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I am a New York-based writer, travel lover, and author of The Drive North and Destination Paranormal. I have several other books in the works, including fiction.

Letters to Zerky

I’ve done a lot of travel reading lately, but haven’t found anything exactly inspirational and personal at the same time. A lot of what I’ve read has been quite good, but just not exactly what I was looking for. And then I saw Letters to Zerky: A Father’s Legacy to a Lost Son and a Road Trip Around the World on the shelf in the store. I had walked by it several times in the past since it’s been out since 2009, but it caught my attention this time around. And I’m glad it did since it was exactly what I wanted.
The book is a collection of letters and journal entries that author Bill Raney put together from his trip around the world with his adopted baby son, Erik Xerxes, and his wife, JoAnne Walker Raney. Erik, or Zerky, was a baby at the time, so the couple wrote letters to him, or kept a journal in JoAnne’s case, to tell him about the adventures they had around the world. For thirteen months the family traveled and did this as they drove a VW van from Munich, all through Europe, and down into India. From there they caught planes, and took a ship, to complete their journey.
Letters to Zerky was exactly what I was looking for since it is quite inspirational, and intensely personal. It’s a story beautifully told from the heart from a father to a son. But it is done in a way that isn’t overbearing. Never did I feel overwhelmed by the events or the story, I simply enjoyed them as Bill told them, along with the included photos of their travels.
I would highly recommend Letters to Zerky to anyone looking for a good book. And I’m not just talking a travel book or memoir. This isn’t just about traveling around the world, but also about living life to the fullest. Like I said, I was looking for something inspirational as well. I found it here with little Zerky, and the story his father and mother tell of their trip in their letters and journals. There’s no doubt about it, this one is a brilliant page turner.

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