Book pick: Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China

| May 8, 2013 | 22 Comments More


Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China
Savannah Grace

Sihpromatum Publishing House, 2012

Sihpromatum (Sip-row-may-tum) is defined as a blessing that at first appears to be a curse.

In 2005, Vancouver-native Savannah Grace (then 14 years old) was unexpectedly pulled out of school to join her mother and two siblings on an open-ended backpacking journey around the globe. Shocked, confused, and defiant, Savannah had to nevertheless come to terms with leaving behind the world as she knew it, including her friends and the comforts of home.

The memoir chronicles the first two months of the family adventure – in China and Mongolia – and Savannah’s gradual transformation from a teenager out of her element to a seasoned traveler.

With plenty of humor and self-reflection, the author describes her emotional and physical struggles (homesickness, long rides on crowded buses, hiking mountains in high heat and humidity), family dynamics, and the process of embracing life on the road. In an engaging way, she recounts many adventures, such as getting stranded in the Gobi Desert, and reflects on exploring new landscapes, cultures and foods.

The entire journey lasted four years and Sihpromatum is the first installment in a planned series. The book is available online (paperback and Kindle edition).

Check out Jetting Around’s interview with Savannah

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Category: GOOD READS


About the Author (Author Profile)

Pola Henderson is a travel writer and city explorer. Besides Jetting Around, her writing credits include CNN, Yahoo, Expedia, MasterCard, among others. She also runs JA Media, a boutique agency specializing in content writing and event production. Happily multicultural, Pola grew up in Krakow, lived in Chicago for 13 years, and is currently based in her soul city Paris.

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  1. avatar lola says:

    i always learn something from you when you do a book review. LOVE that!!

  2. avatar Anita Mac says:

    Sounds like a pretty interesting read! Like it.

  3. Hey, thanks guys! I hope you get the chance to read it. And thank you Pola for reading and I’m looking forward to our interview :)

  4. So excited for the interview! I heard about this book a few months ago, and it definitely sounds interesting.

  5. What an unusual book! Seems very interesting!

  6. I’m adding this to my list of books to read! How timely too, my husband just gave me a gift card for amazon that he knows I will spend on books! Thank you!

  7. been looking for my next good read– thanks for the suggestion, pola! xo

  8. Sounds like a great read. I’m actually searching for a new book right now to read next week on the Oasis of the Seas. Perhaps I’ll give this one a download:)

  9. avatar Leah Travels says:

    I love your book reviews. How do you ever find time to actually read though?

  10. Hhaha, great answer!! I think I’ll take that advice. Sending you the interview with lots of photos tomorrow :), and will also tag the map of our entire world journey!

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