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

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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. ...

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Overview

"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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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)
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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.
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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Passion for Travel

Looking for Abdelati--Tanya Shaffer
Morocco

The Spanish Church--Catherine Watson
Spain

Special Delivery--Lindsy Van Gelder
Ecuador & Italy

The Boatman's Gift--Pamela Michael
Laos

Mysteries of Life--Anne Lamott
Mexico

L'Air du Temps--Marilyn McFarlane
France

Light on a Moonless Night--Laurie Gough
Fiji

On Italian Time--Mary Morris
Italy

Unpaved Roads--Virginia Barton Brownback
Mexico

Following the Tracks Back--Sekai Nzenza-Shand
Zimbabwe

Guardians of the Dark--Marybeth Bond
Mexico

And Miles to Go--Letty Cottin Pogrebin
The World

Part Two: Some Things to Do

Kenya on Horseback--Ann Jones
Kenya

Sex, Yams, and the Kula Ring--Lynn Ferrin
Papua New Guinea

River of Life--Leila Philip
Grand Canyon

Venice--Frances Mayes
Italy

Winter Walk--Deborah Johansen
Massachusetts

Extended Family--Alison DaRosa
India

The Center of Nowhere--Barbara Ras
Alaska

Ndume--Rosalind Aveling
Rwanda

Girl Kayak Guides of Juneau--Candace Dempsey
Alaska

Scorpion Hunting--Diane Rigda
Tunisia

Bathing Suit Anxiety--Marilyn Lutzker
Iceland

The Stowaway--Celia Wakefield
Mexico

Part Three: Going Your Own Way

The Lushes--Pier Roberts
Italy

Outside the Flame--Anees Jung
India

On the Rocks--PamHouston
Grand Canyon

A Russian Handshake--Barbara L. Baer
Russia

Italian Affair--Laura Fraser
Italy

Three's a Crowd--Kathleen Dean Moore
Washington

Toiletopia--Kathleen Meyer
Japan

The Moment of Truth--Dianne Partie Lange
Thailand

An English Girl in Suez--Ann Mackintosh
Egypt

Chinese Like Me--Jennifer L. Leo
Hong Kong

Jump--Aleta Brown
Spain

My Lai, Thirty Years After--Rachel Louise Snyder
Vietnam

Part Four: In the Shadows

Why I Have Never Seen the Mona Lisa Smile--Claire Tristram
France

Souvenirs from Belize--Pamela Conley
Belize

Where Is the Girl Who Speaks English?--Joan Zimmerman
Tibet & Nepal

Out There--Jo Ann Beard
Alabama

Fever--Jennifer Duffy
India

Part Five: The Last Word

My Mother's Boots--Susan Spano
Colorado

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