Check out the latest reviews on Amazon for my new addiction memoir and travel narrative, No Tourists Allowed: Seeking Inner Peace in War-Torn Sudan:
ByB. Burgesson October 7, 2015
This book is page-turner. With her soul-baring story, the author brings you right into her battle with addiction and her struggle to be a force for good inside war-torn Sudan. Her internal conversations are real and sometimes humorous but always insightful. I found myself fearing for her, then cheering for her more and more as the story progressed. Did she somehow know before choosing to go live in Sudan that the dangers she would face there, the suffering she would experience and see in the African people, along with the chance to serve and develop her career and life skills would eventually give her what she needed to get on the path of recovery?
Bydebbie tronieron September 27, 2015
An insightful and well written book, a journey for Shannon as she come to terms with her upbringing and her growth in that process. Definitely waiting for the next book!
ByMary Jo McMillenon September 25, 2015
In NO TOURISTS ALLOWED, Shannon Egan is an amazing writer, inspiring readers with her extraordinary spirit and wisdom to "see" the light and dark in the human experience. She courageously tells her story with honesty and acceptance of herself and others. She will undoubtedly inspire people to celebrate their own journey of recovery from addiction.
ByBoyd Madsenon September 24, 2015
Shannon Egan's No Tourists Allowed is the deftly told and enthralling story of Ms. Egan's inner battles with her strict religious upbringing and ensuing issues with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, coupled with a rich and touching memoir detailing her time spent in war-torn Sudan as a teacher and journalist.
Ms. Egan superbly explains the cognitive dissonance and alienation she experienced growing up in a suburb of Salt Lake City, a city that is predominantly populated by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or, as they are informally known, the Mormons.
Without being overly critical of the religion, culture, or her family, she vividly, and sometimes graphically, helps the reader understand her struggles from early childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood with guilt, shame, abuse, and a general feeling that can best be described as feeling like a square peg in a round hole.
After helping the reader understand the lens through which she sees the world, she gets to what was, for me, the strongest part of her book, which was her decision to leave home and travel to Sudan as a teacher.
Without going into details, it suffices to say that Ms. Egan's time spent in Africa, where she eventually landed a job as a journalist, included harrowing, gut wrenching, and downright touching moments that are told with eloquence and passion.
What I found most heartwarming about the book was how lighthearted it was despite the very heavy subject matter. The author has a way of telling her story that had me laughing out loud many more times than I ever could have expected. Her free-flowing and conversational style of writing have the net effect of getting the reader to feel like he or she is sitting in a room with Shannon herself, listening to her tell amazing story after amazing story.
The book ended powerfully, leaving me with a feeling of hopefulness and a warm affinity for the author. I recommend this book and can honestly say I loved it.
ByMargoon September 24, 2015
I emphathize with Shannon and her recovery journey on so many levels and am thankful she is sharing her story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderful book and I look forward to reading Shannon's next one as she continues her story of recovery! "No Tourists Allowed" speaks to Shannon's courageous journey, the shame she feels, how fragile life (and recovery) is and can be and the pain she experiences, not only while dealing with trying to stay sober but in regards to what she witnesses in Sudan. This book also speaks to Shannon's strength and her ability to keep moving forward!
I anxiously await the next book so I can continue to follow Shannon's journey of recovery!
ByRyLeeon September 11, 2015
Shannon Egan's ability to just lay everything out there for the reader to absorb is incredible. I found myself tearing up, laughing, and empathizing as she shared her experiences of growing up in a religious household and state, travelling the world to find oneself, but also making sense of how to push forward news stories, personal stories, and policies without taking advantage or forgetting what really matters: driving change for the better. I am so happy that Shannon has found her community, at last, with USARA. Thank you, Shannon, for sharing your recovery journey. I can't wait to read your next installment.
ByJoanne Petersenon September 4, 2015
One of the best books that I've read in a long time!!!! Couldn't put it down!!
ByAnthony Southwickon September 2, 2015
I couldn't put this down. What a beautiful, scary, adventure filled journey! Shannon shows such courage in her journey and in writing this book. I'm so glad it is out there to help others who are struggling. I can't wait for the next one to come out. Sending so much love to Shannon for being brave enough, strong enough, and caring enough to share her struggles so that it can help others. ❤Kim Southwick
ByMizMickeyon August 24, 2015
It has been so long since I have not been able to put a book down! Her words captured me from the very first page. I felt her emotions through her words. This is not only a good book for people in recovery, but also a book to understand that we are all going through something.
ByJulie Hardleon August 23, 2015
No Tourists Allowed is beautifully layered and intricate with many parallel themes. It speaks to a profound truth. Living a life of sobriety in recovery is much more than abstinence. Ms. Egan’s journey demonstrates that courageously walking the beast of addiction out of the shadows of shame is the pathway to healing. Her peace, during this chapter of her life, was fleeting. It does remind the reader there is much to be hopeful about in recovery and our world as we reach out and connect to our humanness and embrace our frailties together. Egan left me anxiously waiting for more of the story.