Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone
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Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone


Traveling from the highland desert of northern Mexico to the steaming jungles of Honduras, from the seashore of the Caribbean to the exquisite highlands of Guatemala, Mary Morris, a celebrated writer of both fiction and nonfiction, confronts the realities of place, poverty, machismo, and selfhood. As she experiences the rawness and precariousness of life in another culture, Morris begins to hear echoes of her own life and her own sense of deprivation. And she begins, too, to overcome the struggles of the past that have held her back personally; as in the very best travel writing, Morris effectively explores her own soul while exploring new terrain and new experience. By crossing such boundaries throughout the pages of Nothing to Declare, she sets new frontiers for herself as a woman—and as a writer.

Title:Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:250 pages

    Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    May 14, 2009

    I hesitantly give this book 3 stars, because I would really like to give it both 1 star and 4/5 stars. I alternately loved and hated it. Morris is at her best describing what she observes during her t...

  • Oceana2602
    Jan 04, 2012

    Fair warning: I did not finish this book.And yet, I'm giving it a one star rating. Here's why:"Nothing to declare" is a book about a woman moving to Mexico to write. Although I don't think it is expli...

  • Christina
    Nov 08, 2014

    A memoir of an American woman in her thirties who uses a writing grant to live in Mexico and travel Central America in the 1980s. It's an interesting account, but I also felt it difficult to connect w...

  • Amanda
    Dec 19, 2008

    I had to read this one back in college for a women's lit class. We spent the semester focusing on memoir/travel writers, and this was definitely a stand out. Mary Morris is a participator, not simply ...

  • Alissa
    Feb 08, 2009

    This is an amazing book. Having lived in rural Mexico I was captivated and drawn into Morris's world immediately. But she is such a gifted story teller that you do not need any knowledge of Mexico to ...

  • Kathryn
    May 18, 2014

    Very strong first-person narrative of a woman traveling and living in Mexico in times when this was not so common. Beautiful....

  • Laurab
    Mar 16, 2009

    I read this book while travelling in Mexico this last December, and it was the perfect travel companion: insightful, introspective, at times funny and often profound....

  • Linda
    May 06, 2014

    I was excited when I realized that this author had lived and written in San Miguel; thus, I thought it would be filled with stories of the wonderful, quirky, adventuresome, warm, curious, artistic peo...

  • Sarah
    Mar 28, 2012

    Sometimes I think I want to travel the world. I’ve always felt like a bit (okay, a lot) of a homebody, but there may actually be some wanderlust in my little hermit heart. The way Morris describes t...

  • Abby
    Aug 14, 2013

    Really fun read. I was hoping to be inspired to travel in Mexico and Central America. Mexico, a bit, but Morris writes of Central America in the late 1970's early 1980's - an interesting time to be tr...

About Mary Morris

Mary Morris

I was born in Chicago and, though I have lived in New York for many years, my roots are still in the Midwest and many of my stories are set there. As a writer my closest influences are Willa Cather and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I travel as much as I can and travel fuels everything I do. When I travel, I keep extensive journals which are handwritten and include watercolors, collage as well as text. All