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Guilt Trip

I just finished reading Elizabeth Becker's Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, and I kind of wish I hadn't — not because it isn't good, but because it opened my eyes to some of the significant negative impacts of international travel. I don't like having to feel bad about traveling, dammit! But it's hard to ignore the author's persuasive arguments about the immense environmental, economic, and historical damage we're doing through our unquenchable thirst for global travel experiences. You probably won't be too surprised to hear that cruises are among the most environmentally damaging kinds of international travel [...]

September 8th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Traveling in Time

Without really planning it that way, I often find that themes pop up in the books I'm reading. Right now, it seems to be all about time travel, both fiction (The Shining Girls) and nonfiction (The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England). And if we're including movies too, I also recently saw "Safety Not Guaranteed," a weird and charming little indie time-travel romance. In fact, there's been so much time travel floating around my to-read pile lately that I'm working on a time-travel romance reading list — a subgenre that has more entries than you might expect! Stay tuned for [...]

July 21st, 2013|

An Entertaining Companion

Ever since a recent sick day turned into an excuse for an all-day TV marathon, I've been glued to the BBC's "Call the Midwife." And if there's one thing I love, it's a companion volume to a great TV show! This glossy, hefty book has chapters on various aspects of post-WWII life in Britain, with plenty of emphasis on vintage fashion, and lots of lovely photos to drool over. You'll learn behind-the-scenes tidbits about the actors, the scripts, and the shooting process. Any fan of the show will love The Life and Times of Call the Midwife. Check out my [...]

June 24th, 2013|Tags: , , , |