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A Woman in the South Pacific Hardcover – Jun 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Publishing; 1 edition (June 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972342087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972342087
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 26.7 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,072,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unusual Intimate View -- Off the Beaten Path South Pacific Feb. 18 2010
By Nancy Mehegan - Published on
Unusual book, filled with eyewitness details. This book is for the traveler looking for something new about the South Pacific. The author signed up as a deckhand on a cruise and stayed on. Courageous and observant, author gives the unusual details that make a veteran traveler drool. Also great book for those interested in anthropology. Her tale of Papua New Guineau raised the hair on the back of my neck -- honestly I don't know where this young woman found the guts to make a trip like this, but I'm glad she did!
Captivating look at Oceania from a visitor in the vanguard Feb. 14 2011
By Jeannette Belliveau - Published on
"A Woman in the South Pacific" is one of my favorite books of the past year. It's a work of art in so many ways: Written from the art, photographed with an expert eye and gorgeously designed.

"I came of age in the islands of Oceania," starts author Sherée Lipton in her beautiful book. "The South Pacific is where I bloomed, fell in love, had my heart broken, and found God. Both my daughters were conceived under coconut trees."

She captures a time and a place, starting her travels to Oceania in 1967. Because this area stayed off the tourist map for so long -- even today, long travel times keep the thundering hordes largely away -- 1967 in a place like Vanuatu is like the 1920s in Tibet. Lipton was even at that date in the vanguard of visitors to a largely unspoiled series of cultures that she explored, in the Cooks, Fiji, Samoa, French Polynesia and Tonga.

It was a romantic time and a romantic place, and she took island lovers. Most memorable is Lepani, the father of her oldest daughter, also described in her first book, "Fiji I Love You Full Speed" and the love of her life.

This is a photo-packed and rare book where text is first- rate and not an accompaniment, and the photos are first-rate and not an afterthought. You'll see what look like large dolphinfish landed on the Samoa docks and basic village life in remote Vanuatu. Beautiful scenics and family portraits capture the people of Oceania, the expatriates among them and visiting royalty, real and Hollywood style. Thanks Sherée for organizing and sharing these stories in such captivating form.
Delightful Mémoire Oct. 5 2011
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Ms. Lipton's recount of her many years in the South Pacific is interesting, funny, heart-felt and personal. The entire book is captivating but her experience with the Big Nambas (cover picture) is most fascinating and unique. Lucky lady for having had the courage and perhaps a touch of naiveté to seek such an adventure, a possibility which has long since seen its demise.

The writing is lovely. Some have mildly complained (on other sites) that the book is not a linear story but I beg to differ on this "complaint". Because she goes back and forth in time, her story really does give you the feel of someone "remembering" special moments, moments that suddenly float to the surface of one's mind and are then re-told in a very loose order. It is like sitting down with someone who says, "Oh! And remember that other time when ...." which leads to yet another great story.

For me, the book could have been twice as many pages/stories with many more photos taken by Ms. Lipton (I just visited the book's official site and to my disappointment there are no additional photos there related to the book).

If you like reading well-written, reflective and unusual travel/life stories, you will most certainly enjoy A Woman in the South Pacific.
Right after the war, in 1946, my family ... May 17 2015
By Ronald Mayo - Published on
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Right after the war, in 1946, my family moved to Guam. In 1950 we moved to Truk and I went to school in Honolulu. In 1959 the Army sent me to Okinawa. In 1966 my wife and I moved to Manila with Baby. visited Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong. In between I visited Palau, Ponape, Majaro. From 1968 to 2000 I worked in all parts of the world including both Samoas, Tahiti, New Zealand, Raotonga, Australia, and the Straits of Magellan. We lived on a island that was a suburb of Seattle for 28 years.
In 1995 I moved to the San Juan Islands of Washington State. I'm still there.
I check out the newspaper from several Islands almost daily.
I'm a Island guy.
Sheree's book is a big time island book. The parts of it that make me CRINGE make it even more so. I'd tell you why but I haven't Sharee's openness.
She barely touched to Micronesia but maybe she will next time. I did appreciate the gossip about a few people I knew.

Thanks for true island stories.