Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World

Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World

by Rita Golden Gelman


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In 1987, Rita, newly divorced, set out to live her dream. She sold all her possessions and became a nomad. She wrote a book about her ongoing journey and, in 2001, insisted on putting her personal e-mail address in the last chapter—against all advice. It turned out to be a fortuitous decision. She has met thousands of readers, stayed in their homes, and sat around kitchen tables sharing stories and food and laughter.

In this essay collection, Gelman includes her own further adventures, as well as those of writers and readers telling tales of the shared humanity they experienced in their travels. The stories are funny and sad, poignant and tender, familiar and bizarre. They will make you laugh and cry and maybe even send you off on your own adventure. Also included are fabulous international recipes such as vegetarian dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), chiles en nogada (stuffed poblano chiles topped with a white cream sauce with walnuts and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds), and ho mok (an extraordinary fish-coconut custard from Thailand). Happy reading—and bon appétit, selamat makan, buen provecho!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307588012
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 498,709
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rita Golden Gelman is the author of more than 70 children’s books, including Inside Nicaragua, which was one of the ALA’s Best Young Adult Books of 1988, and More Spaghetti, I Say!, a staple in every first-grade classroom. As a nomad, Gelman has no permanent address. Her most recent encampments have been in Mexico and New York City.

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Table of Contents

How Female Nomad & Friends Came to Be and What It's All About Rita Golden Gelman 1

Breaking Bread: About the Recipes Maria Altobelli 12


My Favorite Organization Ever Rita Golden Gelman 17

Peeing, Drugs, and a School Maria Altobelli 23

A Pair of Shoes Janie Starr 29

Tower of Babel Kelly Hayes-Raitt 35

Connecting to Raymond Sally Brown 41

Mom and Trader Joe's Jo Giese 44

My Call of the Wild Barbara Ludwig 46

My Opinel on the Camino Ardyn Masterman 51

Breakfast in Malacca Wendy Lewis 55

Sharing Laundry Clare Beckingham 57

Kava and Trauma on Waya Island Danielle Richards 60

An Awakening Kim Bass 64

Mixed Messages

The Beauty Contest Rita Golden Gelman 69

A Long Walk Laura Fellman 73

Pickup in a Bar Jacquie 75

Curry Calamity Karen van der Zee 79

My Airport Pal Rita Golden Gelman 84

A Wet Shoe Story Carolyn Soucy 87

Million-Dollar Moment Bonnie Worthen 91

The Trip that Changed My Life Kelly Hayes-Raitt 97

A Stitch in Time Rita Golden Gelman 102

A Different Taste Caroline Mailloux 105

Southern Hospitality Leslie Berkower 111

Wild for Worms Karen van der Zee 115


Patikami What? Maria Altobelli 125

A Desert Garden Tim Amsden 132

Train to Tithorea Jan Gelman 135

Tongue-Tied Kelly Hayes-Raitt 144

A Boat Ride Laurice Haney 147

A Great Mix of People Rita Golden Gelman 155

French Confusion Michael Worthen 159

Turkish Delight Kay Moody 164

A Rose and a Kiss Maria Altobelli 166

Master Kim Bonnie Betts 172


The Perfect Seatmate Rita Golden Gelman 183

In Search of a Familiar Soul Catherine Buchanan 186

Making the Move C.J. MacLeod 193

George Debra Unger 198

Fairy Godmothers ... Who Needs 'Em! Sandra Hanks Benoiton 202

Filipino Elvis Presley Jessica Bryan 208

What Happened for Chana Jan Bayer 212

Dance Class Maria Altobelli 216

The Drummer Danielle Richards 222

The Sweet Life Marcia L. Hannewald 224

Chapati Love Remembered Jean Allen 230


The Ho Mok Story Rita Golden Gelman 237

Any Pan Is a No-Stick Pan If You No-Cook in It! Bobbi Zehner 244

Paneer Sailor Lily Morris 248

Bonjour, Friendship! Patricia Lundquist 254

Foreign Flavors Karen van der Zee 261

Cajeta and the Spirits Maria Altobelli 265

Thanksgiving: A Different Perspective Åsa Maria Bradley 271

Riding Out the Storm Victoria Allman 279

Just Call Me Garlic Carolyn McKibbin 287

The Café Chapín Janna Rudler 293

A Desert Mirage Maria Altobelli 298

Cow Feet Soup for Breakfast Karen van der Zee 305

Soul Food Melanie Ehler 311

Maasai Moments Rita Golden Gelman 319

Afterword Rita Golden Gelman 329

Acknowledgments 331

Reading Group Guide 333

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