Category Archives: Nonfiction – Travel

Thoughts on Paul Kriwaczek’s In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World’s First Prophet

I read this book because the protagonist of one of the many novels I want to write was born into Zoroastrian family. I am well aware that the previous sentence way well be the most interesting sentence in this review, … Continue reading

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A Review of Kim Barker’s The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan (by Bethany)

This book was nothing at all like I expected. I bought it (before my book-buying fast, I should add) when it became clear that one of the pieces of fiction I’m working on might need to include some farcical elements … Continue reading

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A Review of Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act (by Bethany)

Up until recently, I worked at a chain of tutoring and learning centers in the Bay Area. Modeled on the Asian-style “cram school,” these centers offered one-on-one tutoring,   SAT-, ACT-, and AP-prep classes, and other classes for younger students designed … Continue reading

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On the road again…. Anitober begins with a review of John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley (by Jill)

This is the first book in my “Anitober” reading challenge, in which I finally read books recommended to me by my old college roommate, Anita.  Travels with Charley was the first book I remember Anita recommending to me, sometime back … Continue reading

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A Review of Geoff Dyer’s Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It (by Bethany)

This book is not about yoga. Not in the slightest little bit. This book is many things – a collection of travel essays, a memoir of the early stages of a nervous breakdown, a contemplation of geography and history and time, a narrative … Continue reading

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