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This book is a pleasent surprise on many levels. Having read his father's book, "Big Russ and Me," it was easy to step into the experience that the author had with his own father. If you are someone that enjoys travel, especially if you have traveled as a means to personal self discovery, this book delivers for almost any age demographic. His closing line says it all. "For the seeker, the wanderer, and the traveler -- you'll always have a friend in me."
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John_Hughel | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 3, 2024 |
Luke Russert is the son of the late journalist and host of “Meet the Press,” Tim Russert. Luke had his own network news career with MSNBC after his father’s untimely death. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, he gave that career up just when he appeared to be moving to the top of the profession. That period after he left journalism is the subject of this memoir. Russert traveled the world, part of the time with his mother, also an acclaimed journalist and adventurer not typical of a woman in her 70s. I have to admit, I almost bailed on this book several times. Luke Russert grew up as privileged as any white kid I’ve known but still seemed to find a list of reasons to bemoan his life. That said, he constantly reminded both the reader and himself that he had little reason to feel this way since he knew as well as anyone that his life, a life of Catholic prep schools and paid-for college at a private Catholic university, was indeed charmed. Then because of his parents’ wealth, Luke never had to worry about money. His father apparently left a trust for him, part of which allowed him to travel the world indefinitely. His constant whining in addition to his almost constant proselytizing his Catholic upbringing grew tiresome. I don’t recommend this book to anyone, especially anyone expecting to hear about a meteoric rise to national prominence in the field of broadcast journalism.… (lisätietoja)
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FormerEnglishTeacher | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 7, 2023 |
Before SO much with politics and the news media jaded me, there was once a girl who in 2000....and 2004 was fascinated by Tim Russert. And his white board that said either "Florida, Florida, Florida" or "Ohio, Ohio, Ohio." (So much better than Steve Kernacky but whatever ;)) When Russert died, I cried. It felt like a familiar voice had left my world.

I'm basically the same age as Luke Russert. So I cannot begin to imagine what it was like for him to lose his dad and then live in his shadow for a while. This book is all about coming to terms with his father's death (even years later) and also about the impact that travel can have on a person.

Different countries, different ethnicities, different foods, all of it impacts a narrative. I can truly see how Luke's journey across continents shaped and molded his beliefs. I loved getting to travel to parts of the globe that I know I never will.

It is important to note that while I can tell where Luke's political feelings lie, there is much love for the "other side of the aisle." I really appreciated how elements of his time in Vietnam were impacted by John McCain. Hotel Hanoi, Hiroshima, The Door of No Return....these are CRUCIAL elements of my narrative as an American so I liked reading through another's eyes.

Occasionally, it was difficult to figure out timeline. There was a lot of bouncing around. And yeah, maybe I have read better written memoirs. BUT it kept me engaged. I felt a son's love for his father. It felt healing for Luke. So I would say it achieved what it set out to do.
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msgabbythelibrarian | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 11, 2023 |
Russert has written an enjoyable and thought-provoking book that skillfully marries an engaging travelogue with an intensely personal journey. He is brutally candid about the “entitlements” he has reaped as the son of two highly successful media figures, sharing with readers his struggles to come to terms with the meaning of life. “Look For Me There” explores profound loss, family tensions, the quest for self-worth and the joys of experiencing new locales. A value-added benefit for this lifelong Buffalonian is the Russert family’s affinity for the Queen City. One can only hope that Russert’s gridiron dream of a Buffalo Bills Super Bowl victory will come true one of these seasons.… (lisätietoja)
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brianinbuffalo | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 12, 2023 |


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