Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

by Kris Radish | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0553382640 Global Overview for this book
Registered by SKingList of New York City, New York USA on 2/8/2006
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Bargain Bin, Hudson News, Vancouver Airport

From amazon:
Annie passes away at the youthful age of 56, leaving her high-school friend, Katherine, responsible for organizing her traveling funeral. Katherine receives a UPS package with Annie's favorite pair of red high-top sneakers, which contain her ashes, and instructions to contact four other women who played pivotal roles in her life. All of the women either have met or heard of each other through Annie, and all agree to fulfill her request that they fly across the country together and disperse her ashes at places meaningful to Annie. The women encounter beauty in unlikely places and people who either knew Annie or were somehow touched by her, causing the women to miss Annie all the more and reevaluate themselves and their missed opportunities. The funeral party turns into a true celebration of the deceased and her wonderful life. Once again, Radish celebrates women's inimitable friendships in an ode to sisterhood that will make her many fans rejoice. Patty Engelmann
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Journal Entry 2 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Sunday, April 2, 2006
Picked this one up off my shelf in an attempt to break my inability to concentrate on any one book and it was definitely a winner.

It's a great look at women's friendship, but shies away from the sappy realm that denotes most chick lit. Though I will say if you don't like chick lit, this isn't for you.

"What you remember," Katherine reminds herself, "is not what they think you will remember. It is often not."

100% agreed. I think back to friends and family members I've lost and I definitely remember the little things in lieu of the big things. Grandpa always awake and sitting in his chair, no matter how early we thought we were getting up. Frank leaning against the kitchen table... But then again it is the little things that mean the most.

I did the hard part. I was the one who died.

God imagine saying that on the eve of your own death. On leaving you voice behind for your friends. But by the same tokemn, it's true. They still have one another. She's gone. Alone.

I like how the secrets revealed themselves in their own time--the ones about her boys, her family, her loves. But as I said, in a non-overly sappy way. Even though a lot of loose ends were tie up, the author didn't make it seem rushed.

Liked this a lot better than the Yaya series, can't put my finger on why though. At any rate, a good read.

Journal Entry 3 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Monday, April 3, 2006
International Ray
Order subject to change.

SKingList - Osaka, Japan
Aurora94 - Fukuoka, Japan (Int'l OK)
Totoroandmei - Fukuoka, Japan (Prefers Asia)
Gothamgal - Ohio, USA (US Only)
Collectorkerri - USA (US/Can)
LGinder - USA (Prefers US)
Karenlea - USA (Prefers US)
mellonhead - USA
JennyC1230 - USA (can ship int'l - THANK YOU!)
Catsalive - NSW, Aust (prefers Australia Only)
alice2623663 - NSW, Aust (Aust Only)

Always open, will be added if shipping preferences allow. PM me to join.

Suefitz - (Known staller)
mysteryfan03 - (unreachable)

Journal Entry 4 by SKingList at bookring in bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, April 10, 2006

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And it's off... :)

Sent sasshi kotsuzumi this afternoon with a couple other books.

Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 5 by aurora94 on Sunday, April 16, 2006
Got this from SkingList...thanks!!! Looking forward to the great package you sent me.

Journal Entry 6 by aurora94 on Thursday, September 7, 2006
I completely forgot I had this book SKingList! Sent to totoroandmei in November 2006.

Journal Entry 7 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Thursday, November 23, 2006
Thanks SKinglist and Aurora94. Got this today. Will read it ASAP and send it on.

Journal Entry 8 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Thursday, November 30, 2006
I really enjoyed this. Needed to read something like this. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 9 by totoroandmei at Book Relay in Book Relay, A book trading site -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Sending to gothamgal

Journal Entry 10 by gothamgal on Saturday, January 27, 2007
Received in the mail--yay!
I will add this to the tbr pile--will contact next in line as well. Thanks!

Journal Entry 11 by gothamgal on Saturday, June 23, 2007
Finally sent this off to CollectorKerri, delivery confirmation:

Journal Entry 12 by wingcollectorkerriwing from Springfield, Illinois USA on Sunday, July 1, 2007
Received while I was on vacation. Will read ASAP.

