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

Tom Gates
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Book Description

Wayward is a gripping, observant and hilarious collection of travel pieces written by Tom Gates, who here re-invents himself as accomplished writer after fifteen years of working with some of the biggest names in the music business. His travel stories have had millions of views online and are collected within for the first time. The content of Wayward was written during a yearlong trip around the world, during which the author lived in twelve countries over twelve months.

Gates' writing has been described as “evocative”, “hilarious” and “brilliant.”

He has been described as a “wanker”, “kind of a dipshit” and “retarded”.

"Wayward isn’t strictly a travelogue or a guide by any means. The book reads like a diary, with chapters dedicated to everything from watching Obama’s inauguration in an Argentinian bar, to viewing a dubbed version of the newest Star Trek film in France and trying to understand the plot despite not speaking French, to remembering the ecstasy and pain of his first love just before breaking up with his then-boyfriend in Berlin, to eating dog in Vietnam, to his experience working with Patti Smith in New York. It’s a little scatterbrained, but Gates’ lively, conversational writing style bring all the disparate pieces together for an engaging, enjoyable read." (FORBES)

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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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071R8HZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read February 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired... February 26, 2012
By Susan G
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest look into one man's adventures April 11, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn how to enjoy your travels September 1, 2012
By MrB
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars i LOL'd. a lot. February 18, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and often hilarious February 14, 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An honest, raw, and engaging read. August 13, 2013
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Tom Gates is an American who traveled to Singapore, and the only thing he felt compelled to write about was the country's domestic policies on chewing gum. People looking for a guidebook or travelogue should look elsewhere, as that is certainly not what this book is. This book doesn't really have any good advice. It's almost a cautionary tale, except it doesn't really have any moral lessons to teach. It's just a collection of the author's thoughts, observations, and reflections as he traveled the globe. If you are like me and are interested in reading that sort of nonsense, then you will probably find this book to be a fantastic read. I really enjoyed it. I found this book to be incredibly engaging and finished it in no time. It is well-written, especially for a self-published book, and the author's style of writing is true to his unique voice: honest, raw, and engaging.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars book
funny funny funny awesome awesome awesome
I would read any more books that he has written, I love traveling and I can relate to his stories
Published 20 months ago by louise gorraiz
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally pathetic
I think this must rank as just about the worst book I've ever read part of (I skipped a lot of boring nonsense) and i have read thousands of books. Read more
Published on February 22, 2013 by Hercule Poirot
5.0 out of 5 stars A must Read
I already own the e-version, but I love it so much I bought another copy. I look forward to reading it again this summer while sipping a margarita and daydreaming of my days... Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by gazza212
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing (and worth every penny)
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a blog post by Tom Gates called "On Drowning," which he wrote about the break-up of the band he managed at the time. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Eric M Jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great
This book had me laughing, crying and laughing some more. I didn't want the adventure to end! I hope Mr. Gates is working on another book as I type this..
Published on March 21, 2012 by Lisa A. Schmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars "The End Could be Just the Beginning for Gates"
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... Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Alex N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Moving
Warning: If you have a significant other, and you like to read in bed before going to sleep, and your spouse/partner is already asleep, DO NOT read this book. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Ken Howard, LCSW
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