August is traditionally a top travel and vacation month. Travel is one of the best ways to educate oneself and to break down barriers between cultures and people. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
At this month's book club meeting, we are going to talk about why travel is so important and valuable, especially to humanists. We will use the experiences of Franz Wisner in Honeymoon With My Brother as a guide for the discussion. This book is an easy read, but it is often profound and written with compassion. The author definitely has a love for learning about other countries, culture and people.
Honeymoon With My Brother is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fiancée of his dreams- when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married, his fiancée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn't let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have a wedding and a honeymoon anyway- there just wouldn't be a bride at the ceremony, and Franz' travel companion would be his brother, Kurt.
During the "honeymoon," Franz reconnected with his brother and began to look at his life with newfound perspective. The brothers decided to leave their old lives behind them. They quit their jobs, sold all their possessions, and traveled around the world, visiting fifty-three countries for the next two years. In Honeymoon With My Brother, Franz recounts this remarkable journey, during which he turned his heartbreak into an opportunity to learn about himself, the world, and the brother he hardly knew.
About Franz Wisner
Franz Wisner has no idea what to label his profession. Writer? Travel addict? Professional dumpee? In addition to How the World Makes Love, he is the author of Honeymoon with My Brother (St. Martin’s Press), a New York Times best-selling memoir about the two- year, 53-country honeymoon he took with his brother Kurt after being left at the altar by his fiancée. The brothers have told their offbeat tale on Oprah, the Today Show, CNN, and Fox News, among others. Franz has also penned essays for NPR, Redbook, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Toronto Globe and Mail, Coast Magazine, and any other publication that will have him.