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10 02, 2015

Review: While the Gods Were Sleeping by Elizabeth Enslin

By | February 10th, 2015|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , |1 Comment


while the gods were sleeping book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

While the Gods Were Sleeping is the fascinating journey of a Seattle native to Nepal and to herself. Elizabeth Enslin’s observations are keen. It is at Stanford University where Enslin meets and falls in love with Pramod Parajuli. Unknown to her at that time, this relationship would also lead to her relationship with Nepal and the social changes rocking the landlocked nation just like changes happening around the world in the late eighties.

During her doctoral studies in anthropology, Enslin changes her focus from researching in Africa to Nepal. With board acceptance, she travels to Nepal to record how social changes are affecting Nepali women. This change in research direction leads Enslin, Pramod, and their son on a journey through two cultures, American and Nepali. Being married to a high-caste Nepali, Enslin is both

26 01, 2015

Review: Peanut Butter and Naan by Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson

By | January 26th, 2015|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Travel|Tags: , , , |7 Comments


peanut butter and naan book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Strap on your seat belt and hold on to your hat as author Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson invites you to travel along with her average American family to India in her book, Peanut Butter and Naan. But first, imagine having five kids, and living a rather middle class existence. Got it. Now your husband’s job moves him across the country into a into a very upscale development around the corner from famous people like Dolly Parton and others. It’s a bit of a culture shock, but you adjust and enjoy the indulgences of this new life. Just as things are feeling normal though, your husband’s job needs him to go to India for an undetermined number of months, and you decide to take all five kids out of school and join him on the other

10 10, 2014

Review: The Politics of Washing by Polly Coles

By | October 10th, 2014|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , |3 Comments


9780719808784Reviewed by Nina Longfield

“Ah, Venice.” I cannot think of Venice without adding the sigh of longing and nostalgia. Venice is one of few foreign cities that I would love to spend time in, get to know the back alleyways, happily be lost in then found in over and over. Polly Coles memoir, The Politics of Washing, gives the reader a vicarious invitation to the inside, underside, and every-side of Venice that the traveler (tourist) cannot experience.

Polly Coles begins her memoir, The Politics of Washing, in a rush. Her family of six is packing up to leave England for a year in Venice, Italy. As with any move, small distance or further, there are last minute emergencies, traumas and panics, but nothing can sway the Coles family from their set itinerary. In reaching Venice, they immediately stumble into a wait mode. This is

10 08, 2014

Review: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

By | August 10th, 2014|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , |3 Comments


Kristin-Newman-What-I-Was-Doing-While-You-Were-Breeding-coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

Newman’s memoir, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding seemed like it would be a perfect book for someone disinterested in having children and spending their life travelling on exotic adventures instead. Newman​ does deliver on exotic adventures–just not on the kind I expected. The memoir is full of description after description of sexual exploits, good looking men, Newman’s failed attempts at relationships and a small amount of travel narrative. The synopsis promises “mastering the art of ‘vacationship’” and tales “that will have readers scrambling to renew their passports.” Unless you plan to travel in Newman’s footsteps and leave the country for the sole purpose of bedding men, I strongly doubt you’ll rush out to renew your passport.

The book is intriguing, entertaining and humorous. It hits all the marks there, so it’s not a failure. Newman tells tales

18 04, 2014

Review: A Month in India by David Mellonie

By | April 18th, 2014|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Photography, Travel|Tags: , , |2 Comments


A Month In India cover copyReviewed by Alysia George

If your wanderlust needs a kick start, you should be pleased to discover the gorgeous photographic book, A Month in India, by David Mellonie. As someone who has long desired to experience the wonder of India firsthand, this work of art has definitely had that effect upon me. Mellonie’s talents, as both the photographer and the author, work together perfectly to inspire the reader to want to have a deeper understanding of this beautiful country. As a westerner, India seems to be the epitome of exotic and mystical travel destinations, and this book reinforces that point of view.

