All Over the Place

All Over the Place

Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft

Book - 2017 | First edition
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A travel blogger who has no sense of direction and motion sickness chronicles the five-year period she traveled the world, discovering love, numerous places to call home, and herself.
"Some people are meant to travel the globe, to unwrap its secrets and share them with the world. And some people have no sense of direction, are terrified of pigeons, and get motion sickness from tying their shoes. These people are meant to stay home and eat nachos. Geraldine DeRuiter is the latter. But she won't let that stop her. Hilarious, irreverent, and heartfelt, All Over the Place chronicles the years Geraldine spent traveling the world after getting laid off from a job she loved. Those years taught her a great number of things, though the ability to read a map was not one of them. She has only a vague idea of where Russia is, but she now understands her Russian father better than ever before. She learned that what she thought was her mother's functional insanity was actually an equally incurable condition called 'being Italian.' She learned what it's like to travel the world with someone you already know and love--how that person can help you make sense of things and make far-off places feel like home. She learned about unemployment and brain tumors, lost luggage and lost opportunities, and just getting lost in countless terminals and cabs and hotel lobbies across the globe. And she learned that sometimes you can find yourself exactly where you need to be--even if you aren't quite sure where you are."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781610397636
1610397630
9781610397643
Call Number: 910.4 D438a 2017
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 22 cm

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A travel adventure of sorts. This funny, honest portrayal of life's small and large adventures will convince any hesitant would-be traveler that you don't need bravery or even an above average sense of direction to venture out into the world-all you need is a plane ticket and a sense of humor.


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lilypad_1
May 13, 2019

This book was not quite what I expected but turned out to be about a journey not just travel. The author is very honest about her foibles, reading about her anxiety was starting to make me anxious- I actually had to put it down a couple of times. She is very funny, has some great stories. I identified with her cognitive troubles as I have had something similar and appreciate her attempt to describe what she went through. I am glad I ran across it and felt like I was traveling with her.

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vickmeister
Aug 20, 2018

A collection of random travel stories from the author's experience; rather disjointed but entertaining and written with humor.

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DarrenDyck
Dec 09, 2017

Not much travel here. Nearly every chapter goes over how wonderful the writers husband is and relates every day accounts of her personal life. I found it a struggle to finish.

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jeannecrisp
Nov 26, 2017

5:30 am Sunday morning. Can't sleep, too cold to get up. Reach for phone to keep reading this book. Burrow under covers so screen light doesn't wake husband. Start laughing til I cry, tears running down my chin making my t-shirt soggy, trying to silently pound phone into bed instead of guffawing out loud. Thanks, Geraldine, for a great start to my day!

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MikeEe
Oct 01, 2017

Geraldine DeRuiter's memoir about her life as a "travel" blogger is extremely funny, very clever, well written and well constructed. Every chapter is an epiphany for the writer and the reader. "All Over The Place" reminds me of Emma Beddington's, "We'll Always Have Paris", just not as personal. If you love language, and a good laugh, you'll love this book.

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