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A hard place to leave : stories from a restless life / Marcia DeSanctis.

DeSanctis, Marcia, (author.).


"Restless to leave, eager to return: this memoir in essays captures the unrelenting pull between the past and the present, between traveling the world and staying home. Starting in a dreary Moscow hotel room in 1983, weaving back and forth to rural New England, and ending on a West Texas trail in 2020, Marcia DeSanctis tells stories that span the globe and half a lifetime. With intimacy and depth, over quicksand in France, insomnia in Cambodia, up a volcano in Rwanda, spinning through the eye of a snowstorm in Bismarck, and atop a dumpster in her own backyard, this New York Times bestselling author, award-winning essayist and journalist for Vogue and Travel + Leisure immerses us in places waiting to be experienced and some that may be more than we're up for. She encounters spies, angels, leopards, shoes, the odd rattlesnake, a random head of state, and many times over, the ghosts of her past. Each subsequent voyage leads to revelations about her search for solitude, a capacity for adventure, and always, a longing for home."-- Publisher's description.

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  • ISBN: 9781609522087
  • ISBN: 1609522087
  • ISBN: 9781609522063
  • ISBN: 1609522060
  • Physical Description: xix, 313 pages ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Palo Alto, California : Travelers' Tales, an imprint of Solas House, Inc., 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
1. Masha -- 2. The Precipice -- 3. Cold War Game Theory -- 4. To The Man at the Urinal in Prague -- 5. Un Matin de Septembre -- 6. Halloween -- 7. The Substitute -- 8. Love's Labour's Won -- 9. The Language of Sculpture, and of Words -- 10. Waiting for the Sun -- 11. Cape Town -- 12. Strangers on a Train -- 13. One Day, Three Dead Men -- 14. Green Pastures -- 15. Twenty Years and Counting -- 16. Traveling Solo in the World's Most Romantic Country -- 17. Milk, Bread, Butter, Chocolate -- 18. The After Season -- 19. Headlights -- 20. Connie Britton's Hair -- 21. The Offer that Refused Me -- 22. The Stories They Tell 189 -- 23. Dog Walk -- 24. Falling -- 25. Seven Drafts of Coffee -- 26. Petra or Bust -- 27. The Stick 223 -- 28. Into the Cold -- 29. Winter (With Apologies to Colette) -- 30. Time or the Sahara Wind -- 31. Take Me With You -- 32. Signs of Life and Death in Africa -- 33. He's Leaving Home -- 34. Willa Cather's Lavandou -- 35. Fear and Solace in the Big Bend -- 36. Brass City -- 37. The Voyage.
Subject: Travelers' writings, American.
Women > Travel > Anecdotes.
Women > Biography.
Voyages and travels.
Écrits de voyageurs américains.
Femmes > Biographies.
Travelers' writings, American.
Voyages and travels.
Women > Travel.
Genre: travelog (performed works genre)
Travel writing.
Travel writing.
Récits de voyages.

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