Publicity Race (Race Around the World Week)
Around the World in 72 Days by Jason Marks is a short biography that recounts the amazing journeys of reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) from the New York World newspaper and associate editor Elizabeth Bisland from Cosmopolitan Magazine as they attempt to race each other around the world in 72 days. The year is 1889 and as a publicity stunt New York World newspaper decides to send a female reporter around the world to beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record of 80 days. Enter Nellie Bly. Cosmopolitan Magazine gets wind of this and wants in on the action. Enter Elizabeth Bisland. Nellie was a spunky go-getter. Elizabeth was a dignified Southern gentlewoman. Both were adventurous and daring considering that was the Victorian age when
unescorted women were a
bit of a novelty. The ladies were given almost no warning. Nellie had two days. Elizabeth had less than a day. Nellie brought only the dress she was
wearing, an overcoat, her cold cream, and a couple of extra underwear in a bag
that’s smaller than my purse. Elizabeth came with a steamer trunk (more my
style). Nellie headed east. Elizabeth headed west. Nellie, who didn't even know
she was racing against another woman until she reached Hong Kong, took time to
stop and visit Jules Verne, author of Around
the World in Eighty Days, at his home in France. The
women visited exotic countries and saw snake charmers, botanical gardens, and were
carried on sedan chairs by coolies. It was an exciting adventure. Nellie even came home with a monkey. I really enjoyed this book, mainly because
the story was true. The only thing I found a tad distracting is that the author referred to Jules Verne's character as Phineas Fogg instead of Phileas Fogg. Regardless, it was an unforgettable
once-in-a-lifetime trip, the stuff dreams are made of, or in this case, the
stuff classic books are made of.
|Carhenge, by Allinace, Nebraska|
8 States (WY, SD, NE, CO, UT, MT, AZ, NM)
1 trip of a lifetime.
Happy reading, happy vacationing!
Good or bad, what’s your most memorable vacation trip?
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