Virtual Event: Mary Morris
All the Way to the Tigers:
in conversation with CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
June 16, 2020
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes MARY MORRIS—author of the classic travelogue Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone—for a discussion of her latest memoir All the Way to the Tigers. She will be joined in conversation by author CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE, author of the bestselling novel Orphan Train.
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About All the Way to the Tigers
In February 2008 a casual afternoon of ice skating derailed the trip of a lifetime. Mary Morris was on the verge of a well-earned sabbatical, but instead she endured three months in a wheelchair, two surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. On Easter Sunday, when she was supposed to be in Morocco, Morris was instead lying on the sofa reading Death in Venice, casting her eyes over these words again and again: "He would go on a journey. Not far. Not all the way to the tigers." Disaster shifted to possibility and Morris made a decision. When she was well enough to walk again (and her doctor wasn't sure she ever would), she would go "all the way to the tigers."
So begins a three-year odyssey that takes Morris to India in search of the world's most elusive apex predator. Her first lesson: don't look for a tiger because you won't find it—you look for signs of a tiger. And all unseen tigers, hiding in the bush, are referred to as "she." Morris connects deeply with these magnificent and highly endangered animals, and her weeks on tiger safari also afford a new understanding of herself.
Written in over a hundred short chapters, All the Way to the Tigers offers an elegiac, wry, and wise look at a woman on the road and the glorious, elusive creature she seeks.
Praise for All the Way to the Tigers
“Fact: Mary Morris is the best travel writer alive. I am humbled by her skill at using the bones of a journey to get to the heart of herself. She's a master of the craft.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things
"Mary Morris has long been a master memoirist, and All the Way to the Tigers is among her finest works. Brave, layered, complex, and deeply human, this is a story of a woman traveling alone, only now she is older, wiser, and has even more to teach us about the lengths to which we must go to reach our deepest selves. I loved this book.” —Dani Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Inheritance and Hourglass
"In All the Way to the Tigers, Mary Morris so seamlessly combines her interior and exterior experiences, the effect is simply magical, the work of a virtuoso. The journey inside the author’s own mind is every bit as captivating as the trip itself. I’d follow her anywhere." —Robert Kolker, New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road
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