Author: Elisabeth Eaves
Published: Seal Press; May 2011
Genre: Non-fiction; Memoir; Travel
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.
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For other opinions about this book, here's the full TLC Tour Schedule:
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Tuesday, June 14th: Confessions of a Book Addict
Wednesday, June 15th: Amused by Books
Monday, June 20th: Melody & Words
Wednesday, June 22nd: Books Distilled
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Monday, June 27th: Nomad Reader
Wednesday, June 29th: Regular Rumination
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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