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"In many ways, I was an independent woman," writes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alice Steinbach. "For years I'd made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow." But somehow she had become dependent in quite another way. "I had fallen into the habit...of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me." But who was she away from the people and things that defined her?

In this exquisite book, Steinbach searches for the answer to this question in some of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world: Paris, where she finds a soul mate; Oxford, where she takes a course on the English village; Milan, where she befriends a young woman about to be married. Beautifully illustrated with postcards from her journeys, this revealing and witty book transports you into a fascinating inner and outer journey, an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

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"Beautifully written, clear, insightful, thoughtful...Steinbach's book should be taken in slowly and savored all the way." St. Petersburg Times

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"A rich account of one woman's journey through Europe and into the self." Us Weekly

Review:

"The best books, like the best vacations, contain unexpected delights, surprises that enrich the soul as well as the senses. This is a book about love, and longing, and the passage of time. It's about hope, and courage, and the resiliency of memory. This book is a feast. Bon appétit!" The Des Moines Register

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"I loved going along with Alice Steinbach as she goes off on this rare, wonderful adventure, an escape into discovering herself and some of the truly magical places in this world." Dominick Dunne

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"More than a chronicle of the writer's search for self-discovery, Without Reservations is a lovely travelogue." Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Alice Steinbach, whose work at the Baltimore Sun was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1985, has been a freelance writer since 1999. She was appointed the 1998-1999 McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University and is currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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LadyDraconix, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by LadyDraconix)
This amazing travelogue is one to be savored - much like the experiences detailed so lovingly by the author. Alice Steinbach opens up her life, guiding her readers to the lessons she learned about life and self in her year of traveling, all in excellently structured prose.

The hardcover edition of this book is beautifully laid out, with colored postcards at the beginning of each section of her journey and stamps scattered throughout. I'll be searching it out for my private library. I feel that any reader who also is in love with travel should always have a book like this within easy reach - so that they can have a taste of it even at home.
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Cathy Mc, August 23, 2007 (view all comments by Cathy Mc)
A friend sent me this book. She noted it was the only book her book club ever unanimously approved.

The writing style is extremely enjoyable. The author wrote for a major newspaper and thus uses words economically but perfectly.

The book is a great travelogue, but also makes you think about shaking up your own life a bit.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375758454
Author:
Steinbach, Alice
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Women travelers
Subject:
Women journalists
Subject:
TRAVEL / Adventure
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2-02
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
Trade Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.02x5.19x.74 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Random House Trade - English 9780375758454 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Beautifully written, clear, insightful, thoughtful...Steinbach's book should be taken in slowly and savored all the way."
"Review" by , "A rich account of one woman's journey through Europe and into the self."
"Review" by , "The best books, like the best vacations, contain unexpected delights, surprises that enrich the soul as well as the senses. This is a book about love, and longing, and the passage of time. It's about hope, and courage, and the resiliency of memory. This book is a feast. Bon appétit!"
"Review" by , "I loved going along with Alice Steinbach as she goes off on this rare, wonderful adventure, an escape into discovering herself and some of the truly magical places in this world."
"Review" by , "More than a chronicle of the writer's search for self-discovery, Without Reservations is a lovely travelogue."
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