Monday, July 6, 2009

The Third Book: Tales of a Female Nomad-Living at Large in the World

Hola Blogging Bookworms! We're pleased to announce our third book for the month of July: Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman.

The countdown and reading will begin officially in a week from today on Monday, July 13th. We want to give you ample time to check it out at your local library or snag it from Amazon if you're interested. Stay tuned for the countdown meter and an e-mail from us if you're on our e-mail list.

About the book: This is a true story of Rita Golden Gelman, who at age forty-eight was on the verge of divorce so she decided to leave her elegant life in L.A. and follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all around the world. In 1986 she sold her possessions and became a nomad. 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."

For more information on this riveting and inspiring read, check out Rita's own website or consumer reviews on Amazon.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail us!

Photo Credit: Barnes & Noble


  1. You guys, I am SO excited about this book. It's true and really inspiring. Can't wait to talk about it after :)

  2. It's time to start commenting!

    1) What did you think? Let's get an overall consensus?

    2) Rita travels later in her life, do you think you have to travel young?

    3) What did you think about the way Rita trusted people throughout her travels, even as a woman traveling alone?

  3. @Grace 1) The book seemed very honestly written and I could really feel the changes in Rita and her growth as a traveler as the book progressed. It seemed like she was writing the book as she was traveling, not after. Rita's story definitely poked at my wanderlust. Though, even without traveling in the way Rita did, I think it is possible to fulfill interests in people, cultures and spirituality.
    @Grace 2) It seemed as though traveling later in life gave Rita a great advantage. She already had established herself professionally in the US and was able to provide income for herself while traveling. Also, she had savings. Her maturity and experience as a mother seemed to help her connect to women in other cultures.
    @Grace 3) Rita could never have accomplished her goal of living within the indigenous communities in the countries she visited if she did not approach them openly and with trust. She was forced to live based on her instincts and ended up proving to herself (if she ever doubted it) that people are generally trustworthy.
    Now a question, how did you feel about the reaction of the wives at Rita’s class reunion? When, in Rita’s words, they seemed amazed that she was living on her own without a man.

  4. @Amecakes I was surprised at her classmates when they found out she was living on her own without a man. That probably goes to show you a lot about our society, how we've been conditioned to marry and we're still pretty conventional. However, I know many independent women who don't need a man...and even to continue, they recognize it's a want, not a need.