Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017: Read a travel memoir. I'll never really know if there was a point to this book or not. Basically, whoever you are, Newman will make you want to chuck it all and book a trip to Argentina. When I read the back I knew this would be the perfect present for my single younger sister, who I keep encouraging to enjoy her single life while she has it. In doing so, I quickly remembered why I struggled the first time around.
After a particularly distressing incident in Spain, she confronts her complex feelings about her father with a therapist. The truth of the matter is, when I spent three months living in an apartment in Buenos Aires, that was a cheaper three-month period than living in Los Angeles would have been. Is Salvador a city or a man? It makes me smile to imagine this book being read by nervous solo travelers, pretty girls on a plane by themselves for the first time, unscrewing their tiny bottles of wine and curling up to read about some of the many kinds of fun they might be about to have. I tend to get all bristly and defensive when someone — especially other women — try to invoke a high and mighty attitude over one life path or another. Second, that you can have both love and freedom when you fall in love with an exotic local in an exotic locale, since there is a return ticket next to the bed that you by law will eventually have to use.
I never thought of you as funny. In the beginning, I took these trips with girlfriends, but soon my girls started marrying boys, and then they started making new little girls and boys, and so then I started taking the trips alone. Instead, this read like the story of someone who desperately wanted those things but was just a bit too emotionally immature to hold on to them - until one day she finally did. Author Kristin Newman lived a moderate life in America as a sitcom writer — a career which gave her the time and money to indulge her love of travel and, possibly, her ability to run away from home and not face her problems. I'm a sucker for a witty title. I met a good man when I was very young and I will be with him forever and I am happy about that, but this book made me wonder what it would have been like to take advantage of traveling as a single young woman. I thought there was a lot of whining.
The near-complete silence in this book regarding money was also striking. Most readers are not going to be able to connect with someone who jets off to the other side of the world at a moment's notice or spends each New Year's in a different country with other overly rich, privileged, pretty people. But I can only give it 2 stars. It had some high points and held my interest for about the first 100 pages, and then it was just more and more of the same. I did not want to publish my diary.
So few wome This book easily skyrocketed to one of my favorite reads; it's irreverent, laugh-out-out-funny, hopeful, desperate, and most of all, deeply courageous. He also would have written this book instead of The Innocents Abroad. I've lived my own version of a single-woman-traveling-and-having-adventures-of-all-sorts life, so this wasn't exactly a titillating story. I am a twentysomething woman with no foreseeable plans for reproduction. The writing is a lot of fun, as you would expect from a sitcom writer, the author has a keen sense for the ridiculous and the ability to distill this humour into sentences and turns of phrase that make laughter unexpectedly erupt out of the reader.
I provide it to you now: 1. I expected the story to be more of a travel diary enhanced with her romances with men all over the world. Instead, this book was What I Was Doing While You Were Breading reminded me of Sex and the City and Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, Kristin instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed. The people that Nelson meets makes this book all the more colorful. I was expecting and hoping for a book that told a different story - a story of how some women choose paths other then marriage and motherhood because they want to and how that is also a valid option.
You can talk to your waiter and the people at the tables next to you and walk down the street all by yourself. Well if that's the point, Newman certainly didn't make it. I love them especially when they are funny and when something about them tugs at my heart. This is misspent youth well-spent. I think that sums up this book. She's humble in her experiences and honest to a I have to admit, despite being a single childless 30-something solo traveler and that I will read travel memoirs any time I get the chance, I hesitated to pick up this book.
Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports. The saddest thing is that I'm sure there are plenty of women out there who could have done a book like this justice. I have been more peaceful for the last two months than ever before in my life. I was an only child until I was 18, and now I am one of seven. The first time I went to third base over the boxers was with a guy wearing eyeliner. Instead it was a book about sleeping with men around the world. She's pretty much not any of those things or at least she doesn't come across that way in her book.
Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. I moved by myself to Argentina to study spanish and tango. It reminded me of George Eliot mixed with a woodshop safety film. Perhaps Newman saw no value in including such an seemingly unfunny subject in what is meant to be, and is, a funny book. Most importantly, I think, she reflects about contentedly staying unmarried throughout her twenties and into her thirties, though all of society seemed to be pushing her toward the altar. Her comedy writing chops here make it all come together and pull you into each new vacation around the globe. I actually skimmed most of this book because I didn't need to hear about getting drunk and sleeping with one more guy.
Everyone I knew, no matter what they chose, was at least a little in mourning for that other thing. Then I found out that I am apparently highly allergic to all of California which is not helping out my worn-out vocal chords. Did this keep me from enjoying this book? The book gets sentimental at the end and real life, the gritty stuff comes through. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed. It is similar in the fact that Newman and Gilbert are both single American women who have had the opportunities and money to travel and the spirit to do it.