- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (May 28, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609809547
- ISBN-13: 978-0609809549
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 494 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World Paperback – May 28, 2002
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“Whenever I open an atlas . . . part of me wants to pack up and hit the road for a year or two. But I doubt I’ll ever do it, because I’m too practical. Rita Golden Gelman . . . didn’t let practicalities stop her.” —Los Angeles Times
“Tales of a Female Nomad follows Gelman from fragility to self-confidence as she traverses the globe.” —Chicago Tribune
“An exuberant homage to wanderlust.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Gelman doesn’t just observe the cultures she visits, she participates in them, becoming emotionally involved in the people’s lives. This is an amazing travelogue.” —Booklist
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"I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities." --From the Preface
Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986 she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita's example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance, and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults.
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Rita's book helped me to get the courage to do new things that I ordinarily wouldn't do. Although I did travel to some new places, my risk taking was not just limited to travel. I had a new attitude. I thought to myself, "If Rita can do this, so can I”.
Rita's book helped me change my perception of being a lonely divorced woman, to embracing exciting new things.
The things I liked the most about Rita's book were her sincerity, her ability and her goal of connecting to people. I also loved her courage and trust of people.
Thank you Rita!
The store gets a little slow in the last chapter about the author's time southeast Asia (in Bali if I remember right), but in a way that makes sense since that's where her own adventure settled down for some time. Enjoy that section for the gorgeous descriptions of the food. Enjoy the rest of the book for the sense of adventure and an openness to new experience that might set you off on your own travels.
This book follows the author as she travels the world and immerses herself in a number of different cultures, and learns how to relax, trust herself and others, and shed some of her western modesty.
It is well written and I can relate to the desire to go everywhere and do everything. There is nothing at all wrong with the book, but it is not entirely perfect either. It doesn't have to be; it was an enjoyable read, and sparked (even more of) my wanderlust.