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The good girl's guide to getting lost : a memoir of three continents, two friend
Rachel Friedman
Adult Nonfiction G226.F75 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Since childhood, Friedman knew she was going to be a professional viola player, but in her freshman year of music school, she realized that professional musicianhood was not for her. Afraid of an uncertain future and its endless possibilities, the 20-year-old fled to Ireland for four months. She discovers there's more to life than having the perfect plan-and that the American outlook on work, travel, and life is more limited (and limiting) than she'd realized. Thus primed, when her Australian friend (and Galway roommate) Carly invites Friedman to visit after graduation, the author accepts, and embarks on a yearlong adventure through Australia and South America. She takes risks (the Death Road passage is particularly harrowing), becomes enchanted with Buenos Aires, and falls for New Zealander (and eventual husband) Martyn. Friedman deftly moves from musings on family to specifics about working abroad to first-rate travelogue about the places she visited, striking just the right balance between personal and universal. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In this memoir, Friedman (literature, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice) abandons her musical career and college plans for a summer on her own in Ireland in the hopes of finding a new direction for her adult life. Her time abroad, it turns out, is depressing despite new friends (via hostels, bar and restaurant jobs, and an abundance of alcohol), one of whom provides the impetus for Friedman's further travels. The sunny, relaxed atmosphere in Australia gives Friedman the courage to expand her horizons still further, this time to South America, where she bumbles through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. Times are good and bad, and connecting with her Australian friend proves difficult. True love appears near the end of the South American adventure. How could it not? VERDICT The book begins with a table of contents featuring cutesy chapter synopses (also used at the beginning of each chapter); aside from this grating misstep, Friedman proves herself an able first-time author. Contrary to the misleading title, this is an enjoyable memoir of a youthful journey of self-discovery. [Library marketing.]-Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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