A Month in India is a travel journal, a memoir, and a commentary of a terribly impoverished, yet incredibly stunning country. It chronicles Mellonie’s time spent there – 28 days, 28 photographs. Each

6 04, 2014

Review: Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay

By | April 6th, 2014|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , |2 Comments


FIH_CVR2Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

There are some locations that people visit and never think of again and others that change the visitor’s life and leave an imprint after only a short time. For Jennifer Barclay, that location was Greece and once the Londoner visited, she felt the nagging pull to return throughout her life. Jennifer had seen Greece on holiday as a young girl, as a young woman in University and as an adult. She always seemed to know, even at a young age, how to recognize the call of the islands. After undergoing one emotionally stressful situation, Jennifer decides to head back and as time goes on and more events unfurl, not all good, she takes a leap of faith and decides to follow her dreams.

Falling in Honey is named after a Greek expression for falling in love which Jennifer certainly does

20 03, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Round the Bend by Alistair McGuinness

By | March 20th, 2014|Categories: Giveaways, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , |17 Comments


Round-the-bend-book-cover1-192x300Please join Alistair McGuinness, author of Round the Bend, as he tours the blogosphere with Virtual Author Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below (your choice of print or eBook)! Open internationally.

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Round the Bend is a marvel of anecdotes and stories by author Alistair McGuinness who traveled the world with his wife Fran “at their age.” He met his wife in school, moved to Australia to live, traveled from Ecuador to Bolivia, crossed Africa and chronicled his adventures along the way. Alistair and Fran trekked the earth, stopping in Fiji and various South African cities and exploring their surroundings. The book has 22 chapters to highlight their trips, with famous quotes, black and white maps of the regions they visited and interesting stories. It is a type of memoir, and the author shares his stories with a

1 03, 2014

Review: Mother of God by Paul Rosolie

By | March 1st, 2014|Categories: Biological Sciences, Memoirs, Nature, Nonfiction, Science & Math, Travel|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


mother_of_god_select_7.11Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

In a society where everyone is told to get and education and get a good job, Paul Rosolie never felt much at home. School was a struggle and at times the relationship with his parents was strained. The only place that Paul felt content and alive was in nature and in the presence of animals. Once he reached the point of realizing that a conventional education was not for him, Paul, with the support of his parents, took his GED and began taking college courses and working. During this time, he contacted countless researchers, environmental organizations and scientists with the hope that a team would take an inexperienced kid with the love of the wild on. Luckily for Paul, one did. This incredible chance lead Paul into the heart of the Amazon in Peru.

Once in the Amazon, Paul

16 10, 2013

Review: The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

By | October 16th, 2013|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , |1 Comment


0919F_MCCARTHY2_BD_30P1Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Though Pretty in Pink is one of my favorite 80s movies, I knew very little about one of its stars, Andrew McCarthy. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down—written by Andrew McCarthy, who in addition to being an actor/director also happens to be an award-winning travel writer.

The Longest Way Home chronicles the period in Andrew’s life where he committed to several traveling opportunities when, perhaps, he should have been focusing on his impending marriage to D, a woman whom he had fathered a child with and had been living with for the past seven years. As Andrew traveled to some of the most dangerous and exciting parts of the world, it gave him the opportunity to look deep within himself and to make sure

14 07, 2013

Review: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

By | July 14th, 2013|Categories: Humor, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , |2 Comments


e270c421fee396d9781404b786b6a738Reviewed by MaryLu McFall

Of all the genres in literature, humor can be one of the most difficult to write. Sedaris is one of the best and has several best sellers to prove that point. Certainly his new collection of essays should please his many fans.

While his books are available and well known, he is not a writer I have read. I approached Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls with some trepidation and not a little reluctance. After finally sitting down with a proper open mind I began.

Oh, such charming use of language. Such a wealth of observations about the human condition with all of its absurdities. His observations are a study of social interactions with sharp insights into life in general and into his life with specific points of view.

A little confusion developed as I continued reading. Some of the material seemed