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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
This is travel-writing for the modern woman who can afford to do it in style. What an inspired idea for instead of just inquisitive visits, the author hops around the world doing courses! I love it; music in Cuba, cooking in Paris, calligraphy and flower arranging in Kyoto, a hundred times better than just the world trip. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist so the writing is good too.
Educating Alice by Alice Steinbach
Six years ago, Alice Steinbach, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, decided to take a break from her life. She went on a journey of self-discovery, and her first book, Without Reservations, was the exquisite result of that trip.
This funny and tender book is the result of Steinbach’s decision to roam the world again, taking lessons and courses in things such as French cooking in Paris, Border-collie training in Scotland and art in Havana. With warmth and wit Steinbach guides us through the pleasures and perils of discovering how to be a student again.
Her time spent with fellow students of all ages was, as she'd hoped, every bit as educational as her courses. Steinbach gained a second chance at some roads not taken – a chance to reconnect with her past, when so many options were still open to her. In pursuing interests she'd never had time to fully explore, she finds that her sense of curiosity is as strong as it ever was, and, as she discovers during the course of this wonderful trip, we are never too old to learn.
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ReviewsHighly recommended . . . The beauty of [Steinbach's] narrative . . . lies in her luminous descriptions. . . . But it is her perceptive looks into the lives and minds and hearts of the people she meets through her studies that bring her settings to life and make this collection of essays truly engaging. -Library Journal Steinbach makes such a life look highly desirable. . . . Her stories are powerfully seductive to anyone who's ever been tempted to get up and go, following interests wherever they may lead. -Publishers Weekly A delicious experience . . . This book will entertain, educate and perhaps inspire readers to make their own journeys. --San Francisco Chronicle I loved Educating Alice,. ..Alice Steinbach may visit some of the world's most popular tourist cities but she does not follow the ordinary tourist route. Oh no! Down the back alleys Alice Steinbach goes, slipping through side doors and riding on employees-only elevators; dropping huge, slippery salmon on the floor of the Ritz Escoffier Ecole de Gastronomie Francaise and charming retired geishas into showing her their prized kimonos, wrapped in rice paper and stowed in boxes in the attic. Ms. Steinbach must be who Henry James imagined when he advised novelists to try to become 'one upon whom nothing is lost.' --Sarah Pritchard, author of Crackpots: A Novel
In these uncertain times, the smart thing to do is stay home and read Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman. Alice Steinbach has more fun than anybody, whether chasing sheep in Scotland, or taking cooking lessons at the Ritz in Paris, or swinging to a salsa beat in a down-at-the-heel cafe in Havanna, or taking awriting course in Prague, or studying landscape architecture in Provence, etc. etc. etc.--- Alice's etceteras are limitless, and what all of us, surely, have always wanted to do ourselves. What is more, no matter what she does or who she sees or how hilarious the encounter, she is a lady to her toes. --Jane Geniesse, author of Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark
A brisk and companionate tour of the Paris Ritz, ancient streets of Kyoto, the Scottish Highlands, inner Prague and Renaissance Florence, in search of the secrets of French cooking, Japanese dance, sheepherding, writing and painting. Alice Steinbach's travel memoir serves up, in savory detail, the tricks and ingredients of these trades, even as she reveals steps in the intimate dance of an epistolary romance of her own. --Jean McGarry, Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars
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Publication date1st April 2005
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