After the death of his brother and the sudden end of his marriage, and after his ex-wife moved to another state leaving him alone with their two young children, Dan Glick embarked on single fatherhood in an unusual way: he took his kids on a journey around the world. The idea was to go see some of the world's rare life forms before they disappeared from the planet, and to do it before the kids themselves would grow up and chart their own paths.
In the summer of 2001 Dan, Zoe, and Kolya took off from Colorado for a six-month journey on which they would see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the orangutans of Borneo, Javan Rhinos in Vietnam, the tigers of Nepal, and more. Meeting countless challenges--emotional, logistical and physical--the threesome shared experiences they could not have imagined and would not soon forget. Glick weaves accounts of their encounters with the natural world--and each other--with intimate reflections on his own reckoning with loss, change, and fatherhood, illuminating the commonalities between our relationships with each other, and our relationship with the earth we inhabit.
For anyone who dreams of traveling to the world's most exotic places, for anyone already navigating that wild journey called parenting, Monkey Dancing is by turns fascinating, funny, and wise.
Fitfully amusing, especially when the author's two children...are testing the...limits their father has imposed...
The New Yorker
Glick introduces endangered species and places to his children, who had been raised on flashes of music videos and DSL Internet downloads. Glick's journalistic background informs his odyssey with a sense of scholarly urgency; Dad, his son asks, have many things gone extinct in your lifetime?
Glick...has the skills to make this unusual odyssey believable and fascinating.
Los Angeles Times
.....engaging... follows the three Glicks' day-to-day thrill and turmoil as the make their way around the globe... [a] rich narrative.
In this inspiring memoir, [Glick] describes his transformative six-month trip around the world with his children.
The Chicago Tribune
Glick's writing is frank, amusing, and mellifluous...
Boulder Daily Camera
Much more than a simple travel story. Glick's memoirs, explore the connective tissue of familial, environmental, political and universal relations...
An inspiring globe-trotting road trip with a personal and environmental agenda...definitely an armchair trip worth taking.
Lafayette (CO) News
[Glick] is both a father and an observer...his observations not only provide material, but...allow his paternal tendencies to grow...
USA Today - Tom Kenworthy
Great adventures all, but it's the inner journey that's most interesting, for the author and for Kolya and Zoe, whose own journal entries enliven the story. Over time and distance, all three come to terms in new ways with their losses and altered family arrangements.
By the time Glick is finished talking...even readers who lack the author's raging wanderlust will long to encounter unfamiliar cultures and witness firsthand the tigers of Nepal, the Javan rhinos of Vietnam and the orangutans of Borneo.
Library Journal - Rebecca Bollen
A fine blend of travel and inspirational writing; for public libraries.
Big-hearted, pleasingly fitful narrative of the kind of journey that scours the soul of its karmic gunk.
Chronicles and celebrates the journey of two modern-day heroines who crossed Antarctic on foot. Though modern technology could not ensure rescue, website transmissions and satellite phone calls enabled more than 3 million school children from 65 countries to bear witness to Ann and Liv's journey.
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