While there are plenty of travelogues and adventure-driven memoirs out there, it’s hard to find those that combine fine writing, sincerity and a truly engaging story. Rosemary Mahoney has succeeded in getting my attention, and I expect she’ll keep it.
I recently reviewed Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff and can’t wait to dig in to some of Mahoney’s previous books… like The Singular Pilgrim: Travels on Sacred Ground, and The Early Arrival of Years: A Year in China.
As I’ve written about before, other favorites in this genre includeTales of a Female Nomad, by Rita Golden Gelman, and Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan, by Jamie Zeppa. Strong women willing to take a chance with the unknown. Honest storytelling. Unexpected adventures.
I still don’t understand all the hype about Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert), which came across as a self-serving, contrived memoir written about an “adventure” funded by a book deal. I prefer to stick to the reflective, humble storytelling of authors like Mahoney.