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Backcountry Betty: Roughing It in Style Paperback – September 30, 2007
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"Worick's 168 pages of advice for women turn outdoor quandaries into memorable experiences..She leaves no stone unturned.." -- The Sunday Everett Herald
"Backcountry Betty actually is full of useful information and tips for the novice woman in the woods." -- The Sacramento Bee
"[Backcountry Betty is a good buy for] anyone who enjoys the outdoors and who has secretly wished it was just a bit more festive." --Rocky Mountain News
About the Author
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Humorous. Heartfelt. How-to. Three great tastes that taste great together, at least in my cereal bowl.
So let's get down to it. I know you don't have all day to ogle my bio, as much as a girl can dream. Here's what you should know off the bat: I'm the New York Times best-selling author of more than 25 books and, per Reader's Digest, one of the four funniest bloggers in the US. Pretty cool, eh?
I've written on everything under the sun for national magazines and websites like the Huffington Post, Allure, and Salon, and I currently write a books column for today.com. In addition to bookshelves, newsstands, and your favorite websites, you can also find me online at Things I Want to Punch in the Face (thingsiwanttopunchintheface.blogspot.com).
Along with fellow author and publishing pro Kerry Colburn, I deliver publishing talks, workshops, and webinars to help burgeoning authors get published through The Business of Books (bizofbooks.com). You can also catch me in university auditoriums, where I offer up side-splitting but informative slide-show presentations based on my popular books.
Originally from Southwestern Michigan, I currently live in Seattle, where I eschew fleece while eating more fish and chips than is good for me.
Top Customer Reviews
Says Worick: "To prevent the dreaded fart, eat small meals, and ..." It gets better. There's even a chapter on sex in the forest in which she helpfully offers the fact that "the wet spot blows, even in the comfort of your bed." Turn to page 116 and you can even get advice on how to talk dirty - "it might not come easily to you, so start slow."
Call me a prude, but the times I've spent in the wilderness, were about ... hmmm ... the WILDERNESS. The sky, the trees, the desert floor - all the wonders of the world around me. In fact I typically find myself so captivated by the Great Outdoors that I have little or no time to be worrying about which facial mask to apply or how to suck on my boyfriend's toes.
I thought city girls were known for their class. This book isn't as much urban chic, as it is urban redneck.
Jennifer Worick appears to be an accomplished author having published "over twenty books on dating, pop culture, crafts, and chick-friendly topics." My guess is that Ms. Worick already has a readership made up of "Bettys" that appreciate her down and dirty tell-it-like-it-is style, and they are most likely the target audience for this book.
If you are a Betty, my guess is you know who you are. If you are a Betty interested in learning about camping out, I would not discourage you from ordering "Backcountry Betty" because it does contain information for a newby camper that is accurate and might be quite helpful. She tackles packing, dressing, hygiene, eating, sleeping, insects, wildlife from bears to men, and just about everything in between, and actually gives some very good common-sense advice.
If, on the other hand, you are uncomfortable with discussions of menstrual periods, having sex in the wild, avoiding sex in the wild, body odor, bodily functions, how to attract one or more sexual partners, how to please the sexual partner you brought with you, party games, and other randy topics you will not like this book.
I'm a born-and-raised car camper (I camp at sites that you can drive to, park by and have running water and bathrooms available), but this book also offers great intel for backpacking, long distance camping etc and in any climate. I bought this book for myself, then bought it for all my friends who aspire to go camping but honestly don't have a clue where to start. This book made me laugh; it cleverly addressed female topics most books avoid and provided a wealth of knowledge oncooking, sanitization, smart gear, games and great problem solving information that I found very useful...and I'm a pretty good camper.
So buy this for yourself, buy this for your girlfriends buy this for your sisters or get this for any chick you may have to go camping with in the future, especially if they are used to being pampered.
this book is: Indespensible, comedic and chic; it really delivers.
Backcountry Betty breaks down all the basics in simple, very funny, and informative chapters. From basic hygiene, sensible food, smart first aid (evacuate), making and breaking camp, navigation (learning to use map & compass is a must) to what to wear where ... Betty provides good solid information, along with checklists, a glossary of terms, and a resource list for more information.
If I was trying to convince a non-outdoor friend that it was safe and doable to venture into the countryside, I would recommend this enjoyable, non-threatening read.
Backcountry Betty: Roughing It in Style
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do people not understand the idea of "tongue-in-cheek"? Jennifer Worick is known for it. "Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook", "The Action Heroine's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Becky Retherford
This was purchase by my wife....from her: I loved this book! It covered even the naughty parts of backpacking, as well as the other parts like nails polish, what to wear, what to... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Mr. and Mrs. C
I liked the cover and illustrations so I got this over Let's Get Primitive. After reading the reviews on both I thought I should have gone with the other one. Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by alanalucia