Book Reviews Archive

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

She is a photojournalist with a passion for telling the stories of people in desperate circumstances in dangerous places. These are places to be visited currently only by humanitarian workers and professional journalists. Packing pretty much only her camera equipment, this award-winning woman dropped into war zones to cover the humanitarian plights of people there—citizens, soldiers, women and children. She transports her readers to virtually …

DEEP SURVIVAL Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Review by IWTC DEEP SURVIVAL was published in 2004 but offers such a wealth of useful information that applies to travel that we had to review it.  For starters, the author, Laurence Gonzales, researched and wrote this book because his father was a combat pilot in WWII that crashed, was taken prisoner and managed to survive.  The author wondered what it was that allowed his father to …

Black and (A)broad: Traveling Beyond the Limitations of Identity

by Carolyn Vines Review by Marta Turnbull Travel memoirs are all about providing fun armchair travel with a bit a voyeurism tossed in. Crawling inside someone else’s travel experience lets us hitch a ride as the memoir writer bumps into curious cultures, weird food, and awkward interactions. We readers feel the writer’s discomfort as she bumbles into foreign social mores, trying to successfully fit in. …

A Diamond in the Desert – Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the World’s Richest City  

by Jo Tatchell Review by:  Julie Kreutzer This very interesting book, was written by a woman who was a child of British Ex-Pats with a catering business at the start of Abu Dhabi’s boom.  She saw Abu Dhabi, UAE grow from a mostly sand stretched and undeveloped desert and coastline to the gleaming city it is today.  She has a birds-eye perspective from having grown …

The Oblivion Seekers

Review by Marta Turnbull I feel like I just time traveled through northern Africa of the early 1900’s. The Oblivion Seekers (translated by Paul Bowles) is a little book of short stories about dreamy desert landscapes; scruffy smoky kif dens; and the vagabond’s tales of impermanence. My two favorite stories are “Pencilled Notes,” and the one for which the book is named, “The Oblivion Seekers.” …

A Female Guide to Solo Travel

This book is for all the women who wanted to travel alone around the world, but felt it was not safe; and maybe resented their male friends who did it. Lisa Eldridge, the author, has found ways to travel solo as a woman and make it work. She does it deliberately and ethically, in a word–smart. So if you or one of your women friends or …