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 48, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in Los Angeles 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.
©2001 Rita Golden Gelman (P)2014 Tantor
"An idiosyncratic but exuberant homage to wanderlust." (Kirkus)
This was a wonderful story of a woman who change her life for the better and it was a pleasure to share her adventures.
The whole thing!
Strong independent woman!
"Hesitated, but LOVED it!"
So many travel/nomad books I've read fall flat of expectations, but this was a pleasant surprise! Her tales entwined with her life as a mother back in the states really hit home. I laughed, and I'll admit cried, with the wonderful story telling. I can't recommend this book enough!
"Tales of Human Nature"
I love how this story shows us that people are just people, no matter where you go. Rita puts a lot of work into her relationships with people and she gets a lot out that.
Tales of a Female Nomad goes beyond a travel book in that it's not about getting somewhere, it's about being somewhere with your whole self. She inserts her mind and soul into a place and tries to explain what it feels like to be an outsider learning about a culture. Sometimes she succeeds and sometimes she struggles. In the end the triumph is in the attempt...the will to try and not give up.
I have experienced this moment with many travel based books and it's this realization, the world is not as scary and dangerous as we are led to believe and if you are kind and put the work in to get to know people as they are and accept them they will likely accept you in return.
There are moments in this book where Rita takes an anthropological approach to situations that she doesn't want to interfere in personally that can be upsetting to some readers that can not emotionally distance themselves. Keep in mind that she is just one person and she does do a lot of good with her life, so if in the book you find she isn't acting when you would remember that we are each our own person and try to enjoy the book for what it is.
"there are good things"
I just couldn't keep interested . there are good moments that are nice to witness , but for some reason this is one account of a personal adventure I didn't really get addicted to .
I loved how I became a part of her journeys right along with her! Thank you Rita for sharing.
"Loved this book"
Love love love this book.. her life is so unusual an outstanding An makes you feel like it's never to late to do anything you want to
"Left me wanting more more more!!!"
The authors honesty about herself and the situations she finds herself in.
I liked how she made me feel hopeful about turning 50 and starting something new.
Too many to list
This book had some very funny and happy moments as well as some very sad ones. I really loved this author and story, I went looking for more from her as soon as I finished.
Really a great listen, thank you to the author.
"What an inspiring read!"
Gelman's book speaks to the possibilities for building bridges instead of walls. Should be required reading for our government leaders. The audible version is especially good because we hear the writer's voice in a way we can hear how approachable she is. I highly recommend this book to others. I guess I am an armchair traveler who will tell potential readers that your life will be enriched by reading Tales of a Female Nomad!
"Enjoyable learning experience"
Rita shows courage and courtesy while teaching the American reader in particular how to be a respectful traveler. Her adventures are fascinating and inspiring.
"Fantastic look at the world."
I really enjoyed the author's ability to tell her story, both in the writing and in the reading. I really felt like she brought me along on her travels and she also piqued my interest in traveling and meeting the people of the world.
"ABSOLUTELY LOVELY READ"
I cried when this book ended. I wanted so much more. Rita's storytelling is captivating and her adventurous and courageous spirit is contagious. Loved loved loved this book!!!
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