The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust

The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust

A young woman chafing at the confines of marriage confronts the high cost of craving freedom and adventure At twenty-five, as her wedding date approached, Laura Smith began to feel trapped. Not by her fiance, who shared her appetite for adventure, but by the unsettling idea that it was hard to be at once married and free. Laura wanted her life to be different. She wanted her A young woman chafing at the confines of marriage confronts the high cost of craving freedom and adventure At ...

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Title:The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust
Author:Laura Smith
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:039956358X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 25, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

  • Kevin
    Jun 11, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

  • Booktart
    May 09, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

    This memoir reminded me a bit of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick. It is a story of intertwining lives where the researcher's life starts to reflect, or perhaps always reflected, that of the person being researched. "The Art of Vanishing" is about learning to listen to yourself, but to also u...

    While I lost the thread slightly in the middle of the book, overall this was an enjoyable and interesting read. I?ve never heard of Barbara Follett before, and her story and subsequent disappearance make for an interesting, true mystery. And the author?s hunt for more info makes fo...

    Only Laura Smith could have written this book. That's what I love about it. Who hasn't wondered what it would be like, to flaunt convention and do what your inner spirit desires? I admire and enjoy both stories, walking in those memories again, as she shares hers and Barbara's....

    I liked taking a look at how others live their lives, and how they perceive other people live their lives. We can never know what a person goes through, day in and day out, and by what means they make their way through life. This is a mental exercise trying to answer that very question...

    3.5 stars. I didn't love this but I enjoyed it. Barbara's story read at times like a page turning mystery, though I was hoping for a bit more of a conclusion from it. It took me a while to get into this overall, but it was worth it and thought provoking. ...

  • JZ
    Jul 05, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

    This memoir reminded me a bit of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick. It is a story of intertwining lives where the researcher's life starts to reflect, or perhaps always reflected, that of the person being researched. "The Art of Vanishing" is about learning to listen to yourself, but to also u...

    While I lost the thread slightly in the middle of the book, overall this was an enjoyable and interesting read. I?ve never heard of Barbara Follett before, and her story and subsequent disappearance make for an interesting, true mystery. And the author?s hunt for more info makes fo...

    Only Laura Smith could have written this book. That's what I love about it. Who hasn't wondered what it would be like, to flaunt convention and do what your inner spirit desires? I admire and enjoy both stories, walking in those memories again, as she shares hers and Barbara's....

  • Juanita
    Apr 30, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

  • Patricia
    Feb 07, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

  • Annette
    Feb 15, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

  • Dana Blazsek
    Feb 14, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

  • Barbpie
    Mar 23, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

    This memoir reminded me a bit of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick. It is a story of intertwining lives where the researcher's life starts to reflect, or perhaps always reflected, that of the person being researched. "The Art of Vanishing" is about learning to listen to yourself, but to also u...

    While I lost the thread slightly in the middle of the book, overall this was an enjoyable and interesting read. I?ve never heard of Barbara Follett before, and her story and subsequent disappearance make for an interesting, true mystery. And the author?s hunt for more info makes fo...

    Only Laura Smith could have written this book. That's what I love about it. Who hasn't wondered what it would be like, to flaunt convention and do what your inner spirit desires? I admire and enjoy both stories, walking in those memories again, as she shares hers and Barbara's....

    I liked taking a look at how others live their lives, and how they perceive other people live their lives. We can never know what a person goes through, day in and day out, and by what means they make their way through life. This is a mental exercise trying to answer that very question...

    3.5 stars. I didn't love this but I enjoyed it. Barbara's story read at times like a page turning mystery, though I was hoping for a bit more of a conclusion from it. It took me a while to get into this overall, but it was worth it and thought provoking. ...

    Laura Smith wove her own story into the story of Barbara Newhall Follett, a child prodigy who disappeared in December 1939. The book started slow and I nearly quit it, but once it picked up steam, I finished it in an afternoon. ...

  • Spyder
    Apr 19, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

    This memoir reminded me a bit of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick. It is a story of intertwining lives where the researcher's life starts to reflect, or perhaps always reflected, that of the person being researched. "The Art of Vanishing" is about learning to listen to yourself, but to also u...

    While I lost the thread slightly in the middle of the book, overall this was an enjoyable and interesting read. I?ve never heard of Barbara Follett before, and her story and subsequent disappearance make for an interesting, true mystery. And the author?s hunt for more info makes fo...

    Only Laura Smith could have written this book. That's what I love about it. Who hasn't wondered what it would be like, to flaunt convention and do what your inner spirit desires? I admire and enjoy both stories, walking in those memories again, as she shares hers and Barbara's....

