*Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Buddha Sat Right Here
About the Author:
Dena Moes is a Hollywood born, Yale educated midwife with a BA in literature and an MS in Nursing. Dena is a songwriter, storyteller, and the author of The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal. Her book is a story of adventure, motherhood, and love, with a spiritual quest woven in. Dena and her family live in Chico California but can often be found adventuring together in sacred and beautiful places, or on tour as the Moes Family Band. As a nurse-midwife Dena has provided compassionate healthcare to women, mothers, and babies for twenty years. Learn more about her at www.denamoes.com
What I Loved/Thought:
I’ve been reading so many memoirs lately, and loving it! The Buddha Sat Right Here was one of the best that I’ve read though, as I imagined Dena and her family doing something courageous and exciting. To up and leave your home, and all of the conveniences, and travel to another country, was admirable. I’m so attached to my “things” and I’m a creature of comfort, so reading about this journey really made me put things in perspective.
This was an enjoyable read, and I loved the memories that Dena shares of her experience in India.
“The Buddha Sat Right Here redefines what memoirs can be. Moes spins a great tale of family, adventure, human connection, and generosity.”
―Rita Banerjee, Director, MFA in Writing & Publishing, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and author of Echo in Four Beats and CREDO
“A chatty, animated American family pilgrimage that effectively conveys the author’s inward search for spiritual meaning.”
“The Buddha Sat Right Here, like India, is a veritable kaleidoscope of experiences. Vacillating between that of a vibrant travelogue, a heartwarming family tale, a spiritual study, and a comedy sketch, Dena Moes’s fine storytelling captures the human character of international travel.”