Book title and author: Incognito: The Astounding Life of Alexandra David-Neel by Dianne Harke
What genre is it? Fictional biography, with a foreword by the author explaining the rationale behind adding and imagining detail about both the subject and the time and place.
“This is the biography of Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969), spiritual seeker, opera singer, feminist, journalist, intrepid explorer, Buddhist scholar and prolific author of over thirty books.” – from Sumeru Books
David-Neel travelled incognito all over Asia, spent several long periods in Tibet, and lived as a hermit in a cave in the Himalayas.
Why I recommend this book:
This is the beautifully rendered story of an extraordinary woman whose wanderlust and deep seeking spirituality took her across vast territories, sometimes under arduous conditions, and danger so extreme that she survived by travelling “incognito.” The author captures the voice with eloquence and provides astonishing detail that speaks to years of research.
Although the book is designated “Young Adult Fiction” and I believe there are young readers who would find this a fascinating life to explore, I feel even more strongly that there is a broad adult audience who will engage with every aspect of Alexandra David-Neel’s “journey.”
Betty Jane interviewed Dianne Harke on her blog, which is how I found out about the book. After reading An Interview with Dianne Harke, author of: Incognito, The Astounding Life of Alexandra David Neel. (Sumeru Books 2016) I asked Betty Jane to also recommend the book to you, the readers of my blog.
Links for people to buy it:
Available from Chapters/Indigo
Even better, check with your local indie bookstore to see if they can order for you.
And of course, it’s always a good idea to contact your local public and suggest a title you’d like them to order.
Guest reviewer’s latest title or project: My most recent book is a Young Adult novel, Odd One Out (Oolichan Books, 2016). Currently, I have returned to short fiction and have been rewriting, editing, and venturing into a new story.
Betty Jane Hegerat has been a frequent guest on Reading Recommendations, beginning in April 2014 and with updates in Jan. 2016 and May 2016, as well as news about being the 2015 Recipient of the WGA Golden Pen Award in April 2015. She is also listed among the All-Star Authors on this site.