When Wanderers Cease To Roam: A Traveler’s Journal Of Staying Put by Vivian Swift - Book Review

With a sensible East Coast mindset and an unaffected pen, Vivian Swift shares her personal journal on the joys of staying put after years of travel in When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put. It’s difficult to pigeonhole this book into a standard description: part artist’s scrapbook - part journal, it’s filled with cats, tea, travel recollections, architecture, fashion, history, anecdotes, advice and fond remembrances of a life well-lived. It tumbles forth in a month-by-month format of folksy charm. The watercolors are vivid and whimsical; the handwritten text is completely the author’s own.

One of my favorite sections illustrates the deeper than surface recollections of a woman coming to terms with the end of her traveling desires and, in a larger sense, accepting herself: In 1977, while visiting Paris on Bastille Day, she met a handsome boy. They laughed the night away, kissed a bit, and considered themselves oh-so cosmopolitan. They were certain they’d grow into nothing at all resembling their parents…. I won’t spoil page 27 for you, but you can imagine her, 20+ years later, recollecting on that youthful cliché.

When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put is a great gift book, especially with the holiday season approaching. Recommended for women of a certain age, wayward travelers seeking a new vision and memoir readers.


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caite said...

I loved this book...does that mean I am a 'woman of a certain age'? Ok, I am but...


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