The editors of A Woman Alone (Seal, 2001) have again collected women's travel narratives. Most of the essays involve specific trips: Susan Richardson in Iceland, following the steps of a 10th-century Viking woman; Alexia Brue spending a post-college summer in Provence working in a hotel laundry; Alison Culliford's pre-wedding trip to Labrador on an "icebreaker"; Gail Hudson taking her 13-year-old daughter to Greece and recalling her own trip there as a teen. One of the best pieces, by Julianne Balmain, is simply about the pleasures of traveling alone. She talks about places as companions and about the importance of anchoring solo days with "small, well-spaced obligations." It's great advice for any solo traveler, male or female. Many of the essays deal specifically with the issues women face: cultural expectations in different countries, safety, the empowerment of travel. This book will appeal to armchair travelers, and to fans of novels like Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes (HarperCollins, 2005).
Sarah FlowersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Go Your Own Way: Women Travel the World Soloby Faith Conlon
Despite threat-assessment levels and airport-security hassles, women of all generations are traveling more freely and independently than ever before
There is nothing quite like hitting the road by yourself to awaken your senses, sharpen your mind, and build your confidence. In twenty-three beautifully crafted essays, women recount the thrills of traveling solo.
Despite threat-assessment levels and airport-security hassles, women of all generations are traveling more freely and independently than ever before. In that go-for-it spirit, Go Your Own Way spans the globe: adventure diva Holly Morris finds herself lost in the jungles of Borneo, alone with her thoughts and a cold-blooded companion; Lara Triback's quest to learn the tango takes her to the late-night dance floors of Buenos Aires; Stephanie Griest finds female friends invaluable in her journey through Uzbekistan; and Amy Balfour recounts a hilarious trek up Yosemite's Half Dome.
The writers in Go Your Own Way pay tribute to the empowerment of independent adventure and discovery, offering up the perfect antidote for today's climate of fear and international discord. All the while, they show that alone doesn't have to mean lonely.
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Meet the Author
Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tessan are the editors of A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe. Faith Conlon is also the coeditor of I Wanna Be Sedated: 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers. She and Emerick are the coeditors of Gifts of the Wild: A Woman's Book of Adventure. Both live in Seattle with their families and work as freelance editors. Christina Henry de Tessan is the senior editor of Pulse Guides' Night+Day books, the author of City Walks Paris, City Walks San Francisco,and City Walks Chicago, and the editor of Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroad. She lives with her family in Portland.
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