Nobody Said Not to Go: The Life, Loves, and Adventures of Emily Hahn
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Nobody Said Not to Go: The Life, Loves, and Adventures of Emily Hahn

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Known as "Mickey" to her friends, Emily Hahn traveled across the country dressed as a boy in the 1920s; ran away to the Belgian Congo as a Red Cross worker during the Great Depression; was the concubine of a Chinese poet in Shanghai in the 1930s; had an illegitimate child with the head of the British Secret Service in Hong Kong just before the outbreak of World War II; was...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Faber & Faber (first published May 1st 1998)
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AM
I wish that I knew where I first heard of Emily "Mickey" Hahn. I had this book on my wishlist for so long, I'd forgotten what made me want it in the first place. That said, I'm very glad I went ahead and got it. Emily Hahn (1905 - 1997) was an amazing woman who live a large an varied life. She lived to be 92 years old! The more I read the more I wanted to know about her. I pull up old New Yorker articles (via their DVD archive) to read about some of the events in the book from her perspective. W...more
Terri Jacobson
This book is a biography of Emily ("Mickey") Hahn, an American writer who was truly a woman ahead of her time. Mickey was born in 1905 into a large Jewish family in St. Louis. Her parents were quite progressive. Mickey went to college at the University of Wisconsin, and majored in mining engineering. She was the only woman in her class, and she worked tirelessly to keep up with the men and show she was every bit as good as they were. She took an auto tour across country to Los Angeles with a fri...more
Makereta
First read this book over a decade ago and have referred back to it since. I love books about fearless unconventional women and Emily Hahn was certainly one of those. An enterprising journalist and a colourful character, Emily lived a long life so the period of history her life spanned made for a wonderful tale. Well and lovingly written, effervescent, and inspiring.
Spoon Popkin
A biography of an amazing woman, Emily Hahn. I had just finished her book "No hurry to get home" and this is the Clif Notes of her writing. Literally her words cut up and jumbled together removing the beauty and tension from every tale to make a timeline. Why read this when her own words are there waiting for you?!
Misha
Sep 22, 2009 Misha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: faves
While not a particularly well-written biography, I was so intrigued and smitten with its subject that it has become one of my favorite books. Emily Hahn is someone I would have loved to know. My admiration for her is huge.
Joe
Emily Hahn was a fascinating woman whose life is worthy of a television multi-episode series, though probably nobody would believe the drama - her life was simply amazing. Ken Cuthbertson, however, tends to be a tedious biographer. Here, for example, is the start of her life:
Mickey Hahn's life began at 4858 Fountain Avenue, a quiet downtown residential street in the north-central St. Louis neighborhood known as Grande Prairie. A suburb sprouted there in the years just after the Civil War on the
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Susan
A fabulous look at the long, illustrious life of writer Emily Hahn. Born and raised in St. Louis, Emily lived for a while in Chicago before attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She chose to study mining engineering just because no other women did. For a while she worked as an engineer, but the 9 to 5 lifestyle didn't suit her. So she traveled to the Belgian Congo and spent a couple years there. In 1935, she and her sister traveled to Shanghai. Emily planned to continue on to the Bel...more
ninamo
Emily Hahn was an independent thinker with an unlimited, curious mind. This is a detailed, all-inclusive biography of a woman who ignored the conventional norms to seek-out a lifetime of exploration and adventure.
From traveling solo in Africa, to her years spent living in China, Emily Hahn is a role model for non-conformist women everywhere! Even the multitude of subjects she chose to write about were as varied as her brilliant & witty mind. It fascinates me, that just like Julia Morgan, sh...more
nicole raymond
Aug 29, 2007 nicole raymond rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has ready emily hahn's other work
Ok, so this isn't the greatest biography, but it was still intersting and worth reading. (though I hope someone does a better job someday)

After reading the collection of essays Micky Hahn wrote called NO HURRY TO GET HOME, I was desperate to know how much she wrote about really happened, what she left out, and what happened where the book left off - how the story ended. I got some of that, but not in the best form. However, if you read mickey hahn, i dont see how you can resist wanting to know t...more
Larisa
Emily Hahn had a fascinating life. Unfortunately, her biographer writes it all in the style of a very long research paper, throwing in all kinds of extraneous detail and hardly ever excerpting any of her writing. The portion of the book where she lives in China is the most vivid; a lot happens both in Hahn's life and in history as World War II unfolds, and I enjoyed those chapters. Someday I may pick up one of her memoirs for what is sure to be a more entertaining account of the same period.
Dena Weigel Bell
Such an adverturess. Living on the edge and loving it.
Peggii
This book is for sure coming on top of my list.
I am so intrigued by Emily Hahn and can't wait to actually read our own writing.
She was born in an era where women were expected to get married, have children and stay home.
Our life is truly inspiring
Michelle Commeyras
Emily Hahn wrote for The New Yorker magazine which is one of my regular reading pleasures. Of course when she wrote for it I was not yet a reader.
Claire
so long. the author is a historian. but the lady that it is about is crazy fun. glad i finished it.
Sarah
Jan 14, 2009 Sarah marked it as to-read
Just heard a bit about this womans life on NPR in the car this morning and she sounded fascinating...
Gwen
Emily Hahn was an amazing lady. I have her memoir on my shelf, waiting.
Becky
Emily Hahn was an incredible lady, but the book is tedious.
Irene Bean
Fabulous story of a gutsy woman. A very good read.
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