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PERSONAL ESSAYS

Solas Awards 2015:  Tenth Annual Awards by travel writing publisher, Travelers’ Tales, honoring excellence in travel writing.

  1. A Wide-Eyed Schoolgirl” won a Silver Award in the Travel and Transformation category for the best story about the inner journey or pilgrimage.

  2. The Tour du Mont Blanc won a Silver Award in the Travel and Sports category for her account of a seven-day, 105-mile hike on the famous trek along Mont Blanc Massif.

  3. The Marrakesh Express won Honorable Mention for a story about traveling Morocco by train.

GAP GAP YEAR GIRL: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries

  • Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Gold Medal, Travel

  • International Book Awards 2016, Travel Guides and Essays, Finalist

  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2016, Travel, Finalist

  • Paris Book Festival 2016, General Nonfiction, Honorable Mention

  • The Displaced Nation, Best of Expat Nonfiction 2015

  • Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Award, Travel, Finalist

  • Los Angeles Book Festival 2015, General Nonfiction, Honorable Mention


Praise

GAP YEAR GIRL: A BABY BOOMER ADVENTURE ACROSS 21 COUNTRIES

 DSC01548“[In Gap Year Girl,] Bohr steps outside of her comfort zone and explores the world…and she vividly conveys her experiences, such as when she describes the chaotic streets of Morocco and the loneliness of the bucolic French village Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.”   — Publishers Weekly

“Bohr shines…provid[ing] glimpses of herself as a whole person, not simply a traveler. Gap Year Girl is an excellent choice…a travelogue filled with historic places, but its personal stories provide its highlights.” — Kirkus Reviews

“With the release of this memoir, the author has found travel wings of her own. A wide-eyed and alert “empty-nester” in need of adventures abroad, this good-looking, spunky blonde from Washington, DC, relays why and how she and her husband decided to take off and fly in this appealing read.”

“… an absorbing rundown of a cultural odyssey bursting with insights and quiet truths, which the author absorbed, way out there, without a guide, and often intuitively—some might even say through her pores.”

“After intense soul searching, she did the unthinkable: sold the house, sold the car, sold the furniture, said a temporary au revoir to her workaday nine-to-five, and took off, persuading her husband to hang on for the ride as muse, bodyguard, and travel companion.”

“Even her first name fits: In the late eighteenth century, Jacques-Louis David depicted her as a nubile maiden, an athletic female incarnation of the French Enlightenment storming the trenches of the ancien régime. Today, this Gap Year Girl might best be imagined as waving a symbolic torch across the previously jaded trenches of travel journalism—a field sorely in need of rebirth.”

DSC03529“Thanks to Gap Year Girl, Ms. Bohr’s travel universe and the way it’s recorded are an inspiration to thousands of baby boomers who are coming to realize that it’s possible not only to dream Don Quixote’s Impossible Dream, but to make it come true.” — Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince, coauthors of many dozens of the best-selling travel references Frommer’s guides.

“Gap Year Girl is a celebration of life in all its vivid intensity. Fuelled by memories of another time and place, the author takes her maturity on the trip of a lifetime and re-discovers the exuberance of youth. That exuberance is contagious. I defy anyone to read this book without being uplifted by it. Marianne Bohr has that rare knack of bringing the kaleidoscope of experience alive with a few well-crafted words; she seduces her reader away from black and white text into a reality where all the senses are teased. You can’t read Gap Year Girl as a bystander. You’re with her every step of the way, for this is travel writing at its very best. Dreamers beware. This is a book with consequences.” — Kev Reynolds, Author of The Tour of Mont Blanc, Cicerone Guides

DSC02595Gap Year Girl speaks to the curious youth in us all, reminding us on every page of the anticipation, excitement, and futility that go into finding a cure for wanderlust. Ms. Bohr’s delicious prose brings sights, smells, – “with the fresh scent of lavender and a whiff of goat cheese in my hair” – and tastes to life and inspires the reader as she and her husband climb off of the corporate ladder and jump into the great unknown. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dusting off an old language textbook and checking the Internet for the best airfares!” —– Michael Hughes, Education First Language Travel

