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“Lights, Camera…Travel!”

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 “Lights, Camera…Action!” That’s what the director tells the crew at the beginning of a film “take.” In a play on this phrase, legendary travel writer and editor, Don George, and actor (Pretty in Pink) and top travel writer in his own right, Andrew McCarthy, have assembled a series of short travel stories from a “star-studded […]

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Amsterdam: “In the City of Bikes”

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) In the City of Bikes (via The Christian Science Monitor) In The City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by Pete Jordan Harper Perennial 448 pages When Princess Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was 16, she […]

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Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road (via The Christian Science Monitor) Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road By William Least Heat-Moon Little, Brown and Company 416 pp. William Least Heat-Moon is an ambitious traveler, as […]

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Miami: Dave Barry’s “Insane City”

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) Insane City (via The Christian Science Monitor) Insane City by Dave Barry Penguin Group 352 pp. I think Dave Barry uses Miami as the setting for so much of his writing because he feels it’s easier for […]

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“Shadow on the Crown”: An 11th Century Thriller

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It’s November, 1001 A.D., and the recent death of his wife has left the King of England between a hard place and rock. He won’t be lacking “female companionship.” After all, he is the king. No woman of his realm would dare decline an invitation to come into his bedchamber for a nightcap. While he’d […]

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10 Books for Travelers on Your Christmas Gift List

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Every writer’s bookcase is crammed with works by other writers. And every travel writer’s bookcase is chock-a-block with tales of people and places. Here are ten books from my own library of travel writing that you can be happy giving as gifts this holiday season. Road Fever (Tim Cahill). Legendary travel writer Tim Cahill takes […]

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“American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon”

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American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (via http://riflings.com) A hunt for the American buffalo—an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination. In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds—there’s only a 2 percent chance…

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Holiday Gift Shopping Solved: The Aunt Lydia Book Club

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OMG! “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving shopping “feeding frenzy,” is just a month away! After stuffing your face with a turkey dinner and all of the trimmings, you could camp out at the shopping mall or in front of your favorite big-box store, or set your alarm to get up at 3 am, in […]

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Retracing Your Travels With Books

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Guidebooks are great for planning a trip and helping you decide what to see and do, and where to eat, when you’re traveling. But reading a book in which places play an important role in telling the story is a great way to retrace your travels once your trip is over.

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Le Crime: Death in France, Double-Dealing in D.C.

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What would be worse? Having to step over a dead body lying just outside your kitchen door as you carried a breakfast tray out to a table on the terrace? Knowing where and when you were going to be murdered, and the identity of the person planning your inevitable assassination? If you were as unlucky […]

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Intrigue in The 11th Century: Shadow On The Crown

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England, A.D. 1002 In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, a fifteen-year-old girl kneels to receive an English crown – an act that will echo down the ages. Within that circlet of gold the ambitions of four powerful men are about to collide, for this young queen is the key to […]

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