To the Moon and Timbuktu by Nina Sovich
A Trek through the Heart of Africa

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As the book draws to a close, she swamps us in mawkish affirmations of her journey's permanently transformative power: "I have these images to hold on to for the rest of my life; they are the most precious things I own"...
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Nina Sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Yet at the age of thirty-four, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood. Catching her reflection in a window spotted with Paris rain, she no longer saw the fearless woman who spent her youth travelling in Cairo, Lahore, and the West Bank staring back at her. Unwittingly, she had followed life’s script, and now she needed to cast it out.

Inspired by female explorers like Mary Kingsley, who explored Gabon’s jungle in the 1890s, and Karen Blixen, who ran a farm in Kenya during World War I, Sovich packed her bags and hopped on the next plane to Africa in search of adventure.

To the Moon and Timbuktu takes readers on a fast-paced trek through Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, bringing their textures and flavors into vivid relief. On Sovich’s travels, she encounters rough-and-tumble Chinese sailors, a Venezuelan doctor working himself to death in Chinguetti, indifferent French pensioners RVing along the coast, and a close-knit circle of Nigerien women who adopt her into their fold, showing her the promise of Africa’s future.

This lyrical memoir will transport you to the breathtaking landscapes of West Africa, whose stark beauties will instill wonder in even the most experienced traveler. Sovich’s journey reveals that sometimes we must pursue that distant glimmer on the horizon in order to find the things we value most.

 

About Nina Sovich

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Over the past decade, NINA SOVICH has written for The Wall Street Journal , Christian Science Monitor , TIME , Fortune Small Business , and The Patriot Ledger . Most recently she was a wire reporter at Dow Jones and then at Reuters in Paris where she covered everything from fashion shows to banking reform.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Amazon Publishing. 325 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ben Downing on Aug 25 2013

As the book draws to a close, she swamps us in mawkish affirmations of her journey's permanently transformative power: "I have these images to hold on to for the rest of my life; they are the most precious things I own"...

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on Jun 25 2013

While her stories are moving and the scenery is as beautifully caught as with a camera, Sovich reaches for spiritual life lessons that fail to ring true.

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