Precious Moments, Part Two

I did not know that my book was going to be reviewed by Nancy Pearl, the book maven of NPR, on Morning Edition this morning (Dec. 10, 2009) so I didn’t get to hear my name LIVE on the radio — but the tape was   pretty damn exciting. Here’s the link to the conversaton that Miss Pearl had with Mr. Inskeep about a little-known book that you, my dear readers, had the good taste to discover back before it shot up to #150 on the Amazon list (hey NPR — thanks!).

My book is the last one discussed, so you can skip to the 5 minute mark:

 http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=121243815&m=121274741

Custom: 'When Wanderers Cease to Roam'

 When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put, by Vivian Swift, hardcover, 208 pages, Bloomsbury USA, list price: $20

 Here’s Nancy’s review on the NPR wwebsite:

I probably cannot adequately convey how much I absolutely loved reading Vivian Swift’s When Wanderers Cease to Roam; A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put. For over two decades, Swift traveled the world, for work and fun, and then she settled down with five cats in a house in a small village on Long Island Sound. Wanderers is her diary (highly illustrated with her watercolor drawings) of those years, with diversions into her past. It’s charming, delightful and captivating. I loved the pictures of the single mittens that she’s found over the years, but I could have equally chosen any of hundreds of other examples of what made this book so much fun to read.

Wanderers is a perfect gift for travelers, those with artistic souls, those with a sense of wonder, those who are hug-the-hearths — in short — nearly everyone on your gift list.


Forgive me for taking your time with this commercial, but I thought I’d had my shot already (I mean, the book’s been out for a fricking year already) and I was sure I’d have to go to Plan B in 2010. Plan B, by the way, was to go to Plan Z: Yeah, I’ve pretty much run out of options at this point.

Thank you, everyone who has been reading this blog, for your comments and your support. 

Thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

9 comments to Precious Moments, Part Two

  • Barbara Lemme

    It’s about time everyone hears about the book. I can’t send it to “everybody”. Now if I could figure out how to make the France blog appear again…just disappeared overnight. Mystery or buried in the snow?

  • Toni Brown

    Are you kidding me? I just ‘discovered’ your book and it’s so wonderful to me that I’m doling it out to myself, 2 pages every OTHER night, because I don’t want it to end. I wrote that sentence in an email to one of my on-line art journaling groups, headed by Rice Freeman-Zachery, and along with Rice’s endorsement of/love for the book (which she already owned), she and I are turning all the art journaling members on to it! Your book is on the group’s data base list of MUST HAVE BOOKS …

  • LouiseW

    Congratulations! How exciting to not only see your name in print, but to hear it spoken – on national radio no less – also. I, too, am measuring my reading out. It’s such a nice and pleasurable read and great with my girls (cats) curled up on my lap. All makes me feel content.

  • Michelle

    I received your book for Christmas last year and it was by far my favorite present! It helped me keep my sanity during an extreme below-zero cold spell, and reminded me to be grateful for the many truly wonderful things I have in my life—like a snuggley cat, tea, and books—and that I can be happy even when I can’t be traveling to somewhere more exotic.

    I’ve meant to write a thank you to you ever since then—thanks Vivienne!

  • Deborah

    You’re #1! (It all depends on how you classify it). Below is from Amazon:

    #1 in Books > Travel > United States > States > New York > Long Island

    #2 in Books > Travel > Reference & Tips > Essays & Travelogues

    #23 in Books > Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs

  • Jan

    I’m thrilled for you..and to think…I have my very own Christmas card from you! I really am thrilled for you and have recommended your book to many friends. There was even some discussion about it recently on one of the Yahoo groups I visit! Wishing you much happiness and success for 2010..and can’t wait for more books!

  • About time too I say, your wonderfully enchanting book has been my favourite for a year now…I tell everyone, buy it buy it….. but then you know that already. I loved my card….seagulls taste of sea don’t they?

    p.s. I had to laugh out loud at your note on your other ‘invisible blog’…I’d swop my existing neighbours for you ANY day!!

  • You deserve your 15 minutes of fame so go ahead and tout your book. Most of us can’t write one so we are in awe of you! You can write and paint!

  • Linda Jacks

    Just reading back over some of your pages and WOW! what a review. First of all, Nancy Pearl doesn’t even review books she doesn’t love and then the review itself went way beyond enthusiastic.

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