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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.

©2003 Ariel Gore (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Susie
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-16-13

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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