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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.

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  • 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, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071R8HZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Kaminsky on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrB on September 1, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wifishopper on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gazza212 on 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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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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