Thelma and Louise get sporty (and survive) in this anthology of true stories about women whose idea of fun involves sharing adventures--big and small--in the great outdoors. In essays that not only take you to mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers but also explore the powerful and intimate bond of female companionship, the editor of Solo: On Her Own Adventure introduces sixteen daring women and their travel mates as they ski, climb, hike, bike,...
Thelma and Louise get sporty (and survive) in this anthology of true stories about women whose idea of fun involves sharing adventures--big and small--in the great outdoors. In essays that not only take you to mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers but also explore the powerful and intimate bond of female companionship, the editor of Solo: On Her Own Adventure introduces sixteen daring women and their travel mates as they ski, climb, hike, bike, and drive all over the world.
Trudge through the muddied roads of Australia's outback with thirty-something Sara Corbett and her childhood chum to find the legendary 80-year-old woman rumored to split wood faster than any man who challenges her. Go fishing with Holly Morris, kick back with Pam Houston and a good friend at a Denver ranch, or bike with Diane Ackerman and her friend through the "aubergine drapery of the forest" as they circumnavigate Otsego Lake. Hop in the car with Mary Morris and her baby daughter to meet the eccentrics living in the California desert, and climb the Himalayas with 54-year-old Jean Gould and her 70-year-old travel partner.
Whether you are an armchair adventurer or a thrill seeker in your own right, these exhilarating essays will inspire you to dust off your bicycle, lace up your hiking boots, fill your gas tank, and take your dearest friend along for the time of your lives.
In this new collection by the editor of Another Wilderness: Notes from the New Outdoors Woman (Seal Press, 1997), Rogers chronicles women traveling in pairs as friends, acquaintances, or mother/daughter teams. Whereas her earlier anthology emphasized the physical danger of solo adventuring, the theme here stresses the bonds formed between these women while hiking, boating, skiing, and during other challenging experiences. Essays from wellknown writers, such as Pam Houston, Gretel Ehrlich, and poet Diane Ackerman, are teamed with works by lesserknown authors. There is plenty here to interest the armchair traveler. Take a wild ride with Sarah Corbett and her childhood friend as they drive the muddy outback of Australia in Is That a Wallaby in Your Pocket? Cross a desert canyon and an emotional chasm between mother and daughter in Naming Our Canyon by Hannah Nyala, author of Point Last Seen (Beacon Press, 1997). Learn to trust your compassand your inner compassin Disorienting by Kim Todd. In Himalayan Companions, readers travel to dangerous Bhutan with Jean Gould and her seventyyear-old companion, and in Dead Reckoning by Kathleen Dean Moore, they can navigate dangerous waters near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, with a mother and daughter team. This excellent collection might spur couchpotato readers to try their own adventures. Biographical notes profile each essayist. This title is appropriate for public and high school libraries and should be recommended to teen girls with an interest in sports. Biographical Notes. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10to12; Adult and Young Adult). 1999, Vintage/Random, Ages 16 to Adult, 223p, $13 Trade pb. Reviewer: Carrie Eldridge
A rock climber for over twenty years, Susan Fox Rogers has edited a number of anthologies including Solo: On Her Own Adventures, Alaska Passages: 20 Voices from Above the 54th Parallel, and Another Wilderness: Notes from the New Outdoorswoman. She lives in Tuscon, Arizona.