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Without Reservations

by Alice Steinbach

“In many ways, I was an independent woman,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alice Steinbach. “For years I’d made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow.”

But somehow she had become dependent in quite another way. “I had fallen into the habit of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me.” But who was she away from the people and things that defined her?

In this exquisite book, Steinbach searches for the answer to this question in some of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world: Paris, where she finds a soul mate; Oxford, where she takes a course on the English village; Milan, where she befriends a young woman about to be married.



About Alice Steinbach

Alice Steinbach, whose work at the Baltimore Sun was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1985, was a freelance writer from 1999 to 2012. She was appointed the 1998-1999 McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University and was a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She lived in Baltimore, Maryland. She passed away in 2012.



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