Click links below to check out my latest posts on books and writing:
The favorite books of famous authors…some that fell through the cracks of time; others that linger in the mind
To Come and Go Like Magic…amongst the Redbuds (Weekend in Kentucky, Redbud Festival)
Bank Street Children’s Committee’s Best Children’s Books of the Year (To Come and Go Like Magic made the list!)
To Come and Go Like Magic: The Soundtrack (Twelve songs from scenes in the story — gospel, 60s rock, folk, and others.)
(Isabella Bird’s trek through the Colorado Rockies and Alexandra David-Neel’s trek through Tibet’s rugged mountain passes to be the first woman to enter the Forbidden City)
Tea and Poetry: Verses and Vignettes and a few “albino gorillas” (What do you remember from the books you read?)
Eat, Pray, Love…and Read! More books by women travelers from Canada to Kabul to Japan.
Q & A With the Wild Girls Mother/Daughter Book Club…A Discussion of To Come and Go Like Magic
Stories of Strong-willed Girls (three books for young readers: Hattie Big Sky, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, and Out of the Dust)
The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (musings from the Sierra Nevade, the Mojave, the Yucatan…memoir, natural history, and adventure)
Women Travelers: Three More Adventures (from Beijing to Berlin, across Iran, and down-the-river in a dugout in Africa)
Celebrate Earth Day with Books (check out these three books about encounters with the natural world by William W. Warner, Barbara Kingsolver, and Gayle Brandow Samuels)
Before Eat, Pray, Love: Other Tales, Other Women (check out these female writers who had “been there, done that” long before Ms. Gilbert decided to traipse around the world).
Mexico: Fact and Fiction (4 books set in various parts of Mexico — San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca, Mexico City, and beyond; two travel/memoirs, a book of short fiction, and a young adult novel)
On Caribbean Reading (2 books for adults; 2 books for young readers; slim volumes, rich stories, for travel.
Voices from the Arab World (Books by Arab writers or with a setting in the Arabic world and songs by musicians from Morocco, Algeria, the Sudan et al)
On Mountain Writers (Books, quotes, and quips by Appalachian authors)
Five Favorite Books of Appalachia (guest blogger for the author C.M. Mayo)
Best Travel Writing, 2009; Books on Mexico and Kentucky History (Anthology of travel stories edited by Anthony Bourdain, Three good Mexico reads, and an excellent antique bookstore find)