Without reservations: the travels of an independent woman

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Bantam Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
'In many ways, I was an independent woman, ' writes Alice Steinbach, single working mother and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. 'For years I'd made my own choices, paid my own bills, shovelled my own snow, and had relationships that allowed for a lot of freedom on both sides.' Slowly, however, she saw that she had become quite dependent in another way. 'I had fallen into the habit ... of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me.' Who am I, she wanted to know, away from the things that define me - my family, children, job, friends? Steinbach searches for the answer in some of the most exciting places in the world: Paris, where she finds a soul mate in a Japanese man; Oxford, where she learns more from a ballroom dancing lesson than any of her studies; Milan, where she befriends a young woman about to be married. Beautifully illustrated with postcards Steinbach wrote home to herself, this is an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

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delightful record of the author's travels to paris, london, italy, rome.... i loved every single minute of the book. the vibrant descriptions of her surroundings, the many interesting characters she ... Read full review

WITHOUT RESERVATIONS: The Travels of an Independent Woman

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The travel memoir of a professional woman on a Grand Tour. In 1993 Steinbach, Pulitzer-winning journalist and divorced mother, went on a nine-month sabbatical in Europe. "In this, my Year of Living ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Alice Steinbach has been a freelance writer since 1999. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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