After a lover threatens to kill her, twenty-six-year-old Cara Lopez Lee runs away to Alaska. There, she finds herself in a complicated love triangle with two alcoholics: Sean, the martial artist, and Chance, the paramedic. Nine years later, sick of love, she runs away again, this time to backpack alone around the world. They Only Eat Their Husbands is a memoir about this yearlong trek—including sojourns in China, Thailand, Nepal, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Ireland—recounting with dazzling honesty and humor one woman’s journey to self-discovery.
Praise for They Only Eat Their Husbands:
“. . . It’s rare when an author really opens up and divulges her innermost insecurities. No matter your background, you’ll be able to take something from this book, whether it’s how to stand up for yourself, how to steer clear of an unhealthy relationship, how to trust your instincts, or how to live according to your rules.”
—Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of Good Chinese Wife
“I loved Cara Lopez Lee’s memoir. The characters are as well drawn as those in novels, the relationship dynamics fascinating, and the journey of self-discovery very satisfying. The voice in the memoir is charming and honest, without being cloying or precious. It’s a voice you definitely want to spend time with.”
—Barbara Wright, author of Plain Language
“A delightfully engaging read. Lee reminds us that in travel as in life, the inward journey is as messy, important, and rewarding as the outward one.”
—Kyle Wagner, travel editor, Denver Post
Cara Lopez Lee’s stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Santa Fe New Mexican, Connotation Press, and Rivet Journal. She’s a book editor, and she’s on the faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Her writing has earned multiple awards from The Denver Woman’s Press Club and Alaska Press Club. She was a television journalist and a writer for HGTV and Food Network. She has traveled throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Cara married her husband at an active volcano in Costa Rica. They live in Denver.