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Incognito Street: How Travel Made Me a Writer (Paperback)

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Barbara Sjoholm arrived in London in the winter of 1970 at the age of twenty. Like countless young Americans in that tumultuous time, she wanted to leave a country at war and explore Europe; a small inheritance from her grandmother gave her the opportunity. 

Over the next three years, she lived in Barcelona, hitchhiked around Spain, and studied at the University of Granada. She managed a sourvenir shop in the Norwegian mountains and worked as a dishwasher on the Norwegian Coastal Steamer. Set on becoming a writer, she read everything from Colette to Dickens to Borges, changing her style and her subject every few weeks, and gradually found her voice. Incognito Street is the story of a young woman's search for artistic, political, and sexual identity while digesting the changing world around her. 

As she sheds the ghosts of her childhood, we come to know her quiet yet adventurous spirit. In moments that are tender, funny, bewildering, and suspenseful, we see an evocative look at Europe through the blossoming writer’s maturing eyes.

About the Author

Barbara Sjoholm is the author of The Pirate Queen, a finalist for the PEN USA award in creative nonfiction. Her essays and travel journalism have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Smithsonian, American Scholar, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and many other publications. As Barbara Wilson, she is the author of the prize-winning memoir Blue Windows, and of numerous mysteries and other fiction, including Gaudi Afternoon, which was made into a film, and won a British Crime Writers Award. She lives in Seattle.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781580051729
ISBN-10: 1580051723
Publisher: Seal Press
Publication Date: October 12th, 2006
Pages: 256
Language: English