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

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Length: 124 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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: #665,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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. It will have you laughing out loud and your spouse/partner is likely to moan and mumble something you really don't want to hear in full voice. :) This book makes the world feel a little smaller, a little weirder, and certainly more wonderful, all due to the view of the world shared by Tom Gates. A delightful read for yourself, and would make a great gift book for someone who needs a lift. Highly recommended and looking forward to more from this author -- what will he think of next? Whatever it is, I'm keeping an eye out for it. My husband can sleep some other time! :)
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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. That band happened to be The Format, which was one of my favorites throughout college. The essay was fantastic, and I was happy to find out that it was part of a larger collection of stories that he had written about a year spent traveling the world.

The writing is good, but I think that the best part of Wayward is the incredibly honesty that Gates brings to his stories. He never pulls punches or leaves out details, no matter how heart-breaking they might be.

Well worth the five bucks.
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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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