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Publisher's Summary

Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of 48, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in Los Angeles to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986, she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita's example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance, and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults.

©2001 Rita Golden Gelman (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"An idiosyncratic but exuberant homage to wanderlust." (Kirkus)

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Hesitated, but LOVED it!

So many travel/nomad books I've read fall flat of expectations, but this was a pleasant surprise! Her tales entwined with her life as a mother back in the states really hit home. I laughed, and I'll admit cried, with the wonderful story telling. I can't recommend this book enough!

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Tales of Human Nature

What did you love best about Tales of a Female Nomad?

I love how this story shows us that people are just people, no matter where you go. Rita puts a lot of work into her relationships with people and she gets a lot out that.

What did you like best about this story?

Tales of a Female Nomad goes beyond a travel book in that it's not about getting somewhere, it's about being somewhere with your whole self. She inserts her mind and soul into a place and tries to explain what it feels like to be an outsider learning about a culture. Sometimes she succeeds and sometimes she struggles. In the end the triumph is in the attempt...the will to try and not give up.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I have experienced this moment with many travel based books and it's this realization, the world is not as scary and dangerous as we are led to believe and if you are kind and put the work in to get to know people as they are and accept them they will likely accept you in return.

Any additional comments?

There are moments in this book where Rita takes an anthropological approach to situations that she doesn't want to interfere in personally that can be upsetting to some readers that can not emotionally distance themselves. Keep in mind that she is just one person and she does do a lot of good with her life, so if in the book you find she isn't acting when you would remember that we are each our own person and try to enjoy the book for what it is.

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there are good things

I just couldn't keep interested . there are good moments that are nice to witness , but for some reason this is one account of a personal adventure I didn't really get addicted to .

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Wonderful book

I loved how I became a part of her journeys right along with her! Thank you Rita for sharing.

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wonderful read!!!!

absolutely wonderful! Makes me miss traveling and it speaks so much truth. thank you much!!

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It's okay...

The narrator's voice reminded me of a grandma who was proud to state her past traveling experience, but lacked the real emotion that it entailed.

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Life-inspiring story for those who love all people

Inspiring story read by the inspiring author. I have listened through twice and hope to travel some as a Female Nomad myself!

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a freatread

loved it....very inspiring. learned so much and look forward to travelling more around the world

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Not what I thought

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who doesn't like traveling alone

Would you ever listen to anything by Rita Golden Gelman again?

I think I'd be cautious

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was pretty good actually.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I felt slightly deceived by the fact that this Nomad didn't like to be alone and went to unusual lengths to make sure she wasn't.

Any additional comments?

In one respect, the fact that she demonstrated her ability to find company would be a bonus for some. She has, in her renditions of joining others, given readers who might be inclined with the same need, mental permission and a practical application that could prove worth it to them. But this style was not for me and so I couldn't finish the book. I was not interested in how a meal was made and how long it took to make it etc. I wanted to know her philosophical outlook and the way traveling was pulling it in certain directions for better or worse. One thing this lady did, she got up and made her world better than it was rather than sitting and moping about. That holds inspiration for anyone. My opinion shouldn't deter from the art of her contribution to Audible. My opinion has more to do with what I am needing at the moment rather than what she is offering.

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Wonderfully written! Inspiring!

I have really enjoyed the stories and been inspired by the opportunity that opened up at every turn when Rita had trust and said YES!

Will be looking for more stories from Rita for sure!

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  • Duane
  • 04-22-17

Insprational!

Thank you Rita for sharing your adventures and inspiring us older adventures that it is never too late to explore 😁👍

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  • Katherine
  • 07-20-15

Inspirational and unorthodox - how it should be!

Where does Tales of a Female Nomad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a wonderful story of a woman who change her life for the better and it was a pleasure to share her adventures.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tales of a Female Nomad?

The whole thing!

What three words best describe Rita Golden Gelman’s voice?

Strong independent woman!

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