Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways

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Off the Beaten Page encourages avid readers, particularly those in book clubs and other groups, to leave the security of their living rooms and seek to experience in person the places they’ve read about. Inspired by years of excursions with her own book club, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith offers lively, expert guidance through fifteen US destinations ideal for anyone eager to mix their love of travel and quality time with friends or family with their desire for ...

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Overview

Off the Beaten Page encourages avid readers, particularly those in book clubs and other groups, to leave the security of their living rooms and seek to experience in person the places they’ve read about. Inspired by years of excursions with her own book club, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith offers lively, expert guidance through fifteen US destinations ideal for anyone eager to mix their love of travel and quality time with friends or family with their desire for meaningful cultural experiences.

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“It seems avid readers are equally intrepid travelers, and this handy guide caters to both impulses; in focusing on several literary destinations in the U.S., the author profiles an author from that city and adds reading lists to other related reading items.”—Booklist

"A bookworm’s dream, this title is an inspiring, unique read. Book clubs and the literary-minded will love it for the travel ideas, book lists, and delightful commentary on each city’s history. Highly recommended."—LJ Xpress Starred Review

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Imagine reading Moby-Dick before going whale watching off the coast of Boston, or sleeping in a New Orleans hotel that previously housed Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams. Freelance writer Smith details how to make these experiences and more possible through her dynamic, detailed itineraries that allow readers to explore the settings of their favorite books. She highlights 15 cities across the United States selected for their literary connections, ease of travel, and concentration of activities. Readers can explore a brief introduction to each city’s history and literature, then move on to a suggested reading list full of varied fiction and nonfiction. In the three-day itinerary (designed to be enjoyed over a weekend), Smith supplies hotel suggestions, diverse cultural and literary activities, and a variety of meal ideas that transform familiar locations into literary adventures. For example, travelers can see New York City through new eyes by reading about the immigrant experience in Jane Ziegelman’s 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement and then visiting the city’s Tenement Museum. Index and trip planning tips included.

Verdict A bookworm’s dream, this title is an inspiring, unique read. Book clubs and the literary-minded will love it for the travel ideas, book lists, and delightful commentary on each city’s history. Highly recommended.—Katie Lawrence, Chicago
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613744260
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 494,667
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Terri Peterson Smith is a journalist and editor. Her work has been featured in Acura Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Continental, National Geographic Green Guide, and Scientific American.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    What a great book!  I ordered this book as soon as it was availa

    What a great book!  I ordered this book as soon as it was available for pre-sale and waited not so patiently for it to arrive.  It lived up to my expectations and more.  I love that the travel adventures can be completed on a budget and follow the easy three day get-a-way plan.  Every chapter had me itching to start travel plans with my best group of ladies.  Once the group has completed the read, the real fun of travel planning can begin!!  Thanks so much for the book Terri Peterson Smith - can't wait for the second edition!!

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    How has no one thought of this before? I had been looking forwar

    How has no one thought of this before? I had been looking forward to this book literally for months and now its finally out! (I couldn't sleep last night!) Let me tell you, it was really worth the wait. I've heard this author speak more times than I can count and I can assure you her insights really rub off on you. You really will not be able to get her out of your head! One can really tell in her beautifully written tales of travel and reflection that she held nothing back. I'm a huge non-fiction reader (my second favorite writer is Jesus) but normally focus on science and philosophy. Though I've taken a few university classes on it, this is the first time I've sat down and really jumped into travel literature. This is really the gold standard. Thank you, Terri Peterson Smith, for such a great book and I hope for several more.

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