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One of my favorite books that led to so many wonderful discussions with friends over the years has been this one.  Could I be as courageous and fearless on my own in the world?  Here is a woman who has reached middle age, has raised her family, and sold her possessions.  “I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.” (from the preface) . And she does this over several continents living comfortably in some as well as minimally in others. She trusts her fellow human being even without a common language, financial resources, or someone else at the end of the phone in case of emergency.  Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence.  Could you travel in the world Rita Gelman-style?

“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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