Memoirs of a Middle-aged Hummingbird

Memoirs of a Middle-aged Hummingbird

by Suellen Zima


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On this long, unique, extraordinary journey, we join an American middle-aged teacher as she wanders the world. Emigrating to Israel in 1983, she takes us to a boarding school where she cares for newly arrived Ethiopian teenage immigrants. We follow her next to a small Israeli Arab town.

In 1988, she takes us back to China as it can never be seen again, and through her students' lives, watches its tumultuous changes from then until 2005. Taiwan, Macau, Bali, and Korea also become "home," while New Zealand, Fiji, Turkey, Vietnam, Russia, and Iceland, among others, beckon briefly, but she always returns to China. Through the enthralling details of the everyday life of ordinary people, the reader virtually lives their struggles, fears, achievements, joys and dreams.

Curiosity, intensity, and the journals she keeps along the way are her constant traveling companions. This independent budget traveler keenly experiences cultures, like a hummingbird with feet planted firmly in mid-air, hovering, drinking deeply, and then flitting away to return another day. Interwoven throughout are her personal, emotional, and spiritual journeys. This is a true life odyssey any seasoned or armchair traveler will want to explore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595394609
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/02/2006
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.98(d)

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Memoirs of a Middle-aged Hummingbird 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
REVIEW I was totally captivated by Suellen Zima¿s book, Memoirs of a Middle ¿ aged Hummingbird. Since I have traveled to most of the places where she lived, I could visualize them again through her vivid descriptions. I found her observations and perceptions right on the mark. Best of all I enjoyed the descriptions of her relationships with her students. Since I was a teacher, too, I was very intrigued with the depth and longevity of her attachments to her students. They became her¿family¿. When I started reading such a large book I thought that I might not finish it. To my surprised it held my interest right to the end and beyond. I still want to know ¿what happened next¿ to this fascinating woman so I hope she will write another book. AUDRY LYNCH
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been an avid reader of Chinese history. My favorite authors are Pearl Buck and Han Suyin. Suellen Zimas'book, written from her journals of her life in China with the Chinese people in their culture is as fascinating as any book I read by the above two authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The wondrous descriptions and tremendous storytelling ability in this book make it like taking the journey along with the author. The book awakened my curiosity about the countries and cultures in it. I have especially always wanted to visit China and I've read a lot about China and its people. Memoirs of a Middle-aged Hummingbird brought it to life and made me feel I was in China with the author throughout the last twenty years. It's a travelogue with a deep insight into vastly different cultures with delightful personal gems throughout. Fascinating, so interesting, and wonderfully written.