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Author: Rita Golden Gelman Narrator: Rita Golden Gelman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781494577209
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Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in Los Angeles to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986, she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita's example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance, and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Gelman has an uncanny ability to slip into other ways of life and become part of a community…Gelmen’s secret is her passion for people. That being the case, the book is short on descriptions of place but long on the rarer inside view of the peoples and customs of those places. This in itself is treat enough, but Gelman’s animated and intimate story comes with a kicker—it’s never too late to fulfill those dreams.” editorial review

  • An idiosyncratic but exuberant homage to wanderlust. Kirkus
  • “Whenever I open an atlas…part of me wants to pack up and hit the road for a year or two. But I doubt I’ll ever do it because I’m too practical. Rita Golden Gelman…didn’t let practicalities stop her.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Tales of a Female Nomad follows Gelman from fragility to self-confidence as she traverses the globe.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “An engrossing and inspirational read.”

    Library Journal

  • “[An] exuberant homage to wanderlust.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Gelman doesn’t just observe the cultures she visits, she participates in them, becoming emotionally involved in the people’s lives. This is an amazing travelogue.”


  • “Leaving behind an affluent, conventional life in California, Gelman sets off to meet the world. She starts out with what was meant to be a relatively short visit to Mexico, and from there she travels to many countries as she explores cultures and makes friends around the world. She narrates her story in an almost offhand way as she relives the adventures and introduces the listener to some of the people who enriched her life. Her passion for these people is obvious in the fondness in her voice…[and] her enthusiasm is catching.”


  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller

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About the Author

Rita Golden Gelman is the author of more than seventy children’s books, including More Spaghetti, I Say!, Rice Is Life, and Mole in a Hole, a staple in every first-grade classroom. As a nomad, Rita has no permanent address. Her most recent encampments have been in Mexico and New York City.