    I liked taking a look at how others live their lives, and how they perceive other people live their lives. We can never know what a person goes through, day in and day out, and by what means they make their way through life. This is a mental exercise trying to answer that very question...

    3.5 stars. I didn't love this but I enjoyed it. Barbara's story read at times like a page turning mystery, though I was hoping for a bit more of a conclusion from it. It took me a while to get into this overall, but it was worth it and thought provoking. ...

    Laura Smith wove her own story into the story of Barbara Newhall Follett, a child prodigy who disappeared in December 1939. The book started slow and I nearly quit it, but once it picked up steam, I finished it in an afternoon. ...

    I couldn't finish this. It was written as if there was an old white guy sitting in the corner narrating it to me. It was stuffy, pedantic, and uninteresting. I really tried, but it wasn't right for me. ...

  • Natalie
    Apr 12, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

  • Leah
    Jun 24, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

  • Lindsey
    Jan 24, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

  • Hayley DeRoche
    Apr 30, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

  • Joe
    Apr 24, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

  • Cristine Mermaid
    Mar 18, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

  • Renee Ortenzio
    Apr 12, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

    This memoir reminded me a bit of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick. It is a story of intertwining lives where the researcher's life starts to reflect, or perhaps always reflected, that of the person being researched. "The Art of Vanishing" is about learning to listen to yourself, but to also u...

    While I lost the thread slightly in the middle of the book, overall this was an enjoyable and interesting read. I?ve never heard of Barbara Follett before, and her story and subsequent disappearance make for an interesting, true mystery. And the author?s hunt for more info makes fo...

    Only Laura Smith could have written this book. That's what I love about it. Who hasn't wondered what it would be like, to flaunt convention and do what your inner spirit desires? I admire and enjoy both stories, walking in those memories again, as she shares hers and Barbara's....

    I liked taking a look at how others live their lives, and how they perceive other people live their lives. We can never know what a person goes through, day in and day out, and by what means they make their way through life. This is a mental exercise trying to answer that very question...

    3.5 stars. I didn't love this but I enjoyed it. Barbara's story read at times like a page turning mystery, though I was hoping for a bit more of a conclusion from it. It took me a while to get into this overall, but it was worth it and thought provoking. ...

    Laura Smith wove her own story into the story of Barbara Newhall Follett, a child prodigy who disappeared in December 1939. The book started slow and I nearly quit it, but once it picked up steam, I finished it in an afternoon. ...

    I couldn't finish this. It was written as if there was an old white guy sitting in the corner narrating it to me. It was stuffy, pedantic, and uninteresting. I really tried, but it wasn't right for me. ...

    3.5 ...

  • Maryka Biaggio
    Feb 14, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

  • Katie
    Jul 18, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

  • Fran Fisher
    Mar 03, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

  • Hope
    Mar 15, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

    This memoir reminded me a bit of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick. It is a story of intertwining lives where the researcher's life starts to reflect, or perhaps always reflected, that of the person being researched. "The Art of Vanishing" is about learning to listen to yourself, but to also u...

  • Lisa
    Apr 29, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

  • Bree Hill
    Apr 21, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

  • Devon H
    Jan 23, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

  • Nathan Ingraham
    Mar 31, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

    This memoir reminded me a bit of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick. It is a story of intertwining lives where the researcher's life starts to reflect, or perhaps always reflected, that of the person being researched. "The Art of Vanishing" is about learning to listen to yourself, but to also u...

    While I lost the thread slightly in the middle of the book, overall this was an enjoyable and interesting read. I?ve never heard of Barbara Follett before, and her story and subsequent disappearance make for an interesting, true mystery. And the author?s hunt for more info makes fo...

  • MaryJo Hansen
    Mar 25, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

  • D
    Jun 26, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

  • Laura
    Jun 28, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

  • Kirsty
    Sep 22, 2017

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

  • Sue
    May 27, 2018

    Definitely a case of it's me, not you, just not connecting with it, decided to move on. ...

    This cover and title appealed to me when I was putting new releases out so I read the blurb and I felt great hope that this was going to be a book that I would relate to. The reviews/rating vary wildly and now that I've read it, I understand why. Either, you feel this way, you 'get' th...

    3.5 stars-- Giving this book a rating took me 24 hours after finishing it to do. Laura Smith is restless. She is young and married, yet feels trapped. While she is grappling with this, she works on researching Barbara Follett who disappeared at a young age. As she tells the story o...

    Laura Smith became rather obsessed with the life of Barbara Follet, a young woman who walked away from her family in 1939 and was never heard from again. Barbara had published a novel at age 11 and become a sailor at 15. All through THE ART OF VANISHING, Laura correlates their 2 lives ...

