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Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World
Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World
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Author: Morris, Holly

Brand: Villard

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 320

Release Date: 31-10-2006

Details: Product Description After years of working behind a desk, Holly Morris had finally had enough. So she quit her job and set out to prove that adventure is not just a vacation style but a philosophy of living and to find like-minded, risk-taking women around the globe. With modest backing, a small television crew, her spirited producer-mother, Jeannie, and a whole lot of chutzpah, Morris tracked down artists, activists, and politicos–women of action who are changing the rules and sometimes the world around them. In these pages, Morris brings to life the remarkable people and places she’s encountered on the road while filming her PBS series Adventure Divas and other programs. We meet Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther and social activist and now a fugitive living in exile in Cuba; Kiran Bedi, New Delhi’s chief of police, who revolutionized India’s infamously brutal Tijar Jail with her humanitarian ethic; New Zealand pop star Hinewehi Mohi, a Maori who reinvigorates her native culture for a new generation; and Mokarrameh Ghanbari, a septuagenarian painter and rice farmer who lives in the tiny village of Darikandeh on the Caspian plains of Iran, where her creative talents run counter to the government’s strict stance on art. Along the way, Morris herself becomes a certified Adventure Diva, as she hunts for wild boar with Penan tribesmen in the jungles of Borneo, climbs the Matterhorn short-roped to a salty fourth-generation Swiss guide, and memorably becomes the first woman ever to enter the traditional camel race of the Saharan oasis town of Timia. Intelligent, phenomenally funny, and chock-full of rich and telling details of place, Adventure Divas is a pro-woman chronicle for the twenty-first century. In a pilgrimage fueled by curiosity, ideology, and full-on estrogen power, Holly Morris has paved the way for all of us to discover our own diva within and set out on our own adventures. Review “A delightful triangulation of adventure travel, telecommuting and self-reinvention...[Morris] can be hilarious….[Her] self-deprecating wit, sense of pacing and brainy insights into the nature of fear and self-reliance hold the book together….When Morris becomes her own subject, the result is always vibrant honesty.…[she] is not afraid to show her everyday self on the page, which is invigorating in a genre that too often has only two speeds: turbo self-aggrandizement and ambling naturalist instrospection. The female perspective is also refreshing: how many men could survive not one but two international waxing appointments–Brazilian and Persian?” –The New York Times Book Review "Writing with compassion, humor, and activism, Morris empowers women to follow their dreams by showing that determined women can indeed effect change in their lives. Highly recommended." –Library Journal “Morris shows an admirable fearlessness… genuinely interesting subject matter.” – Kirkus Reviews “This is not just about travel, although it’s as adventurous as can be.…Morris’ interviews…are thoughtful and probing…[and] her text adds context–and humor–to the project, warts and all.” – Booklist “Smart, sexy, inspiring! Holly Morris is the ultimate adventure diva. Whether she's deconstructing Cuban politics, finding meaning in a Brazilian bikini wax, or succumbing to the pleasures of a Tehran security pat down, Holly lives and writes like a brainy bad girl. I loved reading Adventure Divas is like riding shotgun on a high-octane global road trip.” – Cameron Tuttle, author of The Bad Girl’s Guide to the Open Road "Let us celebrate Holly Morris and all of the other amazing, hilarious, tough, and tender Adventure Divas in this book. There is no substitute for the old-fashioned adventurer with frequent flier miles, dirt on her boots, and new ideas." – Sherman Alexie, author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven “Beware. If you read this remarkable book you will pack your bags and go. And you will want to take Holly Morris with you as your frie

EAN: 9780375760631

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew