- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (May 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610397630
- ISBN-13: 978-1610397636
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Geraldine DeRuiter's All Over the Place is a travel memoir of sorts, but I'd enjoy reading pretty much any topic she wanted to cover. Her voice is funny, witty and warm, and her stories sparkle. This book is a travel companion you'll be happy you brought along."―Lauren Graham, star of Gilmore Girls and New York Times bestselling author of Talking as Fast as I Can
"I laughed so hard during the book's 'disclaimer' that I woke up my baby, and then actively ignored him to continue reading. Geraldine is at turns laugh-out-loud hilarious and grab-me-some-tissues tender, and all I could think of after reading this was 'can we take a trip together please?'"
―Nora McInerny Purmort, author of It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)
"DeRuiter's funny, honest portrayal of life's small and large adventures will convince any hesitant would-be traveler that you don't need bravery or even an above average sense of direction to venture out into the world-all you need is a plane ticket and a sense of humor (and maybe a plunger)."
―Rachel Friedman, author of The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost
"All Over the Place is a hilarious, authentic travel guide through the most mysterious and wonderful territory of all: the human heart."―Martha Brockenbrough, author of the award-winning novel The Game of Love and Death
"Getting laid off from a job she adored opened the door to the blogosphere for DeRuiter, as she explains this irreverent, yet warm-hearted memoir. Readers of her blog the Everywhereist will be familiar with the author's style of using her personality quirks and health issues as the foundation for her conversation with the reader and revelations on life. "I hail from a long, nervous line of hypochondriacs," DeRuiter explains. Being afraid of travel and lacking a sense of direction haven't hindered her but rather helped her explore the world. "So, if there is any advice I could dispense, it would be this: it's absolutely incredible the things you can learn from not having a clue about where you're going." Her intimate memoir chronicles her adventures during the seven years she spent crisscrossing the globe, learning to understand and accept quirky family members. The author delves into her relationship with a workaholic-but-loving husband and a serious health crisis. DeRuiter's memoir is a light-hearted look at travel and learning to live life to the fullest each day, even if you not quite sure where you are going."
About the Author
After getting laid off from her copywriting job, Geraldine DeRuiter hit the road, and began chronicling her travel adventures on her blog, The Everywhereist. Seven years and many, many posts later, the Everywhereist has racked up thousands of fans, millions of page views, and plenty of buzz: it was named one of Time magazine's Top 25 Blogs of the Year, one of Forbes magazine's Top 10 Lifestyle Websites for Women for three consecutive years, The Independent's 50 Best Travel Websites, and The Huffington Post's Top Travel Blogs. Whether it's eating roasted guinea pig in Peru, yelling at locals in Rome, or struggling to decipher the behavior of her fellow passengers ("Why would you use an airplane lavatory without shoes on?"), DeRuiter tackles travel with an equal mix of snark and heart as she hops around the globe with her husband, Rand Fishkin.
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More than just a travel memoir, All Over the Place has a lot to say about how travel can connect you to your family and your history in ways you'd never expect; and how love (wuv, twoo wuv) is just as much about putting up with another person's uncontrollable vomiting, alarming family members, and crushing life stress as it is about sparkly-eyed selfies in front of scenic attractions. If you've ever had a trip with your beloved ruined by food poisoning, or gotten lost in a foreign country due to an unwarranted self-confidence in your ability to get places, or opted to spend an entire vacation eating cake and pottering around instead of Learning About Important History, this book is for you.
Chapters 7 and 8 are particularly amazing. On several occasions, I bursted into laughter while sitting next to my husband on the couch. He looked at me as if to ask “are you okay?” I had to read it to him. He had to hear the amazingness that was unfolding. The problem was I just couldn’t keep it together reading it again, especially out loud. So my husband proceeded to read through a couple sections of the book - aloud and in disbelief. We laughed SO hard. At the end of the story, he jokingly said, “She’s crazy,” followed by, “How many bathrooms has she destroyed?” Just get the book and you’ll understand where he was coming from. ;)
The next part of the book was more serious, as Geraldine introduced us to Steve. This was not long after my husband joked about her sanity (I think it was the very next chapter), and so the irony of this fact was remarkably entertaining to me: my husband’s name is also Steve. Again, you can’t make this stuff up!
The story went on with incredible amounts of transparency and grace as she shares about her family, her travel experiences, and how the love of her life helped her makes sense of it all. And it’s all done is the most entertaining, funny, uplifting way possible. I related to so many of the stories Geraldine shared - about crazy families, about frightening health situations, about relationships, work, and so much more - far more than I expected. This book ended up being a bit of a wake up call for me to take care of myself, to laugh more, and to make time for the things that matter most.
Much like her must-read blog, travel here isn't the center except as the central metaphor for a journey through life. In DeRuiter's case, it's a life that by all odds should have been pleasantly ordinary, but thanks to a combination of truly meeting "the one" as her traveling companion and the courage to be transparent--for both humor and pathos--DeRuiter's life peaks above the clouds and stumbles upon the extraordinary.
Sharing deep life lessons about family, fear, relationships and marriage without ever becoming syrupy or maudlin, DeRuiter makes you want to get off your ass and see more of your world, even if that's just a journey to your keyboard to say, "Hey, what's up" to that person you somehow left behind somewhere along the way.
All Over the Place will bring you to out-loud laughter as well as to "I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying" moments, and have you reflecting on your own journey, too. Highly Recommended