Tales Of A Female Nomad, Living At Large In The World

By: Gelman, Rita Golden

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SIGNED. In a small cemetery deep in the jungle of Borneo, two men climb into a freshly dug hole and retrieve the bones of a long-dead grandmother. An American guest joins the procession from the cemetery to the elaborately decorated village square for a traditional ceremony that will properly send Grandma off on her journey to the next world. A few years earlier the American guest, a children's book author and the mother of two grown children, was living in a comfortable suburban home, dining in elegant restaurants, and attending glamorous parties. When her marriage failed, she decided to live her dream. She sold all her possessions and, at the age of forty-eight, took off to see the world. Fifteen years later, she's still without a permanent home. Rita has lived in Mexico and the Galapagos Islands, Bali and New Guinea, Israel, Nicaragua, Thailand, and New Zealand. And she's still moving. Although she's not athletically gifted or independently wealthy, Rita has climbed mountains, paddled up rivers, and subsisted for a year on what many people spend in a few months. In "Tales of a Female Nomad", Rita shares how she, an ordinary woman, has created a spectacular life, filled with interesting people, enlightening experiences, and fascinating adventures. Determined to understand each local culture she visits, Rita stays not in hotels but with the natives on sleeping platforms or in huts, cement block houses, mountain cabins, or small bungalows. She even spent four years at a palace in Bali, complete with a prince. She's observed orangutans in the rain forests of Borneo, served as an unofficial tour guide in the Galapagos, taught herself the Indonesian language, and forged many lasting cross-cultural friendships. To participate actively in the daily life of the communities she visits, she has learned to trust strangers to help her find places to stay and to teach her the local ways. More than a travel memoir, "Tales of a Female Nomad" is the story of a woman's rebirth. Rita Golden Gelman's real-life tale proves beyond a doubt that anyone can cast away the burdens of conventional life at any age and continue -- or begin -- to thrive. Upper edge of DJ mildly crinkled. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 311 pages; 30118; Signed by Author

Title: Tales Of A Female Nomad, Living At Large In The World

Author Name: Gelman, Rita Golden

Categories: Biographies,

Edition: 1st Edition; 5th Printing

Publisher: Crown: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 30118

Keywords: TRAVEL World Travel WOMEN'S Studies,