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

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

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by Terri Peterson Smith
     
 

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Blending literature and travel, this book offers a look at 15 U.S. destinations featured in the works of famous writers. Designed as a guide to help avid bibliophiles experience, in person, the places they’ve only read about, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith takes readers on lively tours that include a Mark Twain inspired steamboat cruise on

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Blending literature and travel, this book offers a look at 15 U.S. destinations featured in the works of famous writers. Designed as a guide to help avid bibliophiles experience, in person, the places they’ve only read about, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith takes readers on lively tours that include a Mark Twain inspired steamboat cruise on the Mississippi, a Devil in the White City view of Chicago in the Gilded Age, a voyage through the footsteps of the immigrants and iconoclasts of San Francisco, and a look at low country Charleston’s rich literary tradition. With advice on planning stress-free group travel and lit trip tips for novices, this resource also features “beyond the book” experiences, such as Broadway shows, Segway tours, and kayaking, making it a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone who wants to extend the experience of a great read.

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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

Library Journal
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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:
9781613744291
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,260,815
File size:
1 MB

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