Crossing the River: A Life in Brazil

Amy Ragsdale (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.00
Publisher
Seal Press (CA)
Publish Date
October 27, 2015
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781580055864
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About the Author

Amy Ragsdale is a writer and choreographer who was raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Asia, and North Africa. She earned a BA in art history from Harvard College and an MALS from Wesleyan. Her articles on travel and dance have appeared in High Desert Journal, Mamalode, and Outside Magazine Online, where she initiated the column Raising Rippers. Amy has taught contemporary dance in Spain, Indonesia, Martinique, Mozambique, and Brazil. She is the founder of Headwaters Dance Co., the recipient of the University of Montana's Distinguished Teaching Award, and a 2009 Governor's Arts Award for the State of Montana. She is married to writer Peter Stark. They live in Missoula, Montana, with two fabulous children, an imperious cat, and an enthusiastic puppy.

Reviews

"Dancer and choreographer Amy Ragsdale set off with her family for a year's adventure in rural Brazil as an antidote to her overachieving super-mom life. Balance and joy were at the heart of her quest, and balance and joy are her gifts to us in this keen-eyed, candid, transformative story. Her journey is a gift to her readers. Her spirit is a model to follow."
Annick Smith, author of "Homestead"
"By means of bravery and an extrasensory ability to let what happens happen, Amy Ragsdale and her family left the ordinariness of American life and moved to small-town, rural Brazil, where magical realism is nonfiction walking up the the street. The details of this bookeight-foot-long fish whose scales are used as fingernail files, a hotel called Hotel God Gave Mewill rock you, and the story of what the family went through is powerfully moving. An exciting and revelatory book, a delight to read."
Ian Frazier, bestselling author of "Travels in Siberia""
Doing what the best travel memoirs do make readers want to hop on a plane and walk in the author s footsteps Ragsdale s insightful, incisive chronicle is also a cautionary tale about the rewards and sacrifices that come from acting on such adventurous impulses. Booklist
"Fearless to embrace total immersion [Ragsdale] displays a deep gratitude for the eye-opening adventures." Kirkus Reviews
"Dancer and choreographer Amy Ragsdale set off with her family for a year's adventure in rural Brazil as an antidote to her overachieving super-mom life. Balance and joy were at the heart of her quest, and balance and joy are her gifts to us in this keen-eyed, candid, transformative story. Her journey is a gift to her readers. Her spirit is a model to follow."
Annick Smith, author of Homestead
"By means of bravery and an extrasensory ability to let what happens happen, Amy Ragsdale and her family left the ordinariness of American life and moved to small-town, rural Brazil, where magical realism is nonfiction walking up the the street. The details of this bookeight-foot-long fish whose scales are used as fingernail files, a hotel called Hotel God Gave Mewill rock you, and the story of what the family went through is powerfully moving. An exciting and revelatory book, a delight to read."
Ian Frazier, bestselling author of Travels in Siberia
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