Travel to Tanzania With “Our House in Arusha,” a Memoir by Sara Tucker

by | Sep 1, 2021

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Last updated on March 8th, 2023

Explore Africa through Sara Tucker’s eyes

by Carolyn Ray, JourneyWoman Publisher 

As part of our Once-in-a-Lifetime travel experiences series, we’re exploring Africa with Sara Tucker’s memoir “Our House in Arusha”, published in 2011.  All of our books are recommended by women, and this. one was recommended by Patricia, who read it before her trips to Tanzania and Zanzibar and even included animal icons  🐘🦓🦏🦒🐊🐆 in her email! 

“On a soft night in Africa when the moon was full, I heard a story that would change my life. In the weeks that followed, like someone pulled by an ancient spell, I said good-bye to my employer and all my friends, ended my eighteen-year marriage, closed the door of my Manhattan apartment, and moved to Tanzania.” – Sara Tucker, Prologue

From Manhattan to Tanzania 

When an American traveler on her way to Kansas ends up in the Serengeti, her life gets a complete makeover. Within months, she is the wife of a French safari guide and the stepmother of an 11-year-old. The year that follows is a test of courage and resilience as each member of the family struggles to make a place for himself in a tantalizing and dangerous world. Part love story, part adventure saga, Our House in Arusha explores resilience and the meaning of second chances.

About the Author 

Sara Tucker has been published in Conde Nast Traveller, the Albequerque Journal and her hometown newspaper. When she “was the copy chief at Cosmo, under Helen Gurley Brown, editors still used White-Out. I had never heard of the Internet. Today I publish my own work and help other writers do the same.”

She works with her partner and husband,  Patrick Texier, a retired safari guide teaching writing workshops in Randolph, Vermont, and Fontainebleau, France.  

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Once-in-a-Lifetime Book Box:  Camino de Santiago, Antarctica and Africa

We’ve partnered with the Wordy Traveler to offer you a special subscription box that includes three paperback books (or a code for ebook download), ethically sourced premium tea evocative of the region, a reading light and a JourneyWoman small recycled plastic luggage tag and red JourneyWoman safety whistle/keychain. This allows you to get all three books at a discounted price with plenty of time to read them in advance!

This special box includes: 

  • The Long Road Home: One Woman’s True Story of Reclaiming Her Life Along the Legendary Camino de Santiago by Alesa Teague 
  •  Our House in Arusha, by Sara Tucker 
  • Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle by Sara Wheeler 

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Please put code JWREADS in the coupon section. Prices do not include shipping. Items will ship from the US via the USPS.

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A sign of the Camino de Santiago at sunset in the middle of nature as it passes through Cantabria

In “The Long Road Home” Alesa Teague Reclaims her Life Along the Camino de Santiago

As part of our Once-in-a-Lifetime Travel Experiences series, we feature Alesa Teague’s Camino de Santiago memoir “The Long Road Home”.

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About Tanzania 

Tanzania (officially the United Republic of Tanzania) has been on my list ever since Pauline Frommer mentioned it to me at the New York TImes Travel Show in 2020. Just hearing about the wildlife, the Seregenti and people stimulated my curiosity. Tanzania is home to Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, but the country has other UNESCO World Heritage sites worth exploring, including the Stone Town of Zanzibar. 

The name “Tanzania” was created by the names of the two states that unified to create the country: Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which consists of the first three letters of the names of the two states (“Tan” and “Zan”) and the suffix, “ia” to form Tanzania.

Key phrases (From Sara’s book): 

  • Thank you – Asante sana
  • You are welcome – Karibu
  • No problem – Hamma shida

Image from Lonely Planet 

Book Club Discussion Questions 

Questions will be posted the week prior to the meeting. Please check back closer to the date! 

Discover More of Africa

A passionate traveller, Carolyn believes anything is possible when we follow our heart and trust our intuition. Raised in Florida, Carolyn loves all things Latin, margaritas, the ocean and music. She's a board member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA).


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