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This was a true gem of a book The author somehow managed to find the perfect balance of sad and touching moments mixed with the right amount of humor so the book isn t completely depressing Elderly couple Ella and John Robina take off on a road trip to Disneyland against the wishes of their kids and their doctors She has cancer and he is suffering from Alzheimer s Ella is hoping this one last great adventure will help them revisit a lifetime of memories I knew fairly early on this book was This was a true gem of a book The author somehow managed to find the perfect balance of sad and touching moments mixed with the right amount of humor so the book isn t completely depressing Elderly couple Ella and John Robina take off on a road trip to Disneyland against the wishes of their kids and their doctors She has cancer and he is suffering from Alzheimer s Ella is hoping this one last great adventure will help them revisit a lifetime of memories I knew fairly early on this book was for me when the Robinas started traveling thru towns that are near where I grew up My husband and I love to travel and even though we are about half the age of the couple, there was so much I could relate to in terms of being in a long term relationship It wasn t difficult at all to understand what Ella was feeling Marriage is a partnership with each person having a role to play, and it was heartbreaking when Ella realized there were certain things she had always depended on that John just wasn t able to do any This is the type of book in which you really insert yourself into some of the situations and wonder how you would react if you were the main character Highly recommend this book I am excited to see how this translates to the big screen Helen Mirren seems like she would be perfect in the role of Ella.I won this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion The Leisure Seeker It s laugh aloud funny, endearing, eccentric, enthralling, edgy, addictive, metaphoric and character realistic sometimes uncannily too realistic, thinking of a few boisterous golden oldies couples I ve been blessed and cursed to know over the years But and that s a BIG CAUTIONARY BUT The Leisure Seeker is also, at times and often, crass, offensive, irreverent, bawdy, and controversial in tone, theme, ideology, and language Truly, especially where language is con The Leisure Seeker It s laugh aloud funny, endearing, eccentric, enthralling, edgy, addictive, metaphoric and character realistic sometimes uncannily too realistic, thinking of a few boisterous golden oldies couples I ve been blessed and cursed to know over the years But and that s a BIG CAUTIONARY BUT The Leisure Seeker is also, at times and often, crass, offensive, irreverent, bawdy, and controversial in tone, theme, ideology, and language Truly, especially where language is concerned, it was a love hate reading experience for me However, love won out The portions I loved far outweighed any heavy hearted offense and or dismay Why does the world have to destroy anything that doesn t fit in We still can t figure out this is the most important reason to love something In all honesty, whether or not I like it or agree, as Ella narrator and wife of John points out in finality, it is her story not mine It is what it is We don t have to like the actions and ideologies of others in order to respect individuals and their right to be themselves Thanks to the extremely talented Michael Zadoorian for graciously allowing me to ride along with Ella and John down the reminiscing remnants of Route 66 from Illinois to California where the old Mother Road ends Four READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION Stars A few delightful quotes from the book You spend your life so worried about what others think, when in reality, people mostly don t think On the few occasions when they do, true, it is often something bad, but one has to at least admire the fact that they re thinking at all Involuntary catnaps it s another reason why getting old is for the birds You don t mean to fall asleep, but then suddenly you wake up and hours have passed It s an entirely different time of day Sometimes when you least expect it your life becomes a National Geographic special I realize that this is the problem with photographs After a while, you can t remember if you re recalling the actual memory or the memory of the photograph Or perhaps the photograph is the only reason you remember that moment What is truly amazing is that before you know it, sixty years go by and you can remember maybe eight or nine important events, along with a thousand meaningless ones How can that be Rating 4.25 of five UPDATE 10 3 2017 Here s a clip that makes me really hopeful for the film s fidelity to the source material And here s an Hollywood Reporter interview with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland Dream casting UPDATE 11 10 2016 A feature film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland will debut in the US during 2017 Talk about dream casting for your novel s movie I hope Michael Zadoorian is as well served by the screenwriters and producers as he stands to be by his c Rating 4.25 of five UPDATE 10 3 2017 Here s a clip that makes me really hopeful for the film s fidelity to the source material And here s an Hollywood Reporter interview with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland Dream casting UPDATE 11 10 2016 A feature film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland will debut in the US during 2017 Talk about dream casting for your novel s movie I hope Michael Zadoorian is as well served by the screenwriters and producers as he stands to be by his characters faces The Publisher Says A sort of Easy Rider meets The Notebook, Michael Zadoorian s