Edited by Sarah Franklin, How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel is an anthology of outrageous stories about the inherent misadventures that revolve around traveling with kids.
Experience the far-flung corners of the world through the eyes and thoughts of our Seal Press authors. Climb Kilimanjaro no matter your size with Kara Richardson Whitely in Gorge, explore the complex and multi-faceted nature of living in modern-day Cuba in The Other Side of Paradise, and immerse yourself in the joys and challenges faced by Nepalese women in While the Gods Were Sleeping.
There is nothing quite like hitting the road by yourself to awaken your senses, sharpen your mind, and build your confidence. In twenty-three beautifully crafted essays, women recount the thrills of traveling solo.
In expressing their love for the country, these women share stories as visceral as they are poignant, as entertaining as they are endearing.
Movie and television culture has become so widely celebrated among young women that it has begun to blur with our own reality. When images of the Bahamas become inextricable from Tom Cruise spinning cocktails, or hearing the word “hospital” conjures thoughts of Noah Wyle in scrubs it is fair to say that the pop formula that is offered to us through the big screen and sitcoms have dealt us a fair amount of false intimacy and preconceived sentiments about the beauty of staged lives, which happens to be much different from our own. Alicia Rebensdorf sets out on a road trip only to realize that not only is this a journey into physical America, but the America of her imagination. In what seems a constant battle with movie-made expectations, Alicia attempts to reconcile her nostalgia in Chick Flick Road Kill. Over the course of this four-month journey, which begins in Oakland, California and crosses through the Midwest to New York before turning down to Florida across the South out towards the Southwest and back to California, the author visits countless movie and television landmarks, talks with locals and learns that her generation’s sense of America is, indeed, as flat as its two-dimensional TV screens. This book is one woman’s attempt to discover America beyond the media mythology and in the…
When twenty-eight-year-old Maliha Masood, a burned-out dot-commer from Seattle, bought a one-way ticket to adventure and rejuvenation, she found it in the most unlikely of places: the Middle East. With an infectious love of adventure, a zany sense of humor, and serious questions about her Islamic faith, Pakistani-born Masood begins an unforgettable journey. She camps in the Sahara with a Bedouin “desert fox,” is mistaken for a spy in Turkey, takes a lesson in beauty from a Kurdish family, falls in love with a poet. She experiences souks and mosques, open-air lingerie bazaars and nightclubs grooving to hip-hop. In a region associated with terrorist havens, Masood meets ordinary Muslim men and women navigating the politics of culture, religion, and identity. Zaatar Days, Henna Nights offers a street-savvy take on the contemporary Arab world that’s seldom seen on the evening news. This is a story of discovery and faith, of making bonds and breaking stereotypes, and of finding oneself where one least expects to.
In Homelands, writers investigate the complexities of how women experience, remember, and imagine journeys to their homelands. Approaching the topic from varying perspectives: exile, longing, belonging, diaspora, idealization, they show that “homeland” isn’t just a physical place. It can also be an imagined community, a part of one’s identity, or simply a wavering memory. It’s a world we create and re-create every day. Among the contributors are Etel Adnan, who describes her life as an exile from Beruit after choosing to leave a city at war. Agate Nesaule, who as a youngster left Latvia under Nazi and Soviet threat, writes of envying a young Latvian girl’s life, rich in place, language, and music. Sarah McCormic echoes the experience of many “American mutts” who can claim so many heritages that they feel a connection to none. The writers in this collection beautifully capture the complicated notion of homeland and reflect the diversity of women’s realities in the world.