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Wayward: Fetching Tales from a Year on the Road Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Tom Gates is a writer based in Los Angeles. Crispy-fried after working with some of the biggest names in the music business over fifteen years, he decided to take his head out of the guillotine and see the world, chucking a job in the process. Don’t you dare call it a midlife crisis. Several travel articles later, it became apparent to others that he was actually good at writing, even if he felt inferior and refused to use key travel writing words like “succulent,” “must-see” or “mouth-watering.” Tom loves to go far, far away whenever possible. He is also pretending to be a third person right now and is obviously writing his own bio. He knows that you knew that, despite the deft maneuvering of pronouns.

Product Details

  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wayward Press (January 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071R8HZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kendis G on February 29, 2012
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Just got done reading this, and was really hoping the stories would go on and on. I've traveled quite a bit for my personal life, and for my professional life as a former CNN anchor and current anchor at the ABC affiliate in Washington DC. I was left laughing at times, on edge at others, and inspired in the end. I'd hope to be able to have an equally adventurous experience in the near future. But until then, I can live vicariously through the stories featured in Wayward.
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By Susan G on February 26, 2012
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Wayward by Tom Gates is a tremendously funny book that left me with an renewed itch to travel. More importantly it left me with the profound realization that life is a journey we all take. This isn't an ordinary travel book with quaint descriptive words about "must see" places. These short stories are a collection of inspired words about self-discovery and one man's path. Mr. Gates has a uniquely sarcastic sense of humor in his writing where he is brutally honest about the world he sees and, at the same time, completly open about who he is: a man exploring his path in this life. We should all be inspired by this book to discover our own place in this world.
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a compelling & fun read from a music industry professional who takes time off from managing bands to travel the world.

"wayward" is well-written and clever. packed with zingers that had me truly laughing out loud, but tempered with moments of meaningful reflection that make it both funny and inspiring.

so many great lines. i haven't figured out how to use the highlighter function on my kindle, so my only regret from reading this book is that the screen is now covered in neon yellow marker.
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Tom leads a rich, interesting life. He is also a good writer. Those two things combined lead to a thoroughly entertaining and insightful journey into Tom's adventures around the world. He has a fantastic wit and an honest perspective on his own life, as well as of those around him, that would make me laugh out loud, then spend a quiet moment of reflection. If he's done anything, he's inspired me to carve out time of my own, in the near future, to explore the world and find myself.
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Tom's style is informal, sometimes outrageously rude, but always very entertaining.
There are tales in this book that will make you laugh out loud.
There are tales in this book that will turn your stomach over.
There are tales in this book that will make you cry.
But I guarantee you won't put it down till you've read it all!
A wonderful travel book.
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A year in the life of a world traveller. A collection of short stories that revel you with oftentimes bewildering tales of the culture clashes the modern first world traveller faces when off the grid. Heartfelt, kind, crazy, there are many adjectives to describe this book. My advice is to read it for yourself and start planning your own adventure. Life is for the living.
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Wayward is so much more than store-bought travel tales. Gates invites you to see the world through his unique brain and laugh with him at his misfortunes on the road-less-but-ought-to-be traveled. Cynicism of this level cannot be taught. It must be molded in the mind of someone who, through the course of life, discovers that he is constantly separate from the bumbling hoard.

While being uproariously full of wit, Wayward has it's deep moments. Gates' takes you inside the mental dialogue of someone trying to find comfort in being a prototype in a mass-produced world.

This book is important because it documents the growth of a new, talented writer. Through the course of reading, the audience will notice that Gates starts out as his own mix of Anthony Bourdain and Augusten Burroughs. Over the course of his travels he manages to find his own genuine voice that can hurl hilarious insults, yet hit you with powerful thoughts on humanity. As the reader's journey ends with Wayward, they are left with an overwhelming question: "When's the next trip?".
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