    A beautiful, gripping, and provoking book. Smith skillfully interweaves the story of Barbara with her own; she had me always wondering what would happen next in each plot line, always wanting more. The prose is beautiful; you get the sense that each sentence was carefully constructed. ...

    The Art of Vanishing, which tells the parallel stories of a historic disappearance and the author's own experiences with love and travel, is utterly fascinating. Smith has woven together both histories incredibly well, and I could hardly put it down. The perfect book for a long flight....

    Read the Wikipedia page on Barbara Follett instead of this bloated memoir. It's fine for the first several chapters, but descends into tedium when Smith starts wanting an open marriage. The author is so annoying, whinging about problems she literally created herself, I was rooting for ...

    Interesting and well-written, and yet. . . For all the research and soul-searching, there are no conclusions or even very good theories that might lead to conclusions. The missing is not found, the unstable continues to wobble. Enjoyable to read, unsatisfying to finish. I would like...

    (Listened to this on audio from the library) been making my way through it the past couple of days. This is one of those books I went into expecting to love. I love memoirs by women and adding a woman who lives with wanderlust is the icing on the cake for me! I love travel memoirs. I...

    Reads like a first book yes, but a very skillful examination nonetheless of marriage, relationships and wanting to be your own person while with someone else. I very much look forward to what Laura Smith does next. This writer has a very bright future ahead of her. ...

    2.5, if I could. Will write a review after our book club meeting. ...

    I had really high hopes for this book, but it never seemed to really come together for me. I will say that Barbara Newhall Follett's story was fascinating and well-written, as was the author's investigation into what happened to her. The author's own memoir, however, threaded throughou...

    Laura Smith has written a captivating memoir, one that interweaves the story of her new marriage with that of child genius Barbara Follett, who mysteriously vanished at age 25 after the breakup of her marriage. In her retelling Smith reflects on the nature of commitment, the desire for...

    "How could one family, one life lived in one place ever satisfy?" A suspenseful book about two women's wanderlust, told over a century. A mystery is unfolding that drags the reader through the pages, both in the past--centered on Barbara Follett a child prodigy who vanishes from a m...

    I LOVED where this book was going for the first half. Barbara Follett's life is fascinating. But, this is a memoir, not a biography. And so, it must reflect back to Laura Smith. The problem is that Follett is much more interesting than Smith. It was a real page-turner, but I found myse...

    I loved the style and content of this book and especially the structure: alternating chapters of Barbara and the author's very personal experiences. After a long discussion of Barbara, Chapter Seven begins: "We flew to Phuket..." Wait! What? Phuket has an airport!!? I was hooked by ...

    Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's obsession over Barbara, a...

    I was intrigued by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett when I read an excerpt from this book, and so got the book. The questions posed were ones I am invested in: restlessness, how to make marriage fit in a modern world, the dissatisfaction with doing the same conventional things over...

    Everything about this book spoke to me: wanderlust, disappearing restless women, the author's first name, the perfect-shade-of-blue jacket... I had to read this book! In the end, it left me a tad disappointed. Overall, I liked it, but feel the author pushed her own story into Barbar...

    This is a story of a young woman who searches for a former child prodigy who disappears in the late 1930's without a trace. Barbara Follett was a published writer by age 9 and went on numerous adventures on both land and sea. She was an Amelia Earhart type of modern woman who did not w...

    The author wraps her own story about her longing for freedom with a real-life story of Barbara a woman who vanishes without a trace in the 1930s. The author describes living in a world where she felt she should get married, buy a house, have kids and be satisfied. She decided to get ma...

    the book juxtaposes two stories,: the author's marriage story and the story of Barbara Follett, a woman who lived in the 1920-30s and authored a well-read novel when she was 14, and vanished when she was 26. The author is doing research on Barbara's story, trying to find out where she ...

    This memoir reminded me a bit of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick. It is a story of intertwining lives where the researcher's life starts to reflect, or perhaps always reflected, that of the person being researched. "The Art of Vanishing" is about learning to listen to yourself, but to also u...

    While I lost the thread slightly in the middle of the book, overall this was an enjoyable and interesting read. I?ve never heard of Barbara Follett before, and her story and subsequent disappearance make for an interesting, true mystery. And the author?s hunt for more info makes fo...

    Only Laura Smith could have written this book. That's what I love about it. Who hasn't wondered what it would be like, to flaunt convention and do what your inner spirit desires? I admire and enjoy both stories, walking in those memories again, as she shares hers and Barbara's....

    I liked taking a look at how others live their lives, and how they perceive other people live their lives. We can never know what a person goes through, day in and day out, and by what means they make their way through life. This is a mental exercise trying to answer that very question...