Around the World on Two Wheels

Around the World on Two Wheels

Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride

Book - 2007
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Annie Kopchovsky became known as Annie Londonderry as part of a sports endorsement deal with the Londonderry Lithia Springs Water Company (and you thought naming sports venues after companies was bad!). Was she a super-athlete? No, she was a Jewish immigrant, wife, and mother of three living in Boston during the Victorian era. Annie, not one to let attitudes of the time get in her way, left her family behind to travel around the world on a bicycle. Though the world has almost forgotten this incredible story of a charismatic master of public relations, her great-nephew has brought Annie back to life in this fascinating book.
Publisher: New York : Citadel ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2007.
ISBN: 9780806528519
0806528516
Characteristics: 260 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), map ;,22 cm.

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cindymaxwell
Apr 14, 2010

This book was not an easy read with detailed descriptions and some repetition of the same events. However, I learned a lot about women's lives and social mores during the 1890's and a little about the history of bicycling to boot! I came to admire Annie for her independent and strong spirit in spite of her tendency to tell tall tales about her so-called trip around the world on a bicycle. Amusing. Thought provoking. It will make you grateful that you didn't live in the 1890's!

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