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A Woman's Passion for Travel: More Stories from a Woman's World
     

A Woman's Passion for Travel: More Stories from a Woman's World

by Marybeth Bond (Editor), Pamela Michael (Editor)
 

"Passion": any kind of feeling or emotion -- hope, fear, joy, grief, anger, love, desire-when vehement, overwhelming or of compelling force.

In this follow-up to the award-winning A Woman's World, meet women from all stages of life -- college students and grandmothers, old friends and new -- adventurously wending their way across the globe. In

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"Passion": any kind of feeling or emotion -- hope, fear, joy, grief, anger, love, desire-when vehement, overwhelming or of compelling force.

In this follow-up to the award-winning A Woman's World, meet women from all stages of life -- college students and grandmothers, old friends and new -- adventurously wending their way across the globe. In women's travel, elements of the personal, the relationships pondered, and the connections made often forge the way. They determine the trip's texture, shape its nuances. Again and again, women use travel to discover themselves, to create changes big and small, to contemplate life from new angles. Lighthearted or serious, sad or funny, or some combination of it all, each story in this collection will move you -- perhaps even to the road itself.

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Booknews
Includes nearly 40 personal accounts by women whose travels include trips of self-discovery, research, recreation, adventure-seeking, pilgrimage, and escape to locales ranging from the Trobriand Islands off Papua New Guinea to the International Toilet Symposium in Toyama, Japan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
An exemplary collection of essays, in which women deftly testify to their acts of travel. There is a wide marshaling of sensitivities, concerns, and expectations in these pages, of what foreign travel (which can mean a Californian driving through Alabama) demands of women and what women garner in return. Incidents of sloppy writing ("my reinforced concrete bravery thinly veiling my secret yellow streak") and fatuous comments (that travel is "the best revenge against aging since collagen") are rare, as are the times when money is no object and far-flung wanderings considered an entitlement. The travel is mostly hard won, and the whole process—from planning to execution to decompression—is conducted with attentiveness; where, if only for the duration, you live at that special pitch that encourages heedfulness and charges everything with meaning and significance, from sea kayaking and mushing in the Brooks Range with your teenage daughter, to bad fevers and overcoming bathing suit anxiety (a small gem, from Marilyn Lutzker, that wrings serenity from dread). A perfect example is Pier Roberts, in whose piece an Umbrian stone farmhouse, red wine, her group of women friends, a deadly viper, the poems of Mary Oliver, and "a field of wildflowers, like candy, like colored marbles, like a playground for the angels" meld and catch fire, annealing the travelers to one another and to the landscape and its graces. Keeping things from shining too bright, there are also episodes of fear and menace so terrifying (in one, a lunatic is trying to run the writer's car off a deserted road, all the while screaming he's going to kill her), you can only read them out of the corner of your eye with thebook held at arm's length. Traveling, like seeing, is an exigent thing. These women figured that out before they left and conducted themselves accordingly, which is why they have stories worthy of the telling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885211361
Publisher:
Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Travelers' Tales Guides Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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