Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime

Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime

At age 34, newly married and established in her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, Maggie Downs quits her job, sells her belongings, and embarks on the solo trip of a lifetime: Her mother’s.
As a child, Maggie Downs often doubted that she would ever possess the courage to visit the destinations her mother dreamed of one day seeing. “You are braver than you think,” her mother always insisted. That statement would guide her as, over the course of one year, Downs backpacked through seventeen countries―visiting all the places her mother, struck with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, could not visit herself―encountering some of the world’s most striking locales while confronting the slow loss of her mother. Interweaving travelogue with family memories, Braver Than You Think takes the reader hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, white-water rafting on the Nile, volunteering at a monkey sanctuary in Bolivia, praying at an ashram in India, and fleeing the Arab Spring in Egypt.
By embarking on an international journey, Downs learned to make every moment count―traveling around the globe and home again, losing a parent while discovering the world.

Title:Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781640092921
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    Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime Reviews

  • Jena Henry

    I looked forward to reading this book. This is the author’s memoir of the trips she took, trips that she and her mother had dreamed of experiencing. Before I started the book I imagined, “Oh how s...

  • Fiction Addition Angela

    Big five stars for this one. I loved it and wanted to slow down the pages turning but that was nearly impossible because from the moment I started it I was hooked.Maggie Downs is 34 and very newly mar...

  • Diane

    Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime by Maggie Downs is a travel memoir. Maggie is anticipating a grieving process as her mother nears the end of her life du...

  • Maggie Downs

    A tour de force! ...

  • Rob

    I won’t be the first or last to point it out but see no way around saying it precisely: Braver Than You Think by Maggie Downs is precisely the book for right now. I have no doubt that Downs would be...

  • Jennifer England

    Wow. This starts out slow and then becomes incredible. I believe in Divine Intervention and this book certainly comes to me at a time when I am just about to experience the Alzheimer's scenario. At ti...

  • April Morin

    I felt like I traveled the 17 countries in a year with Maggie Downs as I read her book, Braver Than You Think. She is an outstanding story teller and can describe a setting placing you there. I laughe...

  • Jess Witkins

    This book is beautiful. Part travelogue, part memoir, Braver Than You Think follows Maggie Downs as she leaves a stable job for a year of backpacking, exploring the places she and her mother used to t...

  • Rachel Zarrow

    When I read this memoir, I expected to gain insight into the author’s experience with her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and decline. The memoir does, in fact, detail that story but it also tell...

  • Laura Hoffman Brauman

    When Maggie's mom is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Maggie decides to take a year and travel the world, visiting the places that had been on her mom's bucket list. This combination of travelogue/memoir i...