poignant, funny, vibrant, and unforgettable novel, The Leisure Seeker, is a story of two seniors who escape from their retirement home and embark upon a hilarious and touching end of life road trip Here is a story that will appeal to a wide range of readers from retiring Baby Boomers to fans of Mitch Albom, Tom Perotta, David Sedaris, Nick Hornby, and Nicholas Sparks In fact, the Detroit Free Press says, I would recommend Michael Zadoorian s The Leisure Seeker to almost anyone My Review The Robinas got old one day They couldn t tell you which day, exactlyhe has Alzheimer s, she s just old and frankly after a certain point who can tell the days apart anyway but it happened, and now, well, The End isn t on the horizon any, it s on the to do list.Three quotes will tell you all that you need to know about this book If they fail to appeal, so will this wry, loving, unsparing look at the parade s end We pass a church with a massive blue neon cross, and I am spiritually lifted by feelings of great religiosity No, I m not, for crying out loud Don t be ridiculous But what I do love about this road is how the gaudy becomes grand, how tastelessness is a way of everyday life p37 I think about the people in the slides, most of them gone now, heart attacks and cancers, betrayed by the foods we ate, by our La Z Boys, by our postwar contentment, everyone getting larger and larger in every year s photographs, our prosperity gone wide p57 We pass on the Will Rogers Memorial in Clare I never much cared for the man A big phony, I believe Anyone who never met a man he didn t like just isn t trying hard enough p79 I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, from the first paragraph to the last It never sagged This is a story about a couple, Ella and John Robina They have been married over fifty years They are both in their eighties Both are sick John with Alzheimer s and Ella with cancer So they must decide what to do with their lives Yes, Ella was sure They needed a vacation What could be better than to take Route 66 again, that route that they so often traveled when they were young an I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, from the first paragraph to the last It never sagged This is a story about a couple, Ella and John Robina They have been married over fifty years They are both in their eighties Both are sick John with Alzheimer s and Ella with cancer So they must decide what to do with their lives Yes, Ella was sure They needed a vacation What could be better than to take Route 66 again, that route that they so often traveled when they were young and the family was four, before the kids left home While they travel they haul out their projector and slides and look again at their lives They have cocktails, grill their food, snooze, take little naps and drive all the way to Disneyland in California She has her little blue pills Does that sound sad and depressing Yes, I supposed it might, but think, they are both in their eighties and they have had good lives It is not hard to believe that the book could prove to be thoughtful and down to earth and wise But the author goes one step further and makes it very, very funny I laughed on every page I did You laugh and you smile and you shed a melancholic tear occasionally Mostly you laugh and maybe think a teeny bit about how you want to live your own life The message is not all that astounding What is astounding is the humor embedded in the story Yes, I really did laugh out loud and exclaim as the events unfolded You see the book isabout living and enjoying life than about its end Ella and John and the characters they meet on their travels are very ordinary people The conversations are so classically ordinary that you cannot help but smile There is quite a bit of irony in the humor.I listened to the audiobook The narration, by Judith West, was superb Ella s voice was of a spunky old woman, and John had a crusty, solid baritone When the narrator spoke for them it felt like I was overhearing a true conversation between two old geezers When I think now of Ella, I know how she sounds and that is Ella The same is true of John Voice says a lot about a person The narration gets five stars So why only four stars for the book Well, because the situation is in fact not extraordinary It felt so real, such a perfect description of two old geezers Does that means it is worth five stars To perfectly capture this old couple, their lives and their dialogs, their sorrows and happiness and fear It is all there It is just a personal thing, I think I wouldreadily give a book filled with real facts, that is also engagingly written, five stars My head tells me this is all wrong Maybe it is the author that builds a story from nothing, that creates with his words an imaginary world that seems genuinely real, that is the most talented I did enjoy every minute listening to this audiobook Heck I will give it five Why not It is not amazing, but I really did love it I didn t just like it a lot It was better than that I am currently listening to the audiobook The Leisure Seeker It is fabulous Why Because every line is perfect Every damn line I do not think I am going to write a review, I am just sucking it all up I cannot copy that sentence and that sentence and that Take my word for it Read the book description and just trust me on this Read this book I listened to the audiobook You can also go to Audible, write in the title and listen to the sample.This book will have you smiling It is true, I have just begun, so I cannot be sure about the ending OK, maybe I will say something on completion.This is still on sale at Audible for USD4.16 Narration by Judith West My boyfriend and I have a thing where we pick out books for each other as a surprise He thought that I would like this because it was about two of my favorite things, road