The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure

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Rachel Friedman has always been the consummate good girl who does well in school and plays it safe, so the college grad surprises no one more than herself when, on a whim (and in an effort to escape impending life decisions), she buys a ticket to Ireland, a place she has never visited. There she forms an unlikely bond with a free-spirited Australian girl, a born adventurer who spurs Rachel on to a yearlong odyssey that takes her to three continents, fills her life with newfound friends, and gives birth to a previously unrealized passion for adventure. 

As her journey takes her to Australia and South America, Rachel discovers and embraces her love of travel and unlocks more truths about herself than she ever realized she was seeking. Along the way, the erstwhile good girl finally learns to do something she’s never done before: simply live for the moment.

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About Rachel Friedman

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Author ResidenceNew York, NY.

Author HometownSyracuse, NYRACHEL FRIEDMAN has worked, lived, and traveled in more than twenty countries. Her writing has been published in The Arizona Republic, Syracuse New Times, Get Lost Magazine, and Brave New Traveler, among others. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Creative Nonfiction program at Rutgers-Newark, she teaches literature at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is married to a New Zealander she met in an Irish bar in Peru. They reside in Manhattan...for now.
Published March 29, 2011 by Bantam. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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An Australian housemate named Carly became the “wise life guide” who showed Friedman the virtues of traveling—and living—without a set plan.

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Since childhood, Friedman knew she was going to be a professional viola player, but in her freshman year of music school, she realized that professional musicianhood was not for her.

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Deseret News

Between Rachel Friedman’s junior and senior year in college, she devises a, “hastily concocted plan to escape the confines of her current existence and the quotidian yet oppressive pressures contained therein.” In the memoir, "The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost," the author begins to question ...

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Lonely Planet

Challenged from the get-go by rugged scenery and extreme tourist activities such as anaconda hunting and bike-riding the world’s deadliest road, Rachel takes a crash course in happiness: let go of your fears and learn to accept your own boundaries.

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Her concluding thoughts about her post-adventure self: “In this new place, I could hear the whispering voice inside my head growing louder ...

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