When Wanderers Cease to Roam

When Wanderers Cease to Roam

A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put

Book - 2008
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"Following a lifetime of trekking across the globe, Vivian Swift, who racked up twenty-three temporary addresses in twenty years, finally dropped her well-worn futon mattress and rucksack in a small town on the edge of the Long Island Sound. She spent the next decade quietly taking stock of her life, her immediate surroundings, and finally, what it means to call a place home. Filled with beautiful watercolors of local landscapes, seasonal activities, and small, overlooked pleasures of easy living, each chapter chronicles the perks of remaining at home in a little town, including recipes, hobbies, and prized possessions"--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2008.
ISBN: 9781596914612
Characteristics: 199 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;,24 cm.


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Apr 11, 2012

Staying home never looked so interesting, elegant and just plain fun!

Illustrated journals, scrapbooks, memoirs. You've seen them all, right? Wrong. In "When Wanders Cease to Roam" Vivian Swift brings a breath of fresh air to a genre that is in danger of becoming too stultifying. Her deft combination of crisp watercolor images and text (her own thoughtful reflections along with delightful quotes and obscure and amazing anecdotes) keeps you turning the pages. Of special note is how Swift skillfully composes each page leaving plenty of room for the reader's eye and imagination to add to the experience.

This book is like a chocolate box offering an array of treasures to be considered and then sampled in any order you please. Best of all, unlike chocolates, you can go back to enjoy this book over and over again.

A great book for travelers (both the active and armchair kind), artists, writers and anyone who enjoys the company of a smart, opinionated thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny traveler who has learned the joys of staying put.

And if you like this then don't miss her new book "Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France" (coming out April 2012).

Jun 18, 2009

A friend told me about this book, and I love it! It's one to savor. Read a random page now and then. Well-traveled Vivian goes through the seasons month by month, describing and beautifully illustrating the pleasures of "staying put."

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