From the Publisher
“Rita serves up a tasty smorgasbord of stories—funny, heartwarming, and quirky. These tales remind us of what we seek in our own life's journey: a meaningful connection with people we meet and joy in finding new friends in unexpected places. Whether you choose to stay home or start packing, these stories will stir you."
—Maya Frost, author of The New Global Student
“Charming - a wonderful gift for your nomadic friends. The book will inspire you to travel, to cook, and, to get your own stories committed to the page!”
—Julie Conover, PassportToAdventure.com, Host & Producer
“Rita and friends take you on a virtual and culinary global adventure that is sure to evoke a range of emotions. A must-read for both the armchair and active traveler.”—Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick guides for women travelers.
“Rita Golden Gelman’s book pulsates with life’s flavors—both in the stories and the recipes that accompany them. Remarkably, all royalties will be donated through two Rotary clubs to provide scholarships for young adults in a Delhi slum. As a Rotarian myself, I salute Rita and savor her book. So will you.”
—Karin Treiber, PhD, Rotarian, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Thanks to Rita and her friends, the world just got a little smaller. This inspirational book simultaneously illustrates how large and small our global community has become. By sharing recipes, customs, and lives, we are ushered through an exotic world of experiences.”
—John O. Hishmeh, Executive Director, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
“These wonderfully poignant stories speak to the inner-nomad in all of us, reminding us of the joy and warmth we feel when sharing laughter, tears, and meals across cultures.”
—Sara LaRosa, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Tonga 2006-2008
Children's-book author Gelman (Doodler Doodling, 2004, etc.) follows up Tales of a Female Nomad (2001) with a collaborative collection of essays-and a smattering of recipes-celebrating travel, diversity and human connection. In the introduction, the author writes that she has lived without a fixed address and with minimal possessions, traveling the globe since 1987. While Female Nomad depicted the first 15 years of that unfettered lifestyle, the sequel is constructed of essays submitted to her website in response to an open call for stories about "connecting" and "risk-taking." The result is a mixed bag of (mostly Eurocentric) tales from around the world, which largely affirm a sense of human decency, generosity and community beyond the borders of language or political affiliation. Among other experiences, the stories chronicle bonding with Vietnamese women over primitive laundering techniques; sharing a boisterous, vodka-fueled breakfast of cow-feet soup in Armenia; considering a Ugandan's offer to cry with an American volunteer overwhelmed by the unfairness of life in the third world. Some of the essays are humorous, such as the recollection of dodging a potentially dangerous situation with a Peruvian enticed by a novelty "one-million-dollar bill." Some are melancholy, such as one woman's playful "marriage" to an Iraqi man shortly before the U.S. invasion threw the country into chaos. While most of the essays take place in exotic locales, some are domestic, with strangers lending helping hands or women opening themselves up to unexpected, unconsummated intimacies. The brevity of the pieces-most lasting only a couple pages-works for the simpler or funny stories, but the more serious ones feel stunted. The strength of the writing varies considerably, with the contributors a mix of amateurs and professionals, but all feature an appealing sincerity. Scattershot pieces held together by context and emotionalism. Tie-in with author's lecture schedule. Agent: Elaine Markson/Elaine Markson Agency