Married to Bhutan

Married to Bhutan

       Tucked away in the eastern end of the Himalayas lies Bhutan—a tiny, landlocked country bordering China and India. Impossibly remote and nearly inaccessible, Bhutan is rich in natural beauty, exotic plants and animals, and crazy wisdom. It is a place where people are genuinely content with very few material possessions and the government embraces “Gross National Happiness” instead of Gross National Product.

        In this funny, magical memoir, we accompany Linda Leaming on her travels through South Asia, sharing her experiences as she learns the language, customs, and religion; her surprising romance with a Buddhist artist; and her realizations about the unexpected path to happiness and accidental enlightenment.

        As one of the few Americans to have lived in Bhutan, Leaming offers a rare glimpse into the quirky mountain kingdom so many have only dreamed of. For over ten years, Leaming has lived and worked in the town of Thimphu, where there are no traffic lights and fewer than 100,000 people. “If enlightenment is possible anywhere,” she writes, “I think it is particularly possible here.”

        The Bhutanese way of life can seem daunting to most Westerners, whose lives are consumed with time, efficiency, and acquiring things. But Leaming shows us that we don’t necessarily have to travel around the world to appreciate a little Bhutan in our own lives, and that following our dreams is the way to be truly happy.

     

 

Title:Married to Bhutan
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781401928469
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    Married to Bhutan Reviews

  • Philip

    To the best of my knowledge the U.S. is not - nor have they ever been at war with Bhutan. While this is probably a good thing for both countries and their people, it means that most of us don't know ...

  • Sharanya Subramaniam

    You know how your favorite pizza feels like? That gooey cheesy texture, combined with the slightly hard thin crust? The heat of the jalapeños with the sweetness of the soft sweet corn? The crunchy on...

  • Kae Cheatham

    I'm fortunate to get an ARC of this. Can't wait to get into it!I read this slowly, savoring the language and tone.Although many elements of Married to Bhutan are like a memoir, the book is more than a...

  • Linda Leaming

    Thanks all for the reviews. Would readers of MTB be interested in a book describing how I translate what I learned and how I live in Bhutan to our lives when we come to the U.S.?...

  • Cathy

    From Linda Leaming's first experience with Bhutan in August of 1994 a true love was forged in her heart forever linking and drawing her back to this wondrous land and its people. The author transport...

  • Arlene

    Having heard Leaming interviewed on NPR, the book sounded intriguing. The book was not well written and she was too self-indulgent. I didn't care enough about her to read so much about her love of Bhu...

  • Mike Coleman

    My friend Linda Leaming, a freelance writer in Nashville, dropped everything one day and moved to Bhutan, the tiny country tucked away in the eastern end of the Himalayas. She had traveled there and f...

  • Veronica Schleihauf

    I was hesitant to read this novel as it has the makings of the most annoying kind of travel memoir - middle aged american woman goes to a foreign land to discover herself and her spirituality, exotici...

  • Judith

    Even if you've never heard of Bhutan or you don't have any desire to travel to Bhutan, this book is a beautifully written story of the simplicity of the Bhutanese people. They are considered the happi...

  • Jaylia3

    The memoir Married to Bhutan is a joy to read. It’s an earnest, lighthearted, colorful account of leaving the fast-paced, consumption-driven American life behind to live in one of the most isolated ...