Walkabout Year by Samuel Pickering
Twelve Months in Australia

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"Reading Pickering," said Smithsonian, "is like taking a walk with your oldest, wittiest friend." In Walkabout Year, Samuel Pickering, the professor who inspired the movie Dead Poets Society, provides an intimate, engaging chronicle of his family's year in Western Australia. The reader is pulled into Pickering's tight family circle and off on an intriguing trip to another land.

With humor, skill, and insight, Pickering describes the educational system his three children experienced; the family's journeys from one area of the country to another as he lectured; and the people—both academics and nonacademics—he encountered. He compares the flora, fauna, and economics to those in America, and reveals much else about daily life in a new country. As a result, Walkabout Year is part travelogue, part reflection on the differences between two cultures, and part autobiography. As Smithsonian stated, "Pickering has created his own comfortable world, and it is always a pleasure to slip into his company for a time." Readers will feel a strong bond with the family and as if they too have been thoroughly exposed to the intriguing world of Australia.

 

About Samuel Pickering

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Samuel F. Pickering, Jr., teaches English at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. A much sought-after speaker, he is the author of six previous collections of essays, including Indian Summer: Musings on the Gift of Life and Let It Ride.
 
Published November 1, 1995 by University of Missouri. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Young Adult. Non-fiction

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Vacations with the whole family to the bush, Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and other South Pacific travel meccas also become platforms for Pickering's elaborate descriptions of plants and birds, while he tells little more about himself and his family than what flavor ice-cream they ate.

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