- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Random House (11 April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375501886
- ISBN-13: 978-0375501883
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.7 x 2.9 cm
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Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman Hardcover – Import, 11 Apr 2000
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In this engaging travelogue, Steinbach, a Pulitzer Prize^-winning writer reeling with empty-nest syndrome, travels to Europe to "find herself" and assert her long-dormant independence. The search for self notwithstanding, she seems to spend a lot of time in Europe developing relationships and finding other people to pal around with, which makes for an interesting tale but seems to defeat her purpose. In France she begins a romance with another tourist; in London she takes up with a merry band of middle-class matrons; at Oxford she takes a course on the history of the English village; and in Milan she befriends a young American. Eventually, she does spend some time alone pondering the big questions and sending herself postcards (to record her impressions of places and events), and by the trip's conclusion she seems to have gained some badly needed perspective on her life. Steinbach doesn't take herself too seriously, though, and the light-hearted rendering of her misadventures makes the story both lively and entertaining. Kathleen Hughes
“A rich account of one woman’s journey through Europe and into the self.”
“I loved going along with Alice Steinbach as she goes off on this rare, wonderful adventure, an escape into discovering herself and some of the truly magical places in this world.”
“More than a chronicle of the writer’s search for self-discovery, Without Reservations is a lovely travelogue.” —Chicago Tribune
“The best books, like the best vacations, contain unexpected delights, sur-prises that enrich the soul as well as the senses. This is a book about love, and longing, and the passage of time. It’s about hope, and courage, and the resiliency of memory. This book is a feast. Bon appétit!”
—The Des Moines Register
“Beautifully written, clear, insightful, thoughtful . . . Steinbach’s book should be taken in slowly and savored all the way."
—St. Petersburg Times
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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