We know Gelman is not your typical middle-aged housewife from LA when, on that first trip to Mexico, she randomly picks a Zapotec village and decides to live there for a month, knowing nothing about the culture or the language. When she arrives, the villagers run away from her, terrified. By the time she leaves, there are hugs and tears. From there she travels to Guatemala and Nicaragua, Israel and the Galapagos Islands. But the heart of the book--and her 15-year journey--is Indonesia, where she lives for eight years. It is Bali that forever changes how she looks at the world, facilitated by her friendship with an aging prince. Tu Aji not only invites her to live with his family but decides that the education of Rita will be his final duty in life. Wherever she goes, Gelman has an uncanny ability to slip into other ways of life and become part of a community. And she is a person for whom doors open widely--her seatmate on the plane to Bali scrawls the prince's name on a piece of paper, she talks her way into a sojourn at Camp Leakey in Borneo where orangutans are studied, and an entire village in a remote part of Irian Jaya prays for the clouds to clear so her plane can land--and they do! Gelmen's secret is her passion for people. That being the case, the book is short on descriptions of place, but long on the rarer inside view of the peoples and customs of those places. This in itself is treat enough, but Gelman's animated and intimate story comes with a kicker--it's never too late to fulfill those dreams. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I just finished reading Rita's book for the second time and loved it even more.
Rita Golden Gelman had courage to face her fears and is having a wonderful life by being an A Nomad women fitting in every where she goes.
I especially enjoy her writing voice which tells a straight up story of her experiences.
This book was life changing for me. It opened up my world and my mind. Soon after reading this book I took my own journey where I witnessed miracles and got to know myself on a new... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Allison
I have read this book 6 years ago. At the time I had contacted Rita. She is a down to Earth person encouraging others to go out into the world. Read morePublished 2 days ago by janice Meredith
I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book!!! I feel as though I have traveled the world with her! Please continue to travel and write about it!!! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Deb
I love the magic that Rita weaves with her words. I felt like I was right there with her. I could see what she saw, I could taste what she tasted, I could feel what she felt. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sassy Sally
This is a fabulous memoir about a lady who found herself after a divorce and many years as the housewife. Read morePublished 5 days ago by K. Herling
What a brave, open-hearted woman Rita Golden Gelman is. Not everyone has the means, constitution or desire to travel the world, rootless, the way Gelman does, but we all have... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Laura McHale Holland