All Over the Map by Laura Fraser

Laura has a goal. By forty she will have found a man to share her life with, have a child, and buy a house for her new family. At the end of the book she’s forty-five, happier, and doesn’t have any of the three things she set out to have years before. This is the story of her career (a travel writer), her personal failings (she’s a tad bit impulsive), and what she plans to do about her life to get it back on the track she feels it should be following, and how she’s changing that track to get more out of her life (like doing stories that matter about sex trafficking in Italy and the genocide widows of Rwanda).

I was looking for a book about travel, and instead got a book about women – their friendships, their struggles and their vulnerabilities. It’s more than I was expecting from a travel memoir, and in a positive way. While Fraser doesn’t sugarcoat anything, she also doesn’t whine constantly or stay in a cloud of doom and gloom. She explains how she moves past the pitfalls in her life and the curveballs life has thrown at her. Even though I could never imagine living as she does, it works for her, and I enjoyed this glimpse of her life.