A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehemby Ken Budd
Ken Budd's The Voluntourist is a remarkable memoir about losing your father, accepting your fate, and finding your destiny by volunteering around the world for numerous worthy causes: Hurricane Katrina disaster relief in New Orleans, helping special needs children in China, studying climate change in Ecuador, lending a hand - and a heart - at a Palestinian refugee camp in the Middle East, to name but a few. Ken's emotional journey is as inspiring and affecting as those chronicled in Little Princes and Three Cups of Tea.
At once a true story of powerful family bonds, of sacrifice, of self-discovery, The Voluntourist is an all-too-human, real-life hero whom you will not soon forget.
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"Not for readers easily frustrated with wandering thoughts, but a solid introduction to the world of volunteer tourism and a pleasant diversion for those who don't mind a winding road." - Kirkus Reviews
"In Kenya, Budd finally experiences a spiritually uplifting resolution of his journey of self-discovery, realizing that we live up to those who shaped us by honoring their strongest values, by caring for those we cherish, and caring for those that they cherished.'" - Publishers Weekly
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Ken Budd is an award-winning writer and editor whose writing credits include Smithsonian, the Washington Post, McSweeney's, Stuff, Washingtonian, Modern Humorist, Opium, Worldview, and AARP: The Magazine. Ken lives in Burke, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife.
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