Discover a world full of books!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Read online the first chapters of this book!
All characters reduced
Braver Than You Think - Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime - cover

Braver Than You Think - Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime

Maggie Downs

Publisher: Counterpoint

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

Newly married and established in her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, Maggie Downs quits her job, sells her belongings, and embarks on the solo trip of a lifetime: Her mother’s. 
As a child, Maggie Downs often doubted that she would ever possess the courage to visit the destinations her mother dreamed of one day seeing. “You are braver than you think,” her mother always insisted. That statement would guide her as, over the course of one year, Downs backpacked through seventeen countries―visiting all the places her mother, struck with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, could not visit herself―encountering some of the world’s most striking locales while confronting the slow loss of her mother. Interweaving travelogue with family memories, Braver Than You Think takes the reader hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, white-water rafting on the Nile, volunteering at a monkey sanctuary in Bolivia, praying at an ashram in India, and fleeing the Arab Spring in Egypt. 
By embarking on an international journey, Downs learned to make every moment count―traveling around the globe and home again, losing a parent while discovering the world. Perfect for fans of adventure memoirs like Wild and Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, Braver Than You Think explores grief and loss with tenderness, clarity, and humor, and offers a truly incredible roadmap to coping with the unimaginable.

Other books that might interest you

  • Summer Wildflowers of the Northeast - A Natural History - cover

    Summer Wildflowers of the...

    Carol Gracie

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    From the acclaimed author of Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, a beautifully illustrated follow-up introduction to the summer-blooming wildflowers of the northeastern United States and Canada 
    This exquisitely illustrated volume provides an accessible, in-depth introduction to summer-blooming wildflowers of the northeastern United States and Canada. Featuring more than 700 detailed color photos and a large, beautifully designed format, the book delves into the life histories of more than thirty-five wildflowers and their relatives, from common roadside favorites, such as asters and milkweeds, to interesting, lesser-known species, including Indian pipe and ginseng. Drawing on a wealth of personal experience and the latest scientific research, and presenting it all in terms anyone can understand, acclaimed naturalist and photographer Carol Gracie invites readers to enhance their appreciation of the beauty of these wildflowers by learning not just their names or how many petals they have, but what pollinates them, how their seeds are dispersed, how they interact with other plants and animals, how Native Americans and other people have used them, and other interesting facts. 
    Each species is illustrated with a range of detailed color photos that not only capture its beauty but illustrate the features discussed in the text and show the plant in its environment alongside the pollinators, herbivores, or seed dispersers with which, in many cases, the wildflower has evolved. Other topics covered include the naming of wildflowers; pathogens and pests; related species in other parts of the world; and wildflowers in history, literature, and art. 
    Presenting authoritative information in an inviting style, Summer Wildflowers of the Northeast is an ideal volume for wildflower lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, students, and more.Showcases the most spectacular summer-blooming wildflowers of the northeastern United States and CanadaFeatures more than 700 stunning full-color photosCovers the life histories, lore, and uses of more than 35 species and their relativesCombines the latest scientific research with an easy-to-read styleFeatures species accounts for these wildflowers: 
    Alpine Wildflowers ● American Cranberry ● American Ginseng ● American Lotus ● Asters ● Beechdrops ● Blackberry-lily ● Bog Orchids ● Broad-leaved Helleborine ● Buckbean ● Bunchberry ● Cardinal Flower ● Chicory ● Common Milkweed ● Common Mullein ● Evening-Primrose ● Fringed Gentian ● Fringed Orchids ● Goldenrods ● Grass-of-Parnassus ● Indian Pipe ● Jewelweed ● Jimsonweed ● Lilies ● Patridge-berry ● Passion-flowers ● Pipsissewa ● Prickly Pear ● Purple Pitcher Plant ● Queen Anne’s Lace ● Showy Lady-slipper ● Swamp Rose-mallow ● Wild Leek ● Wild Lupine ● Yellow Pond-lily
    Show book
  • Easygoing Guide to Natural Florida Volume 2 - Central Florida - cover

    Easygoing Guide to Natural...

    Douglas Waitley

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Author Douglas Waitley invites you to step out of the air-conditioned shopping malls and crowded amusement parks and into Natural Florida. Reveals how to enjoy nature without discomfort. 
    See all of the books in this series
    Show book