Smart, funny, and filled with a clever gypsy's wanderlust, Riding the Asian Dragon: Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People by Frenchwoman Isabelle Boulet is a fascinating memoir that shares the author's experience backpacking solo across Asia. A yearlong sojourn that proved transformative, this travelogue reflects on the Far East's traditions, customs, ethnic groups, politics, marriage, spirituality, beliefs, and ecomic disparities. With waylays in China, Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal, India, Cambodia, and Laos, readers will enjoy an intimate look at how the locals live and love. It helps that Boulet is an experienced equestrian-and that she could use her dressage skills and kwhow as an icebreaker to befriend the mads of Tibet and Mongolia. Even more inviting, is her ability to finesse words and language to breathe new life into the travel-writing genre. For her, capturing the essence of a destination is to capture its people. Truly, this memoir is a literary diorama of the men, women, and children the author met along the way.
Isabelle Boulet was born in France. She studied business at Middlesex University in London. Upon graduating, she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she worked in marketing and communications for eleven years. To date, she's traveled to forty-two different countries on six continents. When she's not somewhere else, she lives in Washington, DC, with her husband. Riding the Asian Dragon: Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People is her first book.