Get Personal with Journeywoman
The experience of travel
is different for everyone: for some, it is about facing one's
fears; for others, about experiencing new sensations; and
for still others, about escape and anonymity. We at Journeywoman
are always on the lookout for books that give us insight into
the reasons people travel.
At the very least, we
know that travel adds much zest to life. Keeping this in mind,
Journeywoman suggests the following excellent--and highly
personal--travel memoirs, essay anthologies, and short story
collections. We hope you find them as tasty as we did.
adventures are ours...
Kite Strings of
the Southern Cross: A Woman's Travel Odyssey
Author: Laurie Gough
first book by Laurie won Foreword Magazine's
Silver Award for Best Travel Book of the Year.
Marvelously written, it is a journey of love
and discovery. Beginning on a remote Fijian
beach (with her Fijian lover) and moving ever
onward and outward (without him), our heroine
meets adventure, mishap, and romance on several
continents. From the introduction: "Writing,
like traveling, deepens my life, and writing
about my travels gives them new meaning. Sometimes,
it even allows me to live those journeys over
again, minus the mosquitoes and sunstroke."
Thanks, Laurie! We like living them, too.
If you're shopping in Canada, you can also look
for this book under its Canadian title,
Island of the Human Heart.
The Power of Travel:
A Passport to Adventure, Discovery & Growth
Author: Steve Zikman
author of Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul
brings us a new collection of inspirational and
often humourous advice. In brief, reflective essays,
Zikman asks and answers the oft-heard question
"Why travel?" Whether a weekend jaunt to the country
or a six-month tour of Asia, The Power of Travel
shows how any trip can be an adventure. This little
gem is small enough to take along in even the
most over-burdened knapsack.
Women Travel: First-hand
Accounts from More than 60 Countries
Editors: Natania Jansz, Miranda
Davies, Emma Drew & Lori McDougall
the kind of thing we like at Journeywomen: stories
about women traveling by women traveling. Interested
in what it's like to backpack around India with
your mother? Want to know how to set up a writer's
retreat in Antarctica? Care to peek in on a
girls' night out in the Kalahari Desert? Over
80 writers, journalists, travelers, and dreamers
from around the world contributed to this nightstand
Author: Kuki Gallmann
anyone interested in the Dark Continent, here is a lovely
collection of stories by the author of I Dreamed of Africa,
now a major motion picture starring Kim Bassinger. African
Nights, Gallman's second book, offers a rare glimpse of
the continent from the 70s into the 90s. Gallman is a gifted
storyteller who shares her personal journey, both painful
and joyous. Readers meet Osman, a camel handler of the Boran
tribe; Sheela, an Indian priestess known for her spectacular
fire ceremonies; and Julius, a Kikuyu boy with a gift for
music. A story of strength and indomitable spirit, African
Nights is not to be missed.
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