Reviewed by Poppy Johnson
Lisa Napoli, the author and narrator of Radio Shangri-La, traveled to Bhutan to volunteer at a radio station. She was in the throes of a mid-life crisis, and asked herself many of the important questions one asks when reaching the big 40. What was she doing with herself? What should she be doing with her life?
Lisa made the decision to leave her urban life for one that was simpler; she expected to find a happiness that she had never known in Bhutan. After her friend returned from Bhutan, and found enlightenment, Lisa felt the need to go and experience it for herself.
What happened next was an adventure to the Himalayan King-led nation of Bhutan. Because it is so small, relatively undiscovered and close knit to the point of being a type of an extended “family” to the citizens, Lisa figured she might fit right in and enjoy the experience of being with the locals.
Lisa’s dreams were realized: she took part in local customs, formed lasting friendships with the locals, and in short, began living the perfect life. She came to realize that her past had prepared her to fully embrace her future. She allowed herself to just be: be strong, be forgiving and most of all be courageous in her quest to find out who she really was. She became more aware of what she had already acquired in life, and learned to appreciate her life more because of this realization.
Radio Shangri-La has a familiar feel to it – not one of a story told before, but one that results in a comfortable feeling that readers will be quick to relate to. I recommend this story to anyone interested in reading about self-discovery or anyone questioning the meaning in their life.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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