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When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put

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A charming, illustrated celebration of puttering, doodling, daydreaming, and settling down after years on the road.

Following a lifetime of trekking across the globe, Vivian Swift 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, ...

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Overview

A charming, illustrated celebration of puttering, doodling, daydreaming, and settling down after years on the road.

Following a lifetime of trekking across the globe, Vivian Swift 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 a home.

The result is When Wanderers Cease to Roam. Filled with watercolors of beautiful local landscapes, seasonal activities, and small, overlooked pleasures of easy living, each chapter chronicles, month by month, the beautifully mundane perks of remaining at home—from curious notices in the local paper to the variations of autumnal clouds. At once gorgeously rendered and wholly original, this delightful and masterfully observed year of staying put shows us how the details of travel and the details of our lives remain with us—how they can nurture and sustain us, and how the past and the present become, in the end, intertwined.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596914612
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 306,485
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivian Swift is a freelance writer and former assistant vice president of Christie's Inc. This is her first book.

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    A Celebration of Life's Little Adventures

    The beauty, wit and colors of this book radiate from the first January journal entry through the celebration of December. I simply could not put it down but, I made myself so that I could savor each and every sentence and watercolor. I happened upon this book by pure accident and I like to think it found its way to me. Ms. Swift expresses the joys and laughs of every day living as she stays put in her home village on the shores of the Long Island Sound while weaving-in her travel adventures of her young adult years. I highly recommend this book to all readers and suggest you sit down and enjoy a cup of tea as Ms. Swift entertains you with her everyday adventures. I will be buying many copies of this book to share with friends and family this holiday season. Thank you, Ms. Swift!

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

    A gorgeously illustrated journal!

    When Wanderers Cease To Roam is Vivian Swift's gorgeous illustrated journal of the time she spent living on the edge of the Long Island Sound. It is arranged by month encompassing one year and focusing especially on the seasons. The watercolors and drawings on every page are whimsical, soft, pastel colors that are pleasant and entertaining to look at. The book is filled with small insights like "How to Winterize Your Mind" - see the sun rise and set everyday, and comforting or inspiring quotes. This is the perfect book for escaping your own reality for a little while. Brew a cup of tea, snuggle up with an old cat, and relive with Vivian Swift both her travels around the world and her period of staying put.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Beautifully done, both in thoughts and drawings

    Perfect for : Personal reading, Gift book, Great coffee table book<BR/><BR/>In a nutshell: I really enjoyed this delightful book. The author has a way of sharing things she observed or thought, causing me to look at my surroundings differently. She has grouped thoughts, experiences, facts, etc into the months of the year (as opposed to chapters). In January, there are some great facts associated with the calendar and the month, thoughts about dressing warmly, journal entries, and some good examples to help you look at things through a new perspective. The drawings done by the author are charming, and her thoughts expressive and captivating. I found myself lost in the new world surrounding me as I looked at things more closely. There are so many delightful things in this book! On pages 44-45, the author shares little bits and drawings of her charming tea cup collection - it made me want to brew a cup of tea and curl up with a warm blanket to keep reading!<BR/><BR/>My Review:<BR/>Something I found very interesting - on the copyright page, there is a note that says, "The entire text of this book has been hand lettered by the author." It really gives the book that personal feeling, that you are really reading the authors personal thoughts and observations. I don't think there was a page in the book that didn't make me smile at least once! <BR/><BR/>Characters: The book reads like a journal of sorts - of the author's personal thoughts and observations. As such, she is the main character, and her experiences are very enjoyable. She has a great sense of humor.<BR/><BR/>Story-Line: There wasn't really a traditional story-line, but rather, groups of thoughts and observations that fit well together and flowed nicely from one month to the next.<BR/><BR/>Readability: This was a very fun read. The use of different information (thoughts, diary entries, facts, charming drawings and watercolors, etc. I really liked that I could start and stop at any time without feeling I needed to complete a "chapter" first.<BR/><BR/>Overall: A very delightful book! Even if you don't normally read this type of book, stretch outside your comfort zone and give this book a try! It would also make a great gift when going to celebrations or parties.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2008

    This book is a journey into total enchantment!

    Pack your bags and be prepared for a journey - a journey into the land of enchantment. Vivian Swift celebrates the loveliness of daily living and the preciousness of the every day things of life. She spent two decades traveling to exotic, far away places then came home to discover that every place has its tinge of the mysterious, the artful, if you only open your eyes. There are beautiful illustrations and interesting notes on a myriad of topics: tea, fire, insects, ball gowns. And when you finish reading the book there is only one thing left to do: go back and begin re-reading it! This book would make a perfect Christmas present for anyone, most especially a young woman just beginning to make her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    A Beautiful Book!

    I love the writing and the art in this book. It's lovely on both counts and I'm giving copies as gifts.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Beauty in the day-to-day

    When Wanderers Cease to Roam ~ A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put was reviewed on NPR by Nancy Pearl as one of her favorite books of 2009. I was intrigued by her description of a watercolor journal by a former world traveler who stopped traveling and began to notice the beauty in staying in one place. I was captivated with the author's musings, paintings and doodles. It has inspired me to view simple vistas as works of art. This book has become my book of choice for gift giving to those who contemplate simplicity.

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

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    A truly beautiful book

    This book will have a permanent place on my night stand. I could pour over the watercolor illustrations by the author forever, never allowed to read a word of the text, and be perfectly happy. Conversely, I could be allowed to read the text and never see an illustration and be equally as happy. Each turn of the page brings something totally unexpected and breathtakingly beautiful. <BR/><BR/>Retrieved from "http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/November_2008_Reviews"

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