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Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World Paperback – October 31, 2006
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Morris is also a documentary television producer and correspondent. She is the executive producer/writer/director of the award-winning prime-time PBS documentary series, "Adventure Divas," and host of the series' "Globe Trekkers," (PBS) (aka Pilot Guides), "Treks in a Wild World," (PBS) and "Outdoor Investigations" (OLN). She was a special correspondent for the National Geographic Channel's "Today" show and a columnist for "National Geographic Adventure."
More about Holly and Adventure Divas can be found at www.hollymorris.com and www.adventuredivas.com.
Top Customer Reviews
For me? I felt I was reading the travel diary of a treasured friend. Biggest thrill? That camel race Morris entered without a second thought in Niger's Sahara. That was the "nutgrab" for me (let her describe her "nutgrab" image); quintessentially Holly: gutsy, competitive, and at times impulsive. She started her personal camel Derby with the cry, "I want to win," which all-too-rapidly became "I want to live!" As the first woman ever to enter a Tuareg camel race, Holly came in second (to last).
Her recorded exploits have inspired me to plan a Diva journey of my own. Her website: [...] is a wonderful resource for planning your Diva trip. When you read this delightful book yourself, don't be surprised if by the end you're not glancing longingly at your own knapsack....and preparing to embark on your very own Diva Adventure. Sharon Bordeau,LCSW, NY
STACY: I was a little disappointed. After "Reading Lolita," which really describes in horrifying detail the outright represssion women have to live under in a very personal way, these stories just sort of skimmed the surface and don't really go deep. I liked the author's chutzpah in producing her tv project, but the fact that her mother was already a producer for PBS sort of mitigated the whole "self-reinvention/chuck your day job" for me. 3 stars.
BEN: Yes, I am the ONLY male member of this group so pity me please guys-- this is the third feminist book I've had to read this year and no I don't do this to pick up chicks. I get the next selection and it's definitely going to be Norman Mailer. Some of the stories are funny, but the whole book is a little incosistent. The authors talent lies in describing her own personal adventures, but the historical stuff just bored me and I skipped these sections. I also agree with Stacy.Read more ›
Often, travel memoirs flip-flop between worshiping and ridiculing what seems exotic. Worse, if the writer left home base to escape "issues," the book turns into a thinly disguised journal that inevitably ends with some forced bang of a catharsis. Adventure Divas is REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT. This account of Morris's journey in quitting her desk job to create a documentary TV series about "divas"--or women who are taking groundbreaking steps to create positive changes in their societies--is awe-inspiring.
Geared with an unyielding sense of curiosity and a genuine desire to learn, Morris treks to far-flung locations--including India, Iran, and Cuba. She is observant, and navigates her way with determination. She makes a conscious effort to be respectful of her hosts' cultures. Yet, Morris is only human and makes some odd choices at times. What makes her so endearing to readers is that she has the courage to own up to mistakes--she can poke fun of herself with the most unbelievably explosive humor. The result: Each destination (or diva) that Morris leads readers to turns into a highly thoughtful and insightful probe into local culture, politics, and (simply, yet most importantly)...how to be human.
It's a treat to observe the gears in Morris's loopy and highly intelligent brain at work. What spews forth is a voice that sparkles with a unique blend of soul, wisdom, and the kind of ingenious goofiness that leaves you thinking: "How did she come up with that?" Adventure Divas is an eye-opening, thought-provoking, and thoroughly engaging book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
READ THIS BOOK. A great dose of adventure, biography and feminism, all in compact, entertaining chapters that are easy to read in short installments. I got a copy for my friend!Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Loeb
I found the concept intriguing but didn't feel the author did it justice, the writing just wasn't as good as the overall storyline.Published 20 months ago by Nancy D. Peterson
I love the descriptions of not only those interviewed and the countries, but what she goes through to get to them!Published on October 29, 2013 by Kindle Customer
An inspiring series of adventures that demonstrates the powerful threads that connect us to each another -- as people, as women, as family. Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by gojo
It takes guts to quit a paying job in journalism and dive headlong into a gamble on a televised documentary, but that is exactly what Holly Morris did a decade ago. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Linda Ballou
The market has become so inundanted with travelogues that it is very difficult to know which one is worth the time or the buck. Read morePublished on November 15, 2009 by Laura Penn Warren
The book was entertaining for me, but I can see how it would be boring for other folks. I love the television series, "Globe Trekker," so when she wrote about doing shoots for... Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by Legend of a Cowgirl
One of my favorite reads this year. Holly is amazing and she's doing incredible things! Read this if you want to see some good happening in the world and people taking a chance and... Read morePublished on July 27, 2008 by A. Bernaert
Morris launched the television show Adventure Divas to showcase women around the world--activists, artists and politicians--creating social and political change. Read morePublished on August 13, 2006 by Julie Fiandt