Give Me the World

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By Jessica (Knoxville, TN) · ★★★★★ · October 06, 2008
Since I can't give this book 4.5 stars, I rounded it up to five. This is the travelogue of Leila Hadley, a 25-year-old who embarks on a journey around the world via plane, train, and (mostly) sailing vessel, with her small son in tow. She does this in the 1950s, when such an action raises eyebrow... ...more
By Nanette (Bullhead City, AZ) · ★★★★★ · January 25, 2012
Some of the best and most evocative writing I've ever read. Beautiful and inspiring. ...more
By eve (Mosinee, WI) · July 23, 2009
i loved this book. i wasn't sure what to think, because of leila hadley's odd history, but i keep thinking about this book and her since i've read it. i read her memoir, a journey with elsa cloud, before i read this, and it is very strange to read both. it makes me really wonder about the woman h... ...more
By Kelly (San Francisco, CA) · ★★★★★ · July 20, 2014
This might be my favorite book of all time. I adore Leila's writing style... and her gumption! It's a beautifully told story of a truly incredible trip. A must read for anyone who loves great travel writing. ...more
By Sara (Austin, TX) · ★★★★★ · April 03, 2009
Amazing travel memoir by woman who left her HR job in NYC and took her six-year-old son around the world for a year and a half in 1951-2! She travels all through the far and near east when the world was much less homogenous. She is fearless, a beautiful writer who tells you about the unpleasant a... ...more
By Patricia (Brooklyn, NY) · ★★★★☆ · August 27, 2007
I'm savoring this book slowly because it is so rich and full
of detail. The locations are mindblowing. She's 25 and takes off to travel for what seems like a year with her young son. Having him along doesn't stop her from having all sorts of adventures. Very well written. ...more
By Redgeorgiadawg (Murfreesboro, TN) · ★★★★★ · July 07, 2009
Love this book! Especially love the afterword. She is one author that I would love to have dinner with! Travelogue can be overly descriptive in parts but her prose is impeccable. I wish I had her tenacious spirit! ...more
By Melissa (The United States) · ★★★★★ · April 02, 2013
Love this book. Would take this adventure with my 6yo in a heartbeat - if it were the 1950s. beautiful story and beautiful descriptions of the countries she visits.
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By Rebekah (Ithaca, NY) · ★★★★★ · June 04, 2008
One of the most inspiring, empowering books I've ever read. ...more
By Ashlie (The United States) · ★★★★★ · October 03, 2014
What a wonderful
Read! I loved this book! ...more