Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World
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Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World


After years of working behind a desk, Holly Morris had finally had enough. So she quit her job and set out to prove that adventure is not just a vacation style but a philosophy of living and to find like-minded, risk-taking women around the globe. With modest backing, a small television crew, her spirited producer-mother, Jeannie, and a whole lot of chutzpah, Morris tracked down artists, activists, and politicos–women of action who are changing the rules and sometimes the world around them.

In these pages, Morris brings to life the remarkable people and places she’s encountered on the road while filming her PBS series Adventure Divas and other programs. We meet Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther and social activist and now a fugitive living in exile in Cuba; Kiran Bedi, New Delhi’s chief of police, who revolutionized India’s infamously brutal Tijar Jail with her humanitarian ethic; New Zealand pop star Hinewehi Mohi, a Maori who reinvigorates her native culture for a new generation; and Mokarrameh Ghanbari, a septuagenarian painter and rice farmer who lives in the tiny village of Darikandeh on the Caspian plains of Iran, where her creative talents run counter to the government’s strict stance on art.

Along the way, Morris herself becomes a certified Adventure Diva, as she hunts for wild boar with Penan tribesmen in the jungles of Borneo, climbs the Matterhorn short-roped to a salty fourth-generation Swiss guide, and memorably becomes the first woman ever to enter the traditional camel race of the Saharan oasis town of Timia.

Intelligent, phenomenally funny, and chock-full of rich and telling details of place, Adventure Divas is a pro-woman chronicle for the twenty-first century. In a pilgrimage fueled by curiosity, ideology, and full-on estrogen power, Holly Morris has paved the way for all of us to discover our own diva within and set out on our own adventures.

From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

    Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World Reviews

  • VeganMedusa
    Jan 20, 2010

    I was extremely disappointed by this book. Some parts were interesting, but I found the author annoying and for me the book was too focussed on the trials of filming a TV series and not enough on the ...

  • Nic
    Jul 02, 2008

    This should be facinating material - a young woman decides to produce a TV pilot about women around the world contributing to culture and womens' rights. The first chapter has Holly and her crew smugg...

  • Miko Lee
    Mar 23, 2013

    I really love the concept of this book and thought it would be the best kind of armchair adventure travel, bonus as a feminist take to meet divas around the world. AND in New Zealand she sets out to m...

  • Faith
    May 17, 2012

    I first saw Adventure Divas by Holly Morris at an REI a long time ago, and finally picked it up at the library a week ago. The concept immediately intrigued me: a woman quits her secure daytime job as...

  • Ruby
    Sep 05, 2009

    "Truth is, I do feel slightly guilty about leaving Jeannie holding down the Diva enterprise, and the Boyfriend with the dog. But I also resent that guilt. Why is it that when Robert Redford - cum - De...

  • Anne
    Apr 01, 2009

    Loved this book!Being an adventurist myself, Holly Morris truly inspired me to not let anything stand in the way. If you have a will, a lot of perseverence, and a really amazing mom....heck you can do...

  • Aleta
    Aug 25, 2008

    I enjoyed the book, especially the authors dry humorous tone. It was great to be enlightened about some the politics and culture of the various places Holly and her femme-posse traveled (Central Ameri...

  • Jeanette Cupcake
    Jan 02, 2008

    i had a hard time with this book, which is why its taken me so long to read it. it started out fabulously. a woman decides to ditch her job and start a website, tv show, and book on divas over the wor...

  • Linda
    Apr 17, 2010

    It takes guts to quit a paying job in journalism and dive headlong into a gamble on a televised documentary, but that is exactly what Holly Morris did a decade ago. Adventure Divas, searching the glob...

  • Amanda
    May 07, 2009

    My friend Mari, world travler, lent me this book. At first I was scared, because I thought, "Oh gosh, this author has got to be one of those awful feminist/VW with inspiring women bumper sticker drivi...