Staff recommendation: Aimee Crocker was an American heiress with a passion for pearls, a yearning for the Far East and a personality decidedly unsuited to the life of a respectable society lady. Her spirited, unrepentant and very funny memoir was first published in 1936. This new edition will inspire anyone who feels the lure of distant shores. Refusing to let a series of husbands hinder her passion for travel, and relying on her wits and her wealth to get her out of trouble, her adventures make great reading.
From enjoying the hospitality of King David Kalakaua of Hawaii to narrowly escaping with her life in Shanghai, her enthusiasm for new people and places gave her a life worth looking back on.