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My Four Top Non-Travel Travel Books

Ibn Battutah, Islam's explorer

Some of my deepest understandings of place, of "being" somewhere come neither from actually being there, nor from reading a travel book about the destination. They come from a novel or short story which, because they set out to tell a story and not to describe a location, actually create a powerful sense of time and place. Here are four gems Read More »

The Four non-Travel Travel Books I Need

Even as a travel writer, or especially as a travel writer, some of my deepest understandings of place, my most intense sense of “being” somewhere come neither from actually being there, or from reading a travel book about the destination. Often a novel about someone or an event creates the vividness and depth of a town or village or city ... Read More »

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