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In a woman's life almost every choice involves risk, and in Nothing to Declare Mary Morris gives us a stunning account of those risks in one woman's journeys through Latin America. As Morris travels south to Mexico, she leaves the old measurements behind and confronts the realities of place, of poverty, of machismo, and of her own self. It is a dangerous land, where anything can happen.
From the high desert of northern Mexico to the steaming jungles of Honduras, from the ...
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Nothing to Declare

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Overview

In a woman's life almost every choice involves risk, and in Nothing to Declare Mary Morris gives us a stunning account of those risks in one woman's journeys through Latin America. As Morris travels south to Mexico, she leaves the old measurements behind and confronts the realities of place, of poverty, of machismo, and of her own self. It is a dangerous land, where anything can happen.
From the high desert of northern Mexico to the steaming jungles of Honduras, from the seashore of the Caribbean to the exquisite highlands of Guatemala, she experiences the rawness of life as a woman south of the border. A traveler in her own space and time, Morris befriends a Mexican woman and shares the precariousness of everyday life in a Latin American culture that heightens her own sense of deprivation. Haunted by memories of family and failed love, Morris tries to make sense out of her past as the present boundaries take new form. "I listen to the ghosts and obey the gods. The ghosts whisper, the gods prod." In this beguiling travel book, Mary Morris calls upon us to listen.With Nothing to Declare, Mary Morris joins the company of Beryl Markham, Mary Kingsley, Isabella Bird, and the few women travel writers in a field long the privileged territory of men.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547940632
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1988
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 657,894
  • File size: 509 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    an amazing literary experience, a traveler must-read

    Mary describes her travels in a way that makes this book flow like a novel while also providing factual information that is very valuable to know if you're a woman looking to do some traveling. Her honest accounts of her experiences, feelings and childhood memories help pull you into her story because she seems more like a friend spilling her guts back from a long vacation rather than some glamorous, traveling socialite. I would reccommend this book to any female that either travels on a regular basis or just simply wants to begin. I promise reading it will excite your traveling desires within!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    That guy didn't get it.

    This is a beautifully written memoir that's as much about the author's inner landscape as it is about her travels in central America. I picked it up recently, over 10 years after first reading it, and it's still my favorite book. My own life experiences and choices are echoed here, and I don't see that often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Pretty dull and uneventful

    Ah, let's see, what's the subject of this book? Geez I can't remember. She writes a little about her neighbor-lady in San Miguel and the neighbor's illegitimate offspring. She goes from loving her boyfriend to hating him with no explanation why. She torques her best friend enough that the friend basically ditches her, but again we aren't really told why; maybe the author just can't describe things very well. She travels around Central America a little but all we hear about are the boring bus rides and hot hotels. Yeah, it was a waste of time to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    WOW

    reading this book has opened something inside of me. I find myself looking at the way I live differently. My sense of self is somehow evolving through the triggers of this womans experiences. I seek my own adventure now.

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