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Book Title: Take Me with You: A Round-the-World Journey to Invite a Stranger Home|
The author of the book: Brad Newsham
Date of issue: August 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9781885211514
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.62 MB
Edition: Travelers' Tales
Read full description of the books Take Me with You: A Round-the-World Journey to Invite a Stranger Home:"Someday, when I am rich, I am going to invite someone from my travels to visit me in America." Brad Newsham was only 22 when he scribbled this note in his journal with "only an immature sense of the staying power of ideas." Years later, this casual prophecy came true, and Newsham documents the events that led up to it in Take Me with You. This is the sweet story of his 100-day journey through the Philippines, India, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, as he seeks just the right person to bring to America. The book covers a wide geography not just of land, but also of spirit. "Brilliant, sharp, unswerving travel writing by a man skilled at letting the scales fall from his eyes; it is a memoir of travel seen through time and resolve - in short, a wonderful book." - Herbert Gold, author of Bohemia, Daughter Mine, and Best Nightmare on Earth
Read information about the authorIn Brad's words:
I was a miserable student, and for my last year of high school, in hopes of a turnaround, I was sent to Principia Upper School in St. Louis, Missouri, a school for the sons and daughters of Christian Scientists. At graduation (1968) the only college that accepted me was Principia College, in Elsah, Illinois. I decided to go there instead of to the Vietnam War, and in 1972 I was sent out into the world with a degree in history and sociology and without a clue about what to do with the rest of my life.
For several months I worked as an asphalt paver, for several more I drove a touring concert harpist around the United States, and then in 1973 I went off for what I thought would be a quick peek at Europe. Instead I wandered for seven months (Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan), an experience that forever changed my life.
Between 1974 and 1982 I bounced between Colorado, Idaho, and Arizona, and between jobs as a dishwasher, school bus driver, construction worker, waiter, underground molybdenum miner, and small town newspaper reporter. In 1977, in Idaho, two friends and I built a log house on 60 of the most beautiful acres of land I've ever seen. (I sold my share long ago, but the house is still in great shape, and one of my friends has lived there ever since).
My first wife, Beverly, and I married in 1980, and in 1982 took a six-month trip around the world (Hong Kong, Thailand, India, USSR, Greece). Afterwards we moved to San Francisco, where I found work as a secretary at Wells Fargo Bank. When the marriage fell apart in 1984, I took a consolation lap around the world (Japan, China, the Trans-Siberian Railroad), and then spent nine months holed up in a tiny apartment in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, writing a manuscript about my trip. In 1985 I started driving a taxicab and quickly grew to love it - I've been at it for seventeen years and counting. In 1989, Random House published my manuscript - All the Right Places.
In 1988-89, I took another trip around the world and then - in San Francisco and during eight months in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - wrote my second book, Take Me With You. In 1995 I married Rhonda Gillenwaters, and in 1996 we welcomed little Sarah Newsham into our lives. I've been an at-home dad and weekend cabdriver ever since.
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