Review: When Wanderers Cease to Roam
Vivian Swift has led an interesting, nomadic life. After living in 23 different places in 20 years, she decided to stay put in a small village on Long Island Sound. When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put is so much more than her journal for a year of “staying put.” This is one of those books that is hard to categorize or describe. Yes, it is a journal, but it also tells of Vivian’s past (she’s kept a journal since she was 19.) There are some tidbits of news from the local village and some delightful quotes. There are also some interesting facts about things like the teacup handle and why we start our year with January. And, oh, the illustrations! Some of that may sound dull, but this book is anything but!
I adored this book. The drawings are beautiful and I found myself poring over every detail in them. The best thing about this book, though, is the fact that it reminds us to take delight in and be thankful for the small, everyday things in life – things like a bird’s feather, an animal’s tracks in the snow, or a shady spot in the summer. This book was published by Bloomsbury on October 28.
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