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Year of release: 2010

Author: Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett & Amanda Pressner

Three friends, four continents and a common goal of self-discovery. An unconventional travel memoir, the Lost Girls is centered on the theme of leaving behind the familiar to find yourself amidst the uncertainties. Taking a sabbatical from their relationships and the hectic pace of Manhattan city, Amanda Pressner, Jennifer Baggett, and Holly Corbett decide to embark on a yearlong journey that will turn out to be the adventure of a lifetime. Travelling 60, 000 miles around the world – from trekking to Machu Pichu, to teaching in Kenya, and seeking enlightenment in India – each one of them gets to fulfil a cherished desire. A lesson in friendship and group dynamics, it is a story of wanderlust while searching for your true purpose in life.

The girls take turns to tell the tale from their perspective, and the success of this book can be attributed to the first person narrative which chronicles the real struggles that every twenty-something grapples with. “Brave, funny, and deeply moving, The Lost Girls is a real-life fairy tale for anyone who’s ever wanted to chuck it all and see the world with a best friend on each arm”, says Cathy Alter, author of Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

The Lost Girls should be on the reading list of all those yearning to get out of their comfort zone and looking to find more meaning to life. Read the book, get inspired and take that dream holiday with your travel companions!

– TS writer Tanya Anand