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Your points will be added to your account once your order is shipped. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! First comes the mates, then the ute, then his hat, dogs, horses and last of all the girlfriend. Get that right and you might just stick around. Try to jump the queue and you're history. But Alice Greenup was game for anything, until she was bowled over by a handsome young jackeroo with a devastating smile. It was the start of a whole new way of life as Alice gave up her city-chick persona to embrace the bush and all that came with it: horses, cattle, the obsession with rain - and the correct way to wear a hat.

After overcoming more than a few obstacles, the unlikely couple eventually married, moving to Rick's family farm near Kingaroy. Determined to make their own future, they gambled their dreams on a vast property called 'Jumma'. It was a huge risk but with a lot of love, blood, sweat and tears, they were on their way. But one morning they almost lost it all. When Alice's horse bucked her out of the saddle in remote bushland, she was gravely injured. Rick was forced to leave her lying alone, drifting in and out of consciousness, to gallop home for help.

Flown by emergency helicopter to Brisbane, Alice had serious liver and brain damage. What followed would test their love to the limit. But she had to learn fast after talking her way into a job as a governess on an outback property and falling hard for a jackeroo. Erebus: The Story of a Ship.

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This item can be requested from the shops shown below. To ask other readers questions about Educating Alice , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Dec 10, Angie rated it it was ok. I find myself having really mixed feelings about this book. Her explorations to the French gardens were especially relaxing, and her visit to Japan and the study of geisha life was really interesting.

The author also had some nice insight from time to time on the culture at hand or life as a whole. In addit I find myself having really mixed feelings about this book. In addition, I admired her boldness and sense of adventure in traveling alone — and her connection with everyone she meets. Although there were moments when this seemed too good to be true. Also, it annoyed me that she has already been to many of the places several times, and is almost TOO cultured.

For example, she might talk about how she been to such and such a place a hundred times, but THIS hotel is new to her. In any case, much of wonderment of travel is lost because she is so familiar with everything, and in that way I found it hard to relate to her. Some of the chapters and travels were definitely better than others, as were some of the tours.

For some, she seemed to just transcribe what the tour guide said directly into the book. I found myself thinking that, sometimes, you just really need to be there.

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I also thought she could have left out her romance with Naohiro, or maybe developed it more. It just seemed out of place in this largely non-personal book. Jun 20, Lynda rated it it was ok. I wanted to love this book. The description sounded perfect to me. I also share a love of travel and taking classes on anything that interests me.

The difference is that I have trouble writing letters about my experiences, much less writing essays about these travels and learning experiences. I did love the chapter on the French cooking school and her descriptions of the people she met and places she explored. Also, I was charmed by her study of Japanese culture. As a Jane Austen addict, I loved I wanted to love this book. As a Jane Austen addict, I loved her tour of Jane Austen territory and her foray into the company of Austen scholarship.

I admired her ability to connect with the Cuban people and their crumbling culture.

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I was interested into her sidetrips into history in Prague and Florence, but her interuptions to discuss her personal history and her long distance romance with a Japanese professional was an unwelcome diversion. But it was her investigation of the gardens of Provence and the training of Scottish sheep dogs bored me to tears. While I was impressed by the people she met and I was admiring of her ability to connect with strangers who were willing to talk to her and even invite her into their homes. Asthe tales wore on I admit that I started to get suspicious of the universal acceptance and the willingness of total strangers to go out of there way to answer her questions and take her on tours.

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I found her narrative to be forced and her commentary totally weak. Don't ever read this book. I truly liked Alice , and I especially enjoyed her time in Paris and Winchester with all the jane Austen stuff. Jan 18, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: read05 , travel. I am a huge fan of womens' travel writings, and this is one of the best yet. Alice didn't just travel to places, she did things like enroll in a cooking school, learn how to train a border collie in Scotland, learn traditional Japanese dance Alice Steinbach makes the time to travel the world again, taking local classes that interest her and observing the cultures she finds.

