June 1, 2018: Formosa moon is available for pre-order.
June 6, 2018: The first review of Formosa Moon is in!
June 9, 2018: Formosa Moon reaches #1 on Amazon’s Taiwan Travel Guide List
June 16, 2018: Commonwealth Magazine runs a sneak preview of Failure and Success in Taiwan’s LA, Formosa Moon’s heartwarming Kaohsiung Chapter.
“When Stephanie and I first realized we were in love, I gave her the talk: Specifically, that as much as I loved her, I’d always also love Taiwan, and if she stayed with me she’d have to share me with the other love of my life. Formosa Moon is a chronicle of our open-ended journey, an adventure designed to seduce Stephanie into falling in love with Taiwan.”
Notes from a Small Island meets Eat Pray Love on the Tropic of Cancer, Formosa Moon is a dual-voiced cultural exploration around Taiwan undertaken by a couple, he a veteran guidebook writer intimately familiar with the island and she, a first-time visitor who’s reluctantly agreed to relocate sight unseen.
Part travelogue, part guidebook, Formosa Moon follows the couple as they travel around the island seeking cultural exploration on a deeper level, abandoning themselves to its quirky people, convoluted history and boundless eccentricity.
Formosa Moon inspires readers to explore Taiwan on a deeper level while simultaneously offering practical information on visiting – and perhaps even expatriating to – one of Asia’s most under-the-radar destinations.
Publisher: Things Asian Press (http://www.thingsasianpress.com/)
Publication Date: October 1, 2018.
#1 Release in Taiwan Travel Guides
Target Audience: Travelers and readers of guidebooks and travel literature. Readers specifically interested in Taiwan and expatriate life in general. Taiwanese readers interested in seeing Taiwan through western eyes (Chinese translation planned for 2018).
Book Reviews for Formosa Moon
Formosa Moon is a singular book, a quirky mix of memoir, travelogue, and practical travel information. It’s well written, immensely likeable, and informed. I started the book thinking the switching of the text passages between the two authors would get old by the end, but it didn’t. Nor was it ever confusing: there are circular portrait icons of Brown and Huffman marking each change of the baton. The pairing of new eyes with an old Taiwan hand works beautifully. Of course, having a good idea and executing it effectively are two different matters. This is where Brown’s writing talents come in. He has a good nose for anecdotes, story hooks, segues, and funny phrasing.