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Learning to Float: The Journey of a Woman, a Dog, and Just Enough Men
 
 

Learning to Float: The Journey of a Woman, a Dog, and Just Enough Men [Kindle Edition]

Lili Wright

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'Lusciously written. Dive into Learning to Float' -- Woman's Own

'Refreshing' -- Vogue

'Wright is a deft wordsmith' -- Publishers Weekly

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Lili Wright is a thirty-something woman on the emotional lam. Faced with a choice between two men--Stuart, the steady veterinarian, and Peter, the dreamy writer--she climbs into her car and leaves them both behind.

With only a borrowed dog named Brando for company and a map of twelve states in her pocket, Lili sets out on a road trip, hoping that by setting herself in motion she will find a way to settle down. Charting a course from Cadillac Mountain in Maine to the faded glory of Key West, Florida, she camps out on beaches and crashes on couches, in sketchy motels and even in a cop's trailer. She travels not only south, but also back in time, trying to figure out why previous relationships with a Nantucket waiter, a French tennis clown, a Utah ski bum, and others flared and fizzled.

Along the way, Lili meets a string of unlikely gurus, including a well-worn shrimper, a vegan astrologer, and even a woman who marries herself. These and other unassuming strangers offer offbeat wisdom and guidance as Lili struggles to understand the nature of love, the voodoo of sex, and how couples can settle down without settling for. Between adventures, Lili tackles tough questions: Why does everything love touches turn risky? Does staying with the same person mean staying the same? Where does love come from, and where does it go? By journey’s end, this restless traveler begins to see how she can share her life with just one other person, and how love, like water, can make a body float.

Lili Wright’s engaging memoir from the road updates the tradition of the picaresque traveler’s tale. With unflinching honesty and refreshing wit, she captures the torn emotions, comic misfires, and inevitable trade-offs felt by young people everywhere.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0767910044
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (16 July 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFMYS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey worth enjoying 29 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author's journey of reminiscing while finding her way felt wonderfully familiar. As a woman the same age, I found myself feeling as though we had so much in common, yet wishing I could have put my own memories to paper the way that she has. Lili has a wonderful way of writing, a whimsical and lyric way of describing things.
Sprinkled through the book, every chapter or so, there is an account of a conversation with "Grampy" on the porch in Maine. I eagerly looked forward to each one, usually finding myself chuckling out loud at his probing questions and humorous insights.
I found myself looking forward to going a little way on Lili's adventure every night, after my kids were in bed. There is just enough sex to make it a definitely grown-up book, somewhat "Sex in the City"ish and very hip . A good read for those of us who have had our adventures, and have moved on, but still have fun reminiscing. This is a book to be slowly enjoyed and savoured.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sleeper 15 Jun 2002
By Mike Hollywood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are times I see a book cover in the store and decide to take a chance, on rare occasions I am rewarded. This book is one of those occasions. There is a simple charm in the pacing of the book, Grampy on the dock and the fresh description of Key West,the author has a way of poking fun at herself, yet she still comes off as a charmer. The language and metaphors are at times very funny and other times very touching. Her tales of lost love and the lovers she has pushed away are told in a manner that even appeals to an over 50 male. I am glad to read the jacket and find out that she finally "settled down" with Peter. I look forward to her next effort.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Journey 7 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I picked up this book at a little bookstore at the beach, I was on a week-long vacation from a job I disliked and trying both to relax and to do some soul-searching. As Lili says, there are those people who have their personal lives in order and whose professional lives are a mess and those whose professional lives are in order but their personal lives are a mess. I had always lived in the second camp - but, at the time, I was facing chaos in my professional life and needed a break from reality.
From the moment I started reading "Learning to Float," I literally could not put it down. Lili speaks to readers like an old friend - airing her dirty laundry and taking us through the painful, yet liberating, process of trying to figure out what she needs to do to be happy.
"Learning to Float" is a deeply personal book. Yet, for others who are facing - or have ever faced - a time in life when we have to reassess our priorities and figure out what we need to do next, "Learning to Float" reassures us that we are not alone and provides inspiration that we, too, can find our way.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Float 13 Oct 2003
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I started reading this book after I found it on the Barnes and Noble book club list. I just got done reading a very depressing book and I was in the mood for something light and happy and that is just what I found. Lili Wright has an awesome writting style that reminds me of one of my favorite shows, Sex and the City. Lili reveals her past relationship flaws and insecurities she has in order to find more about herlself and about love. She travels to all the places that she spent time with past flames and doing this she feels she will gain closure. This just creates more confussion and she realizes she needs to find out about herself and not about the past men in her life. I enjoyed this book but at times her life seemed a little too much like a soap opera. Read this book if your in the mood for a crazy romantic tale but I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who doesn't like a lot of drama. I would give this book 3 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting experience 28 Oct 2002
By Jill R Amstutz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For anyone who has ever asked questions about the way they live their life, especially in relation to others, this is a book to explore. Following Lili Wright as she examines the world inside and outside herself, you can feel the learning and growing amid the struggling. As one who struggles while learning and growing, especially when looking at the world from the inside-out, I appreciated her honesty and candor about her experiences.
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