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.
"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!!!
I'm an armchair traveler but Rita made me feel like I was there. Her perspective and philosophy is wonderful - more people should do this. It's what I would do if I could and I'm so glad someone is able, and that she's been hospitable enough to take us along for the ride.
"inspirational and insightful"
A beautiful way to look at the world and ones own life. I am inspired to write about my own 3 month journey to live in Italy...also following a divorce. What a great time in life to discover who you really are and what fulfills you and brings you your own personal joy.
"Amazed by her adventures"
Loved hearing the author read it. I don't think I would have enough courage to travel how she did for so long. I admire her for being a strong independent woman and making the most of her life after divorce. She sounds so upbeat and happy, a very positive person.
"Interesting, educational and very engaging!"
If you like to travel and experience new cultures, you will thoroughly enjoy reading of Rita's stories of her experiences in different countries and cultures... on a personal basis because she traveled and stayed with individuals all over the world! Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Israel, Bali, Indonesia and Thailand... are a few of those she visited. She breaks down the walls between Americans and the rest of the world. She recommends travel for all to help us connect with, and understand better, those who are different from ourselves. This book made me want to meet... and travel with her!
I love this book! It was wonderful to hear how Rita left a life that didn't nourish her to go out and travel the world. I loved hearing the connections she made with people, how she made it possible, and the impact the lives of others had on her own life. It made me want to make plans to do the same. I highly recommend this book!
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