Journal Entry 13 by wingcollectorkerriwing from Springfield, Illinois USA on Friday, August 3, 2007
Wow, was this book a surprise! I thought it would be this fluffy little piece of chick lit, but it was so much more. It made me think about mortality, friendship, my own funeral, and a host of other things I didn''t think I would think about during the reading of it. Each woman in the book was interesting in her own way, and I enjoyed reading their story.

LGinder already has read the book, so I will be sending it to Karenlea in the morning. Thanks for sharing, SKinglist!

Journal Entry 14 by Karenlea from Glendale, California USA on Monday, August 13, 2007
Caught! I will start it this week. Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 15 by Karenlea from Glendale, California USA on Sunday, August 26, 2007
Although, I thought this book had a very nice sentiment, it was a little too sappy to keep my interest. I felt like the book had too much going on, too many things seemed convenient. The main characters seemed to meld into one person, I had a hard time telling individuals apart.I found this mostly to be the case in the group scenes, the individual personalities did not stand out. I felt like most of the characters did not have a strong enough individual voice. I did like the story in parts, just not overall.

Thank you to SKinglist for sharing!

I am mailing this book off to the next reader today- 9/4/07. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 16 by mellonhead from Austin, Texas USA on Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I forgot to journal when I received this a few weeks ago. Thanks karenlea. I've already read it. I enjoyed the sentiment of the story, the overall theme that was relentlessly pounded into the reader to live large and love. I need that right now while we are going through tough times. But I agree with karenlea that the characters did seem to meld together. I had to keep going back to the beginning to remember who was who. Character development was inconsistent.

That said, I laughed and I cried, and cried and cried. It's a nice fantasy. I enjoyed it and I may just read more of this author to see what else she has done. I also enjoyed her (her characters) frank feminist views.

Journal Entry 17 by JennyC1230 from Woodstock, Georgia USA on Saturday, December 8, 2007
I got it today! Woo hoo! :-) I have one bookring ahead of this, but I can't wait to read it! Thank you for sending the book mellonhead. Thanks for sharing your book SKinglist!

Dec. 9th: Received a PM from Catsalive, they would like to be skipped. I am sending a PM to alice2623663 for their address.

Dec. 11th: I tried to get into this one last night, I read the first 50 pages and couldn't finish! It's not a bad book, I liked the story, but it seemed like all the extra stuff got in my way so I couldn't really enjoy it. I will send to alice2623663 when she PM's me with her address. Skinglist says if she doesn't respond then I can keep the book, but I will probably continue the Bookray in that case.

Journal Entry 18 by JennyC1230 from Woodstock, Georgia USA on Wednesday, December 12, 2007
International Bookray continued:

1. alice2623663 (Australia)
2. kobie03/Intl. (Canada)
3. BigBird2002/U.S. only (US) <--No response to PM's
4. Sterile/Europe only (UK) <---Book is travelling here!

Your name here!

Journal Entry 19 by JennyC1230 from Woodstock, Georgia USA on Thursday, December 27, 2007
Mailed to alice2623663 on Dec. 27th. Customs Form #LCO13458894US

Happy Travels Little Book!

Journal Entry 20 by alice2623663 from Wollongong, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, January 3, 2008
Arrived safely today, thanks. I will get this read in the next month because I'm moving interstate and bookcrossing becomes very hard when your books are in boxes!

Journal Entry 21 by kobie03 at Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Wednesday, June 1, 2011
book arrived today from D-face who inherited this book and saw it was a Bookray book so sent the book on to continue the ray. finally 5 years after I signed up the book is here.

Journal Entry 22 by kobie03 at Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Thursday, June 9, 2011
Loved this story. Radish really get to the heart of women's lives, friendships and relationships. great characters all with their own baggage who travel together to honor the life of their friend, finding unexpected solutions to their own personal issues as they conduct the travelling funeral.made me think about my life and friends, what we share and what we keep private and how our lives are enriched by our friendships.

Journal Entry 23 by kobie03 at Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Friday, June 10, 2011

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no reply from BigBird2002 so mailed to Sterile for the last leg of this long travelling ray.

Journal Entry 24 by Sterile at Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Arrived safe and well this morning! Thanks for the book. I'll either read it at home and make another ray with it or take it on holiday with me next month and release in Europe.

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