A Sense of Place by Michael Shapiro
Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration (Travelers' Tales)

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In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his heroes, writers he's read for years who inspired him both to pack his bags to travel and to pick up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective portrait through his interviews, allowing the authors to speak intimately about the writer's life, and how place influences their work and perceptions.

In each chapter Michael sets the scene by describing the writer's surroundings, placing the reader squarely in the locale, whether it be Simon Winchester's Massachusetts, Redmond O'Hanlon's London, or Frances Mayes's Tuscany. He then lets the writer speak about life and the world, and through quiet probing draws out fascinating commentary from these remarkable people. For Michael it’s a dream come true, to meet his mentors; for readers, it's an engaging window onto the twin landscapes of great travel writers and the world in which they live.


About Michael Shapiro

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Michael Shapiro is Professor of Slavic Languages at Brown University and has taught at the University of California and Princeton University. He is the author or editor of more than ten books including, "The Sense of Grammar and The Sense of Change."
Published May 1, 2009 by Travelers' Tales. 393 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Journalist Shapiro (Internet Travel Planner) says that he embarked on this collection of illuminating interviews with the desire to learn more about his favorite authors, abouttheir lives, their hop

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