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Drive Me Wild: A Western Odyssey Paperback – August 3, 2012
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The feminine energy espoused in DRIVE ME WILD: A WESTERN ODYSSEY is surpassed by none. Christina Nealson brings us on an incredible journey to reach one conclusion: we must preserve, embrace the beauty and respect nature, the earth and all of its connectedness. For these reasons she has been chosen Focus on Women Magazine's AUTHOR OF THE YEAR.
Once in awhile a book leaps out at you for its sheer energetic force. Nealson's memoir, DRIVE ME WILD: A WESTERN ODYSSEY, does just that.
"Drive Me Wild is an odyssey about the wonders of this planet, the vicissitudes of a marriage, the wild heart of many places. It is a mixture of great joys and deep sorrows. There are whales, dolphins, mountain lions, moose, sea turtles and grizzly bears ... even a miraculous gastrolith! This is a lovely book, a lyrical disquisition on a very complex journey, told in simple and crystal-clear prose. It is crammed full of delights, beautiful country and sudden little miracles. Diamonds of experience and information glitter on every page. The book is a paen to wanders. Turn in your badge, Jack Kerouac, there's a new sheriff in town and her name is Christina Nealson." - John Nichols, Milagro Beanfield War
From the Author
"When does journey become odyssey? I'm talking soul. Something akin to a parallel universe into which we dip and risk, perhaps, no return. Our place on this cusp can begin as any other day but when we look back, we see that our entire life led us to that point."
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and nature, this is a must read, especially for those who are in the
process of reviving or exploring some of your almost forgotten dreams...
maybe some of those dreams you had before college, or when work and family derailed
Drive Me Wild is the kind of book that will make your feet itch and you will resonate
with, if you have long put-aside thoughts of traveling around the world on a shoe string,
or hiking remote, wild and breathtakingly beautiful places, photographing, holing up
and writing, dreaming, and reconnecting with the solitary places on our planet, the unpolluted
star-studded skies, with our four legged and winged friends, and especially with ourselves and
our flights of fancy.
The decision to go on the road is also a lesson in learning to trust, a lesson of listening
to our hearts, in learning to let go: of cherished books, family heirlooms, things that hold
us in place but when surrendering them up, allow for a freedom rarely experienced by many.
And there is the painful recognition that as the road winds between north and south,
east and west, that the goals of Christina and her husband began to no longer mesh requiring a coming to
terms with what each of them need in order to live their lives as truthfully and as purposefully as they
can, even if it means they have to travel in different directions.
This is a book I will read again. No doubt about it. And I think it's a book many adventurers will
relate to; especially spirited and courageous women.
Her reflections on the western parts of the US and Canada are descriptive as she mixes '60's philosphies, New Age beliefs, and ancient customs into her world view. The unfortunate failure of a marriage to a person who after many years just did not fit into their having a relationship is described with feeling--both for her ex-spouse and with concern and reservation.
This is a story that many others could have experienced in our times, but few of those others can write as well about it as Christina does in this worthy and heartfelt reflection.