Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer

Reviews of Fifty-Fifty, The Clarity of Hindsight


First Runner Up Winner at The 2013 Paris Book Festival.


Winner, Wildcard Category at The 2013 New York Book Festival.


Winner Wildcard Category at The 2013 London Book Festival.


Winner, 50 Great Writers you should be reading, 2013.


“Whether you are 50, 30 or 80, this book will sweep you up in its humor and insight. The author makes her gripping life experiences and relationships relevant to everyone, and humanizes in a way that allows us all to feel that her stories are our stories. Even people who have not traveled as much as the author will find a connection to the feelings and realizations that she draws from her extensive travels. You’ll laugh, cry and scream all at once because the lessons are so poignant, so right, and so irreverent. It’s a good read!”

- Professor Rebecca Brown, USC School of Law


“Hindsight is 100 percent.”

- The Beach Reporter

“Reading this book is like listening to an interesting passenger sitting next to you on a flight–someone who knows about where you might be going geographically and where you are coming from in your life. Fifty lessons later you not only have received useful life lessons, but have read a memoir of a life lived well and learned about people and cultures around the world….. The author writes with a sharp wit and a fluid and engaging writing style. There’s a lot of extra value in Fifty-Fifty.”

- Will Lutwick, Author of the award-winning book Dodging Machetes.


* “Upon turning fifty, Julie Kessler recounts … lessons she learned throughout life in her memoir consisting of fifty well-written essays. I think Fifty-Fifty: The Clarity of Hindsight will give readers the courage to evaluate what they have learned from life.”
- JD Jung, Editor-In-Chief, UnderratedReads.com