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Places in Time: Reflections on a Journey Paperback – December 10, 2013
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"Appealingly graceful ...Schur is gentle and generous, opening herself to the mystery of others and amply rewarded for the effort." San Francisco Chronicle
"The author's reflections on her life-changing journey more than thirty years later are the subject of this remarkable book. Schur's determination "not merely to observe, but to accept, even integrate" with other cultures distinguishes this essay collection from most travel memoirs. More than just a collection of travel stories, Places in Time is a celebration of rural life and the healing power of community."---Foreword Magazine
"Writing with so much humor, suspense and wisdom ...This is what travel memoirs should be and so seldom are. "-- San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Maxine Rose Schur is a children's book author and travel journalist. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Insight Guides, Salon.com, Jetsetter, Escape and travel essay anthologies by Traveler's Tales and Random House. She has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award given by the Society of American Travel Writers
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“Places in Time” is a beautiful love letter from Schur to her youth and the newness of the world before her. Berkley of the 60’s is becoming too suffocating for in its activism and ardency for Schur and her new boyfriend. Schur decides that they must get married and get away and that’s exactly what they do. Traveling with little money and a lot of trust in the universe the couple set out on a grand adventure. Illustrated with Schur’s travel pictures, we get a beautiful and sunny view of the world that is refreshing in its trust of the good in everyone. In France Schur and her husband meet a man who balances a hammer on his nose and we get a picture of the trick that brings a smile to the face. The world in the 60’s was much larger but in “Places in Time” we get a sense of a community and brotherhood with like souls. The Reader hitchhikes in time with Shur and her husband and it is a wonderful feeling.
Schur waited years to write this novel and did so based on her letters to her father. She has a beautiful writing style with a smooth and engaging flow. Readers will be charmed by her description of the time spent in Switzerland and will understand the wonder Schur felt as she inventories the kitchen of her rented home. Readers will be transfixed by the tale of drinks with a Canadian and his Turkish guide as the guide gives Schur and her husband a good look at the wonderfully forgiving people of Turkey. Readers hearts will weep for the father who lost his son and is responsible for a near death experience viewed through an alcohol and Dramamine fuelled haze.
Schur gives us a look at the beauty and good of the world. “Places in Time” is a travel memoir written in retrospect and done right. This is travel memoir to be read on a sunny day in a nook with a favorite beverage nearby. If you like travel stories or memoirs, “Places in Time” is one not to be missed.