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Undress me in the Temple of Heaven
Susan Jane Gilman
Adult Nonfiction DS712 .G544 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In 1986, recent Brown University grad Gilman-then a naOve 21-year-old-embarked on an ambitious around-the-world trek, with the People's Republic of China, newly opened to unaccompanied tourists, as her starting point. What follows is an examination of the hubris of youth and its near-fatal consequences. While the audio book is an abridgment, listeners are treated to a conversation at the end between the producer and Gilman, during which the producer follows up on some lingering questions left at story's end. During this q&a, Gilman notes that, like most people, she doesn't like the sound of her recorded voice, but listeners will likely disagree with her self-critique. The production is tight, with minimal music to set the tone. An amusing, harrowing combination of coming-of-age and travel memoirs that makes for a thoroughly entertaining listen. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 1). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Part travelog, part mystery, Gilman's latest memoir-after the best-selling Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress-begins in 1986 with the author and a friend studying a placemat at IHOP titled "Pancakes of Many Nations." With more hubris than travel experience, these freshly minted Brown graduates decided to embark on a yearlong, around-the-world backpacking trip, beginning in China. Though they had wonderful experiences, a painful secret led to their undoing. Gilman's work will appeal to those who went in search of an "authentic travel experience" and got more than they bargained for. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/08.]-E.B. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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