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May This Be the Best Year of Your Life: A Memoir

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After stepping out of her comfort zone of American suburbia, Sandra Bornstein found herself in a life altering experience that made her question the meaning of marital bliss. Living alone in a three-hundred-square-foot dorm room, she taught fifth grade at a renowned international boarding school in Bangalore. This compelling, honest, and edifying memoir shares everything s ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Ashley
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
May This Be the Best Year of Your Life by Sandra Bornstein is an empowering memoir of love, commitment and adventure. I admired the strength that she was able to display during a time of such uncertainty. I also greatly respect the love and commitment she showed to her marriage and her family; this being the ultimate deciding factor causing her to move from her life in Colorado for a new adventure abroad in India.

Sandra married Ira very young and the two were inseparable while they attended, an
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Lisa Kearns
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book directly from the author, in exchange for writing an honest review. The description of this book intrigued me because I lived in India in the 1970s, as a teenager. I've also lived overseas as an expat wife for more than 10 years, so I opened the book feeling some kinship with what I know were the author's struggles.

Sandra Bornstein's story begins with her husband, Ira, accepting a job for an Indian company, which will require him to be gone from home for long periods of time
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Fiona  Linday
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover was interesting, with great colours! I was attracted to the 'looking up' part of the woman.
What worked for me was around the empowerment of women, the empty-nest link, faith and general commitment to family. I could empathise on all these accounts and they kept me turning the pages. Sandra’s journey was indeed a labour of love and I admired her guts! The ‘same old’ balance of family life came up against personal sacrifices to do with her choices. I was intrigued to find out about the
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Jessie
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you often dreamed of picking up your life and heading overseas? Thought about the joys and challenges of teaching in another culture? Envisioned yourself making a change in yourself – and others? Educator Sandy Bornstein did just that – and has written a compelling, honest, and interesting glimpse into the life of an international teacher. In her new book, May This be the Best Year of Your Life: A Memoir, she shares difficult life decisions, intercultural differences, international teaching ...more
Liralen
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't usually start with the blurb (or include it at all), but in this case I think it might be useful context in terms of my experience reading the book. This is what GR had (though it's not the same as the back-cover copy):
After stepping out of her comfort zone of American suburbia, Sandra Bornstein found herself in a life altering experience that made her question the meaning of marital bliss. Living alone in a three-hundred-square-foot dorm room, she taught fifth grade at a renowned intern
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Sandra Stiles
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, memoir
I would love to be as adventurous as the author of this book is. I see her as not only a creative person, but a very brave soul. As I read her book I kept thinking, I would not have the courage to go to another country and function at times on my own. It didn’t matter that part of that time she was with her husband or her son. When her husband as a terrible accident back in the states she is finally offered a teaching position in India. She bravely takes the job. I understand why. As terrifying ...more
Gayle Swift
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Leap of Faith that Challenges Self, Family, Religion and Culture
Stories of women adventuring beyond a staid American life intrigue and perplex me. How do these writer/adventurers muster the courage to veer off the easy path of an American middle-class life, forsake the safety and security for the possibility of the transformational experience of a lifetime?
May This Be the Best Year of Your Life: A Memoir by Sandra Bornstein provides a peek into one woman’s journey. Many factors converge to inf
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The Styling Librarian
May This Be The Best Year of Your Life: A Memoir by Sandra Bornstein - Adult – Really enjoyed this story, ideas about living as an expat in India and finding your own way… Terribly honest at times… I was curious to complete this book as it began with a chapter that then led you through the book to get back to that event. This book made me appreciate being an expat in Hong Kong. I have elevators that work, electricity that doesn’t go out, hot water without an issue, I can purchase things at the s ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
MAY THIS BE THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE: A MEMOIR by Sandra Bornstein is an interesting memoir. It is the story of this author's journey through another country,a foreign country,India, to be exact. Her struggles,her patience,learning another language,the social challenges,and the professional challenges she faced. She has chronicled her adventure through journals. With her faith,her passion for life,her desire to educate,and her confidence,which may faltered just a little,but brought her through ...more
Sara Dimerman
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs

Stepping outside of our comfort zone and deciding to take an unknown path towards a strange new world is never easy. As I lived vicariously alongside Sandra by reading her memoir, I found myself inspired by a woman whose love of family and desire to join her husband in a foreign country, triumphed over fear and uncertainty about taking on a life so different to what she had known. Ultimately, despite challenges and obstacles, Sandra's experiences were enriching and positively life altering. Her
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Joey Dimerman
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I applaud Sandra Bornstein on this personal, poignant biographical account of self discovery when journeying to India in unchartered waters to resume her teaching career. Sandra marries her love and appreciation of her religion and culture as a Jewess and her intense love for her family along with her passion for being a primary school teacher. She paints a very descriptive picture of her challenges and triumphs as she travels through India as well as her internal emotional pain at being separat ...more
Kathleen
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
here's the link to my review on my website--we are also giving away a copy of Sandra's book--so feel free to enter. Open to US giveaway ends 3/21/13
http://mybestofbothworlds.com/2013/03...
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Sarah
Jan 19, 2013 marked it as to-read
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I will be receiving this book for free from Goodreads First Reads
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Sandra Bornstein, an international educator and writer, has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college level courses at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College. Sandra holds two master’s degrees- one in education from the University of Colorado and another in Jewish Studies from Spertus College. While in graduate school she wrote biographical essay ...more

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