In the third volume of her memoirs (the first two are Bronx Primitive, LJ 5/1/82, and A Wider World, LJ 2/15/86), travel writer Simon recalls the joys and sorrows of her adult life. Her first husband, only child, and younger sister all died of cancer at early ages. Her second marriage was a sterile, joyless affair ending in divorce. Yet, what dominates this book is not sorrow, but the author's unquenchable zest for life, her curiosity, adventurous spirit, and trenchant observations on people and places. In Russia, there was the guide who suspected Simon was a spy; in Haiti, a voodoo ceremony; in Paris, wordless encounters with Sartre on the stairs. These are well-wrought portraits from a life well lived. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/90.
- Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.
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