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Book Diva Review: Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road

herethereelsewhere I enjoyed reading Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road, by William Least Heat-Moon.

I found the short writings within the pages to be filled with humor and interesting tidbits of information regarding America, especially the states of Kansas and Missouri. Least Heat=Moon infuses his writings with quips that make the reader grin and even laugh out loud.

His journey through Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi in order to find William Faulkner was a wonderful story. This particular story was filled with snippets of rural-sounding speech, and an accent unique to the locale. He and his friend, who was traveling with him, more or less had a grand tour. There were moments of comic relief for the author, humor unanticipated, due to a gesture made by the person guiding them.

Another story that I eagerly read concerned Yosemite National Park. There were elements about Yosemite I did not know of (written about in the second paragraph), and I found them to be compelling.

His travels on Long Island had me inhaling and tasting the oysters and little neck clams I grew up eating, and the story held me in nostalgic attentiveness. I was brought up on Long Island, and I recognized so much of what he wrote about, having been from one end to the other, north to south, during my 26 years living there. I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation of that trip.

From Japan to England, across America, and more, Least Heat-Moon’s treks are always written with visually vivid word-paintings. This reader was swept away with some of his delightful prose, and with his ability to use humor to laugh at himself in certain scenarios, such as book hunting in England with his guide, and also his moment when tasting a certain food in the far Scotland Islands. I laughed out loud at some of the quips in that story.

I was also impressed with his and insights, as far as his pondering subjects such as extinction, ancient civilizations and even his thoughts on war, while in Japan, being guided by a Japanese translator.

I found Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road to be a fascinating read, and an interesting and enjoyable journey taken through reading the short stories within the book. I recommend it.

Thank you to Goodreads and to Little, Brown and Company for the Advanced Proof copy.

December 26, 2012 – 13 Tevet, 5773

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The Reluctant Tuscan, by Phil Doran

The Reluctant Tuscan, by Phil Doran…I give it Five Stars!

I am not so reluctant, after reading The Reluctant Tuscan, Phil Doran’s memoir. In fact, more than ever, I am eager for my trip to Tuscany to begin. The end of March can’t come soon enough for me.

The book is filled with humor, crazy moments, poignancy, and filled with the thoughts and emotions of a man on the edge, stressed beyond stress, who travels relucutantly to Tuscany, yelling, kicking, and fighting every minute of every mile of his journey.

What begins as a journey from Hollywood to Italy, turns out not only to be a journey to foreign soil, but also a journey towards inner peace, and a journey of the soul and heart. We laugh and we cry with Doran, we scream out in pain, and scream out in joy with him.
Doran reminds us of the anxiety and the reluctance of experiencing the unknown, of how we view change, and how we react and survive, emotionally, when being thrust into different situations that we are not familiar with.

Doran’s words and experiences dance on the pages, and his days don’t often blend smoothly, much like vinegar and oil, don’t go together. We see the sweetness along with the tartness in his poignant and hilarious book.

Reading this book is like being on an elevator, one minute you are up, the next minute you are down. But, the majority of the time, you find yourself laughing out loud, and glad to have taken the journey with Doran, if only through the pages of his fantastic memoir! His prose has whet my appetitie for everything Italian, and I am anxious to begin my own journey.
~~Book Diva

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