Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World Paperback – 1 Sep 2010
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"Rita serves up a tasty smorgasbord of stories--funny, heartwarming, and quirky. These tales remind us of what we seek in our own life's journey: a meaningful connection with people we meet and joy in finding new friends in unexpected places. Whether you choose to stay home or start packing, these stories will stir you."
--Maya Frost, author of "The New Global Student"
"Charming - a wonderful gift for your nomadic friends. The book will inspire you to travel, to cook, and, to get your own stories committed to the page!"
--Julie Conover, "PassportToAdventure.com," Host & Producer
"Rita and friends take you on a virtual and culinary global adventure that is sure to evoke a range of emotions. A must-read for both the armchair and active traveler."--Beth Whitman, author of "Wanderlust and Lipstick" guides for women travelers.
"Rita Golden Gelman's book pulsates with life's flavors--both in the stories and the recipes that accompany them. Remarkably, all royalties will be donated through two Rotary clubs to provide scholarships for young adults in a Delhi slum. As a Rotarian myself, I salute Rita and savor her book. So will you."
--Karin Treiber, PhD, Rotarian, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Thanks to Rita and her friends, the world just got a little smaller. This inspirational book simultaneously illustrates how large and small our global community has become. By sharing recipes, customs, and lives, we are ushered through an exotic world of experiences."
--John O. Hishmeh, Executive Director, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
"These wonderfully poignant stories speak to the inner-nomad in all of us, reminding us of the joy and warmth we feel when sharing laughter, tears, and meals across cultures."
--Sara LaRosa, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Tonga 2006-2008
About the Author
Rita Golden Gelman is the author of more than seventy children's books, including More Spaghetti, I Say!, Rice Is Life, and Mole in a Hole, a staple in every first-grade classroom. As a nomad, Rita has no permanent address. Her most recent encampments have been in Mexico and New York City.
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"Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World" is a collection of stories and recipes from over forty authors. They are writers who are willing to take risks, break rules and face the unknown. Rita said she chose the stories with the most "heart" where the writer's soul shines through the words. The poetic writing of each story will make you smile, laugh or cry. They are inspiring, vibrant, poignant and alive.
The tales take place in many countries: India, Thailand, Ghana, Brazil, Peru, Israel, Guatamala, Bolivia, Iraq, France, Malaysia, Vietnam, the South Pacific, Uganda, Greece, Paraguay, Turkey, Mexico, the Seychelles, Romany, the Bahamas and North America.
"Female Nomad and Friends" is a tribute to our shared humanity. It's a celebration of the diversity, joy and wonder of cross cultural connecting. It could also send you off on your own adventure.
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Golden Gelman upped the ante even further by donating all of the proceeds of the book to a scholarship fund. It will enable high school graduates in the slums of India to attend vocational schools. The funds are being administered through a Maryland chapter of the Rotary Club. With a soul full of wanderlust, she may not have a permanent address, but Golden Gelman certainly does not equate the absence of hearth and home with a lack of responsibility.
The book is divided into five sections: Connecting, Mixed Messages, Language, Passion and Food. The recipes range from the familiar - Grandma's fried chicken - to the exotic - sun-dried worms. However, the downright peculiar are thankfully omitted (Filipino head of the dog, anyone?).
Among the accompanying stories, there are several stand-outs. One woman experiences the ultimate in hospitality when an elderly woman offers to carry her on her back across a flooded Vietnamese street. Another answers a want ad for a housekeeper and discovers a lonely Alaskan looking for a wife. A Swedish exchange student experiences her first Thanksgiving, Texas-style. An American schoolteacher in France is invited to the sumptuous table of her student's family. An orphaned Iraqi girl makes a connection with an American woman before and after the 2003 invasion. A visiting couple who miss their ferry stop are rowed upstream against the current by a kind native in Paraguay.
However, many dangers exist for women traveling alone, and these perils are not ignored. One woman is raped by a hotel manager in India and later returns home to discover that she is pregnant. Another drinks the water on a South Pacific island and succumbs to dysentery.
Overall, women the world over are made up of the same ingredients, it's how they are blended that mark who they are.
Maybe the thought of leaving your comfort zone to travel in a foreign country gives you the willies. If you're not ready to pack up for an overseas trip, you might want to warm up by trying the culinary treats the authors offer. You surely will want to settle down for a good read about the journeys of Rita Golden Gelman and friends. Among the five broad categories in the book, only one is called "Connecting." But in one way or another they are all about getting to know and appreciate others through Language, Passion, Food - and even Mixed Messages. Their stories illustrate that if we're as open and welcoming as the people we meet on the road, we need never be lonely. After reading the book, You just might be inspired to take off on your own.
One remarkable aspect of the book is how much joy and inspiration even the very short stories convey. In the introduction Gelman says that when she and her co-author planned the book they looked for stories "with heart - where the writer's soul shines through the words." And that's exactly what they offer us in this nourishing potpourri of words.
If it's not enough to be stimulated, amused and provoked by the stories, along with a mouth-watering recipes to try, there's one more bonus. All the book's royalties will go to a scholarship fund that enables kids living in a New Delhi, India slum to attend a vocational school.