Tough Broad: From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking--How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives as We Age

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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5.59 X 8.35 X 1.02 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author
Caroline Paul is the author of The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure; You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World; and Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, as well as the memoir Fighting Fire about becoming one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco, and the novel East Wind, Rain. A longtime member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto, she lives in San Francisco.

"Tough Broad is an entertaining read. It's sure to inspire women to continue to enjoy the outdoors, create new neural pathways as they try new things, and enjoy the camaraderie of their sisters in adventure into their later years." --USA Today, "Outdoor Wires"

"Paul's storytelling here goes deep, exploring the nuances of each woman's quest to understand her own pull to outdoor adventure. Tough Broad, she writes, 'is not about bravado, it is about bravery.' And it is as engrossing as it is inspiring." --BookPage

"Paul makes a strong case for how a positive attitude about getting older can lead to a longer, healthier life ... Women don't have to give in to age's changes; there's a big world out there to engage with and gain strength and pleasure from. Here's to being old, 'game, ' and down for adventure." --Booklist

"Caroline Paul has long been my North Star for what it is to be an adventurer in the world. I'd follow her anywhere." --Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim and Sarah and the Big Wave

"Oh, how I love-and need-this book! Paul's subjects don't deny or mask their years: they embrace who they are with gusto and vitality, seizing the opportunity to enjoy, to grow, to challenge themselves mentally and physically. And they remind us of a fundamental truth about women and aging: even as we become invisible to the culture, we become more visible-in the best of ways-to ourselves. I am here for you, tough broads!" --Peggy Orenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Unravelling

"This arc of a critical life blueprint comes from the toughest broad I know, Caroline Paul. You turn the last page of Tough Broad and promise yourself to spend every minute possible in the Great Outdoors. You are determined to test new horizons, to abandon your fears, to breathe your deepest breath. I'm 74. Caroline leads those of us of mature and wise ages to the very real hope that we all of us have much more to explore." --Diana Nyad, the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, at age 64

"Caroline Paul and her fellow tough broads know how to live life to the fullest. Every story in this book reminds us that life is truly what we make it and that our curiosity, love of the outdoors, and appetites for adventure don't have to end in middle or even old age." --Natalie Baszile, bestselling author of Queen Sugar and We Are Each Other's Harvest

"In Tough Broad, Caroline Paul takes the prevailing view of how women age-the 'long slow rot theory' of aging-and completely upends it. By masterfully pairing the latest research on aging along with stories of amazing, adventurous women who are taking risks and playing outdoors well into their 80s and beyond, she demonstrates that women can not only survive but thrive during this period of their lives. Prepare to be inspired!" --Juliet Starrett, New York Times bestselling author of Built to Move, and 3x Whitewater World Champion

"Inspiring. The book of the year for daredevils, doers, and dreamers of all ages." --Cheryl Strayed on THE GUTSY GIRL

"Delightful . . . There's a lot here that will thrill any girl-or boy-of any age." --San Francisco Chronicle on THE GUTSY GIRL

"The perfect book for young feminists, or really any woman who needs a dose of inspiration in her life." --Buzzfeed on THE GUTSY GIRL

"A modern manifesto for bravery, perseverance, and breaking the tyranny of perfection." --Maria Popova on THE GUTSY GIRL