Travel Writing

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The Canary Islands: A Cultural History is anything but a traditional guidebook. It is rather a fusion of literature, history and travel sure to prove both useful and inspiring.

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The somnambulant city of Havana, long in a slumber of decay, now seems poised for a new chapter as the world starts “discovering” a new, open, thawing Cuba.

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“a compelling story conveying a powerful social and cultural critique along with a marvelous portrait of the beauties and wonders of Kenya . . .”

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This city has captured headlines again this past year. Turkey’s tumult reminds readers of the position it occupies between East and West.

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“the explorer [tells] his own story, combining history, cartography, natural science, and a bit of a modern travelogue . . .”

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Novelist Russell Banks admits to having a serious case of wanderlust for the better part of half a century. Now 76, his international reputation as a writer in the grand tradition is secure.

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Plato asserted that “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” If so,  it could be argued that the U.S.A. today honors computers, social media, and the iPhone.

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There was a time, and it was not so very long ago, when because we had read the texts of modern philosophy that had suddenly appeared in print, we contemplated Buddhism while we tuned the engines o

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As Peter Frankopan writes in The Silk Roads (reviewed in NYJB), islands are important for several reasons.

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Girl meets boy through an online dating account, and they take off to see the world after only a few weeks of dating.

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Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island,

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Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir by Truman Capote is a book you can risk judging by its cover art: a black and white photograph of a lithe Truman circa 1958 leaning on the sleepy back porch rai

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This book is disappointing.

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“Because of their bold decision to wander the globe in search of adventure, ‘We are healthier, happier, and more in touch with our world and our own selves.’”

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For three decades, Donna Leon has lived in Venice, the setting for her popular Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries, a series distinguished by its engrossing plots, nuanced characterization, and mu

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“. . . stereotype . . . of the fusty Oxbridge academic harrumphing at a changing world that does not correlate with his own. . . . not particularly funny.”

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“We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” —R. D. Laing

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“. . . an adventurous woman, willing herself to . . . push up against the outer boundaries of her comfort zone. . . . many comedic observations.”

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“For anyone contemplating visiting or living in The Netherlands, In the City of Bikes is a must read.”

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“It is a rich story often laced with irony, the work of a keen observer, full of colorful encounters, an odyssey . . .”

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“Our experience through Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World by Ruth Colvin is both humbling and enlightening.

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“Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine scans rituals so venerable they lack inventors, and doctrines so fresh he watches them evolve in real time.”

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The wilderness is appealing to most people. At least, most appreciate its beauty and its unknown qualities, if not its danger and isolation.

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