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Like Jack Kerouac’s intrepid little sister, Ariel Gore spins the spirited story of a vulnerable drifter who takes refuge in fate and the shadowy recesses of a string of glittering, broken relationships. With just a few pennies and her I Ching, a change of clothes and a one-way ticket to Hong Kong, a perceptive, searching 16-year-old Gore makes her way from the sterile suffocation of the Silicon Valley through the labyrinthine customs of Cold-War China, wanders through bustling, electric Kathmandu, and hunkers down in an icy London squat with a prostitute and a boyfriend on the dole. Yet it is in the calm, verdant landscape of rural Italy where, pregnant and penniless, 19-year-old Gore’s adventure truly begins. An illuminating glimpse into the boldly political Gore - creator of HipMama.com and Hip Mama magazine - this unflinching memoir offers a poignant exploration of the meaning of home and surveys the frontiers of both land and heart.
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- Frank Montgomery
A portrait of courage!
A portrait of courage! Your wonderful story allowed me to live vicariously through you for I did not have the courage that you had.
It was a wonderful book that flowed and captured me. I was sad when that ended. Great job.
Don't Surrender—Follow Your Own Map
This book is an essential feminist memoir, one that changed so many minds (mine included) about what it means to be a mother and a feminist and the nature of "home."
Gore has a knack for shining a light on the details in a story that will make it come to life for the listener.
From the sociologically mapped grounds of her Palo Alto high school to a vagabond life across Asia and Europe, "Traveling around the world, meeting random people that became family in a matter of days" and finally back in the Bay Area, new baby daughter in tow, Ariel's book is both an adventure and an emotional coming-of-age.
Narrator, Lisa Ivary really gets Gore's sardonic tone.
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