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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Book Review - Jane T. Bertrand's "You Started WHAT after 60?"

Itching for a challenge when she turned 60, Jane Bertrand set out to reach the highest point of each state. Her strategic mistake was to start with the easiest ones, leaving the most strenuous for the end of this decade-long quest. She recruited over 50 family members, colleagues, and childhood friends to join her in this quest. Ostensibly a book about hiking and climbing, it captures the deep sense of friendship, further strengthened by bear sightings, lack of signage, lost GPS connectivity, muddy trails, snowfields, icy run-off, and tent loss encountered along the way.

Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Walnut Park Press (November 16, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1732847703
ISBN-13: 978-1732847705

You Started WHAT after 60? Highpointing across America is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

About the Author:
Jane T. Bertrand is a professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where she splits her time between teaching in New Orleans and managing research on Tulane's family planning projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A Maine native, she moved to New Orleans over 40 years ago where she and her husband Bill raised their children, Katy and Jacob. Her recurrent travel to Africa in connection with international family planning work generated many of the frequent flyer miles that made this highpointing pursuit possible.

Find Jane Online:

Twitter: @JaneBertrand8




Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Previous reviewers have mentioned this is a great book for an adventurer and I just think it's a great book for anyone. Anyone at all can benefit from the empowering story of Jane T. Bertrand's highpointing adventure. Truly.

I am not an adventurer - not one little bit. I'm not even an adrenaline junkie. I enjoy a nice stroll but would turn down a hike most days. I'd absolutely say no to anything involving heights, falling, or most days, leaving the county I live in. That said, I had also never heard of highpointing until reading this book. I STILL absolutely love the story. Here are the high points for me (pun intended):

**you are never too old for an adventure

**everything is better enjoyed with 
friends and family

**if you set your mind to something 
you can achieve it - regardless of age

For me, You Started WHAT after 60? is a story that allowed me to travel without leaving my children or the comfort of home. Jane T. Bertrand's beautiful storytelling allowed me to enjoy all the places she traveled and all the people she traveled with. This is an empowering story told beautifully by a talented and determined woman who amazes me as both a person and author.

Regardless of age or physical ability, readers of all walks of life are sure to delight in You Started WHAT after 60? by Jane T. Bertrand - 5 stars for sure!!!

----------Blog Tour Dates

Monday, January 7th @ The Muffin
Jane T. Bertrand launches her tour of You Started WHAT After 60? Highpointing Across America with an author interview and giveaway.

Tuesday, January 8th @ Fiona Ingram
Fellow author Fiona Ingram reviews the adventures story of Jane T. Bertrand's experiences highpointing across America in You Started WHAT After 60. Readers won't be disappointed in Ingram's review or Bertrand's memoir!

Wednesday, January 9th (TODAY) @ Bring on Lemons w/Crystal Otto
Crystal Otto couldn't wait to get her hands on Jane T. Bertrand's story about highpointing across America! This busy farmer seldom leaves the farm and enjoyed every moment she experienced reading You Started WHAT After 60?. Find out more in her book review at Bring on Lemons today!

Thursday, January 10th @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker
Learn more about Jane T. Bertrand as she is interviewed by Cathy Stucker at Selling Books. You won't want to miss this insightful interview about Bertrand and her memoir You Started What After 60? Highpointing Across America.

Friday, January 11th @ Breakeven Books
Don't miss a very honest book review about Jane T. Bertrand's You Started WHAT After 60? Highpointing Across America.

Monday, January 14th @ Look to the Western Sky with Margo Dill
Author, Editor, and Reviewer Margo Dill shares her thoughts after reading the inspiring memoir You Started WHAT After 60? by Jane T. Bertrand.

Wednesday, January 16th @ Author Anthony Avina
Author Anthony Avina reads and reviews You Started WHAT After 60? - by Jane T. Bertrand. Readers won't want to miss this adventurous memoir about highpointing across America.

Friday, January 18th @ BOL w/Michelle DelPonte
Michelle DelPonte offers her point of view after reading You Started WHAT After 60? by Jane T. Bertrand. Find out what this Wisconsin wife, mother, and autism advocate has to say about Bertrand's recount of her adventures!

Tuesday, January 22nd @ Book Santa Fe w/Elizabeth Hansen
Description:Young reader and reviewer Elizabeth Hansen shares her thoughts after reading about Jane T. Bertrand's adventures in You Started WHAT After 60? Highpointing Across America.

Thursday, January 24th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Description:Fellow memoirist Madeline Sharples shares her review of You Started WHAT After 60? by Jane T. Bertrand. Readers at Choices will be thrilled by Bertrand's adventures in highpointing across America!

Wednesday, January 30th @ To Write or Not to Write with Sreevarsha
Sreevarsha reviews the inspirational book You Started WHAT After 60? by Jane T. Bertrand. Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about Bertrand's adventure highpointing across America later in life.

Tuesday, February 5th @ World of My Imagination with Nicole Pyles
Description:Nicole reviews and shares her thoughts after reading the thrilling account of Jane T. Bertrand's adventures in highpointing across America in You Started WHAT After 60?. Join readers at World of My Imagination and find out more about this great read and inspirational author!


  1. Crystal, thanks for your enthusiastic review of my book: You Started WHAT After 60? Highpointing Across America. It is very gratifying that you found the story of interest to audiences outside the world of hikers or adventurers. Like yourself, most people have not heard of highpointing. And once they understand the concept, they imagine towering peaks in every state. To the contrary, the highpoints are classified on a scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (difficult), and over half the U.S. state highpoints are only a 1 or 2. This makes highpointing a great pastime for families, seniors and others who might be interested in exploring the U.S. without taking on Denali in Alaska (the only mountain classified as a 10). Thanks too for capturing the underlying message of the book: it's about the journey, not the destination.



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