Traveling Book Club: April Pick

Traveling Book Club

April Pick

We tried things a little differently this month and our book club had the chance to vote for the book selection for April! Well, the votes are in! Our book of the month for April is going to be Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman which took the majority at 40% of the votes. I’m very excited about this one as I recently had started reading it but haven’t finished. The book starts off based in Mexico (where I’m at currently!).

Because our group is filled with fast readers, we’ll also have an optional second book this month. We’ll trial the 2 books this month and see how it goes. If everyone prefers just having one book, that is okay too. The second book will be Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion. I’m also looking forward to this one. It’s funny because reading the tagline for her book, it sounds a lot like my life! RVing with her husband, dog and 2 cats. That is exactly what I am doing now!

The Main Book

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.

Optional Secondary Reading and Discussion

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.

Where to Find These Books and Future Book Club Books

Both of these books are older but I checked Amazon and both are available on amazon prime. You can also check your library, look for e-books, or sign up for a free Audible trial and get your first 2 books free. Some of the apps I use to find free library books are Libby and Hoopla. Let me know if you have any trouble finding them, I’m happy to help.

In addition, please send me a private message or an email to let me know what books you’d like to see in the future! The only requirements we have is that they be non-fiction, travel related, and available for purchase on Amazon prime so that people can get them last minute if needed (also prefer if they have low or no shipping fees).

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2 Responses

  1. Anita

    The Female Nomad is one of my favorite books ever. Rita, in her eighties, still travels and lives a nomadic life! She is such an inspiration.
    If anyone in your book club is having trouble finding a copy, I will share mine.

    • Dayna and Devon

      Thanks Anita! That is so kind of you. I love learning about others who live an unconventional lifestyle. Inspirational, indeed!