travel writing

Aug 25, 2016

Let me begin this recommendation with a caveat: you probably need to be at least a little bit interested in knitting to enjoy Knitlandia. Or have an interest in traveling . . . to knitting related destinations. Clara Parkes, author of The Yarn Whisperer and several other books on knitting, returns to delight us with stories of her knitting adventures to both domestic and foreign locations. A couple of my favorites are "Romancing the Loons" – about the Squam art workshops in New Hampshire and "Cloudburst Over Paris" – learning that the owner of a unique yarn store in Paris (that I have

Aug 11, 2015

If you’re a fan of Frances Mayes and  her Tuscan adventures, and even if you read this one when the book came out in 2010, I recommend listening to it on audio. In her southern Georgia drawl, Mayes narrates the third installment of her life in Italy after buying and renovating a dilapidated Italian farm house. Every Day in Tuscany is the third of her Cortona tales, following the ever popular Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany.


Here, she shares stories of the Italian countryside and the people she has grown to love, the food, wine and art she has enjoyed, and the home and garden that

Jun 28, 2013

Do Travel Writers Go to Hell describes the process of writing a travel book, including all the adventures and misfortunes that go along with the job. The author's story is sometimes saucy and has brazen confessions revealing that his adventures were less than “Lonely” Planet. The book gives an insight into the underpaid overworked world of travel writers, and exposes how the books travelers often regard as their "travel bibles" are often hastily researched and copied from other travel books.

Kohnstamm is very good at describing people and places. I loved his writing style (similar to Paul

Aug 12, 2011

I learned about Travels in Siberia from the New Yorker magazine which published short stories from Frazier’s Siberian trip.  It enticed me to read the entire book about his adventures. This book is a unique chronicle through time about Siberia’s role in history. Frazier, with the help of two Russian guides and an unreliable car, undergoes incredible journeys and returns four times to learn about this land. Before him, many famous people traveled to Siberia in the 18th century, the great era of exploration.   Frazier follows the tradition of these explorers.

 The earliest mention of Siberia