“For those bitten by the travel bug, the author’s story of giving up the ‘real world’ for a year abroad is inspirational. She took a daydream and made it a reality with a combination of bravery and planning. Read about the highs (literally in the Alps) and lows (the inevitable fatigue of constant traveling) as she and her husband retrace the steps of their youth and forge new paths.” –— Davida G. Breier, Next Exit Travel

“Don’t we all dream of quitting our nine-to-fives to travel the world? Marianne Bohr and her husband do just that with the mindsets of college students backpacking through Europe. The author tells a great story and it’s easy to forget that theirs is a ‘senior year’ abroad.” –— Neil Levin, President, EverPub

“I lived vicariously through this adventure-infused chronicle of getting away from it all. Her recounting of running the Paris marathon rang true to my runner’s soul and captured the event’s raw emotion. I want to be Gap Year Girl!” –— Mary Anne Marciante, International Marathoner

DSC06301“Having worked with the author of Gap Year Girl, I wasn’t surprised that she would be so courageous as to sell all her worldly possessions and begin an amazing adventure traveling through Europe. Her memoir did surprise me, however, as it’s not just a travelogue, but also an inspirational guide to all with a repressed desire to quit their jobs to go on a similar journey. It’s easy and fun reading.” –— Judy Rothman, Former Publisher, Harper Collins

“…a terrific story. I’m now dreaming of my own gap year.” — Lisa Shroder, Bethesda Magazine

 “To all my friends in book clubs … a perfect read to inspire all to live our dreams!” –— Lynn Arndt, Deputy Director, Community Ministries of Rockville

“Gap Year Girl gives delicious descriptions of the many places on three continents she visited with her husband. And like the best of the genre, it leaves the reader feeling more than a bit jealous of both the journey and her ability to effortlessly write about it in such an illuminating way.” –— Chuck Dresner, Publishing Consultant

“I really enjoyed making the journey with the author. The book has a real sense of place and is beautifully written. I loved the author’s take on so many different cultures.” –— Caroline Fallon, NICU RN

“The author’s voice is warm and insightful, such that by the time you finish her travel memoir, you feel you’ve not only visited 21 countries with her and her husband, but also that you’ve made a new friend.” –— John Ray Hoke Jr, FAIA, Publisher AIA Press 1983-2000

DSC04325“Gap Year Girl is a wonderfully written account of the author’s travels with her high school sweetheart husband. Much more than a memoir, the book knits details of the trip with memories gone by and hopes for what’s to come. If you yearn to be an independent traveler, you’ll totally enjoy this book.” –— Nancy McKeown-Brand, Vice President, Sun & Fun

“… an inspiring one-year travelogue that shares insights on and off the beaten path, the author’s raw emotions while experiencing the adventure she dreamed of for years, and the realities of everyday life in cultures previously unknown. Gap Year Girl is an open book, not afraid to share and filled with passion for history, food, wine and her travel partner.” — A. Edward, Volunteer Alumnus, Cross Cultural Solutions

“Ms. Bohr’s writing conjures the sights, tastes and sounds she is experiencing. Her true gift is making us feel them, too.” –— Noreen Carew Sadoff, RN, Massapequa, NY Public Schools

DSC03537“Gap Year Girl is a celebration of life in all its vivid intensity. Fuelled by memories of another time and place, the author takes her maturity on the trip of a lifetime and re-discovers the exuberance of youth. That exuberance is contagious. I defy anyone to read this book without being uplifted by it. Marianne Bohr has that rare knack of bringing the kaleidoscope of experience alive with a few well-crafted words; she seduces her reader away from black and white text into a reality where all the senses are teased. You can’t read Gap Year Girl as a bystander. You’re with her every step of the way, for this is travel writing at its very best. Dreamers beware. This is a book with consequences.” –— Kev Reynolds, Author of The Tour of Mont Blanc, Cicerone Guides

 

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