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Women's Travel Tales and Adventures Helen Thayer went to the North Pole on skis, accompanied only by her dog Charlie. Alexandra David-Neel was the first European woman to enter the forbidden Tibetan city of Lhasa. At the time of their treks, they were both over 50. Their stories, and 25 others, offer vivid proof that one's sense of adventure need not be hindered by age.
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This may be one of those books that came into being because its title sprang to the editor's mind one day. In any case, it is a minor gem, a collection of new and reprinted writings by women over 50 on the themes of travel, athleticism, and adventure.
Barbara Beckwith's "Nature Buddies" recounts a grandmother's attempts to introduce her infant grandson to the muddy, grassy, thrilling world outside. In Ginny NiCarthy's "The Agony and the Ecstasy," a 67-year-old woman with vertigo suffers herself to mount a camel for a journey through the Moroccan Sahara. And in "What Makes Grace Run?" Heather Remoff, a long-distance runner, describes her profound emotional connection to a woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while on her nightly run in a small Pennsylvania town. The size and shape of a travel guide, Hot Flashes from Abroad offers an affirmative twist on the venerable genre of the traveler's tale. --Regina MarlerAbout the Author:
Jean Gould is the author of Divorcing Your Grandmother. She lives in Natick, MA.
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Book Description Seal Press, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1580050557