House on Via Gombito: Writing by North American Women Abroad

House on Via Gombito: Writing by North American Women Abroad

by Sprengnether
     
 
The third printing of the most highly regarded anthology published by New Rivers Press is the occasion for a new edition. The House on Via Gombito, published in 1991, is a collection of forty-six travel memoirs by women living or traveling outside of the United States. The writers include Diane Glancy, Patricia Hampl, and Nancy Raeburn. Whether the writing is of "A

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The third printing of the most highly regarded anthology published by New Rivers Press is the occasion for a new edition. The House on Via Gombito, published in 1991, is a collection of forty-six travel memoirs by women living or traveling outside of the United States. The writers include Diane Glancy, Patricia Hampl, and Nancy Raeburn. Whether the writing is of "A Walk on Hadrian's Wall", or a "Return to Warsaw", the portraits drawn are engaging, refreshing and unique. Publishers Weekly has said: "The nearly 50 short pieces of travel writing that comprise this volume display such a wealth of perspectives and explore such a variety of locales that the book is a splendid adventure in itself".

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The nearly 50 short pieces of travel writing that comprise this volume display such a wealth of perspectives and explore such a variety of locales that the book is a splendid adventure in its own right. In ``Ramont Hall'' Rhiannon Paine looks back to 1973 when, at the age of 25, armed with a broken umbrella, a ``dilapidating Mini'' and youthful enthusiasm, she set out to see England. Helen Degen Cohen, who, as an eight-year-old Jewish girl narrowly escaped being deported to a concentration camp, describes her ``Return to Warsaw'' to visit the Catholic woman who hid her during World War II. Patricia Hampl's ``Italian Two-Part Invention'' savors the romance of a damp Venetian winter; a visit to a monastery during one sunny Umbrian spring triggers a memory of the author's childhood. Melissa Sanders-Self's fictional ``Nameless Things'' follows the daily grind of a young American woman who serves drinks in a Tokyo club that caters to Japanese businessmen. Catherine Stearns's ``Icarus in Africa'' is a series of letters from a feisty woman who signs herself ``Ma'' and who, at 60, starts out to teach at a rural school in Zambia. Sprengnether wrote Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreamsone title and Truesdale is publisher of New Rivers. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898231229
Publisher:
New Rivers Press
Publication date:
02/28/1991
Series:
New Rivers Abroad Series
Pages:
507
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.30(d)

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