The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler's The Beginner's Goodbye.

Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.


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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her eighteenth novel. Her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Published December 18, 2007 by Ballantine Books. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, Children's Books, Romance, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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From a perspective where Macon feels he's a "vast distance from everyone who mattered" and a marriage where he and his wife seem to have "used each other up," Macon will find in foreignness his own "soft heart."

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Macon Leary, the hero of Tyler's fine new novel, writes travel books for businessmen who hate traveling, seeking out hotels and restaurants that will make people feel as if they never left home.

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Full Summary >> Cast: William Hurt - (Macon Leary) Kathleen Turner - (Sarah Leary) Geena Davis - (Muriel Pritchett) All Cast & Crew >> Review: Geena Davis won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in this unusually somber but richly rewarding effort from writer and director Lawrence Ka...

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