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:
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.
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