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A Long Journey Through Life and Overland to the Antarctic

The Black Penguin by Andrew Evans This fascinating memoir can be read two ways.  It gives us a marvelously detailed picture of an overland journey from Washington D.C. to the Antarctic.  But it is also a part of a series called “Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies”, published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Show More Summary

A Bookful of Quests

Inspired Journeys: Travel Writers in Search of the Muse, Edited by Brian Bouldrey Destinations: Many When publishers inquire whether I want to review a book of travel essays, I generally have said “No, thanks. My readers prefer a place-specific book.”  Inspired Journeys breaks that rule. Show More Summary

My Personal List of Ten Most Influential Books

There is a “thing” on Facebook of listing the ten books that most influenced you.  Not the greatest books, or the most literary, but those that actually made an impact on your life. When I entered college, as part of orientation, we were asked to list the three books that had most influenced our lives. … Continue reading My Personal List of Ten Most Influential Books ?

How to Keep Travel Reading Alive

Travel ‘n Write, the blog featuring stories and photographs by Jackie and Joel Smith always entertains with their far-flung wanderings and their extended stays in Greece in their “house on the hill”. This week, the traveling duo really caught my attention. Show More Summary

Eat Your Way Through This Mystery Set in Provence

Book: The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne by M. L. Longworth Destination: Aix en Provence, France This is the fifth outing for the Provence couple Antoine Verlaque, prosecutor, and Marine Bonnet, law professor. A painting disappears, that...Show More Summary

Road Trip in Surprising Alabama and Georgia

The third of articles I wrote for My Itchy Travel Feet appeared last week. The three all portrayed parts of our June road trip in Southern states, including three I had not visited before–Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. On our southern...Show More Summary

What is This American Woman with 6 Children Doing in Nazi Germany?

Where: Germany before and during World War II Book: A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany by Sigrid MacRae (First published in 2014. NEW in paperback, August 2015.) The year is not over, but I am already betting this...Show More Summary

Summer Reads: New Treat for Fans of Emily Dickinson

Book: Miss Emily (NewJuly 2015)by Nuala O’Connor Destination: Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S. One more summer read before you put away your summer whites and get back to the work-a-day-world.  What could be more appropriate than a bookShow More Summary

Summer Read: Page Turner Novel Takes Us to Australia–Then and Now

Destination: The Blue Mountains, Australia Book: Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman (New in paperback, first published in 2014)   This book was just plain FUN!  Not that the characters were always having fun.  Au contraire, the life...Show More Summary

Audio Books for Road Trips

MacMillan Audio Books regularly sends me their books on CDs for review.  This summer they have flooded my mail box with much more than I could keep up with.  I may eventually read them all, but meanwhile, here’s a quick look, in case you are going on a road trip and looking for an exciting … Continue reading Audio Books for Road Trips ?

Southern Road Trip Revisited

Once again, My Itchy Travel Feet, the premier blog for traveling boomres, is sharing part of Ken’s and my Southern Road Trip. It is kinda like Donna is asking me, “What did you do on your summer vacation” and then publishing my answers. Of course I was blown away by the house and its decor, … Continue reading Southern Road Trip Revisited ?

War Stories from Belfast

Book: Watching the Door: Drinking Up, Getting Down, and Cheating Death in 1970s Belfast Published 2009, by Kevin Myers. Destination: Belfast, Northern Ireland Watching the Door, a memoir of a journalist drawn to the unrelenting tragedy...Show More Summary

War Stories from Africa

Some people prefer something more meaty for their summer reading, so I’m slipping two non-fiction books about armed conflict in between beach, romance and mystery novels. The Boy Is Gone: Conversations with a Mau Mau General, and an older book Watching the Door: Drinking Up, Getting Down, and Cheating Death in 1970s Belfast, about … Continue reading War Stories from Africa ?

Summer Read: Audrey Hepburn Cooks

Destination: Switzerland Book: Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen (New June 2015) by Luca Dotti with Luigi Spinola       This is a most personal remembrance of a mother by her son.  Thus, there are a minimum of “inside Hollywood” stories and scarce mention of her other family–Mel Ferrer first husband and … Continue reading Summer Read: Audrey Hepburn Cooks ?

How to See Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I wrote here about the Great Smokies, which we visited this summer on our road trip, but now I have written a more detailed guide for three ways to explore the national park. You can see it at My Itchy Travel Feet. Visit Roaring Fork, Cade’s Cove, and Clingmans Dome.

Summer Read: Updating Anne of Green Gables

Destination: Northern California Book: Ana of California by Andi Teran (NEW June 2015)     The most beloved books seem to be those with the most beloved (or at least most fascinating) lead characters.  That is certainly true of the book Anne of Green Gables about an orphan girl adopted by a farmer brother and … Continue reading Summer Read: Updating Anne of Green Gables ?

Vera: British Mystery Draws Us to Northumberland

Every corner of England looks enticing if you watch PBS and their imported shows from BBC and other British producers–particularly mystery shows. (mouse over map to see what county or area is featured.) SHERLOCK, the contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes, teases us with images of today’s London in the VERY SHORT (3 episode) seasons. Show More Summary

Summer Reads: A Double Header: Italy and Maine

Destinations: Italy and Maine Books: Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen (NEW in June, 2015) The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim (originally published 1922, NEW in Penguin Classics in June, 2015 with introduction by Brenda Bowen.) Four women who are strangers come together to rent a vacation home for a month. Show More Summary

Germany in Georgia

My 48th State – Georgia Changing planes at the Atlanta Airport did not count, I decided. Nor did the half day drive between Alabama and Chattanooga Tennesee that I wrote about previously. That was a great drive, but not an overnight.  If I wanted to check off Georgia as a state I had visited, I … Continue reading Germany in Georgia ?

Timely Summer Read: Historic Charleston Novel

Destination: Charleston South Carolina (1800s) Book: The Invention of Wings,  by Sue Monk Kidd (NEW in Paperback- First published 2004)   If you are traveling to Charleston, you can visit sites mentioned in this book. In fact, one location, the Emmanuel AME church, has recently made the news in a tragic way. Show More Summary

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