Books & Film

Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 31, 2014 /
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By now, you’ve read Francis Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun, seen the movie, read the sequels. But wait! There’s more! And this is one book you’ll definitely want to pick up. It’s Recipes from our Italian Kitchen: The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, by Francis Mayes and Edward Mayes.


War Creek

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 13, 2014 /
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Have you ever read a book with such an extraordinary sense of place that you either felt at home –or longed to feel at home– there? Have you ever traveled to a place where you immediately felt at home? What is the unique draw of these places? And why do these places affect each of us so differently?

Chucking It All: A Tale of Living in Orkney

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 31, 2014 /
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There are special places which capture our imagination – and we dream and dream of being there. Tuscany, Fiji, Provence, Iceland, the Orkney Islands. There are books written by people who have moved to these places, which tell of the travails of settling in, of intercultural adjustment and learning to be a local.

Fireflies: A Writer's Notebook

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 26, 2014 /
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Writing is both a creative and a solitary endeavor. Sometimes, we write furiously, racing to wring every last beautiful word out of our mind before we forget. At other times, it can be difficult to think of the words you want to write. For the latter, I've found a wonderful writer's notebook that inspires - and allows your brain to roam free in search of memories, words, ideas.

Exploring New York with Moon and Julie Schwietert Collazo

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 17, 2014 /
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Everyone loves Moon Handbooks - they are, by far, the most interesting travel guidebooks available. Packed with photos, tips, and the essence of place, these are guides for thinking people, that love to learn more, more, more about where they are going.

This is Happening Now

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 10, 2014 /
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There’s something special about live theatre. Not only the magic of performance, but also being present for something that changes every night. Yes, the dialogue is the same, but the actors, crew, and audience make it different each night. No wonder we love it so.

How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 09, 2014 /
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Have you ever held treasure in your hands? You know, those books that make you laugh out loud throughout the entire book, nod your head in agreement, text best friends great lines, and induce a flurry of both written and oral recommendations on book sites and in person?

Empress of the Night Author Eva Stachniak on Writing, Travel, and Inspiration

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 08, 2014 /
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In the maelstrom of facts and myths that is history, dates, personages, and events both cataclysmic and small swirl throughout time, gradually losing force as new events take place, new rulers ascend, new wars obliterate memories of past battles.

Travel Writers Share their Favorite Travel Books

by EdventureGirl / Aug 30, 2012 /
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Imagine: You’re sitting on the beach of a tropical island in the middle of paradise. Your beach chair is painted white, no splinters, and your feet are in the sparkling blue sea. Gulls cry overhead, and hermit crabs make tracks across the white expanse of sand. Behind you, palm trees wave their branches in the slight breeze and tropical birds serenade your perfect evening. You decide it’s the perfect moment to read your new adventure travel novel. Reaching into your bag, you pull out... what?

Book Review - Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide

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I've recently been entranced with a guidebook series, written by James Kaiser (see our interview with this award-winning author and photographer here).