Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone

Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone

by Mary Morris


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Traveling from the highland desert of northern Mexico to the steaming jungles of Honduras, from the seashore of the Caribbean to the exquisite highlands of the Guatemala, Mary Morris confronts the realities of place, of poverty, of machismo, and of her own self. As she experiences the rawness and precariousness of life in another culture, Morris begins to hear echoes of her own life and her own sense of deprivation. And she begins, too, to overcome the struggles of the past that have held her back. By crossing new boundaries, she learns to set new frontiers for herself as a woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140095876
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/1989
Series: Travel Library, Penguin Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Morris's books include her new memoir, Angels & Aliens: A California Journey, the novels House Arrest, The Night Sky, and the story collection The Lifeguard. A recipient of the Rome Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary describes her travels in a way that makes this book flow like a novel while also providing factual information that is very valuable to know if you're a woman looking to do some traveling. Her honest accounts of her experiences, feelings and childhood memories help pull you into her story because she seems more like a friend spilling her guts back from a long vacation rather than some glamorous, traveling socialite. I would reccommend this book to any female that either travels on a regular basis or just simply wants to begin. I promise reading it will excite your traveling desires within!
Guest More than 1 year ago
reading this book has opened something inside of me. I find myself looking at the way I live differently. My sense of self is somehow evolving through the triggers of this womans experiences. I seek my own adventure now.
tlingit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is reviewed as " the union of a travel book and journey into the self". I guess it's true. It was okay. Honestly it didn't show me any unusual insights into the human condition or anything extra special about this woman. Maybe I'm just jaded. There were no good sex parts. There was no extremely interesting people in this book. Nothing memorable really. She did describe her living conditions and the differing atmospheres well. Still the title says it all.
janglen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book totally absorbing. Mary Morris must be a very courageous person to have undertaken this journey - for most of us her experiences sound nightmare-ish. While she comes through as fairly self-absorbed she also sounds a very humane person when confronted by real need in others. The book provides a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people in Mexico and South America.
cestovatela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nothing to Declare by Mary Morris is the worst thing I've read this year. This is not a book about travel as much as it is self-discovery. The trouble is, Morris is not an interesting person to discover. Her own self-analysis consists of hackneyed metaphors (I am learning to read my inner map) and she spends most of her amazing journey through Central America whining about her loneliness and fear. Mayan festivals and jungle ruins merit only a paragraph or two of description before Morris returns to her own petty relationship dramas and woman-traveling-alone phobias, both of which could easily be resolved with a little common sense. At least it was fast reading.
ffortsa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very personal experience of life in a foreign culture, and the urge to travel. Morris is a brave, obsessed and sometimes foolish traveler, searching for herself as much as new experience, and she shares it with us. On the way she also shares Mexican history, geography and culture seen as much from the inside as an outsider can get to
bookinmind on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mary Morris and Mary McGarry Morris are two separate authors; I wish the LibraryThing system did not combine their books.
TanyaTomato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't so much as a travel book, but the author working through her own life problems while traveling. Which is probably a great way to figure yourself out, but I didn't feel that I needed to be with her on some parts of the journey. It was definitely interesting, and she didn't gloss over how harrowing traveling can be sometimes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written memoir that's as much about the author's inner landscape as it is about her travels in central America. I picked it up recently, over 10 years after first reading it, and it's still my favorite book. My own life experiences and choices are echoed here, and I don't see that often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ah, let's see, what's the subject of this book? Geez I can't remember. She writes a little about her neighbor-lady in San Miguel and the neighbor's illegitimate offspring. She goes from loving her boyfriend to hating him with no explanation why. She torques her best friend enough that the friend basically ditches her, but again we aren't really told why; maybe the author just can't describe things very well. She travels around Central America a little but all we hear about are the boring bus rides and hot hotels. Yeah, it was a waste of time to read this book.