I loved Without Reservations , Steinbach's first book. I admired her courage in packing up and traveling solo. I liked her thoughts and observations and felt that she is someone that I'd like to know and befriend in real life. I didn't like Educating Alice quite as much. I felt that the author was trying a little too hard to recapture the magic of her first memoir and lost some of her charm. That sounds harsher than I mean it to, but that's the best I can do.

There's more introspection in this book, which can be good, but I honestly wanted more about the locations. I never got a good feel for some places, such as Prague and Kyoto.

But the places she got right were fabulous. My husband is a second-generation Cuban-American so Havana naturally interests me. Steinbach was at her best in her descriptions of this city that time forgot. The old cars, the music, the dancing, the people--I'm ready to pack my bags. The only thing that I disagreed with was her description of the food!

She was not a fan and seemed to take it for granted that the rest of the world acknowledges that Cuban food is uninspiring. Their dishes make my mouth water, they're so rich in flavor and homeyness. There's a running theme of her letters to Naohiro and her thoughts on their long-distance relationship. Somehow, this all felt unnecessary. Part of the charm is that she's doing this alone.

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I did like knowing that they were still together and their relationship was growing but those kinds of books are easy to find. Her travels are what make this book special. Again, that sounds harsh and I don't mean it that way--I just feel the book would have been stronger had all of this been trimmed. Fans of Without Reservations should go ahead and pick this one up; I think you'll enjoy it.

I would recommend that new readers give her first memoir a try before reading this one. Apr 09, Bridget rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who likes first person travel stories. Shelves: reads. I received this book from a friend who read it and thought I would enjoy it. I really did! Alice Steinbach worked for approximately twenty years as a reporter for a Baltimore newspaper, and as part of that job, traveled all over the world. Though she enjoyed the work, she found herself at a point in her life where she longed to be more on her own, not tied to a specific job, but still able to write.

The writing is conversational, with the typical asides and segues that occur when friends are talking. I enjoyed her descriptions of places and people that she met along the way, as well as finding out about the topics she chose to study.

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A friend recommend this book to me after I told her that one of my main goals as a recent retiree was to find the beauty in things and become a more educated person. Even though it is not a great book, it fit into my ambitions, suggesting avenues that would not have immediately occurred to me. The author, Alice, has a simple, dry writing style as befits a newspaper journalist, and perhaps in recognition of this, she spices the book up with childhood memories and letters and conversations with th A friend recommend this book to me after I told her that one of my main goals as a recent retiree was to find the beauty in things and become a more educated person.

The author, Alice, has a simple, dry writing style as befits a newspaper journalist, and perhaps in recognition of this, she spices the book up with childhood memories and letters and conversations with the Japanese man with whom she is conducting a long distance romance. Some times when she enters this personalization mode, I want to tell her not to bother because it seems too forced. I didn't mind the romance, since the two do meet up on her trip, but the transcribed letters to him that she includes in the book seem to be a shortcut to writing about particular events in her travels, as if she is thinking, hmm, I've already written about this when I wrote to Naohiro, so why rewrite it for the book--plus, I'll earn points for personalizing.

Probably the most personally revealing of her educational activities is the writing workshops Alice takes in Prague. She doesn't like it. I wonder if as a professional writer she felt that her writing assignments for the class would receive critical acclaim from her fellow students. When the class didn't recognize her passion for the subject of her writing, Alice concludes that "workshopping" isn't for her.

Even though she repeated to herself her teacher's guidance that the students who are having their work critiqued should pay attention to the contents of the critique, Alice turns off on the whole thing, missing the point that she was hearing advice not just from author-wannabes but from people who are a microcosm of her potential readership.

The snarky reader in me wonders what Alice's budget was for her trip, but in truth, I respect her a great deal for taking it and know that it's not money that's stopping me from doing something similar--it's the fact that I don't think I would enjoy traveling alone.

So, more power to you, Alice. You are a work in progress just as we all are, and I appreciate your adventures as an inspiration for my own. View 2 comments. Aug 23, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: biog-and-memoir , travel-and-exploration.