Category Archives: Where I review books.

Manners and Why They Matter

I’ve just finished sampling Lucinda Holdforth’s book ‘Why Manners Matter‘.  I won’t bother to review it here since the link above leads to a much better job than I could do of it.   Suffice to say I found it an … Continue reading

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True Pleasures – a memoir of Women in Paris

Ahhhhh. Yes, you can just relax and put your feet up and know that you’re in for a treat. If you’re like me, you consider yourself a Reader. You read books that you’ve read every year since you can remember, … Continue reading

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More To Come re: Taras Grescoe

For anyone who’s been following this blog for the last while, you’d know that I develop writer crushes, and my latest one is for Taras Grescoe. I have read and bought his ‘Devil’s Picnic‘ book, and have finally received his … Continue reading

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Another Article about Taras Grescoe

Thanks to Marilyn Terrell from National Geographic Traveler for posting a comment on the Devil’s Picnic Part 2 post from earlier this week, highlighting an interesting article that interviews Mr. Grescoe’s previous adventures in Paris in the ’90s entitled Words … Continue reading

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Devil’s Picnic Part 2

I started reading The Devil’s Picnic by Taras Grescoe awhile ago (see earlier post here). I am almost finished – I know, how on earth can it take me this long to read a book? I keep track of all … Continue reading

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Are There Bees At A Devil’s Picnic?

You know the cartoons, every time someone has a picnic, the ants come and sneak off with all their food. That may be true in some parts of the world, but I’ve usually encountered more bees than ants. Maybe b/c … Continue reading

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The Family Sabbatical Handbook – can it be done?

When I first flipped through The Family Sabbatical Handbook: the budget guide to living abroad with your family by Elisa Bernick (The Intrepid Traveler; 2007), I immediately thought of Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud. This book, The Family Sabbatical, would … Continue reading

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Lost on Planet China – a book worthy of a million subtitles

I love a meaty book. My old roommate, Kate, would classify our book club books according to what meat dish she thought it resembled. I can’t for the life of me remember what the similarities were now but I remember … Continue reading

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Here Be Yaks – a cartographer’s travel book

Any book that has a foreward by the Dalai Lama is off to a great start. He wrote the forward to another book I’ve recently reviewed called The Kindness of Strangers which seems entirely appropriate. Equally appropriate is for him … Continue reading

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What’s New At The Zoo – Plenty!

Intrepid Traveler has a new book out this year called America’s Best Zoos: a travel guide for fans and families by Allen W. Nyhuis and Jon Wassner. What does this book offer that other typical guidebooks don’t? Most guidebooks list … Continue reading

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