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Around The World On Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride Paperback – September 30, 2008
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From the Publisher
"Annie was a remarkable woman and well worth getting to know." --Booklist
"A wonderful telling of one of the most intriguing, offbeat, and until now, lost chapters in the history of cycling." --David Herlihy, author of Bicycle: The History
"A pleasant, affectionate portrait of a free spirit who pedaled her way out of Victorian constraints." --Kirkus Reviews
"[A] charming and informative book." --Cape Cod Times
"[An] incredible story...[a] fascinating book." --NextReads
"[A] stirring tale...not only a must read, but a must have." --Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine
"[A] remarkable saga." --The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
"[R]ead[s]...like a novel." --The Columbia (SC) State
"[M]eticulously researched...illuminat[es] the feeling of a bygone era." --The Portsmouth (NH) Wire
More About the Author
Visit Peter's web sites at: http:www.peterzheutlin.com, http://www.annielondonderry.com and http://www.unofficialmadmencookbook.com
Top Customer Reviews
Annie was the first woman to ride her bicycle around the world, possibly as part of a contest. It's just as likely, however, that she fabricated an excuse to travel because she felt claustrophobic, trapped within the societal constraints placed on women during the Victorian era. The author, Peter Zheutlin, writes Annie's story with tenderness (he's a descendent of Annie's, but I suspect he would do so regardless), yet also with appropriate skepticism and rich historical detail. (Read the endnotes!)
While following in the wake of her fierce independence and almost reckless energy, the reader also explores the impact Annie's journey had on the advancement of women's rights, as well as uncomfortable questions it posed about traditional roles - including her own role as wife and mother.
I'm recommending "Around the World on Two Wheels" for my book club selection next month. We'll have plenty of issues to discuss, and we'll get to do so in the company of one incredibly memorable character -- Annie Londonderry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book itself is quite repetitive revealing the central character as enormously flawed but quite the forerunner of modern feminism. Read morePublished 3 months ago by linda hallock
I enjoyed the subject matter and premise of the book, and that it was based on true story. The book started off well, with wonderful description of the period, the living... Read morePublished 5 months ago by anm
There are several historical characters who deserve movies of their own - or at least screenplays - but most of these individuals I keep to myself (if a story is too good to be... Read morePublished 8 months ago by TheClosetMarxist
Don't you love that title? I sure do & can hardly wait to get into this book. I was almost welded to my bike growing up. I went all over my neighborhood & had a blast. Read morePublished 10 months ago by maryellen
I'm enjoying the book and grateful someone took the time to research and share this story. It's not going to win any lit awards but it's an easy fun read and a story that should... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Silver Hooligan
This book had some redeeming features. I found it extremely interesting to read about some of the long-forgotten pioneers of female athleticism. Read morePublished 20 months ago by thatrater
First I'll say that I enjoyed this book all the way through. I was continually interested in what would happen next, and found its portrayal of the world of the 1890s to be... Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Bob Neubauer
I honestly don't know how anyone would give this book 5 starts; unless you have the memory of a goldfish. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Luke T.
What fun and nerve Annie had! Easy reading for adventurers and cyclists. Loved the history within the story, and the details. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Susan E. Stern