The Traveler's Tales publishers have produced another hard-to-put-down read with The Road Within
, the latest in their series of "experiential" guides, which is "based on a simple and ancient premise: that the experience of other travelers provides our best map to a strange land." With this book the land is uncharted indeed, as it seeks to delve into the mysteries of the human heart and soul. Authors such as Annie Dillard
, Huston Smith
, Natalie Goldberg
, and Barry Lopez
use their travels in the exterior world to do some interior navigation. Based on the fact that "some journeys are destined to alter our lives irrevocably," this is a guidebook that can accompany you to any destination--where memories, not maps, make the terrain most palatable and exciting.
From Library Journal
Editors Sean, James, and Tim O'Reilly have gathered stories about voyages?physical, cultural, spiritual, emotional, and psychic?that have had deep and profound changes on the lives of the traveler. A biologist sees a spectacular display of bioluminescence of squid, a photographer finds his first sense of what it is to be truly alive during a walking trip around Lake Superior, and a rabbi in Jerusalem on pilgrimage finds his daily "mikvah," or ritual bath, allows him to be reborn. The one drawback is that some of the shorter stories do not fully grasp the essence of the editors' premise?how journeys alter life irrevocably. This is still recommended for medium and large public libraries.?David Schau, Kanawha Cty. P.L., Charleston, W.Va.
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