Monday, March 12, 2012

What I'm Reading: Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

Hello Readers,

I hope Daylight Savings is treating you well...oh, who am I kidding? We all hate it-myself included. Unfortunately, my spring break is over and was rather uneventful. Now, it's back to classes. However, one treat about college is the end of the semester in early May, and another month and half of school is really not that bad! I feel like this semester has already flown by so much more quickly than my fall semester of freshman year.

Today, I would like to introduce the first series of posts that will call this blog home. I have always been an avid reader, and I soak up reading material like a sponge. I did not read much last semester, nor did I have an English class. I must say I truly, truly missed reading! Over spring break I finally finished the wonderful Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (and loved it). So I decided to crack open a new book today and start a series of posts about what I start reading, as well as my final opinions about the things I read.

Title: Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

Author: Rita Golden Gelman

Page Count: 306

Back Cover/Inside Flap Synopsis: 
"Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986 she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapogos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita's example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance,and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults.

My Thoughts Thus Far:
I am currently forty pages into this book and have followed Gelman's narrative self through Mexico back to the United States, where she is about to set out again. I love traveling and guide books and anything pertaining to the subject and was captivated by the book from page one. Even the parts where Gelman talks about her marriage and divorce, which are dry of travel for only a page or so at the most, serve to explain her inner workings, her mindset, and her motives and add to the story. Her personal life aside from travel serves to remind the reader that Gelman's story is relative to his or her life. Gelman's descriptions of scenery, emotions, and people give the reader a multi-sensory experience, and I found myself growing attached to people she met as she did. At this point, I would highly recommend this book, especially to anyone with study abroad or mission trip interests. It would also be a good read for those who feel they have too many obstacles to travel- Gelman is an inspiration as she lets nothing stop her.

Price:$14.95 USD

Buy it from Amazon for $10.17 USD, Barnes & Noble, or a local independent bookseller (I bought my copy at Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC)

Your truly,

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