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When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's…
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When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put (edizione 2008)

di Vivian Swift (Autore)

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"Following a lifetime of trekking across the globe, Vivian Swift, who 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 home. Filled with beautiful watercolors of local landscapes, seasonal activities, and small, overlooked pleasures of easy living, each chapter chronicles the perks of remaining at home in a little town, including recipes, hobbies, and prized possessions"--Jacket.… (altro)
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Titolo:When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put
Autori:Vivian Swift (Autore)
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2008), Edition: 1st Edition, 208 pages
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I read this book because of a recommendation on npr.org

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121243815

The book was physically larger than I was expected, and I knew that it was written like a journal or scrapbook with illustrated pictures, but I didn't expect it to look quite the way it did. The following link gives a sample of the pages:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121100586

Once I got over my different expectations and I started reading it, I found it to be very enjoyable to read. The author gives her observations about her home and village and her memories of her previous travels and adds in lovely illustrations, quotes, facts, trivia, and other items. The book is organized by months, and I would read a little at time. I felt that I was taking a vacation in her village in Long Island Sound, but also felt like I was getting a bit of a taste of other areas she had visited. I also felt like it inspired me to be more observant and appreciative of my surroundings, both when I travel and when I stay home, and to write things down.
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  writerfidora | Oct 26, 2015 |
I read this book because of a recommendation on npr.org

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121243815

The book was physically larger than I was expected, and I knew that it was written like a journal or scrapbook with illustrated pictures, but I didn't expect it to look quite the way it did. The following link gives a sample of the pages:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121100586

Once I got over my different expectations and I started reading it, I found it to be very enjoyable to read. The author gives her observations about her home and village and her memories of her previous travels and adds in lovely illustrations, quotes, facts, trivia, and other items. The book is organized by months, and I would read a little at time. I felt that I was taking a vacation in her village in Long Island Sound, but also felt like I was getting a bit of a taste of other areas she had visited. I also felt like it inspired me to be more observant and appreciative of my surroundings, both when I travel and when I stay home, and to write things down.
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  AdrienneJS | May 18, 2015 |
I LOVED this book. A combination diary, journal, artist's notebook, scrapbook, illustrated with charming watercolors. ( )
  agarrisongirl | Apr 5, 2010 |
Vivian Swift began to travel when she was still a teenager. She moved twenty-three times in twenty years. It was not until ten years ago that she decided to stop and settle down. It was then, she writes, that she really began to find the wonder in life.A fun book filled with little drawings and reflections. A graphic memoir, so to speak. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
This remarkable book is very difficult to explain. On the back cover, author Vivian Swift calls it an "illustrated chronicle," but that descriptor suggests a story or at least a loose stringing together of related events. Rather than a "chronicle," When Wanderers Cease to Roam is more of a seasonal collage. The book progresses month by month through Swift's life in a small village on the Long Island Sound and is stuffed full of the author's watercolor paintings, drawings, and related musings. Swift hand lettered the entire book, including the front page with the publishing information and the ISBN numbers. I haven't come across anything so carefully crafted in a long time.

In January, we are treated to watercolors of snowy country scenes and pen-and-ink drawings of snowmen and winter gulls in various poses. There's also a mini-memoir describing five of Swift's notable past birthdays, including: "Celebrating at the King David Hotel (built in 1931) in Jerusalem (founded in 2000 BCE) where the tomates provencals are unforgettable and I have no idea that my soldier dining companion will become my first husband. I am 30." February is a homage to travel while May focuses on gardens and gardening. Some of the book's most beautiful watercolors are of the night sky in July.

When Wanderers Cease to Roam won't appeal to everyone. It's slightly cutesy in places and contains plenty of cats and tea cups. Although I usually abhor such books, I was utterly charmed by this one. Judging by the glowing reviews this book is receiving, I'm not alone.

This review also appears on my blog Literary License. ( )
1 vota gwendolyndawson | Dec 24, 2008 |
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"Following a lifetime of trekking across the globe, Vivian Swift, who 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 home. Filled with beautiful watercolors of local landscapes, seasonal activities, and small, overlooked pleasures of easy living, each chapter chronicles the perks of remaining at home in a little town, including recipes, hobbies, and prized possessions"--Jacket.

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