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Maura C. (maurac23) reviewed Tales of a Female Nomad : Living at Large in the World on
Helpful Score: 10
I really enjoyed this book. I've read many of the female traveler books such as Eat, Pray, Love, Around the world in 80 dates, Holy Cow an Indian adventure and Shutterbabe Adventures in Love and War. I think these types of books are so interesting. This one touched me because I can relate to someone who isn't caught up in the commercialism of the US, and who can find friends anywhere in the world. I really enjoyed this one!
This is probably my favorite travel memoir of the many I have read. The way the author immerses herself in the cultures she visits is wonderful and you have to respect how hard she tries not to judge them based on the values of her own past. I hope at the age of 50 I have the kind of courage she shows.
The fascinating true story of a middle aged divorced woman and mother of two who sold her possessions and began to live her dream of traveling the world. For 20 years she has lived a few months at a time, all over the world, in off-the-beaten-path villages, and with an amazing variety of people. Her ability to trust in the unknown just blew me away.
I devoured this book in one weekend! Rita Golden Gelman is an inspiration. She's fearless, trusting, and a true citizen of the world. I loved that she spent time in several places I knew well (Guatemala & New Zealand) and enjoyed reading about all the other cultures she became a part of. Her book was a joy to read. She is much less self-absorbed and whiny than Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and she travels the way I would - lightly, cheaply, and with the aim of connecting to the indigenous people she meets, learning their culture and languages
Autobiographical travel book, the author decides to live on the road. She sells all, has no address, and no large amount of cash (supposedly) and arrives in countries (mostly Asian) to make friends and find a place to stay. At times she has adventures, creates a life within a small community, experiences family life in differing cultures. Does open the door to a different type of life style. I was most curious about how this life change unfolds as the author is over 50.
Skip the popular Eat Pray Love and read Tales of A Female Nomad for a truly fascinating travel log and personal story of discovery. Rita Golden Gelman is a truly gifted writer, whose personal journeys will be a revelation to all. This is a book and journal of real substance that will make the reader look differently at the world and its many cultures. It will open your eyes -- it offers so much more than the self-absorbed recent writings of others.
This is the story of an ordinary woman, who at the age of 48, gave up an elegant LA life to follow her dream of connecting with cultures all over the world. This is the story of her journey from huts to palaces, rain forests to modern cities. It encourages us all to join the journey.
Incredible book! Very inspiring and thought provoking. The author has a wonderful way of describing events, people, and places that makes you feel as if you were actually there. I loved reading about all the different cultures and communities. I have always wanted to travel the world like this - not just visit briefly but actually live there and learn as much as I could.
I enjoyed this story of a forty-some woman who set off to see the world on her own. Armed with a good heart and good intentions, she experienced synchronicity at every turn. Her story is uplifting and inspiring.
It has been awhile since I read this but as I recall it was an excellent account iof the type questions and issues that start coming up for women as they stroll gracefully into mid-life as well as a great story about travel and finding one's personal strength. My 27 yr old daughter recommended it to me after she read and enjoyed it so it crosses the age span as well.
Loved this book. As a travel writer, Rita's travelogue style is exactly what I aspire to achieve when describing a destination. I didn't connect quite as well to her experience in Bali, so that part dragged a bit for me, but I loved reading about her adventures in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, the Galapago Islands, New Zealand and Thailand - particularly her descriptions of local foodways!
Amazing book!! You following the adventures of a 40 something woman who explores communities and cultures of small villages all over the world. She manages to meet people everywhere she goes and becomes part of their world. Everything from going to small villages in Mexico - to living with a prince in Bali! And so much more! It is unbelievable, aspiring and touching all at once. Everyone should read this book!
My next trip will be very different from previous trips. Rushing from monument to museum to "starred" hotels and restaurants just isn't going to cut it; connecting with people is. Ms Gelman has written an amazing travelogue.
Loved this book, she is the epitome of real traveling. I admire her sensibility towards other cultures, her respect for other views without intervention trying to "fix" it.She inspired me to be part of Serpa, I am considering become a member now.
I read it in one day, could not put it down,and after it all the books about traveling seemed boring .
Read it ,you won't regret the choice.
The story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman, who left the elegant life in L.A. to travel all over the world. She had a dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. From living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, to sleeping with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, she tells the story of her various travels and adventures.
Ever had a case of wanderlust? Rita Gelman acts on it and shares her experiences with her readers along the way.
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 48, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in LA 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 Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces.