It’s hard to find much better writing or photography than in a National Geographic magazine. So when I found a book of theirs at a liquidation sale, I made no hesitation in snatching it right up. Great Journeys of the World, the hardcover version, was beautifully bound with great pictures and intriguing story titles, so […]
The Great Wall of China at Simatai follows the ridge line along a dramatic horizon.
Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler, published in 2010, is one of those books which seems to have sat on my shelf much longer than it should. After reading another book by Hessler, River Town, I was looking forward to what I viewed as a sequel. In a way that is what […]
Before Borders Books closed their doors I picked up as many armchair travel books as I could find. At eighty percent off, the deals were just too good to ignore. The closeout sale helped expand my author base, too, since I was able to justify taking a chance on a writer I had never heard […]
Colin Thubron’s Shadow of the Silk Road has remained one of my favorite armchair travel books since reading it a couple of years ago. I have been looking for something new from him over that time. I could have gone back and picked up something else, which I’ll still do, but I wanted to see […]
I’ve been going through some sort of nesting phase that I can’t quite explain; cleaning has taken on a new meaning as dirt and dust have started to cower before my mighty spray bottle. Just a couple of days ago I ventured into the closet in my guest bedroom, which is actually more of a […]
Normally I am pretty good about remembering where and why I purchased a particular book. But, that is not the case with Colin Thubron’s Shadow of the Silk Road. For all I can truthfully recall, it just materialized on my bookshelf. And for that, I am quite glad, because it might just be the perfect […]
Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things: An Impossible Journey from Kabul to Chiapas by Gary Geddes was the last of three books I read over the Christmas break. I went on a reading binge over the break in an attempt to clear off my “to do” bookshelf a bit. And this one had been sitting on […]