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No Hurry to Get Home: The Memoir of the New Yorker Writer Whose Unconventional Life and Adventures Spanned the 20th Century Paperback – November 1, 2000
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Emily Hahn was a woman ahead of her time, graced with a sense of adventure and a gift for living. Born in St. Louis in 1905, she crashed the all-male precincts of the University of Wisconsin geology department as an undergraduate, traveled alone to the Belgian Congo at age 25, was the concubine of a Chinese poet in Shanghai, bore the child of the head of the British Secret Service before World War II, and finally returned to New York to live and write in Greenwich Village. In this memoir, first published as essays in The New Yorker, Hahn writes vividly and amusingly about the people and places she came to know and love—with an eye for the curious and a heart for the exotic.
- Publisher : Seal Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 158005045X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1580050456
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.84 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To me, most fascinating was how Emily Hahn made decisions for her life. After graduation she works as a geologist but does not enjoy the work. While she ponders whether she should stay or leave she hears about Charles Lindbergh's attempt to cross the Atlantic. At the time it is unclear if Lindbergh could even succeed; maybe he'd run out of fuel, maybe treacherous winds would blow him into the Atlantic, or the plane would blow up...
Even though Mickey did not know anything about Lindbergh a few days earlier she ties their fates together.
"... Suddenly I remembered what it day it was, and what news the day could bring - news with, I felt, a special message for me. During the night I had somehow made a decision: If Lindbergh had landed in France, it followed with logical progression - the same clear logic I knew existed in crystallography - that I was as free as he was, and therefore would quit my job. Of course, if he hadn't made it I would have to stay. Fair was fair.
... My heart bounded. Sure enough, Lindbergh had settled it. I could quit..."
Is it any wonder that a woman who applied this kind of logic, succeeded the way she did?
Loved the book. Recommended to all women ( and men too.).
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger