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Friday, January 18, 2019

Michelle DelPonte Reviews "You Started WHAT after 60?" by Jane T. Bertrand

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 Michelle DelPonte

This well thought out and executed book needs to come with the same warning label that I heard so many times as a child watching “America’s Funniest Videos...” Yes that is it. “Don’t try this at home,” the host always said as he laughed. This book, “What I started at 60,” has the potential to motivate us to push though the boundaries society has set for us, as well as some of our own. Jane and her family all have this desire to accomplish amazing tasks and do extraordinary things for their birthdays. While 60 was quickly approaching, Jane felt she had something left to accomplish.

As a runner, Jane kept in shape her entire life. Highpointing was new to Jane, but at age 60, she decided to set out to highpoint the tallest point in each of the 50 states. After checking in with her doctor and getting the green light, Jane was set out to accomplish her goal. Will she be able to do it?
Jane, a highpointing amateur, gets all her family and friends involved in her goal. Once she has mapped out her quest, Jane starts with the lower of the high points in each state. While logic says this is a good idea, Jane learns the hard way, why it was not the best. The time you spend reading this book, you will become engrossed and feel like you are there with them though all the shenanigans and laughter. Join Jane on her adventures spread across the US and find out if she made it to all the highpoints.

Please note that if highpointing is something you would like to do, there are clubs that you can join for support. Let Jane and her family’s extraordinary lives challenge you in some way to finish those goals you set before it is to late.

----------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 @ 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 (TODAY) @ 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!

About Today's Reviewer:

Michelle DelPonte is a busy mom and health care worker. Her two sons are the focus of her life and she works diligently to raise awareness about autism in the community. She loves reading, anything to do with history and geocaching just to name a few of her many hobbies. Michelle, her husband Ben and their two sons Sebastian and Asher live in Manitowoc, WI on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan where they enjoy walking and biking on the Mariner’s Trail and spending time at the Library.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Michelle, for your very upbeat review of my book. You captured very well my desire to meet a new physical challenge when I hit age 60. I liked your mention of “shenanigans and laughter.“ There was plenty of both, along side of the throbbing muscles, the frustrations of lost GPS connectivity, and the exhaustion of a 17 hour hike - when we didn’t summit. The fun of writing this book was to share both the highpoints (literally and figuratively) and low points with readers.

    Thanks for taking time out of your own busy life to join me on this highpointing journey. Glad you enjoyed coming along.

    Jane Bertrand