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Far from home : father-daughter travel adventures
Knight, Wendy.
Publication Information:
Emeryville, CA : Seal Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
iv, 231 pages ; 19 cm
General Note:
"Adventura books"--P. [4] of cover.
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G225 .F37 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Fathers have a profound impact on their daughters, shaping their abilities to love and ultimately to venture forth, physically and emotionally. At the same time, daughters both inadvertently and purposefully break down the artificial walls of masculinity that men sometimes build with a purity and power that mothers, wives, and girlfriends cannot. Weaving together the thrill of adventure with the unique issues surrounding that connection, Far from Home examines what happens when father and daughter embark side by side on the adventure of their choosing. Veteran outdoor travel writer Mark Jenkins exposes his daughter to the mountains at an early age, but discovers that the lure of pop culture can eclipse his best efforts to teach her about the outdoors. Anna Todd travels to Lebanon nearly twenty years after her father, a Canadian journalist, was killed while covering the war there. Amy Engeler climbs Maine's highest peak with her father-in-law and two children. Dan Glick learns how to be both father and mother to his adolescent daughter on a round-the-world trip. These remarkable essays and the many others in this insightful, exciting collection are sure to entice and inspire adventurous fathers, daughters, and armchair travelers alike.

Author Notes

Wendy Knight is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Outside, among other publications, and she is the editor of Making Connections: Mother-Daughter Travel Adventures

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Library Journal Review

This collection of stories draws from the candid reflections of 20 writers regarding their own father/daughter experiences. Balancing nicely the male and female perspectives, it relates accounts of discovery, reconciliation, adversity, and fallibility. Readers will delight in these touching tales, which explore the idea of travel both literal and figurative: a climb of Mt. Aconcagua in South America, an exploration of a family's roots in Greece, a father's struggle to adapt to single parenthood. Whether at home or afar, authors such as Marianne Apostolides (Inner Hunger) and Dan Glick (Monkey Dancing) offer insight into the various aspects of the human spirit, the parent/child bond, and the intricacies of relationships. This unique approach to delving into family dynamics, in a way that is almost always affecting but never sentimental, offers rewarding, informative, and entertaining reading. Recommended for all libraries.-Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Leslie MillerGeoffrey NormanJim MannixMarianne ApostolidesCamille CusumanoLouella BryantLauralynn DixonWendy KnightAlexandra FullerDallas Jennifer CobbDaniel GlickMelinda J. CombsAmy MeissnerLuke WallinR. GayJames DodsonScott DriscollMark JenkinsJudy WolfRick Ridgeway
Introductionp. i
Princesses and Giantsp. 3
High Camps, Hard Timesp. 13
The Black Hole of Xibalbap. 25
Good Freedomp. 35
Of Gods and Fathersp. 49
Parade Restp. 61
The Duke of Argylep. 65
The Solace of Naturep. 83
Loo Paper and Cokep. 97
Fire and Waterp. 107
The Crucible of Adventurep. 111
The Huntp. 129
When You Build a Place to Shootp. 135
Sharing Sacred Groundp. 145
Finding Homep. 155
Song of the Snakep. 165
An American Adolescent in Parisp. 175
Truth and Reconciliationp. 189
The Alchemy of Dread and Daringp. 197
Below Another Skyp. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 221
Contributor Biographiesp. 223
About the Editorp. 229
Creditsp. 231