Books: Recommendations by Holly Tucker
Whenever I interview an author, I ask for his or her favorite books to influence travel. Here are suggestions from Holly Tucker, author of Blood Work for books about India to add to the travel library.
She said, “I’m fascinated anything to do with India.” Continue reading
Book: 100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go, by Susan Van Allen (NEW 2010)
Traveler’s Tales, the publisher, offered me this book and I do love Italy, and Indie Travel Podcast said they would like a review, so I read it–I mean really read it, because it was so well written and packed with such good tips about Italy. And bonus points to the author for including suggestions for books in every section PLUS interviews with four women who have written about Italy. And get this! Susan Van Allen’s new travel adventure guide, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, is now available as an iPhone app from the iTunes app store for $5.99. Continue reading
THIS CONTEST IS LONG GONE. Great Big Travel Literature Giveaway nearing end. See bottom of post for today’s prize. And it is time to hint at the Final Grand Prize, to be given away next Friday, January 29–it is a stylish way to carry all those travel books.
France on Friday
A Piano in need of repair.
Book: The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart
This small book introduces Paris and Parisians through Thad Carhart’s fascination with pianos. Early on, he says in a Q and A in the back of the paperback edition I read, that he had learned, “it’s almost impossible to gain access to the private, nontouristy side of things without a personal introduction, and here was a whole world I virtually stumbled into. ” Continue reading