Thursday, July 22, 2010

Book Review--The Journey Takers by Leslie Albrecht Huber

I have been given the wonderful opportunity of reading and reviewing Leslie Huber's non-fiction book.  Let me just give you the press release to begin with and then I will tell you of my thoughts of the book.

"Freelance writer and genealogist, Leslie Albrecht Huber, delves into the past to recreate the immigration story in her new book, The Journey Takers, coming out in the summer of 2010.  Centered on the story of one family, book widens its focus to tell the story of one of the most influential groups of people in US history - the nineteenth-century European immigrants.
"Huber's ancestors were journey takers, leaving their homes in Germany, Sweden, and England behind to sail to the US and start new lives here.  Huber sets out to trace these journeys and to understand her family - who they were and what mattered to them.  As she follows in their footsteps, walking the paths they walked and looking over the land they farmed, she finds herself on a journey she hadn't expected.  Based on thousands of hours of research, Huber recreates the immigration experience in a way that captures both its sweeping historical breadth and its intimately personal consequences."

I've really enjoyed reading this book.  It's my idea of a wonderful example of narrative non-fiction.  She tied real family history into the realities of her present life showing that the past really is interwoven into our lives.  She pays a touching tribute to her ancestors who immigrated to a world unknown to them, America.  This book really inspires a love for past generations and may ignite your passion for family history.  I definately recommend this book.  Thank you, Leslie for letting MMW review your book!


  1. I am very impressed by the thousands of hours of research. What an amazing tribute to your ancestors.

    Elizabeth-I love the new blog header!

  2. I am looking forward to reading this book. Some of my ancestors were journey takers.



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