April 2019 Book of the Month – Traveling Book Club

April’s Book of The Month



Let’s Put it to a Vote!

Rather than hand choose April’s book of the month, I thought we could put it to a vote! There are 4 options to choose from. Spend some time reading through each description and then select the book you’d most like to read for April. The book with the highest votes by March 16th will be the book we read together. I’ll then announce in our Facebook group which book was selected.

Please select your preference for April’s book of the month.

  • 1. Tracks by Robyn Davidson (13%, 2 Votes)
  • 2. Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman (40%, 6 Votes)
  • 3. Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion (27%, 4 Votes)
  • 4. Surviving Paradise by Peter Rudiak-Gould (20%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Book Descriptions

1. Tracks by Robyn Davidson

This is a memoir about the author’s solo trek across 1700 miles of the Australian desert to the sea with 4 camels and her dog. Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

2. Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

A memoir of when Rita 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.

3. Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion

Doreen and Tim are married psychiatrists with a twist: She’s a self-proclaimed Long Island princess, grouchy couch potato, and shoe addict. He’s an affable, though driven, outdoors man. When Tim suggests “chucking it all” to travel cross-country in a converted bus, Doreen asks, “Why can’t you be like a normal husband in a midlife crisis and have an affair or buy a Corvette?” But she soon shocks them both, agreeing to set forth with their sixty-pound dog, two querulous cats—and no agenda—in a 340-square-foot bus.

4. Surviving Paradise by Peter Rudiak-Gould

Just one month after his 21st birthday, Peter Rudiak-Gould moved to Ujae, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands located 70 miles from the nearest telephone, car, store, or tourist, and 2,000 miles from the closest continent. He spent the next year there, living among its 450 inhabitants and teaching English to its schoolchildren. Surviving Paradise is a thoughtful and laugh-out-loud hilarious documentation of Rudiak-Gould’s efforts to cope with daily life on Ujae as his idealistic expectations of a tropical paradise confront harsh reality. but Rudiak-Gould goes beyond the personal, interweaving his own story with fascinating political, linguistic, and ecological digressions about the Marshall Islands.

What You Need to Know

Are you already a member of our Traveling Book Club? If not, join by clicking here. 

Also, you can still join us for March! Find more details here.

When do I need to vote by? Your vote must be submitted by March 16th in order to count. This deadline allows about 2 weeks of time for all our members to order/source the book they need.

Are we doing anything special this round? Our members for March were eager readers to say the least, with some finishing their book before March even started! This month, we’ll have an *optional* secondary book selection and conversation for those where one book is not enough. No pressure either way, we’ll mostly focus on the first selection with some optional secondary reading and discussion!

That’s it for now! Stay tuned for the poll results for April’s book of the month.

Happy reading!