Nowhere for Very Long: The Unexpected Road to an Unconventional Life (Hardcover)

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Nowhere for Very Long: The Unexpected Road to an Unconventional Life (Hardcover)


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If you are asking yourself why someone would want to read the memoir of a nomadic social media influencer, then this is probably not the book for you. If you are curious about how Brianna Madia rose to Instagram fame and want some more behind the scenes peeks at her life, past and present, then pick it up. Having been a long time follower of hers, I found it both funny and poignant and was appreciative of her willingness to open up and share a bit more of herself. Here’s the thing. Brianna Madia is an entertainer and storyteller. Her chosen medium just happens to be lush pictures featuring herself in the photogenic Southwest with her pack of dogs, and of course, the infamous orange van known as Bertha. One can choose to be envious or dismissive of her chosen life, but the reality is she is good at what she does. She seems to like sharing a small slice of her life for public consumption and has earned a living doing so. Essentially, her job is offering an opportunity for a little armchair escapism. Personally, I don’t want Brianna’s life, and I don’t envy it. But, I sure do enjoy a few moments of escapism through her pictures and storytelling on Instagram. She’s charming, cheeky, and gorgeous, and I never get tired of cute dog pictures. What I never forget is that her life is not always idyllic and perfect. We mainly get the fun bits because, frankly, that's what most people want to see on social media. She is curating a very small bit of her actual life for us to see. She has worked hard for the life that she has, and I appreciated a little deeper dive into how she got here. Madia’s writing for her social media posts has hinted that she has bigger thoughts she wants to share with us and that she can write. This memoir offers the opportunity for you to fully enjoy her storytelling through words instead of pictures. What you get is why Brianna chose her nomadic lifestyle and chooses a life lived partially in the public eye despite the stress and tension that comes along with it. To explain how she arrived here, she shares significant moments and experiences from throughout her life, including childhood, meeting her husband, and of course, some of her epic adventures. She also doesn't shy away from what it has cost her and the painful episodes she unexpectedly had to live through in a very public way and the resulting criticisms and attacks from many strangers. This memoir has allowed her to dig in and share a little more of herself beyond the beautiful landscapes and adventures she seems to be constantly chasing.

— Cori


In this beautifully written, vividly detailed memoir, a young woman chronicles her adventures traveling across the deserts of the American West in an orange van named Bertha and reflects on an unconventional approach to life.

A woman defined by motion, Brianna Madia bought a beat-up bright orange van, filled it with her two dogs Bucket and Dagwood, and headed into the canyons of Utah with her husband. Nowhere for Very Long is her deeply felt, immaculately told story of exploration—of the world outside and the spirit within.

However, pursuing a life of intention isn’t always what it seems. In fact, at times it was downright boring, exhausting, and even desperate—when Bertha overheated and she was forced to pull over on a lonely stretch of South Dakota highway; when the weather was bitterly cold and her water jugs froze beneath her as she slept in the parking lot of her office; when she worried about money, her marriage, and the looming question mark of her future. But Brianna was committed to living a life true to herself, come what may, and that made all the difference.

Nowhere for Very Long is the true story of a woman learning and unlearning, from backroads to breakdowns, from married to solo, and finally, from lost to found to lost again . . . this time, on purpose.

BRIANNA MADIA has lived a life of relentless intention, traveling the deserts of the American Southwest in an old Ford van. She made a name for herself on social media with her inspiring captions cum- essays about bravery, identity, nature, and subverting expectations. She lives in Utah with her four dogs. Nowhere for Very Long is her first book.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063047983
ISBN-10: 0063047985
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English

"Madia’s insights drill deep, as does her knack for carving beauty out of pain. Armchair adventurers will be inspired by this spirited story.”  — Publishers Weekly

“Madia is a skillful writer and a talented storyteller. Every story has moments of crisis, and Madia's is no different. But her telling of it shines with a depth of reflection that may surprise and will certainly inspire readers." — Shelf Awareness