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  • By Grace Wakugawa on March 12, 2015

    Have you ever read a book that weaved you in and out ....first as a friend on the journey with the author...then you realize that you are on your own journey as you gather all the pearls of wisdom that Ms. Kessler has sewn into her book -- chapter by chapter. With wit, warmth and wisdom, Ms. Kessler compiles lessons learned from her first 50 years of life. She uses her unique background and extensive travels to describe the many life lessons we all are privileged to learn if we pay attention. There's something for everyone in this fun, candid book. Like Ms. Kessler, I grew up in Hawaii. I too had a stamp collection and had family who immigrated from foreign soil. College, work and eventually marriage took me out of Hawaii. But a compilation of all of my experiences have taught me some of the same life lessons described by Ms. Kessler. While reading Fifty/Fifty, The Clarity of Hindsight I savored and enjoyed each chapter...wishing for more! I'm looking forward to the author's "Next 50" chapters!!

  • By Vic Larson on August 7, 2013

    I found this to be an excellent read. The author described some of her life experiences in such a common-sense, yet thoughtful way that I found myself reflecting on my own life. Her story-telling ability is really remarkable. I am going to recommend this book to my friends, relatives, and to those I know who are in book clubs. She has gained real insight about people through her extensive travel around the world. Her advice on avoiding those who are typically negative is to move away and to spend your time with more positive people. I agree whole-heartedly with many of her observations on people, places, and things. I enjoyed the way the author described some of the problems of life and how she successfully dealt with them. For me, this was an uplifting book--one I enjoyed reading and will read again. I think this is a book almost everyone will enjoy. Merci beaucoup to the author of this gem of a book.

  • By mikiy on October 27, 2012

    I picked up "Fifty-Fifty, The Clarity of Hindsight" by Julie Kessler because the iconic Eiffel Tower and torii gates on the cover caught my eye. Having visited Paris many times and lived in Tokyo for over 20 years, I was curious what the author had to say about two of my favorite cities. But from page 1, it was obvious that this book was so much more than a travel journal. It's more like an engaging conversation that flows from one topic to another, that you never want to end. So while I usually finish books in two days to a week, I ended up reading just one chapter a day, savoring each adventure/pearl of wisdom the author had to offer, and finished the book in fifty days. I never read books twice, but I have already gone back to read certain chapters of Fifty-Fifty two or three times, so humorous and true are her observations. The chapter titles alone make me smile. Pick it up for your next plane ride!

  • By Ilene O. on May 8, 2015

    Julie Kessler is a highly intelligent woman who has led an amazingly interesting life, which she recounts in this memoir. It can be read chapter by chapter over a period of time, as I did, or all at once. But either way the reader leaves enriched by the experience; some parts allow for vicarious adventures and others relate to our own personal experiences. The author does not hold back, revealing strengths and weaknesses, the positive and the negative. The insights into people and life she derived from her life are worth our ruminations. I highly recommend this book.

  • By Guest on April 19, 2016

    Julie Kessler is a tour de force and her autobiographical book authentically conveys her personal power and dignity in her approach to life's often unpredictable challenges. I found her various vignettes to be impactful teaching parables of self-awareness, empathy, and gratitude. Her writing style is clear and accessible with a pitch-perfect blend of humor and drama to keep the reader thoroughly engaged. This is a book to be savored and reread often.

  • By Sue Adler on November 24, 2012

    After turning fifty, my mind seems to catch anything with the word fifty on it. So I purchased this book, Fifty Fifty, The Clarity of Hindsight. After page one, I was hooked. I love the author Julie L Kessler, and her wonderful sense of humor and writing style. Her words of wisdom were uplifting and emotional. I found myself bursting with laughter with streams of tears rolling down. I recommended this book to all my friends and colleagues..quoting the old "if I knew then what I know now".... If I walk away from one thing from this book, it would be to NEVER hesitate to take a trip, visit new lands, make new friends and Live Life to its fullest. Thank you Julie K for making me laugh, cry and feel good about myself. A MUST Read!! Looking forward to any and all of her future writings.

  • By Burton N. Lipshie on December 25, 2012

    I loved this book. The author's story of the lessons she has learned in a half century of life is both entertaining and inspirational. The chapters that give advice based upon her experiences, and the many people she has come in contact with, are excellent. But what I particularly enjoyed are the chapters describing her family, and her adventures. The stories themselves are engaging. She has had some of the most extraordinary experiences. And her style of writing is perfect for the situation. You almost can hear a human voice relating the stories. She has great insights into what makes for an interesting and worthwhile life. This is a GREAT read.

  • By Calvert G. Chipchase, III on January 29, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fifty-Fifty. From the first of the 50 chapters to the last, I was entertained and informed at the same time. The lessons Julie learned from her multicultural upbringing and her extensive experiences with even more cultures as an adult traveler, whether in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Europe or Asia, gave her special insights into work, play, children, family and life in general. Her descriptions of her ups and downs through the journey through life are humorous, sometimes painful, always instructive, and certainly cause for reflection on the reader's own loves and losses, triumphs and trials. I highly recommend this book to anyone over 50.


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