Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Wanderlust!

'Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents'
Author: Elisabeth Eaves

Format: Paperback
Published: Seal Press; May 2011
Pages: 304
Genre: Non-fiction; Memoir; Travel
Grade: B
Source: TLC Book Tours

Synopsis: Spanning 15 years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college, Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves’s insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses five continents and chases the exotic, both in culture and in romance. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, she loses herself—literally—to an Australian tour guide; in Cairo, she reconnects with her high school sweetheart, only to discover the beginning of a pattern that will characterize her life over the long-term: while long-distance relationships work well for her, traditional relationships do not.

My Take: When it's June and pouring down rain outside and you are stuck in your cubicle can you torture yourself anymore than reading a book about a women who defied all convention to travel around the world until she was in her mid-thirties? Sure she misses out on many of life's other major milestones in so doing but it sounds like a pretty tempting proposition when every day in your life is suffering from sameness. But then the sun comes out and it's summer time and life is pretty good and you get to the end of the book and you realize everyone has their own individual problem's so you know, stop making comparisons like this!

But as usual, we've gotten ahead of ourselves. Wanderlust is a memoir about Elizabeth Eaves' inability to settle down. As soon as she got that first taste of travel in her young life she knew she would never be the same and it set her on a trajectory to make her life a certain way. In college she studies abroad multiple times, after college she got a job working abroad and when that didn't work out she kept saving up until she had enough money to continue to go abroad, further and farther afield. While many people might go abroad a few times in their lifetime because of the expense, Eaves spent much of her twenties and thirties abroad. The countries she visits are both modern and third world and this dichotomy and how she deals with what she comes up against is fascinating to read.

In each country though she often meets a new man and when she moves home she meets a new man. Relationships are difficult even for the best of us and after awhile on this journey with Eaves you begin to wonder if she is not just traveling but running away from something deeper or is afraid of making deeper connections with people at home at what that might mean. 

I enjoyed going on this journey with Eaves and loved it at the beginning when I could really relate to it. Her college years and studying abroad were fun and when she was working abroad, which is something I've always wanted to do I found it very inspiring. Other parts though I found almost sad because it did feel like constant running away from something and I was unsure if we were every going to get any admission to that.

Cover Lust: I do love this cover! It makes me feel like I am on a warm, tropical island.

Giveaway Details!
The author has kindly offered up one new copy to a lucky winner! The deadline for this giveaway is June 29th; entries open to those in the US and Canada.

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For other opinions about this book, here's the full TLC Tour Schedule:

Monday, June 13th:  English Major’s Junk Food
Tuesday, June 14th:  Confessions of a Book Addict
Wednesday, June 15th:  Amused by Books
Monday, June 20th:  Melody & Words
Wednesday, June 22nd:  Books Distilled
Thursday, June 23rd:  Life in Review
Monday, June 27th:  Nomad Reader
Wednesday, June 29th:  Regular Rumination
Thursday, June 30th:  Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog
Tuesday, July 5th:  Chaotic Compendiums
Thursday, July 7th:  The Girl from the Ghetto
Tuesday, July 12th:  Books Are My Boyfriends
Thursday, July 14th:  Joyfully Retired


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! It looks so good!

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  3. Great review! Sounds like a perpetual case of 'the grass is always greener.' I'm such a homebody that I can't really relate to that urge to always be anywhere but here and looking for that next big adventure. But I do love to read about it :) Thanks so much for being on the tour!

  4. That type of lifestyle always sounds glamorous until you realize what you give up for it. I do love a good memoir and would like to be entered in the giveaway. kathy(at)

  5. i wish i could travel like her! of course my bank account would cry if i did that. the book definitely sounds fascinating though!

  6. I agree with LisaMM I too, am such a homebody, I can't imagine living that kind of a lifestyle. The review was great, and I think I will pass this one, it doesn't sound like my cup of tea.

  7. I'm glad to hear you liked this one! I've been saving it to read on an airplane (although I fear it will make me wish I'm going someplace more exotic than a wedding in Atlanta) Friday. No need to enter me, I already have it:-)

  8. I am not really the memoir kind of girl but something about this one makes it sound interesting

  9. Sounds great!!

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  10. What a great premise. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Sounds like a great read!

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  12. This sounds like a good memoir. I agree with the others who say it's a case of "the grass is always greener." I do like that she traveled to both modern and third world countries. Adds an interesting dimension and could possible teach me a little something about those places I didn't know before.

  13. I am one of those people who doesn't really have the money to travel even though it is something that I crave. So for now, I just read about it. I would love a copy of this book: please enter me in the giveaway.

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  14. thanks for the chance to read this novel...great cover!

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  15. This looks like a great book for the travel lover. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  17. I would love to read this one.
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  21. Thanks so much for another super generous giveaway! This book looks really interesting, and I'm super grateful that you're giving us all a chance to win it! :D


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  22. This looks interesting!

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