The Vancouver Sun
Anthology of travel stories by Canadian women - Saturday, November 05, 2005
TORONTO-- Thirty-two Canadian women have contributed real-life stories to the new anthology Outside of Ordinary, writing about how travel has changed their lives.
Some explore "the healing power of nature," says the book's introduction. Others discover a sense of inner strength while retracing their family roots or "breaking away from confining roles or situations."
The stories span the globe. Sharon Butala travels to Italy, Lorna Crozier to Chile, Jane Eaton Hamilton to Mexico, Ellen Jaffe to Russia, Alison Lohans to Iowa and Carole TenBrink to Vietnam. Other women write about the southern United States, New Zealand, Indonesia, Nepal, Peru, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, China, Eritrea and Spain.
Along the way they reveal "deeply personal thoughts on their relationships, health, families, ancestors," say the editors.
Outside of Ordinary, edited by Lynn Cecil and Catherine Bancroft, is published by Second Story Press.
- The Vancouver Sun - 20101105
One of the most charming characteristics of many of these stories is the humour. - Herizons - 20071201
You may find yourself looking to their stories for your own travel inspiration. - CAA Magazine - 20060501
Inspiring and empowering perspectives on women who go beyond their comfort zones to learn about themselves and the world. - Transitions Abroad - 20060701
What each piece shares is a sense of how quickly the familiar slips away when we're not at home. - Monday Magazine (Victoria) - 20060202
...rife with amusing bits of conversation and unexpected images, and through their eyes, the glory of travel is illuminated. - ForeWord Magazine - 20060301
There aren't any real duds among the stories, and Outside of Ordinary contains a few gems. - Toronto Star - 20051204
The common thread linking these tales is a thoughtfulness that makes them engaging and compelling to read. - The Globe and Mail - 20051210
The collection doesn't present travel, adventure, and introspection as activities reserved for adolescents. - Prairie Dog - 20051027
Thirty-two women writers, including CanLit luminaries Sharon Butala ("Lilac Moon", "The Perfection of Morning"), Lorna Crozier ("Whetstone", "Apocrypha of Light"), and Alison Pick ("The Sweet Edge") speak frankly about real-life travel experiences. Whether around the corner or around the globe, each woman explores both the inner and outer journeys that they have undertaken. From muddled romance to illegal smuggling, and isolated retreats to rigorous development work, these women have done it - unexpectedly, sometimes, but always without regret.