Tales of a Female Nomad

Living at Large in the World

Publisher: Broadway Books
“I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.” —From the Preface

Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986 she 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.

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Chapter One

The Beginning
1985.

I am living someone else's life. It's a good life, filled with elegant restaurants, interesting people, and events like the Academy Awards and the Grammies. My husband of twenty-four years and I dine with celebrities, we see the latest movies before the rest of the world,...
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PRAISE FOR

“Whenever I open an atlas . . . part of me wants to pack up and hit the road for a year or two. But I doubt I’ll ever do it, because I’m too practical. Rita Golden Gelman . . . didn’t let practicalities stop her.” —Los Angeles Times

Tales of a Female Nomad follows Gelman from fragility to self-confidence as she traverses the globe.” —Chicago Tribune

“An exuberant homage to wanderlust.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gelman doesn’t just observe the cultures she visits, she participates in them, becoming emotionally involved in the people’s lives. This is an amazing travelogue.” —Booklist