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Living with cannibals and other women's adventures
Slung, Michele B., 1947-
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Adventure Press, National Geographic Society, [2000]

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ix, 243 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
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Map on lining papers.
Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972) -- Helen Thayer (1937- ) -- Fanny Bullock Workman (1859-1925) -- Catherine Destivelle (1960- ) -- Florence Baker (1841-1916) -- Arlene Burns (1960- ) -- Ida Pfeiffer (1797-1858) -- Yva Momatiuk (1940- ) -- Dian Fossey (1932-1985) -- Birut ̌Galdikas (1946- ) -- Isabella Bird Bishop (1831-1904) -- Dervla Murphy (1931- ) -- Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) -- Shannon Lucid (1943- ) -- Harriet Chalmers Adams (1875-1937) -- Sylvia A. Earle (1935- ).

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The spirit of adventure sweeps through the chapters of this exciting volume as we encounter the inspiring, sometimes tragic, often humorous tales of adventurous women -- from the 18th century to the 21st century.

Selected from National Geographic's rich archives, this colorful group portrait pairs female adventurers of the past with their contemporary counterparts -- in a "then and now" approach.

You'll meet Arctic explorers -- an American heiress who crisscrossed ice fields seven decades ago, along with a celebrated New Zealander who skied alone to both North and South Poles in the 1990s. You'll also join in the atmospheric exploits of Shannon Lucid and Amelia Earhart as they take off on those daring flights that wrote a new pages in the annals of aviation.

Tour the world with women who defied Victorian convention to venture alone among the headhunters of Borneo or to see first hand the hidden corners of Africa, India, and Japan. Witness world record-breaking moments by such latterday legends as Sylvia Earle, whose explorations of the ocean floor earned her the nickname, "Her Royal Deepness," and Catherine Destivelle, th

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Booklist Review

This is a collection of short biographies of spirited women who have undertaken physical adventures and explorations from the eighteenth century to the present. Their adventures reflect women's efforts to free themselves from restricted expectations and to harmonize their physical, intellectual, and emotional capabilities through various activities. Among the famous women profiled are astronaut Shannon Lucid, mountain climber Catherine Destivelle, Arctic explorer Louise Arner Boyd, and gorilla specialist Dian Fossey. The early adventurers included Victorians and socialites who used family fortunes to travel and explore, sometimes writing thrilling travelogues. The more recent explorers include athlete/adventurers and women pursuing professions formerly off-limits to females. Slung graphically describes the dangers and risks each woman faced in venues from unexplored rivers in Africa to the world's tallest mountains. Even unadventurous readers will be fascinated by this collection of fearless women doing extraordinary things. Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

The idea for this wonderful survey of some now-forgotten female adventurers came from Susan Fifer Canby, the National Geographic Society's librarian, who supplies a charming afterword and a bibliography. Veteran author/editor Slung (Slow Hand, Crime on Her Mind, etc.) was a wise choice to create these brief, tantalizing profiles of 16 women from the last two centuries. She brings life and insight even to familiar subjects like primatologists Dian Fossey and Birut‚ Galdikas. Some of her subjects are emblematic of scientific progress in certain fields, like pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart, who is paired with Mir astronaut Shannon Lucid. While the more modern women, such as alpinist Catherine Destivelle or Helen Thayer (who trekked to the North Pole with only a husky for help and companionship), accomplish awesome physical feats, the truly fascinating accounts are those of women in the 19th and early 20th centuries, who faced cultural prejudices, went into uncharted territories and often described their travels in exceedingly popular books: California socialite Louise Arner Boyd voyaged to and photographed the Arctic; bourgeois Vienna housewife Ida Pfeiffer lived among headhunters and cannibals; privileged New Englander Fanny Bullock Workman climbed peaks in India in the early 1900s. This small volume will find many fans among readers interested in learning about extraordinary women's lives and will likely whet the appetite for reissues of the pioneers' early books. 40+ b&w illus. not seen by PW. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

It is often difficult to encourage interest in women's history, but this well-written account does so easily. Slung, the best-setting author and editor of more than a dozen books and frequent contributor to Victoria magazine, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, describes here how 16 female explorers from the 1700s to the present broke all societal rules by embarking on just as adventurous travels as men did. The author has gathered many fascinating details of their travels (for example, some women traveled in full female attire and in a ladylike fashion on elephants and mules over the mountains) as well as quotes from their journals, which he obtained from the National Geographic Society archives. These brave women emerge as recognizable people with real flaws and desires-their personalities come alive in a way many women's biographies rarely get across. Harriet Chalmers Adams, for example, broke her back falling off the cliffs of the Balearic Islands at age 52 but later explored Spain, Africa, and Asia Minor. Isabella Bird bishop started traveling in 1854 to improve her health and ended up traveling across North America, Australia, Central Asia, and North Africa. This interesting and approachable account is highly recommended for all libraries.-Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.