Rita Golden Gelman
Adult Nonfiction G465 .G443 2001
Summary: For years, although she was happy with a career as a successful children's book author, Rita Golden Gelman felt she was living someone else's life. She and her husband led a privileged existence in California, attending glamorous parties, eating at elegant restaurants, and dining with celebrities. But Rita preferred soup kitchens to lavish banquets, Goodwill to Neiman Marcus, and Hondas to Mercedes. In 1986, when she was 46, she and her husband decided they needed some time apart. So, she embarked on a two-week trip alone to Mexico. The two weeks quickly extended into four months, and fifteen years later, at age sixty-one, Rita is living life very happily with no permanent home, traveling the world as a modern-day nomad . The book tells the whole story of her travels, and of her personal transformation. At the start of her travels, Rita explored Mexican villages, living not in hotels but with families, determined to understand the local culture. From there she moved on to other exotic locales including Guatemala and Bali, spending days in some, years in others. She took a fishing trip in churning seas, joined a gorilla watching expe
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