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Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman
Without Reservations The Travels of an Independent Woman Author:Alice Steinbach Dear Alice, — Each morning I am awakened by the sound of a tinkling bell. A cheerful sound, it reminds me of the bells that shopkeepers attach to their doors at Christmastime. In this case, the bell marks the opening of the hotel door. From my room, which is just off the winding staircase, I can hear it clearly. It reminds me of the bell that cal... more »ls to worship the novice embarking on a new life. In a way I too am a novice, leaving, temporarily, one life for another.
'In many ways, I was an independent woman,' writes Alice Steinbach, a single working mother and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. 'For years I'd made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow, and had relationships that allowed for a lot of freedom on both sides.' Slowly, however, she realised that she had become quite dependent in another way. 'I had fallen into the habit . . . of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me.' Who am I, she wanted to know, away from the things that define me--my family, children, job, friends? Steinbach searches for the answer to this provocative question in some of the most exciting places in the world: Paris, where she finds a soulmate in a Japanese man; Oxford, where she learns more from a ballroom dancing lesson than all her studies; Milan, where she befriends a young woman about to be married.
WITHOUT RESERVATIONS is about a dream come true - taking a year off to travel the world and rediscover what it is like to be an independent woman, without ties and without reservations. Beautifully written and illustrated with postcards the author sent back to herself, it is also an unforgettable journey of discovery.« less