Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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.

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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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307766250
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/5/2011
  • Series: Vintage Departures
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Ditto spirit

    Ditto spirit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Bird of Hope~Prologue

    This takes place after The Omen of the Stars-The Last Hope. Three good comments and I continue.))<p> A soft breeze whistled across the tips of the trees, making the leaves rustle. Crickets chirped in the tall grass of the moor. Owls flew through the shadowy pines. Fish swam in the shallows of the rippling creeks. The cloudless night sky showed off its beautiful stars.<br> Two cats padded through the woods and bracken. They trotted side by side, until they reached the lake.<br> One of the cats, a brown tom, looked at the other, a gray tom. "Is this a good spot?" he asked the gray tom.<br> He nodded to the brown tom. Then the gray cat's cloudy blue eyes gazed in the direction of the first cat, "StarClan has sent yet another prophecy," he meowed.<br> "What is it, Jayfeather?" the brown tabby tom asked the blind cat.<br> Jayfeather looks up towards the sky, "StarClan says, 'Like an Eagle, a warrior will swoop down and will guide, protect, and teach Thunder, Shadow, Wind, and River to work together and cope against unimaginable danger. You must listen, for not, you all will parish.' What do you suppose StarClan is tying to tell us?"<p> The brown cat looks up at the clear night sky with his amber eyes, studying the stars, "I don't know, but we must be prepared." He thinks for a moment, "Eagles are most active near the mountains. Does it have anything to do with the Tribe of Rushing Water?"<br> Jayfeather shakes his head, "It can't."<br> The other cat responds, "Eagles are also a danger to cats. Could that be the unimaginable danger?"<br> The blind cat shakes his head again. His ears prick. "We should probably head back to camp. We'll talk about it tomorrow. Besides, you've got a clan to run."<br> The tom dips his head, "Yes. I agree."<br> Jayfeather nodded, "I have to check on Brackenfur. He had a thron in his pad and it could be infected." He looks at the clan leader, "Don't worry Bramblestar. We'll figure out this prophecy soon."<p>~Einstein

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Spirit

    Pretty good. But you do know that Bramblestar's Storm is what happens after The Last Hope?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Angelpaw

    "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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Lionclaw

    Sits and waits for angel psw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

    It's suspenceful, very informative, & hilarious! So much fun to read... what an adventure!

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