Carolyn Lieberg, author of West with Hopeless and Calling the Midwest Home

This book is terrific. No “guided” tour here. Readers are invited to travel along and join in exotic adventures—a solo trip to Sulawesi based on an article in National Geographic? “Absolutely.” Climb Kilimanjaro? “Sure.” Ride an elephant? “Hmm, after some hypnosis therapy.” The only fitting description is: page-turner.  Karen gives us wondrous—whether white-knuckled or resplendent—nuggets. Her own growth as a global citizen winds through the decades and essays and leaves me wishing I might have trailed along at least a few times. I’m already looking forward to dipping in repeatedly, and without booking a single flight.