I welcome you to take a pilgrimage with me to far away places….to discover yourself as you expand your world and your understanding of the myriad cultures available to all of us, and to embrace the possibilities that are unlocked every time you try something new.
For a chronicle of my travels in 1986-87, read my book!
Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia
“Explore Africa and Asia’s exotic and humble locales with Meg Peterson as she sets out to circle the globe carrying nothing more than a backpack. Unfettered by deadlines and armed with an open ticket and a camera, she takes off, making plans as she goes.
She rides on dilapidated buses through Egypt and Zimbabwe and squeezes into hot, crowded trains in India. She views a sunrise from the summit of Mt. Moses in the Sinai and a private cremation on the banks of the Ganges.
In Kenya Meg encounters roadblocks and Masai warriors, and in Nepal she finds romance with an Austrian scientist. Abandoned at 14,000 ft. by their drunken guide, the two climb to Everest Base Camp through the snow, traversing the Khumbu Glacier and struggling up Kala Pattar (18,500 ft.) to gaze on Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse.
Full of rich and unusual details, Meg Peterson’s book takes you into the heart of her journey, an adventure that changed her understanding of herself and the world.”
“The book, in a lively voice, speaks to anyone who, like Ms. Peterson, has ever daydreamed over the inviting pages of National Geographic…”
The New York Times
“Every page is exciting and provocative….”
CAROL GOODMAN, FICTION WRITER, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
“I am head over heels in love with this book. It gives me hope about life and people….”
JANE BEETHOVEN, TEXTBOOK AUTHOR, SCOTT FORESMAN PUBLISHING
“If Jack Kerouac had been more mature and a little more sober, and if he had been a woman, On the Road would have been a lot like Meg Noble Peterson’s Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? It’s an adventure; it’s a wild ride; and it hits an emotional peak somewhere near the top of the world.”
GARY M. SHIPPY, PRESIDENT, FLEET PACKAGING, INC.
View a press release from the book’s 2005 printing and book tour.
Read selected excerpts from the book.
My favorite links.
Interested in bringing Madam to your reading circle? There is a reader’s guide available which includes discussion questions for your group!