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Braver Than You Think

Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime

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ON SALE: May 12, 2020 | Hardcover | 6 x 9, 304 pages | ISBN 9781640092921
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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.

Over the course of one year backpacking through seventeen countries — visiting all the places her mother, struck with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, cannot visit herself — Maggie faces some of the world’s most exotic locales while confronting the slow loss of her mother and the close bond they shared. Interweaving travelogue with memories of her family, Braver Than You Think takes the reader hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, whitewater rafting down 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 a global journey, Downs embraces what it means to make every moment count — traveling around the globe and home again, losing a parent while discovering the world.

MAGGIE DOWNS is an award-winning writer based in Palm Springs, California. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Palm Springs Life, and McSweeney’s, and has been anthologized in Lonely Planet’s True Stories From the World’s Best Writers and Best Women’s Travel Writing. Braver Than You Think is her first book.

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Praise for Braver Than You Think

“Maggie Downs is Braver Than You Think—and braver than she thinks, before she sets off on the globe-trotting, culture-hopping, grief-haunted trip of her (and her mother’s) lifetime. This is a book about love and loss, yes, but also about survival, about curiosity and determination, and about how to thrive when the world seems suddenly to hold no certainty. I devoured this book in one sitting and closed its last pages enriched, moved, and inspired. You will be, too.” —Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body

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