Atlas of the Human Heart

Atlas of the Human Heart

by Ariel Gore
     
 

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Like Jack Kerouac’s intrepid little sister, Ariel Gore spins the spirited story of a vulnerable drifter who takes refuge in fate and the shadowy recesses of a string of glittering, broken relationships. With just a few pennies and her I Ching, a change of clothes and a one-way ticket to Hong Kong, a perceptive, searching sixteen-year-old Gore makes her way… See more details below

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Like Jack Kerouac’s intrepid little sister, Ariel Gore spins the spirited story of a vulnerable drifter who takes refuge in fate and the shadowy recesses of a string of glittering, broken relationships. With just a few pennies and her I Ching, a change of clothes and a one-way ticket to Hong Kong, a perceptive, searching sixteen-year-old Gore makes her way from the sterile suffocation of the Silicon Valley through the labyrinthine customs of Cold-War China, wanders through bustling, electric Kathmandu, and hunkers down in an icy London squat with a prostitute and a boyfriend on the dole. Yet it is in the calm, verdant landscape of rural Italy where, pregnant and penniless, nineteen-year-old Gore’s adventure truly begins. An illuminating glimpse into the boldly political Gore—creator of HipMama.com and Hip Mama magazine—this unflinching memoir offers a poignant exploration of the meaning of home and surveys the frontiers of both land and heart.

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Library Journal
A prequel of sorts to Gore's The Hip Mama Survival Guide, this thinly fictionalized memoir recounts how the author got to be both hip and a mother by 19. Living with her hippie mother in the liberal Silicon Valley of the 1980s, Gore was a disaffected teenaged misfit who left high school at 17 to travel to Beijing as a language student. As the year was 1987, "White Ghost Girl" was an object of intense interest in Communist China, but she found no solace in her disjointed life. Her wandering heart led her to Katmandu, Hong Kong, and, finally, when she was broke and on the run, to Amsterdam. There she met another lost soul, Lance, and followed him to London and then remote Tuscany. On the way, Lance became violent, and Gore eventually became pregnant but managed to give birth on her own terms in Italy, returning to California with her newborn daughter and her heartsickness somewhat healed. Gore writes in the intensity of the moment, as the teenager she was, and she seems to regret nothing of her long, strange trip. Recommended where coming-of-age memoirs are popular.-Shelley Cox, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580050883
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Series:
Live Girls
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.89(d)

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