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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want--husband, country home, successful career--but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. (catalog summary)
There have been some wonderful books with the theme of self-discovery through travel, as in Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Their journeys have been life-changing for them and perhaps also for the reader.
If you liked Eat, Pray, Love, then you may also like these titles:
Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez
Set amidst the shimmering seas of Northern ice, Arctic Dreams leads readers on a journey of the mind and heart into a place that grips the imagination and invigorates the soul. Part adventure tale and part meditation on the art of exploration, this magical book dazzles with the wonder of the aurora borealis; the awesome power of polar bears and killer whales; the monumental grandeur of migrating icebergs; and the beauty and nobility of the Arctic's indigenous people. Evocative and everlasting, Arctic Dreams is a classic. (catalog summary)
Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz
In an exhilarating tale of historic adventure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederates in the Attic retraces the voyages of Captain James Cook, the Yorkshire farm boy who drew the map of the modern world. Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the 18th century were the last great voyages of discovery. His ships sailed 150,000 miles, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. When Cook set off for the Pacific in 1768, a third of the globe remained blank. By the time he died in Hawaii in 1779, the map of the world was substantially complete.Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook's voyages and the exotic scenes the captain encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice. He also relives Cook's adventures by following in the captain's wake to places such as Tahiti, Savage Island, and the Great Barrier Reef to discover Cook's embattled legacy in the present day. Signing on as a working crewman aboard a replica of Cook's vessel, Horwitz experiences the thrill and terror of sailing a tall ship. (catalog summary)
Dr. Jason Sellers, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington, will speak on "Priests, Politics, and Health Among Indians in Colonial Virginia" at Headquarters Library on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00. The talk is in conjunction with the interactive exhibit Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness, on display through the end of August.
Dr. Wood is a member of the Monacan Indian Nation and Director of Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. This talk is being held in conjunction with the Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness exhibition, on display through August. Dr. Wood will examine American Indian ways of living in sustainable communities, the administration of justice and peacekeeping, the important roles of women in society, and how children were viewed.
In our ongoing series of events and workshops complementing the Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness exhibition, we invite you to a lecture and demonstration on pine's uses as a traditional healing plant.
This event will be held at Headquarters Library on Tuesday, August 9, 7:00-8:00.
“Great-Grandma said we have an Indian princess in the family . . . . “
Since DNA testing for genealogy began nearly 20 years ago, we have made many leaps and bounds with how, when, and why it can be used. Many Americans have a family story that features the marriage of a Native American into the lineage. Frequently, these stories make us wonder about who we are on the inside.
On Tuesday, August 2, at 7:00, Shannon Combs-Bennett, biologist and genealogist, will discuss what DNA testing could tell you about your ancestry, as well as which test you may want to take to verify your genealogy. An author and frequent lecturer on genealogy, Shannon will present her talk in support of the library’s Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Wellness exhibition.
Did Native American barbecue contribute to the success of the English colony at Jamestown? According to author, historical barbecue consultant, and Patawomeck Indian Tribe member Joe Haynes, the answer is yes! Joe will visit the Headquarters Library on Wednesday, August 3.
He will draw upon numerous historical and contemporary sources to explore some of the lesser-known contributions made to Virginia’s culture and cookery by the Powhatan Indians, who called their land Tsenacommacah. According to Joe, many Virginian foods known to us today, such as smoked pork, hoecakes, and barbecue, all exhibit the unmistakable influence of the Powhatans.
Looking to trace your family roots to the Civil War—or learn more about a relative who fought for the Blue or Gray? Let a National Park Service historian show you how.
On July 26 at 7:00, come learn from Yvonne Epps-Giddings, a nurse with the Indian Health Service, who will speak on the unique, interconnected relationships of health, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans. Her talk will be the highlight of the opening reception for the exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, which will be on display through the month of August.
Ms. Epps-Giddings is completing her degree to be a Doctor of Public Health. Although she now lives on a reservation in western Arizona, she is a Virginia native and a member of our neighboring Nottoway Indian Tribe.
Chief John Lightner of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia will also offer opening remarks. Based in Stafford County, the Patawomecks are one of 11 tribes recognized in the state. About 80% of the 1500 tribal members live within 10 miles of their historic village of Patawomeck.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library is participating in the first annual Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, at Riverfront Park off Sophia Street in the heart of downtown. All book lovers are invited to check out our activity and information table near the Kids' Zone! We'll be there from 10:00 - 5:00.
Our expert genealogy librarians are taking their research skills on the road this summer to teach you how to jump-start tracing your family’s roots. Whether you are a complete novice at this family tree thing, or you’ve been at it a while and are stuck, we can help. Join us for a 90-minute training session at your nearest branch.