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THOUGHTS FROM THREE WISE MEN:

" You cannot open a book without learning something." - Confucius

"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." - Mark Twain

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan

***   JUDGE'S COMMENTARY, 24th ANNUAL WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS  *** 

Einstein Meadows: The Unspoken Perils and Thrills of Living in a Retirement Community by Ned and Nancy Engel is a delightful romp through the lives of some very lively age-advanced folks who take life by the tail and swing it around at will. Readers will want more after they finish this book, so I sure hope the Engels are busy at work on their next senior adventure.

I would love to be a fly on the wall in this husband-wife author team's home. I have no doubt they have a rollicking good time, with zingers and escapades that can fill dozens of books for hungry readers. They are spot on with humor, and they've nailed the characters most of us have met somewhere, sometime in our lives.
The colorful front cover sets the tone and lets readers know what they're getting when they open the book. It smacks of "aging hippie," something many of us can relate to. The back cover copy is marketing at its finest. I appreciate the author photo and brief bios so readers can get to know them and believe what they write about.

The only issue I have is the format of the dialogue. A more traditional novel format will take this book from very good to amazing. Other than that, this book is pretty wonderful. It's well organized and competently written. The little "Dear Reader" boxes are hilarious. The Yiddish dictionary in the back matter is a nice touch and enables those of us who aren't familiar with some of the words and phrases to have a better understanding.

This will be such a fun book to market. You can travel the country and speak at senior centers and retirement communities. Just make sure you have plenty of copies of the book. I have no doubt you'll sell out quickly.
 


5-STAR REVIEWS:
     
GANJAPRENEURSHIP! 
A rollicking read sending up baby boomer sensibilities with wit and wackiness. "Ganjapreneurship!" What a gonzo concept. We need it now! -  Jonatales

BRAVO!!! 
Einstein Meadows is amazingly prescient and FUN!!! Sounds like the kind of place so many of us want to end up.
I say it’s worth 5 STARS. - J.E. Manning

EINSTEIN MEADOWS IS A GREAT READ!
This book is a laugh a minute. The characters are colorful, comical and very entertaining. Every chapter reveals a surprise like no other. Could this be real? We have enjoyed it immensely. - Gerald and Sally

WHAT A HOOT!
Great send up of retirement and HOA life. I recognize some of those folks. What a hoot. - ELR

COMBINES ALL THE PATHOS OF DR. SEUSS WITH THE JOIE DE VIVRE AND COMPASSION OF CATCH-22
Ned and Nancy aren't just Cosmic Twins; they ARE unequivocal Cosmic Renaissance Twins!! Their entry into the publishing world reads like a modern day version of Michelangelo trying to get the Sistine Chapel done on time and on budget.

Of course, Jews weren't exactly welcome during the enlightenment, so we have to go back a little further in time; to note that it compares favorably to Moses' unrecorded remarks at the Temple Mount when he asked God, " Oy, do You really expect me to carry these things down the mountain? They weigh a ton."

Anyway, your first chapter was a real attention grabber (not unlike Galileo's when he proposed that the world was round).
Can't wait for the sequel: "Einstein Meadows - Out to Pasture". The story of two alter cockers crusading to reform their assisted care living residence before they forget for what they're fighting.
- Dr.  Norm

A MUST READ!
Hilarious!!!! This is a fun & fast read! It can be enjoyed by anyone - young or retired! Highly recommend it! - Rosemarie Gardner, Ed.D.

ZANY AND MADCAP FICTIONAL FANTASY. A QUICK READ!!
Chapter to chapter, Einstein Meadows: The Unspoken Perils & Thrills of Living in a Retirement Community was both zany and madcap. The book was a quick read. I love the short chapters and the longer chapters being scattered with subheadings.  It created a quick moving unpredictable type of mayhem, somewhat like the feeling one gets in watching a Marx Brothers’ movie. 

Einstein Meadows makes heavy use of Yiddish references and therefore I was happy to find the Yiddish to English dictionary in the back of the book.  Not being of Jewish heritage, some of the references were obscure but quickly became understandable with a simple flip to the dictionary.  The list of characters, including Sigmund Freud, grew ever longer as the book progressed and consisted of wild but metaphorically meaningful names. 

The characters often reminded me of the Larry, Darryl and Darryl sketches on The Bob Newhart Show of the mid-seventies in which Larry’s outrageous stories often held more truth than fiction.  I also enjoyed the insertion of Shakespearean-esque asides by the authors. Their appearance here and there drew me into the story and gave me a sense of being a personal confidant of Ned and Nancy Engel the authors and primary characters of this fictional fantasy. 
The book ends with a tantalizing “TO BE CONTINUED” I can’t wait. - David Giannascoli, Ph.D.

A WITTY AND OFTEN-TIMES LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY DEPICTION OF A CRAZY NOT SO OLD CAST OF CHARACTERS
A witty and often-times laugh out loud funny depiction of a crazy not-so-old cast of characters finding their way toward a better feeling of community. - Jeanne T. Mendez 

A LITERARY GEM!
Well written and very funny. When is the TV series going to air? I'd like to see one of the gold coins you discovered. Plus, would you please tell me exactly where the Eruditie Playpen at Einstein Meadows is located so I can join in; GPS coordinates would be appreciated. In anticipation - Master Martin

EINSTEIN MEADOWS IS DESTINED FOR THE BIG SCREEN! 
What a hilarious, wacky, outlandish set of characters that ever got together in a book. Despite the residents’ aversion to anything new, Nancy and Ned (aka the authors) solve the countless problems that plague Einstein Meadows with assistance from the most unusual sources. And then, not to give anything away, almost everyone comes out on the plus side. What a wonderful world. Send them over to my adult community any time. See what magic they can spin. – Barb M.

HILARIOUS!
I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this lovely little book in a Goodreads drawing. I started reading in the backyard and found myself laughing out loud. My neighbor asked me over the fence what was going on. I shared what I’d read so far and suggested she get a copy for herself.

This small book is packed with an amazing number of incredible exploits of a retirement village called Einstein Meadows which was going broke. The tenants lead by a creative few encouraged the residents to make some changes to rescue them all from boredom and make the village a paradise which would attract new members and become financial stable.

The village is governed by an HOA committee you won’t believe. They were persuaded over time to make radical changes which will surprise, delight and possibly scandalize the reader. You will be entertained in any case.
The only thing missing from this wonderful book was an application to get on the wait list to join this incredible community and get to meet the unusual residents. Otherwise, this delightful book will provide everything you could want in a great summer or weekend read. Margaret

A MOTLEY CREW OF SENIORS RESCUING THEIR RETIREMENT HOME BY GROWING MEDICINAL MARIJUANA
When does the movie come out? The book was chapter after chapter of laughs. Caught myself wishing a few times that I had retired to Einstein Meadows where I could enjoy the gardens and the never dull dynamic. Eagerly awaiting volume 2 and a movie and TV spin off. - Hannah

I LOVE HOW YOUR VOICES SHINE IN THE WRITING!
Reading it all was like having a roadside chat with you and Ned. Or sitting on the dock at the lake listening to your many stories and adventures. The characters are wild and engaging (Bella Blozkop being a favorite). Ned's conversations with Dr. Freud were a delightful inclusion (though I prefer Jung - wink). All in all, Einstein Meadows was the perfect garden-side read. I guess we'd better gird our loins  
for our future retirement advantures. - Best of luck, Dawn

A DELIGHTFUL BOOK   
about the vagaries of faculty. A truly fun read! - Judith Hanna 

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