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|Imagine reading Moby-Dick before going whale watching off the coast of Boston, or sleeping in a New Orleans hotel that previously housed Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams. Freelance writer Smith details how to make these experiences and more possible through her dynamic, detailed itineraries that allow readers to explore the settings of their favorite books. She highlights 15 cities across the United States selected for their literary connections, ease of travel, and concentration of activities. Readers can explore a brief introduction to each city's history and literature, then move on to a suggested reading list full of varied fiction and nonfiction. In the three-day itinerary (designed to be enjoyed over a weekend), Smith supplies hotel suggestions, diverse cultural and literary activities, and a variety of meal ideas that transform familiar locations into literary adventures. For example, travelers can see New York City through new eyes by reading about the immigrant experience in Jane Ziegelman's 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement and then visiting the city's Tenement Museum. Index and trip planning tips included. Verdict A bookworm's dream, this title is an inspiring, unique read. Book clubs and the literary-minded will love it for the travel ideas, book lists, and delightful commentary on each city's history. Highly recommended.-Katie Lawrence, Chicago (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.|
|Off the Beaten Page encourages avid readers, particularly those in book clubs and other groups, to leave the security of their living rooms and seek to experience in person the places they've read about. Inspired by years of excursions with her own book club, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith offers lively, expert guidance through fifteen US destinations ideal for anyone eager to mix their love of travel and quality time with friends or family with their desire for meaningful cultural experiences.|
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