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25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  20 reviews
This collection of poignant and uplifting essays is the perfect book to enjoy over your morning coffee. The stories will warm your heart, raise your spirits and compel you to examine your own life. As a tie-in to her mystery book Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, novelist and award-winning journalist Stacy Juba invited her author colleagues to answer the question "What were you ...more
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published August 4th 2012 by Thunder Horse Press
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Monica Brinkman
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Monica by: Stacy Juba
You will laugh, cry, wonder but anyone who reads this collection of memories from 52 renowned authors as they take a walk down memory lane, will find it truly entertaining.

Stacy Juba got it right when she came up with the idea to ask a few authors to write about what they were doing exactly 25 years ago today. You will be surprised in the variety of tales and will certainly reflect on your own memory of long ago.

If you like 'Chicken Soup for the Soul', then this book is for you. It warms the hea
R.P. Dahlke
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
wow! This was such a hoot to read after we all contributed. The results are short essays by successful, working published authors of today. It's smart, funny, sad, poignant... but always interesting. What were these authors doing 25 years ago? Some were writing, some just beginning, and some were on a totally different path.

Have YOU ever thought of writing a book, but didn't know if you could, or should? Read these charming entries, and you may find yourself inspired.
“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
Sharon Cook
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm also someone who's featured in this book--thank you Stacy--and am proud to be part of such an imaginative, humorous and courageous bunch. The variety of experience and outlook make the book lively, quirky and fresh. Readers will take strength in learning how others coped with difficult situations. The stories are incredible--and best of all, they're true!

Sharon Love Cook, contributor and author of A Nose for Hanky Panky and The Legend of Judgment Rock and other Mystery Stories.
Norma Huss
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
With 52 authors (one of them me) you know there is something here for all readers. As I read other authors' contributions, I find funny moments, brief stories of hardships overcome, and poignant insights into the human experience. Of course, since most of us write fiction as well, there are even events from our characters' pasts.

I could ask, what were you doing 25 years ago?
Donna Crow
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Great collection of essays. Fun, quick to read, great variety. I'm delighted to be one of the authors included. ...more
Red Tash
Aug 08, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Wonderful collection of short essays about personal moments in the contributors' respective pasts. Honored to be included. ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Enjoying all the stories. What a wide selection of topics and writing styles. A real potpourri of essays.
Patricia Gulley
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
An interesting little book of essays allowing the writers to look back to 25 years ago.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This is a collection of very short asides from 52 different authors recollecting events from 25 years ago. Some are sad, some are happy and some are funny and enlightening. I have to say I haven't ever read or even heard of any of these authors so I have no base in which to judge them by. I'm not sorry I read it, but I wouldn't pay money for this anthology. 3 stars ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2013
While I read and enjoy fiction, both as entertainment and sometimes for what it can teach about real life, and non-fiction, for learning, the memoir, which I also enjoy, is somewhere in the middle. It’s true, or at least some person’s view of the truth, but done well it can still entertain, just like a fictional story. We all have stories that, given the prerequisite writing chops, could be entertaining. Which leads me to a few observations about books like this (and others like it), as well as ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes short stories
Recommended to Mareena by: Stacy Juba
'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 au ...more
Thom Swennes
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-e-book
When a blog for writers was placed on the net, it received many reactions. The request was made for writers to contribute stories, tales and tidbits about their life and doings a quarter of a century earlier. The many responses were heartening but the realization that these impromptu tidbits could easily be lost forever in the ever-expanding World Wide Web; never to be seen again, prompted this publication.
I am sorry to say that I haven’t read anything from ANY of the fifty-two writers that con
Tom MacCasarlaigh
I was a while reading this book as it's not the type of book you would read in a few sessions. It's more a magazine type book which can be revisited again & again hence the time taken for me to read the book. The theme of the book is in the title and if I am honest I would say that the book did not work for me. I found the essays, for that is what we have here, essays, I found it some of them to be a vehicle for some of the contributors to advertise their previous works which didn't sit well wit ...more
Judy Sheluk
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
A series of very short blog post by 52 authors, looking back 25 years. Some work really well, some less so. This is a great go-to read if you're waiting at the doctor's office, or for the train, the kind of book you'll pick up if you have a spare 10 minutes. I enjoyed it, but found that as I waded through story after story, I was yearning for a bit more detail, a bit more depth. Perhaps 25 authors looking back 25 years, with lengthier prose, would have satisfied more, but I admire Stacy Juba's e ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s a nice book of short snippets from a bunch of different authors about what their lives were like 25 years ago. The reflections are mostly brief and it is an easy read, great to read one or two sections when I only have a few minutes and don’t have time to get super involved in my book. I also like that I’m being exposed to a bunch of different authors and if I like their writing and style, I can go look them up and add some of their books to my to read list.
Julie Powell
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for review and found it to be fascinating. A whole host of authors offer peeks into an array of thoughts and feelings about 25 years ago.

A clever and insightful look into great writing and what affects our lives, choices and decisions.

Certainly worth reading these well written pieces.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stacy Juba came up with the idea of asking her author friends to write an answer to the question: "What were you doing 25 years ago?" This collection of essays/answers is a great read and really provides insight into the ups and downs of life. Some of the stories make you laugh out loud and others make you cry out loud! A treasure not to be missed! ...more
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Russell K. Kudo
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mixed bag

Like any varied author collection, some were better than others. Good read for airplane travel or waiting rooms. Would look for other work by some of them.
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