The worrier's guide to the end of the world : love, loss, and other catastrophes through Italy, India, and beyond / Torre DeRoche.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A funny and heartwarming story of one woman's attempt to walk off a lifetime of fear--with a soulmate, bad shoes, and lots of wine. Torre DeRoche is at rock bottom following a breakup and her father's death when she crosses paths with the goofy and spirited Masha, who is pusuing her dream of walking the world. When Masha invites Torre to join her pilgrimage through Tuscany--drinking wine, foraging wild berries, and twirling on hillsides--Torre straps on a pair of flimsy street shoes and gets rambling. But the magical hills of Italy are nothing like the dusty and merciless roads of India where the pair wind up, provising a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Gandhi along his march to the seaside. Hoping to catch the nobleman's fearlessless by osmosis and end the journey as wise, svelte, and kick-ass warriors, they are instead unravelled by worry that this might be one adventure too far. Coming face-to-face with their worst fears, they discover the power of friendship to save us from our darkest moments"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Summary: "A lively memoir chronicling the unforgettable friendship of Torre and Masha, two women who join together on an exhilarating, harrowing pilgrimage through India, walking 240 miles in Gandhi's footsteps along the Salt March"-- Provided by publisher.
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      9781580056854 (paperback)
      1580056857 (paperback)
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Booklist Reviews 2017 September #2

Growing up, DeRoche (Love with a Chance of Drowning, 2013) constantly imagined worst-case scenarios, straight out of her screenwriter-father Everett's horror films, to the point of an anxiety disorder. After her father's death and the end of a longtime relationship, DeRoche's anxiety and depression raging, her friend Masha, who's on a year-long pilgrimage, invites DeRoche to join her in Italy. Though physically demanding, the Italian countryside is beautiful and generous, full of fruit trees for snacking and random nonnas who cook for them. Months later, DeRoche rejoins Masha to trace Gandhi's Salt March in India. This walk is mostly through industrial areas where dirt is ubiquitous and food scarce, conditions that test the women's relationship. But each journey provides valuable lessons about embracing the unexpected and releasing control. DeRoche's writing is conversational and her humor, in shades of black, is copious. This page-turning memoir is a thoughtful and entertaining addition to the minigenre of grief-induced travelogues like Cheryl Strayed's Wild (2012) and Shannon Leone Fowler's Traveling with Ghosts (2017). Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.