trips and Disneyland What he didn t realize, is this book was probably the most emotional read I have ever encountered.Michael Zadorrian write a novel about the end of life Ella, who is dying from cancer, decides to pack up her RV and take route 66 to Disneyland Her husband suffers from Alzheimer s and clueless to her plan My boyfriend and I have a thing where we pick out books for each other as a surprise He thought that I would like this because it was about two of my favorite things, road trips and Disneyland What he didn t realize, is this book was probably the most emotional read I have ever encountered.Michael Zadorrian write a novel about the end of life Ella, who is dying from cancer, decides to pack up her RV and take route 66 to Disneyland Her husband suffers from Alzheimer s and clueless to her plan He lives minute to minute and goes along with her instructions Ella s adult children and doctors are very much against this trip, but helpless as Ella s desire for one last vacation supersedes their wishes.I have had two family members with Alzheimer s and this story perfectly conveyed the disease and frustration that comes with the territory It actually felt like Zadoorian took scenarios and conversations from my own life It was eerie He has obviously encountered this in his own life, because it was pitch perfect Personally heartbreaking to read, was Ella going against the wishes of her very concerned children My mom died of cancer a few years ago and I had the same conversation with her with regard to stopping treatment As a child, you have to respect your parent s wishes, but that doesn t mean that it s easy or that you don t beg them to reconsider This was painful to read in the book.I found a majority of the story very upsetting to read, but only because it was dead on with emotions that I have felt or situations that I have encountered This sounds weird, but as a reader, I felt like the author got me I found the book impossible to put down I am so happy Michael Zadoorian wrote this book that I have to tell you about it The Leisure Seeker, named after a particular model of recreational vehicle, is about John and Ella, a Midwestern couple in their eighties, fading fast, taking one last road trip John has Alzheimers and Ella, end stage cancer The story is told in Ella s plain, smart, funny voice I kept thinking she sounded like Roseanne Barr Zadoorian writes with such humor that I found myself laughing all the way through what I am so happy Michael Zadoorian wrote this book that I have to tell you about it The Leisure Seeker, named after a particular model of recreational vehicle, is about John and Ella, a Midwestern couple in their eighties, fading fast, taking one last road trip John has Alzheimers and Ella, end stage cancer The story is told in Ella s plain, smart, funny voice I kept thinking she sounded like Roseanne Barr Zadoorian writes with such humor that I found myself laughing all the way through what should have been a painful story I loved Ella s wit and strength, and her lonely vulnerability which she keeps at bay while navigating this final voyage She is mentally sharp but physically frail John is the opposite Of all the parts of his brain that are fading to black, the driving part still thrives John is a good driver, obedient to Ella s directions Of course, he s unreliable she must take the keys from the ignition when they stop to ensure he doesn t drive off without her And the gun she hides in her purse She laughs that between the two of them they make one complete person Throughout the story, Zadoorian offers homage to a bygone America, and a certain kind of American In Ella s words We are the people who stay We stay in our homes and pay them off We stay at our jobs We do our thirty and come home to stay evenWe stay until we are no longer able to mow our lawns and our gutters sag with saplings, until our houses look haunted to the neighborhood children We like it where we are I guess then the other question is Why do we even travel There can be only one answer to that we travel to appreciate home The Leisure Seeker shows us what it s like to experience Alzheimer s, and in spite of the humor and periods of relative normalcy, the devastation is heartbreaking, as when John repeats this cycle learning that a dear friend has died, grieving, forgetting, and then learning all over again of the death and experiencing the grief full force all over again Repeatedly To spare him, Ella has learned to lie The friend is fine he s been busy with family I loved how they watched movies almost every night, wherever they camped John sets up the slide projector and hangs a sheet on the side of the RV, Ella fixes cocktails, and they relive the memories of being a family, and of seeing their two kids growing up One night, as Ella and John view slides of the 1967 Seattle World s Fair, a group of young people watch from the shadows Ella invites them to sit closer Beers are opened and the two generations, far apart in age, mingle and comment at the miniskirts and go go boots Zadoorian never belabors any of this When the story evokes the reader s tears, it s manageable, because Ella is strong Her reflections on life are ours, and in just the right amount The author never tells us how to think He simply rolls the film I liked that he had the skill and confidence to let us draw our own conclusions You know what I loved the most about this book It gave me courage I felt like maybe, whatever comes in the future as a result of aging and disease, I ll follow Ella s example and handle it |Read ♥ The Leisure Seeker ♌ The unforgettable cross country journey of a runaway couple in their twilight years determined to meet the end of all roads on their own terms a major motion picture from Sony Pictures Classics starring Helen Mirren and Donald SutherlandThe Robinas