Educating Alice

Educating Alice

Adventures of A Curious Woman

Book - 2004
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Eight years ago, Alice Steinbach, a Pulitzer Prize--winning columnist for theBaltimore Sun, decided to take a break from her life. She took a leave from job, friends, and family for a European journey of self-discovery, and her first book,Without Reservations, was the exquisite result. But once Steinbach had opened the door to a new way of living, she found herself unwilling to return to the old routine. She quit her job and left home again, only this time her objective was to ?nd a way that would allow her, personally and professionally, to combine three of her greatest passions: learning, traveling, and writing. This funny and tender book is the result of her decision to roam around the world as an informal student, taking lessons and courses in such things as French cooking in Paris, Border collie training in Scotland, traditional Japanese arts in Kyoto, architecture and art in Havana. With warmth and wit, Steinbach guides us through the pleasures and perils of discovering how to be a student again. Along the way, she also learns the true value of this second chance at educating herself: the opportunity to connect with and learn from the people she meets on her journey.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375504419
0375504419
Branch Call Number: 818 Steinbac
Characteristics: xiii, 282 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

In Without Reservations, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alice Steinbach chronicled taking a leave of absence from the Baltimore Sun to travel and learn about herself. Several years later, she completely quit her job and set off again. In Educating Alice, she enrolls in a French cooking class in Paris, attends border collie training in Scotland, learns traditional Japanese arts in Kyoto, studies art and architecture in Havana, and more, while meeting a wide range of interesting people along the way. With vividly depicted settings and keen observations and insights, this memoir is a charming delight.

Barbarajean Nov 06, 2013

I loved this book. The writing is wonderful. If you are an armchair traveller this is the book for you. I especially enjoyed her piece on taking cooking lessons at the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

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