Category Archives: Travel

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The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations – Jaime Kurtz

(Reviewed by JD Jung) What is happy travel? According to Jaime Kurtz, an Associate Professor of Psychology at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, it is “travel that is pleasurable, meaningful, and engaging. “ Sounds nice, but there can be … Continue reading

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All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft – Geraldine DeRuiter

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “If you want to be absurdly happy, marry someone you love whom you can spend time with. But most importantly, marry someone who can help you deal with your shit.” Former copywriter and current travel blogger … Continue reading

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One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence – Keith Van Sickle

(Reviewed by JD Jung) Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and moving to Europe to live part time? That’s exactly what Keith Van Sickle and his wife, Val, did. While working on a long-term assignment in the French-speaking … Continue reading

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On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb – by Hans Florine , Jayme Moye

(Reviewed by Ishita RC) In a span of thirty years, Hans Florine has captured the intricacies of the Nose of El Captain over one hundred times. The book talks about ‘the wildest competition known to man and the spirit with … Continue reading

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Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France – Craig Carlson

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) “I spoke of my favorite city and how beautiful it was…How all it needed was an American breakfast joint, and then it would be perfect!” Former Hollywood screenwriter, Craig Carlson, wanted to live his dream and … Continue reading

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Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) – Judith N. Lasker

(Reviewed by Ishita RC) “What do they see as the value of having volunteers come to their communities? What, in their opinions, are the qualities of the good volunteers, and what describes the ones who are not so welcome? What … Continue reading

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Walking the Nile – Levison Wood

(Reviewed by Ishita RC) “And, as in my expeditions in the past, I wanted to learn more about the people who lived along this mighty river, people whose lives are dictated by its ebb and flow. In a continent in … Continue reading

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Married to a Stranger – Nahid Rachlin

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Did that futile look that so frequently came to her mother’s face point to shattered dreams?…Minou could see the sky turning blood-red. Another day lost, bringing her closer to nothing. She floated in time and space. … Continue reading

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A Corner of the World – by Mylene Fernández Pintado (Translated from the Spanish by Dick Cluster)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “It doesn’t seem crazy to want to live in my country. Or there must be a lot of crazy people around. Or is it that I belong to a group you left out…? The group for … Continue reading

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Crossroads: A Camino Tale – F. R. Merrill

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “As they stood before a large stone crucifix of the body of Christ carved in a three-dimensional form she pulled out her syringe. When she moved toward Amanda to complete the deed, her sister Margie stepped … Continue reading

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