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The day the brochure came was a typical one. With a wife and five small children, a hectic schedule, and a new book due to his publishers, Nicholas Sparks was busy with his usual routine. The colorful mailer, however, described something very different: a tour to some of the most exotic places on Earth. Slowly, an idea took hold in Nicholas's mind and heart. In January 200 ...more
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Published January 3rd 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 5th 2004)
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Chari
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I learned that:

Life is not fair...

God works all things out in the end, even if to us it doesn't seem right....

A family must stay together through it all....NO MATTER WHAT!

Noone is perfect...we should try looking at ourselves first..

Investing in your children and their future is priceless...

We all must get away sometimes to sort through our bag of trash and emotions that we have picked up along life's journey....

A man and wife are truly a team and I need to figure out how to have that kind of par
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[Shai] Bibliophage
I've read a lot of books by Nicholas Sparks in the past and I am quite curious on the life of this author. When I saw this book, I was intrigued not only by the title, but it piqued again my curiosity about Nicholas Sparks' childhood and family.

This was on my to-read list for quite a while and recently I was checking on what book I should read next. I grabbed right away the opportunity to read it and it didn't disappoint me. If you are fan of Sparks' works and also curious on his life, you shou
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Nate
Jul 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
This one's specifically for John: look I know you don't respect Nicholas Sparks, but you've got to admit that if someone presented you with the opportunity to make millions upon millions of dollars by writing books you'd probably take it, even if all you could write were romance novels. Nevertheless, this book has absolutely nothing to do with The Notebook or Message in a Bottle and I guarantee if you read it, you will appreciate it. So do it, just like I read Game of Thrones for you.
Joe Krakovsky
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading this book I quickly came to the conclusion that I did not like it. The main reason being was that it seemed like there were two different story lines here that the author kept jumping back and forth between. It was if he couldn't make up his mind which story he wanted to tell. He starts out by telling about going on a trip around the world with his brother (and not the wife? come on!) and then just when they get to some exotic setting, and starts to describe what is there, ...more
Amy
To any of my reading buddies, it's no secret that I pretty much loathe the novels of Nicholas Sparks. I have tried them, and nope, not for me. There's a history and a story there, which I've recorded elsewhere, but the main part of that story is that I do have personal respect for the man, after a chance encounter with him at a Books-A-Million years ago.

A huge crowd of women were fluttering around an author. He was a clean cut, preppie-ish kind of guy (I remember that his blue shirt had an unfor
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Shanna
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Thanks to my mom for introducing me to this book, it is totally different than any other Nicholas Sparks book. It is actually a memoir written by his brother and himself. Tells the story of his life in a very personal way as he takes a 3 week trip around the world with his brother. Warning: it is a very sad book! I loved it though - couldn't put it down. Makes me want to go read all his other books now that I know where he got his inspiration.
Suzanne
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn't reviewing when I read this! Loved it. Obviously they are in a position of privilege, but the moral themes discussed I enjoyed.
Jeannette
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Sparks beautifully weaves stories from his childhood with a trip around the world with his brother. Have tissues on hand. It'll make you cry.
Stephanie
Jul 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
I definitely liked Nicholas Sparks’ autobiography more than I thought I would (and considering I am only giving it two stars, that doesn't say much). This book is kind of two stories wrapped together: the first being Nick’s 3-week trip around the world with his brother – the only other living member of his family; the second story is how they got to be the only living members in their family (aka their family life and the separate deaths of their mother, sister and father). I found myself much m ...more
Zenki the Hermit
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an adventure.
Kelly
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm old enough now that I no longer apologize for anything that I read; I certainly no longer feel that I have to justify my reading selections to anyone or feel bad if I read popular fiction, etc. With that said, I read Sparks fiction regardless of the disdain I receive from some of my peers. I picked this book up expecting the same cliched, romantic, overdone plot of his fiction books. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was different. I have a complicated relationship with my family, an ...more
Kathrina
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is what happens when prisons don't employ librarians...a bunch of male offenders pick dreck like this. Now I want to read The Notebook, only to figure out how to sell a novel in one week for a million dollars. If this guy can do it, anyone can. I'm thinking the secret is: exploit tragedy to its extreme, and continually refer to what a good Christian you are. And be a huge UGLY AMERICAN and then be kind of proud of it.

Yes, Micah, you definitely deserve to be the one guy in centuries they all
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K.D. Absolutely
Jun 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: All Nicholas Sparks fan (hey, this is his biography!)
Recommended to K.D. by: No one
Shelves: given-away, bio
This is my third book of Nicholas Sparks. I bought this because this is his only non-fiction book and it is partly his biography as well as a travelogue so it is like buying 2 books at the same time. I remember that the reason why I bought Message in the Bottle was that I saw the movie and I wanted to read and further enjoy the letters in the bottle. I bought his other novel The Lucky One last year in LAX because I saw that it topped the New York Times Bestsellers List and I had to kill time in ...more
Jennifer  Karchmer
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this fabulous book in one weekend, zipping through it cover to cover.* It was one of the first books I read on the Kindle and found myself making "notes" on the electronic device at both funny and poignant moments. The writing is conversational, the dialogue true to life, and as an autobiographical account of Sparks' relationship with his brother, very touching and sweet.

In one scene, Sparks tells us about his attempt at the famed 'wooden-rocket powered by CO2 cartridge' feat in the Cub
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Jan
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book before in my life. Nor have I seen any of the movies based on his books. To tell you the truth, his stuff has always looked very cheesy, generic, and melodramatic to me.