have shared a wonderful life for than sixty years Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and John has Alzheimer s Yearning for one last adventure, the self proclaimed down on their luck geezers kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives and steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscoveryWith Ella as his vigilant copilot, John steers theirLeisure Seeker RV along the forgotten roads of Routetoward Disneyland in search of a past they re having a damned hard time remembering Yet Ella is determined to prove that, when it comes to life, you can go back for seconds even when everyone says you can t Old, married couple he has dementia, she has terminal cancer head out for one last adventure and bicker and fight along the way, but..they LOVE each other As they travel Route 66 they will stop at quirky landmarks, meet one dimensional characters and the narrator, the one with cancer, will make a snarky observation There is really only one question left to answer after page 60 or sowill it be the gun or the exhaust leak in the RV Huh Well, I managed to finish it despite seeing exactly Old, married couple he has dementia, she has terminal cancer head out for one last adventure and bicker and fight along the way, but..they LOVE each other As they travel Route 66 they will stop at quirky landmarks, meet one dimensional characters and the narrator, the one with cancer, will make a snarky observation There is really only one question left to answer after page 60 or sowill it be the gun or the exhaust leak in the RV Huh Well, I managed to finish it despite seeing exactly where this was headed from about 1 3 in and then it just went on and on Sadly, the humor promised by some of the blurbs never materialized I know I am in the minority at not finding this a moving read I did not laugh I did not cry and I am a big time book cryer Books certainly don t need to be uplifing or upbeat, but it is hard to read about characters you don t like or believe It all felt sort of flat It is easy to see how this is one of those highly discussable books with lots of issues which is probably why my library system selected it as the what if we all read the same book book of the year When you feel bereft upon closing a book, then you know the characters have left the page and come to life It is easy to see why this book was optioned to be made into a movie but sadly the movie cannot capture the internal dialogue of the narrator, Ella Don t miss that If you plan to see the movie, read the book first This book is about a road trip but also about memories, love, and choices It s about the heartbreak of getting older, getting sick, but also the joy of life as seen by those When you feel bereft upon closing a book, then you know the characters have left the page and come to life It is easy to see why this book was optioned to be made into a movie but sadly the movie cannot capture the internal dialogue of the narrator, Ella Don t miss that If you plan to see the movie, read the book first This book is about a road trip but also about memories, love, and choices It s about the heartbreak of getting older, getting sick, but also the joy of life as seen by those who have lived it This is a very moving book but riddled with humour and it has one of the best ending lines I have seen in a long while no cheating it won t make any sense unless you read the whole thing anyway Kudos to Michael Zadoorian I don t know how he captured the voice of an 80 year old woman so brilliantly but I fell in love with both characters and I am sad, truly, to have finished the book This is a must read My first favorite of the year 2018 Bravo to the author for taking such a difficult and depressing story that will effect so many couples, and thank you for bringing it to life for all generations giving it heart, humor, sadness and awareness I walk away from the this story evenexcited to stay healthy, stay active, and fight disease with my lifestyle Arugula over Bologna any day I connected with this story on so many levels I just love reading about old people so much I love the My first favorite of the year 2018 Bravo to the author for taking such a difficult and depressing story that will effect so many couples, and thank you for bringing it to life for all generations giving it heart, humor, sadness and awareness I walk away from the this story evenexcited to stay healthy, stay active, and fight disease with my lifestyle Arugula over Bologna any day I connected with this story on so many levels I just love reading about old people so much I love their wisdom, honesty, their thriftiness, the funny one liners, and the way they look at future generations or reminisce about the past I loved seeing the day to day through John s eyes sometimes really clear and sometimes a bit fuzzy Ella, always the thinker and the planner and the first person to point out the obvious to her husband I loved the nuances of a husband and wife who live life together daily The routine, the schedule, the things they love together, the things that bug them It was naggy and endearing all at the same time You can t help but feel their love, even though their world is crumbling down The Author did such a good job of showing the good and the bad I loved the whole aspect of the RV trip and taking the Route 66, the flashbacks to the good ole days and how that led to where they were today how it shapes relationships, children, friends, etc My father in law also suffered from Dementia mixed with Lou Gherig s and had a lot of the same characteristics as John in the last few years of his life It was sad and also very comforting to read I pictured Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland the whole time I was reading this and I can t wait to see the movie Highly recommend this sad but wonderful story