Summer

14 August 2008

TALES OF A FEMALE NOMAD: LIVING AT LARGE IN THE WORLD - Rita Golden Gelman

What an amazing read!! It's been on Mt Git'r'Read for a while even after I eagerly ordered it from Our Lady of the Books, Pamala of Bartlett after hearing so many wonderful recommendations. I added it to the TBR Challenge and still it languished. I have a slight aversion to nonfiction, non-mystery genre books and this is definitely fitting of both.
Yet something drew me finally..in the mood, color of the cover...something. And very glad I fell for the draw.
Rita is in an uncomfortable lifestyle. She has money, a pretty decent husband, two wonderful kids....but she feels she is missing something in her life. She tells her husband that she needs a break. She suggests two weeks. HE suggests TWO MONTHS! This terrifies her, but she decides to go to Mexico. And not just the tourist Mexico. No, she finds a village, asks to live there as an anthropologist. She finds she likes this lifestyle, terrifying as it is. Not scary danger of loss of life and limb terror. Rather it's what she will discover about herself kind of terror.
She decides that she is also on the search for spirituality. Her travels take her on this path.
My favorite of her settlements has to be New Zealand. Rita seems finally so at ease with herself, she is able to completely immerse herself into the Kiwi life and enjoy it. Plus the fact that I've always wanted to travel there.
This gets a very enthusiastic five beans!

3 comments:

Bobbi said...

Great review! I'll have to look for this one.

Teddy Rose said...

Excellent review! This book sounds wonderful! You just added another one to my TBR.

Vickie said...

Bobbi: Thanks! It is not my normal read, but I was sooo glad I finally made myself read it.

TeddyRose: Glad I could help add to your TBR. Proud to serve....
= )