Radio Shangri-La

Radio Shangri-La : What I Learned in the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

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Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan--said to be one of the happiest places on earth. Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people--in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them. Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan's first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan's rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well--and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for. In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place--and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it more

Product details

  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0307453022
  • 9780307453020
  • 694,354

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"From the moment she walks off the plane, Ms. Napoli knows she's a universe away... [She] is infatuated with Bhutan, and...has an eye for a good story."--"Wall Street Journal " "A rare gift....Radio Shangri-La is much more than just a story of a midlife crisis. It's the chronicle of a country barreling toward change, and a woman's search for what happiness really means at any age."--"Christian Science Monitor ""Napoli's wry voice and honest insights create a thoughtful, engaging narrative...[she] avoids romanticizing Bhutan while capturing the country's unique charm."--"The Globe and Mail" "Comparisons to the wildly popular "Eat Pray Love," ' Elizabeth Gilbert's international travel romp through meals, meditation, and men, are easy to see...In a refreshing twist on the female travel memoir, Napoli stands brilliantly apart from [Elizabeth] Gilbert in that, in the end, she chooses herself and not another man."--" ""Lovely and fascinating.""--Minneapolshow more

About Lisa Napoli

LISA NAPOLI is a journalist whose last staff job was on the public radio show "Marketplace." An early chronicler of the dawn of the World Wide Web as a columnist at the "New York Times "CyberTimes, she has also been the Internet correspondent at MSNBC. She began her career at CNN, worked in local news in North Carolina, and has directed several documentaries about Southern culture. www.LisaNapoli.comshow more

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