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 has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag: she pursues whatever story ideas won’t leave her alone. Stacy’s titles include the adult mystery novels Sink or Swim and Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, the children’s picture books The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children’s E-Book Bundle (Three Complete Picture Books), and the young adult novels Face-Off and Dark Before Dawn. She is also the editor of the essay anthology 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back. She is a former journalist with more than a dozen writing awards to her credit.

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Review by: Mareena McGirr on March 27, 2014 : star star star star star
'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 long after purchase)

Review by: SAMANTHAJULIA on Jan. 01, 2013 : star star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Rachelle Born on Dec. 26, 2012 : star star star star
“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 long after purchase)

Review by: Mickey Dee on Sep. 26, 2012 : star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Norma Huss on Sep. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

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