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The Women I Think About at Night

Traveling the Paths of My Heroes

Mia Kankimaki Douglas Robinson



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07 April 2021
In The Women I Think About at Night, Mia Kankimaki blends travelogue, memoir, and biography as she recounts her enchanting travels in Japan, Kenya, and Italy while retracing the steps of ten remarkable female pioneers from history.

What can a forty-something childless woman do? Bored with her life and feeling stuck, Mia Kankimaki leaves her job, sells her apartment, and decides to travel the world, following the paths of the female explorers and artists from history who have long inspired her. She flies to Tanzania and then to Kenya to see where Karen Blixen-of Out of Africa-fame lived in the 1920s. In Japan, Mia attempts to cure her depression while researching Yayoi Kusama, the contemporary artist who has voluntarily lived in a psychiatric hospital for decades. In Italy, Mia spends her days looking for the works of forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and finally finds her heroines in the portraits of Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, and Artemisia Gentileschi. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why can't Mia?

The Women I Think About at Night is part travelogue and part thrilling exploration of the lost women adventurers of history who defied expectations in order to see-and change-the world.
By:   Mia Kankimaki
Translated by:   Douglas Robinson
Imprint:   SIMON451
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   451g
ISBN:   9781982158781
ISBN 10:   1982158786
Publication Date:   07 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mia Kankimaki has worked with books all her life: she has a master's degree in comparative literature from the University of Helsinki, and she has worked as a copywriter and editor at various publishing houses. Her travels in Tanzania, Kenya, Italy, and Japan in the footsteps of inspirational, historical female figures: fearless explorers, gifted writers and passionate artists, inspired her second book The Women I Think About at Night: Traveling the Paths of My Heroes. Mia Kankimaki currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, when she's not traveling for her next book project. A teacher of Japanese flower arranging at the Sogetsu Ikebana School, Mia also loves tai chi, wild animals, live jazz, good food, and excellent tea.

Reviews for The Women I Think About at Night: Traveling the Paths of My Heroes

[A]stute, entertaining....This insightful book will appeal to adventure enthusiasts and be an inspiration for those with an eye on hitting their stride later in life. --Publisher's Weekly

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