Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk about Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

Overview


In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his heroes, writers he's read for years who inspired him both to pack his bags to travel and to pick up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (28) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $10.73   
  • Used (21) from $1.99   
A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.49
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$18.95 List Price

Overview


In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his heroes, writers he's read for years who inspired him both to pack his bags to travel and to pick up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective portrait through his interviews, allowing the authors to speak intimately about the writer's life, and how place influences their work and perceptions.

In each chapter Michael sets the scene by describing the writer's surroundings, placing the reader squarely in the locale, whether it be Simon Winchester's Massachusetts, Redmond O'Hanlon's London, or Frances Mayes's Tuscany. He then lets the writer speak about life and the world, and through quiet probing draws out fascinating commentary from these remarkable people. For Michael it’s a dream come true, to meet his mentors; for readers, it's an engaging window onto the twin landscapes of great travel writers and the world in which they live.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Pamela Paul
Hearing some of the great travel writers talk about their craft is certainly instructive for readers and writers alike, but what's note-worthy is the interviewees' near-universal disdain for the label. Jonathan Raban doesn't believe the genre exists and thinks of his work more as a ''total-recall memoir'' than as ''see the world'' journalism.
The New York Times
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932361087
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 601,404
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 6.28 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction x
Working-Class Hero 1
Yearning for the Sun 29
A Long Way from Home 49
The Redmond O'Hanlon Show 80
At Home with the Spirits 106
A Hop Across the Pond 125
Dark Star Shining 143
The World for a Song 156
When Worlds Collude 176
Europe Through an Open Door 214
A World of Wonders 235
Strange Travel Suggestions 249
Through Love and War 267
Southern Exposure 280
Giving It All Away 294
Along the Border 310
The Snow Leopard 329
The End of the World 344
Afterword 368
Appreciations 371
Acknowledgments 373
Photograph Credits 377
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted July 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    All who wander are not lost.

    Ever wonder what makes people take to the road for out of the box adventures? Michael Shapiro, one of our best travel writers himself, shares with us what makes people who choose a lifetime of travel over the comfy confines of home tick. From Tim Cahill, whose adventures get him into outlandish situations, to Frances Mayes who followed her "wistful dreams" to civilized Tuscany we find out what motivates their quests. I loved learning what our best contemporary commentators have in common and what they do not. Bill Bryson of Walk in the Woods fame says he is just paying his mortgage with his writing, while Peter Matthiessen, famous for his search for the elusive Snow Leopard, says that the act of writing clarifies his view of realty. Each interview of these unique authors is conducted with extreme care for their privacy as Michael asks thoughtful, informed questions. A Sense of Place is insightful, fun and a must read for anyone contemplating the outsider's lifestyle.

    Linda Ballou adventure travel writer and author of
    Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales
    Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii-Her Epic Journey
    www.LindaBallouAuthor.com

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2006

    For both adventurers and writers

    Anyone who writes, whether fiction or non-fiction, will revel in the insights about the art of writing. Anyone who travels or lives the life of an observer-adventurer will also enjoy this book. Bravo to Michael Shapiro.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)