Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman

Lisa Alpine (Author)


Foreward Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Gold Winner for Travel. Winner 1st place for best travel memoir at the 2014 North American Book Awards. Also winner of the silver Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year 2014.

From licking a Monet in Paris, to pushing an abusive macho honeymooner off his sailboat in the shark-infested Galápagos, to saving her toddler son from a charging bull elephant in Africa, these delightful tales will inspire readers to follow the call of a wild life and leave home with their doors unlocked.

"When you're hitchhiking about in foreign lands, whether in France, Morocco, or perhaps New Zealand, it helps-as California-girl Lisa Alpine discovered-to be "young, blond, persistent, and female." And to get along, once you've reached an approximate destination in hardscrabble exotica, you should be friendly, fearless, and sometimes counter intuitively trusting. There is daring, humor, and even a bit of Eros in the fourteen stories that span her life from the innocence of eighteen, when she was struck with wanderlust, into middle age. "I am a woman who wanders and wonders and writes," she explains. And what wandering there's been, beginning in Paris, where she tasted art by licking a Monet. In Vienna, she asked an old woman, who turned out to be a survivor of Auschwitz, where she might find cheap lodging and ended up as the woman's house guest. She met the chauffeur of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones in Switzerland and was offered a job babysitting Richards's two children, but after witnessing a temper tantrum by Richards's live-in girlfriend, declined and took a job as a bartender, offering free drinks in order to get her slave-driving boss, who held her passport as ransom, to fire her. She had the sort of inevitable adventure that tests us all, coping with her mother's dementia before her death on Mother's Day, 2011. In a bittersweet way, it was probably her most admirable adventure of all." - Foreword Reviews'

"Lisa's love of travel and her fierce determination to push all boundaries, takes the reader with her on a thoughtful, fun and fearless journey. Lisa opens herself and the reader to the world and explores with courage, the physical world around her and the philosophical world within." - Maureen Wheeler, founder Lonely Planet

"I never tire of talking to Lisa Alpine about her exploits, adventures, and fascinating life. She has carved a path that is an inspiration to any free-spirited, or secretly free-spirited, woman." - Constance Hale, author of "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch" and "Sin and Syntax"

"Lisa Alpine's winning title tells much about her personal timeline, and the bestiary of good, bad, ugly or rare characters encountered in these sometimes breathless pages." - David Downie, author of Paris to the Pyrenees

"Lisa's stories are not only packed with the humor and adventure that comes from being a solo woman traveler, but also filled with compassion that cuts to the core of what travel is all about-a deep connection to a people and place found when we shed our protective armor and remember we are all human." - Kimberley Lovato, author of "Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves"

Product Details

$14.95  $13.75
Dancing Words Press
Publish Date
September 13, 2014
5.5 X 0.48 X 8.5 inches | 0.59 pounds
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About the Author

The day she turned eighteen, Lisa Alpine moved to Paris. Over the next decade, she waitressed in Switzerland and picked olives in Greece, paddled the Amazon River, and created Dream Weaver Imports, a South American import company with two retail stores and a wholesale business in San Francisco. In 1983, she gave birth to Galen Marc Alpine. That same year, she founded and published The Fax newspaper in Marin County, California. She then went on to be the Pacific Sun's Getaway columnist for more than a decade. During this period she also freelanced for Frommers' America on Wheels, Common Ground, San Francisco Examiner, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Mothering Magazine, Paddler Magazine, Physicians' Travel & Meeting Guide, Specialty Travel Index, and many other publications. With her writing group, the Wild Writing Women, she co-authored Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel published by Globe Pequot Press in 2002. In 2009 Lisa started Good to Go Media with one of her Wild Women cohorts, Carla King, a venture that helped authors get their books out of their head and into the marketplace. They offered workshops and co-authored the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Workbook: Ten Steps to Self-Publishing Success, which they, of course, self-published. She taught travel writing at The Writing Salon in San Francisco and Berkeley and at Kalani Resort on the Big Island of Hawai'i. For the last two decades, she has also led a plethora of writing and dance workshops in Hawai'i, New Mexico, Italy, Mexico, and France. She is currently working on several new titles to be published by her imprint Dancing Words Press. Upcoming titles include an embellished historical nonfiction, "Wild Blood: Horse Thieves and Whores", about her renegade birth parents and their Gold Rush roots. On a completely different track, her most recent book "Dance Life: Movin' & Groovin' Around the Globe" is a collection of wild stories about dancing around the globe blended with the body-wisdom she has gleaned from twenty years of teaching dance as an ecstatic and healing art form. "Blessed Life" another title in the works and will be a story collection focusing on travel with the theme of freedom. Read her monthly online magazine about travel, dance, writing, culture, health, and inspiration at https: //www.lisaalpine.com