However, this is not one of his fiction books. This is a two-part memoir, written with his older brother Micah. One part of the memoir is about their childhood. The other part is about a 3-week trip around the world that they took together in 2002. Each chapter starts with a certain phase
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Angie
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nicholas-sparks
This book for me had me going from laughter to melancholy, from sad and upset but overall I enjoyed this book and I can highly recommend it.

It covers 3 weeks wheree nick and his big brother Micah go on a group trip around the world, visiting among other places as lalibela,Ethiopia, machu picchu, the temples of Cambodia, the inka pyrimids, Easter islands and other places like that. In between he writes about his life growing up and all the strains and loss that he and Micah had to cope with.

After
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John Paul Mahofski
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I sit back and listen to many in our field "librarianship" destroy this man. He writes chick books (not my words), he has no talent, he uses software templates, every story is the same, his career has been handed to him, he's so lucky.
While what is true is that what sparks does is what many of us wish we could do; he finishes novels. He doesn't just start them.
And now that I've read this memoir I have come to realize that the man behind these novels that make me cry and laugh out loud has overc
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Glenn
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've made a vow...that I won't read any "other" books by Nicholas Sparks. I'm not a romance novel kinda guy. I'm just not. It's not that I have an unusually gruff exterior or anything like that. It's just that they bore me and if I'm up for some romance, I'd rather migrate that energy into toward my wife than read about it and spend the energy, then treat her like a "buddy" later.

So, when I read this book, it appealed to me on different levels. I related to the author's family life. My parents d
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Vikas
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
I liked this travelogue plus a memoir by Mr. Sparks as it gave me more understanding of his life and how most of his books were based on real incidents in his life. I could see how different parts of his life gave inspiration for this book or that one and honestly I liked this one better than most of his books. But I still soldiered on and continued through the Sparks saga.

People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made
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Teri
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is a tough book to review. It was really fascinating to me to hear about Nicholas Sparks' life. It was emotional and unbelievable that anyone could go through so much sadness in their life. As with most of his books, this one got me teary eyed a few times. The story itself goes through his trip around the world with his brother, most of which I found a little boring. Then, intertwined is the story of his life, that part was good. I found myself skimming, or skipping all together, a lot of t ...more
Suzanne
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading about Nicholas and Micah's life. This was an emotional read that you come to expect from Nicholas Sparks. He was the first author whose words made me shed tears, and still to this day I indulge in his books like no other author. I wasn't expecting the same emotional connection as I would have with his novels, but quickly I gauged it would be and was not wrong. I lost both my parents and two siblings within a 5 year span and could really relate to his struggles. Great b ...more
Smrithiraj Puli
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I am grateful to have selected this book during my 4 days of vacation. I just couldnt resist the book. With the pace I was reading, I knew it would be finishing in a day and it did.
The book starts off with Nicholas making plans to go on a trip with his brother and when they finally start out on the journey, its not only mesmerizing but also leads Nicholas to introspect on certain aspects of his life.

I have had the privilege to have the wonderful places described by my famous author in this book
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Nettie
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book because of it's relation to what I went through at the loss of my parents. Not with my brother but, alone. Yes, I have a step-mother & half sister but, i am alone now because those relationships are not bonds that hold me to them like the bond of my parents. There are no other siblings.

That is why I feel so deeply the pleasure of our own family and thank God every day for giving us the family I enjoy & love with every fiber of my being.

this is copied from another - I could not
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Dana
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone desiring a closer bond w/ family or anyone going the pain of loss.
Recommended to Dana by: My son, Jason
I read this book because it meant alot to my sons. They related to it and because of some tragedies in our lives.....I also could relate. It is the story of Nicholas Sparks and his brother and the importance of family. Even in the face of death and grief, there is strength to carry on when it is shared with loved ones. My main source of strength is Jesus and it is because of the hope I have in Him that I am able to contnue. I don't always thrive, as this book encourages.....some days it's just e ...more
Maxwell
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this book about five years ago now. I read it while on a road trip with my family. I remember sitting in the back seat as we drove through Northern California into Oregon, while reading about Sparks' travels across the world with his brother.

I have not, and probably will not, read a Nicholas Sparks novel. However, I did enjoy his non-fiction work. It was a nice blend of memoir and travel writing. I don't remember much of the details, as it's been so long, but something about it stuck with
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Jensownzoo
Jan 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Well, I read half of it, put it down to sleep then didn't pick it up again for a few weeks. Usually a bad sign, but not really in this case. It wasn't a riveting read, but it was very well-constructed. Went back and forth between the present world-spanning trip and memories of the past, but in a way that seemed fairly natural instead of forced. Made me want to check out another Spark's book to see how his fiction reads.
Rex Fuller
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great book. It is an autobiography that completely dispels any notion the author has had a charmed life - the need for which dispelling he admits.
Ann
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mostly enjoyed the book. I think his intent was to be uplifting, but I was a little depressed after reading it. It was a story of endurance through tragedy. I was born around the same time as the author. I too grew up "poor" while my dad earned his master's and doctorate. It does seem unusual that the author lost so many of his family members so young. None of my immediately family has passed-away. Now I see why he puts a tragedy in each of his books.
S.P. Aruna
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Moving and inspirational, and more revealing than any interview. If you really want to know the person behind the romance novels he's written and a fan of Mr. sparks, you gotta read this one.
Melissa
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Part travelogue, part memoir, Three Weeks With My Brother gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of international best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. Stalled during the writing of a novel, Sparks starts daydreaming about the possibility of a three week world trip he read about in a brochure. The more he contemplates it, the more excited he gets. Since he and his wife Cathy have five young children, she decides that the trip is not feasible for her, but encourages Nick to invite his broth ...more
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