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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401928463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401928469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“As engaging and magical as Bhutan itself, written with heart and insight, Married to Bhutan is a wonderful memoir and a great journey.”

Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Theif

 



“Married to Bhutan is wonderfully wise and endearing, much like the Himalayan kingdom that is its subject. Leaming’s graceful, witty prose captures the magic of Bhutan, a place where happiness is more than just a nice idea. It is a way of life. “

Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss

 



 “After reading this book, I wanted to marry Bhutan—and Linda Leaming. I was inspired by Linda’s open-hearted embrace of such a completely different culture and way of life, take lack of plumbing as just one small example. In the end, her book is about openness and love and how they are expressed in the caring actions of ordinary Bhutanese people. Linda shows us the beauty of Bhutan and expresses a tenderness toward her earthly in-laws that inspires me to open my own heart more and helps me realize that we are all bigger and more capable of love and adventure than we can imagine. “

Cyndi Lee, Founder, OM yoga

 



 “Paradise exists and you can find it within the pages of this book, which provides a delightful and charming trek through the happiest, most beautiful, and most serene place on earth, Bhutan. A must-read for all those who know that the best journey¹s take place in multiple dimensions simultaneously.”

Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret

 

About the Author

Linda Leaming is a writer whose work has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, Mandala, Guardian UK, A Woman's Asia (Travelers' Tales), and many other publications. Eric Weiner included her in his bestseller, The Geography of Bliss. Originally from Nashville, she has an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Arizona; and she regularly speaks about Bhutan at colleges, churches, seminars, and book groups. She is married to the renowned Bhutanese thanka painter, Phurba Namgay. Find her at: www.marriedtobhutan.com and www.twitter.com/lindaleaming.

More About the Author

Linda Leaming first traveled to Bhutan in 1994, and moved there three years later. This tiny Buddhist country hidden away in the Himalayas is a very happy place for many. Its king believes in Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product. Leaming writes about her life in Bhutan and how she learned to live more simply, how she laughs at herself instead of getting mad at others, and how she slows down to look for magic-- because it's everywhere. In Bhutan, she's known for using a salad spinner instead of a washing machine, and her village man makeovers.

Her writing has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, Huffington Post, Mandala, Guardian UK, A Woman's Asia (Travelers' Tales, 2005), and many other publications. Eric Weiner included her in his 2008 bestseller, The Geography of Bliss. Originally from Nashville, she has an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Arizona, and she regularly speaks about Bhutan at colleges, churches, seminars, and book groups. She is married to the renowned Bhutanese thanka painter, Phurba Namgay.

Customer Reviews

The book is also a wonderfully written love story.
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I was fascinated by every word of "Married to Bhutan" and would love to read more about Leaming's life in this beautiful country.
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She is a writer who must hike for days to buy supplies to mail a letter.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AvalonsMist on April 25, 2011
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Would you like to experience some slow living, trek through the Himalayas or learn about the history and culture of a distant and ancient land, all from the comfort and convenience of your favorite reading spot? "Married to Bhutan" might just be your passport. In the book's 200 plus pages author Linda Leaming gives vivid descriptions of Bhutan's remote, unspoiled terrain, detailed accounts of the colorful characters who have shaped its long history and her perspective on the possible benefits to Westerner's of the nation's decidedly slower pace of life. And she marries a local artist and they adopt a child.

In "Married to Bhutan" we learn that Leaming first journeyed to Bhutan in 1994, and we then follow her 10-year odyssey through moving to and living there. We are given a glimpse into a very different way of life than our own. Leaming compares and contrasts the cultures and argues the advantages of the less hurried and stressed out one. Her writing gives one ample reason to stop and ponder what our incessant rush is ultimately about as well as our relative contentment. Bhutan is, after all, the nation famous for measuring Gross National Happiness rather than GDP. While most of us will not make the colossal voyage to the country, which is located between China and India, "Married to Bhutan" certainly opens our eyes, ears and minds to a land rich in tradition, pristine scenery and a unique way of life.

Btw, I too received my copy free of charge by blogging for Hay House.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By enchanted castle on March 19, 2011
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I travel abroad the way Nancy Pearl does. I read books about far away places. Married to Bhutan transported me to one of these places for the last two days. This "must read" book is smooth butter on hot homemade bread and twice as enticing. Leaming's journey literally lifted and carried me to a far away Himalayan kingdom where I was transformed by her encounters with the beauty of the land, history, culture, and people she grew to know well and love. I visited that country with her and was taken to a place deep in my soul. The book is liberally sprinkled with "Ha" and "Aha" moments and is a seamless account of a journey of the heart. Two days with this book gave me enough to ponder for a lifetime.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 4, 2011
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The memoir Married to Bhutan is a joy to read. It's an earnest, lighthearted, colorful account of leaving the fast-paced, consumption-driven American life behind to live in one of the most isolated and beautiful spots on the planet. Bhutan is most famous because its king promotes Gross National Happiness over GDP, and because he voluntarily transitioned his country from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional democracy. Bhutan is not easy to get to. It's a tiny country between India and the Tibetan region of China, with the Himalayan Mountains to its north, west and east and thick jungles to its south.

Author Linda Leaming first visited Bhutan in 1994 as part of a trip that included many other countries. Bhutan's stunning landscapes, friendly people and sometimes difficult but overall relaxed lifestyle won her heart, so in 1997 Leaming left her job, family and friends to work as a volunteer English instructor at a small art school. It was there that she met her future husband, a Bhutanese thanka painter.

Reading Married to Bhutan is a mini-escape in itself, and it's both funny and informative. Leaming spends eight pages illustrating the leisurely manner in which things get done in Bhutan by describing how she went about purchasing handmade envelopes, Indian glue and sealing wax so she could mail a few letters. This involved many stops and much post-transaction drinking of tea with the shopkeepers. The mission ends at the post office where she could select from stamps so beautiful and unusual they are collected by people around the world. Leaming reports that the Bhutenese have printed stamps with reproductions of Japanese and European paintings, 3D stamps of the lunar landing, and stamps with Gandhi, American astronauts, Princess Diana, dragons, flowers, Buddhas, yaks and birds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By powersmyth on April 5, 2011
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I lost myself completely in this book. Humorous, entertaining, witty, fun and insightful, Married to Bhutan makes you think about what you love and how to find yourself. Anyone who has ever entertained the idea that we are simultaneously in charge of our destiny and NOT in charge of our destiny will love this book. Self-deprecating and funny, Linda makes us appreciate both the awkwardness and the beauty of everyday events and tells a love story about life in a way that is appealing to everyone. This book makes you laugh and want to love something and someone so clearly and with such abandon that you cannot put it down. I loved reading it and started over once I had finished so as not to allow the glow of its pages to fade!!!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Parker on August 15, 2011
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While it is an entertaining story of a intercultural marriage and relationships, it does not deal at all with the negetives of Bhutan-that is the ethnic cleansing of the Nepali speaking Southern Bhutanese who spent 18 years in refugee camps before being allowed to resettle in the west. The author calls the king enhlightened-how can this be when so many people have suffered?

I did enjoy the book for what it was, but I believe that it was Gross National Sadness not happiness for the Nepali Bhutanese. I work as a volunteer with over 10 of the resettled families. My heart is heavy when I hear their stories.
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