Reviews & Comments
"I got my Costco Connection with yesterday's mail. I'm going to keep your page out of this one on my fridge for a while.
It's not too often I can give myself a boost and get reassurance about some of the choices I've made.
More often than not people think I'm silly for having a baby and no car."
(More comments below...)
Urban Camping has received local, national, and international attention, including:
Calgary Herald (newspaper article 2013)
Calgary Public Library (Living Library program 2010, 2011, 2012)
Walk 21 (presentation at international walking conference 2011)
Calgary Transit Centennial Book (article 2009)
CBC The Current (national radio program 2008)
CBC Wildrose Forum (provincial radio program 2008)
Calgary Public Library (newsletter and blog interviews 2008)
Talking Walking (www.talkingwalking.net; web interview 2008; London, England)
Costco Connections (magazine article 2008)
More of Our Canada (magazine article 2008)
Chariot Carriers (product brochure and website 2008 & 2009; product brochure 2007)
Alternatives Journal (magazine book review 2008)
24 Hours (newspaper article 2008)
Calgary Street Talk (newspaper article 2008)
National Post (magazine article 2007)
Carbusters #30 (magazine book review 2007)
Calgary Sun (newspaper article 2007)
CFTO-TV (CTV Toronto affiliate; television interview 2007)
Shaw Cable (community program; television interview 2007)
Global TV (television book review 2007)
CFCN-TV (CTV Calgary affiliate; television interview 2007)
GO! Magazine (magazine article 2007)
A 'n' E Vibe (web book review 2007)
770 Talk Radio (radio interview 2007)
Here are some of the comments about Urban Camping:
"(Urban Camping) sounds like a very important model for other people."
-Dr. David Suzuki
Environmentalist and Scientist
"This book is not only a testament to living without a vehicle, but also a testament to a slower, more satisfying way of life with solid values that are not often seen in North American society."
-Dr. Deborah Dobson
"Stay-at-home moms and dads need to know that they can still go out and do things with their kids even though their spouse is at work with their only vehicle. This family shows what is possible."
Participant, X-Weighted Television Series
"An excellent book. I had a hard time putting it down."
Owner, Diabetic Depot-Ranchlands
"Without a car, without much money, and without many possessions, the Tombrowski's have created a unique and active life for themselves and their children. They show us that your quality of life does not depend on the quantity of things you own or can afford."
Author, Calgary's Best Hikes and Walks and Calgary's Best Bike Rides and Trails
"A well-produced book. A topic that is an area of interest to people."
And here are just a few of the comments the Tombrowskis have received by email (names have not been included to protect the writers' identities):
"I loved your book. I'm passing it around to friends and family."
"We finally had the chance to read through all of Urban Camping and have started to put some plans into place...All in all, though, my final impression was just a good as my first. I've referred back to it several times now (and have recommended it to others!)"
"I just got the eBook and have had the chance to browse through it quickly and all I can say is, 'Wow!'"
"It made me very happy to read about your life choices in the most recent (edition of) Costco Connection."
"I concur: 'one individual can make a difference'...indeed like-minded INDIVIDUALS can make a world of difference."
"I applaud you fully! Bucking the trends of the secular world that come at us from all angles is not an easy task. I support you for being true to yourselves."
"Saw the little piece on you in the Costco mag and was intrigued. I say way to go!"
"I got my Costco Connection with yesterday's mail. I'm going to keep your page out of this one on my fridge for a while. It's not too often I can give myself a boost and get reassurance about some of the choices I've made. More often than not people think I'm silly for having a baby and no car."
"I have just finished reading your book from the Red Deer Public Library and I just wanted to tell you that your commitment to vehicle free living is inspiring. I am thrilled to have read of your wisdom and experiences, and how you have made being vehicle-less an art form."