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SheReads: Annemarie, Travel Goddess

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“Books featuring plucky girls making it in the Big City never appealed to me. When you’ve already snuck into NYC’s hottest clubs and pulled all nighters at Grey’s Papaya by age 17, you fantasize about the exact opposite: jetting out of town on a whim. Maybe that’s why I love travel so much

These four books all agree. So, whether you live on the quiet farm and yearn for New York, or were born a hard-edged city kid who needs a break, these books present the ultimate fantasy of running away and finding yourself.”

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain: “Bourdain is an animal; a glutton. He doesn’t see the world through fanny packs full of maps, bus tokens, or recommendations from a top-notch Four Seasons concierge. In A Cook’s Tour, Bourdain brings us along as he just figures it out. It’s almost tragic, totally exciting, and always hectic, and with each stop on the No Reservations tour, the glutton becomes less animal and more complete man.”

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: “After a messy divorce, Gilbert leaves to experience the world through three different cities. She finds life in hot young men and gelato in
Rome; meditates in India; and gives up her heart in Indonesia. It’s funny and comforting to experience this type of dream getaway honestly, both the good and the bad, while Gilbert slowly rebuilds her life with better understanding of self.”

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer: “Learning about our future through our past. In this Safran Foer book, our lead character does just that. In the search for a woman who saved his families life during World War II, he hops a plane to a near desolate section of the Ukraine and is led on a goose chase by a boy and his ‘seeing eye bitch, Sammy Davis Jr., Jr.’ On their many mishaps, our boy finds himself through ancestry and the religion he thought he gave up years ago.”

[See UL’s review of the book]

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella: “What happens when the big city life you’ve devoted your entire soul to blows up in your face and leaves you with nothing? You learn how to bake pies. After making a horrific mistake at her job, Samantha Sweeting walks out of her office terrified, hops on a train to the countryside, and takes residence as a housekeeper. Without BlackBerry Messenger, she finds a tanner, healthier, happier version of herself who can truly survive in either country or city.”

Annemarie is a budget travel maven, and she has the awesome blog, FrillSeekerDiary.com, to prove it. She produces Web sites to pay the bills, often wears awesome hipster glasses and does a little lifecasting at Twitter.com/TravelingAnna.

–Whitney Teal


Written by whitney teal

October 9, 2009 at 5:32 am

Posted in whitney

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  1. LOVEEEE everything is illuminated. love jonathan safran foer as a whole. have you read extremely loud and incredibly close? love. also adore bourdain but have yet to read a cook's tour.

    Caroline in the City

    October 18, 2009 at 5:33 pm

  2. Haha, just read this post today after seeing Frill Seeker Diary as one of the organizers for TBEX '10 in NYC. I had a startling grip of panic as I wondered if anyone who has read my latest post would think I copied! I just wrote a very similar one about my favorite books that make me feel as if I have just journeyed to the other side of the world. It is one of the featured ones on TBEX this week and I thought, darn it! My post wasn't original! People might think I stole the idea! 🙂 Love your picks, fyi–particularly Eat, Pray, Love. Awesome book! You can read my similar post here: http://www.travelfunnytravellight.blogspot.com. Title-The Next Best Thing. Love your site. Keep up the good work!


    October 20, 2009 at 6:26 am

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