Hints of travel writer Ian Frazierâ€™s latest project showed up in a recent issue of the New Yorker magazine, when an excerpt from TRAVELS IN SIBERIA was published. Having evocatively captured the spirit of a Native American reservation and the American Great Plains in earlier work, Frazier set his sights on a much grander levelâ€”he decided to travel across Siberia. A self-confessed lover of all things Russian, Frazier travels across Siberia despite warnings to the contrary
Equal parts road trip, biography, philosophy and travelogue, ZEN AND NOW: ON THE TRAIL OF ROBERT PIRSIG AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE is an entertaining, educational and illuminating look at an American literary phenomenon and its creator.
Twelve-year-old Tecumseh Sparrow Spivetâ€”T.S. for shortâ€”is as quirky as his name suggests. Extraordinarily gifted, his one way of making sense of the world around him, is to map it all out. So it is that Reif Larsenâ€™s debut,THE SELECTED WORKS OF T.S. SPIVET, has many of these maps and diagrams on the marginsâ€”a glimpse into the workings of a gifted mind. Worth mentioning are maps describing the locations of McDonalds in a Midwestern town, the many physical forces acting on a rodeo cowboy and the long list of random names picked by an IBM 1401 for the soda, Tab.
Blog entry on travel books
Not too long ago, a lady called the offices of The Nation and said she was â€śstuckâ€ť in Abbeyville, Louisiana. â€śI want to move, but I want to move to somewhere where I can see a Democrat before I die,â€ť she said. This phone call was the catalyst for The Nation. Guide to the Nationâ€”a fun and interesting if haphazard compilation of left-leaning hot spots, organizations and businesses around the country.
In FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA: How A Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart & A Third World Adventure Changed My Life, Ms. Brown-Waite first chronicles her life prior to joining the Peace Corps. Then she writes of her Peace Corps experience in the late 1980s, and finally she tells of her time with her husband, John, in Uganda, where he worked for CARE.