1, 2013

25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back, edited by Stacy Juba is a collection of essays written by a variety of authors. Using her blog, Ms Juba asked for essays answering the following question: "What were you doing twenty-five years ago?". The responses make for enjoyable and interesting reading. Included are recollections of school experiences, memorable (and not so memorable) jobs, family life and overcoming obstacles. I was introduced to many authors I was not previously familiar with. I recommend reading this book as I feel there is a great deal to be learned from the essays.
I received this book free of charge through LibraryThing Member Give Away and I give this review of my own free will.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Rachelle Born reviewed on Dec. 26, 2012

“There is a part of us that pushes us into the danger zones, that urges us to play catch with the explosive and to date the irrational. That skirting with danger can lead to growth and disaster. It can certainly make for good writing.” Ken Weene

This book is filled with essays that take us from grade school to first loves and first jobs to the writing process itself and everywhere in between. Stacy Juba even gives us a couple writing exercises in “Unit-Lessons in Composition.” This was a fun read filled with humorous, encouraging, and informative narratives from writers of all genres. I am excited to check out each of the writers’ individual work, which is easy to do since the editors included a list of author websites in the appendix.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Mickey Dee reviewed on Sep. 26, 2012

I really enjoyed this book of essays and there is one for every taste or mood. I especially enjoyed Friend in Need as it points out how time passes and lives change course. I would recommend this even though I usually read mostly fiction. Life is more entertaining sometimes than that.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Norma Huss reviewed on Sep. 8, 2012

As one of the 52 authors included in this book, I may be a bit biased, but I found all of the essays interesting, and the book to be organized exceptionally well. (Love that cover too.) 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror is a book designed to dip into according to your mood.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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