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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Renee Gibbons (December 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615554881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615554884
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Renee Gibbons organized her first plays in the back lanes of Dublin when she was 8 years old. She dressed the boys as girls and the real girls played 'The Cowboys'. A former columnist for the Irish Herald she performs a solo show 'You Don't Push the River' based on her experience of breast-cancer. She’s worked at thirty different kinds of jobs including courier, photographer, pre-school teacher and model and has spent time in one hundred and fifty countries word-wide. An actor, singer and peace activist, she lives in San Francisco’s North Beach with her husband and cat.

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It's inspiring, heart wrenching and funny.
Barbara Oplinger
I was pretty much unable to put the book down once I started, and finished it up after midnight one night.
Rosebud
I could barely put it down to eat or sleep!
Barbara Navarro

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Martin on February 12, 2012
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Part travelogue, part personal and family memoir, "Longing for Elsewhere" is funny, thought-provoking and touching. From humble circumstances to fantastic voyages most of us only dream about (literally to Timbuktu and beyond) the author recounts the moments of her life that connect her journey to those of her grandmothers, her parents and her own children today. The book made me think a lot about my own family stories and the legacy they represent, handed down from one generation to the next. Above all, the book firmed my resolve: I'm definitely picking a more adventurous destination the next time I head on one of my own journeys!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By uncommoncarol on February 15, 2012
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I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. OK, I admit, it was a long plane flight but still the story more than held my attention. Renee tells the tale of her spectacular life from the cold flat in Dublin, to the bohemian North Beach apartment with numerous exotic travels in between. She is a witty narrator who never wallows in self pity or victim-hood. The only thing that could have made this book better would be to hear it read aloud in front of a blazing fire with a glass of sherry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Navarro on January 10, 2012
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Longing For Elsewhere is a fabulous book! I could barely put it down to eat or sleep!
Renée Gibbons is a compelling storyteller and the story of her life had me either laughing or crying along with her...
It's absolutely not to be missed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Weldon on December 13, 2011
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This is a warm, wry look back at a life with its fair share of grief and joy. The first section describes a Dublin childhood in a house where food was scarcer than songs. The rest of the book chronicles the travels of an independent spirit, with a storyteller's eye: characters the author met along the way, shipboard romance, North Beach in San Francisco, the deserts of Timbuktu, her bout with cancer, the consolations of literature, and much, much more. Once I'd begun, I couldn't wait to see what she would say next.
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By fran hanson on May 1, 2013
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Renee Gibbon's "Longing for Elsewhere" is such an inspiring book. It shows us if you can dream, you can do. From the depths of poverty to exploing the world through travel and music, she has been there and done that. Thank you Renee for sharing your story with us all. I read it twice and got new insight both times. Fran
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Renee amused me. ("I wish I was as skinny as I was when I was fat.") She inspired me.(Stories of homeless friends)
Then to top it off I met her and she brought me to tears. This little book will stay on my book shelf forever. Don't miss it!
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This book was selected by a member of our bookclub who had met the author, read her story and highly recommended it. Renee's story was so incredible from her tough childhood in Dublin and then all the adventures of her adult life. I loved the way she told her story, short chapters that just revealed a little more of her life with each one. It's a really wonderful story and I highly recommend it. We had the added bonus of her appearing at our bookclub meeting where she read select chapters from her book, answered our questions so openly and honestly and sang several songs with her beautiful voice. It was a very special Irish treat and I know we all felt very honored to meet her!
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By Julie on April 26, 2013
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My book club read this book, mainly because the author is a friend of my next-door neighbor. I reluctantly began to read it, as memoires are normally not my kind of read. I couldn't put it down! I was fascinated with her storytelling; how she grew up beyond poor in the Ireland tenements, her father's alcoholism and how it affected her family, her travels as an adult. We were fortunate that she spoke to our book club last night, reading from our book ,expanding on it, answering our questions. It's a wonderful read!
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