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THE TAO OF TRAVEL03-02-2011
Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
“[A] diverting meditation on passages from his own and other writers' works . . . The strongest pieces descry a tangible place through a discerning eye and pungent sensibility." — Publishers Weekly
“[A] determinedly personal collection of travel appreciation."
— Kirkus Reviews
This spring, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is pleased to publish a literary traveler’s handbook by one of our finest travel writers, Paul Theroux. He calls his new collection THE TAO OF TRAVEL: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road(May 19, 2011), a “vade mecum,” which is a “book for ready reference; a useful object, constantly carried on one’s person.” The term is not only technically but spiritually appropriate for his latest undertaking, a unique and joyously nostalgic paean to the pleasures and pains of travel in its golden age.
Part miscellany, part philosophical guide, part how-to, and part reminiscence, THE TAO OF TRAVEL collects the best writing on travel from the books that shaped Theroux as both a reader and a traveler in celebration of his decades wandering the globe. Interspersed with excerpts from the best of Theroux’s own work are selections from other accomplished writers and sometimes unexpected travelers: Vladimir Nabokov, Susan Sontag, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Graham Greene, as well as Pico Iyer, Jonathan Raban, Jan Morris, Tim Cahill, Peter Mathiessen, and Vikram Seth.
THE TAO OF TRAVEL: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
by Paul Theroux
Publication Date: May 19, 2011
$25.00 hardcover (ISBN 978-0-547-33691-6); $11.99 e-book (e-book ISBN 978-0-547-54919-4)
THE TAO OF TRAVEL, bound as a traveler’s journal with flexi-binding and elastic, is divided into twenty-seven short sections, each on a different yet equally entertaining aspect of travel. They include:
Perfect for explorers and lovers of literature as well as the ideal gift for Father’s Day and soon-to-be graduates, THE TAO OF TRAVEL encapsulates the essence of the travel experience. Theroux, with the help of his contributors, captures as no one else can all the joy, misery, nostalgia, anticipation, and philosophical implications of travel.
THE ESSENTIAL TAO OF TRAVEL
Bring a map
Go by land
Walk across a national frontier
Keep a journal
Read a novel that has no relation to the place you’re in
If you must bring a cell phone, avoid using it
Make a friend