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Nowhere for Very Long: The Unexpected Road to an Unconventional Life

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Rejecting the competitive and capitalistic path set out before her, she chose to seek a truer version of happiness, a road scary, uncertain, and entirely her own. But it was not for the faint of heart as there was real pain and real sorrow on those pages and i wept and wept for hours even after putting the book on the shelf. From the backroads to the breakdowns, married to solo, lost to found, it is the chronicle of a woman in the wild, learning and unlearning.

When you are reading reviews of her first book, Nowhere for Very Long (HarperOne 2022), I encourage you to keep that in mind and weed out the bullshit.

Living on her land and exploring the desert around her is a beautiful life, and absolutely unconventional and interesting. Brianna makes no effort to pack everything into the neat little boxes and filters that are so often expected when women tell their stories. she has told this story over and over again about how dagwood is "the boy who lived" and that she wouldn't go back and change a thing. The ability to follow Brianna's story over Instagram for several years has inspired thousands of women to seek out adventure off the beaten path, and I can't wait to see what new tales she has for us in this book.

Brianna wrote this beautifully and filled the pages with stories that will make you laugh and make you cry and inspire inspire you all at the same time. It takes all kinds, and I’m sure this is more for her fans and less for those who actually live a comparable life or like to read regularly. Laborious descriptions to pad out a very thin story all aimed at cashing in (and trying to push a reimagined ‘truth’) on a serious incident involving social media fraud.She evokes the freedom of the west, that open space, and how the untouched and less traveled places in the world can heal our spirit. But I’m still really stuck on the feelings of how you can tell she’s just begging you to believe and resonate with the feelings that she’s different - and especially more different than you, dear reader. While the memoir is about Madia’s “unconventional life” and her off the road experiences, it’s more about the internal struggles and workings of her head and heart.

The negative reviews all repeat the exact same points over and over, and at this point it's just boring.Life is messy and no one is perfect, and Brianna isn't afraid to lean into that reality with the stories she tells here. As a reader, I was left eagerly anticipating the next installment, and I can't wait for the release of the second book.

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