Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo

Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo

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by Tracy Johnston
     
 

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A thrilling, touching, and densely instructive book, Shooting the Boh is also a frank self-portrait of a woman facing her most corrosive fears--and triumphing over them--with fortitude and unflagging wit. "A captivating and truly offbeat rite of passage."--Eric Hansen.


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A thrilling, touching, and densely instructive book, Shooting the Boh is also a frank self-portrait of a woman facing her most corrosive fears--and triumphing over them--with fortitude and unflagging wit. "A captivating and truly offbeat rite of passage."--Eric Hansen.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This story of a journalist joining an expedition down the Boh River starts out as standard adventure travel fare, but the difference rapidly becomes apparent: this journalist is over 40, her luggage is lost on the flight over and cannot be recovered in time, and the expedition has been planned by a company that takes irresponsibility to a new level. Only when they are already on the river do the participants realize how difficult and dangerous their time together will be. All of them must deal with ``insect stress'' caused by bees that feast on human sweat, foot fungus, raging rapids, and perhaps an evil river spirit. On top of that, Johnston begins to have menopausal hot flashes and questions whether it is time to give up the thrill of risky journeys. Her descriptions of both natural phenomena and local customs are lyrical: she compares salespeople in an outdoor market to ``baby birds, mouths open, arms aflutter.'' In writing about the seemingly cursed journey, Johnston keeps her chin up and sticks to what she calls ``the adventure code of travel: go with the unexpected and make do with what you get.'' This engrossing and surprisingly upbeat tale accomplishes much more than that. First serial to Cosmopolitan; QPB selection. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307766250
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/2011
Series:
Vintage Departures
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
815,003
File size:
2 MB

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Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage down the Wildest River in Borneo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ditto spirit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. But you do know that Bramblestar's Storm is what happens after The Last Hope?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's suspenceful, very informative, & hilarious! So much fun to read... what an adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ok.. ill try again.." she go real low and put more weight on her front paws and pounched on a stick pretending it was a mouse. "By the way i dont see why i need to learn this. I know im gonn have to fight but im a vegetarian! I have to go now.. i wont be on for two or three days. Sorry! Byee."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits and waits for angel psw