Monday, January 10, 2011
When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put by Vivian Swift
She observes the seasons of her life month my month and each month she offers a wide array of watercolor paintings of her world plus observations about her town and her present life but then she writes what she calls micro-memoirs about her years of travel: birthday memories, husbands and fiances, adventures in exotic locations, danger while traveling.
Each month is loosely thematic like March is tea month and November is good-bye month. The whole book read like a poem. It was peppered with quotes and ticket stubs and cats and odd people she met. I loved the drawing of the dozens of odd lost mittens that she had found in her town.
It conveyed warmth and sentimentality and a life really well lived. It is possible to write an interesting memoir if you have a regular life and don't star in a movie or have some terrible disease.
This book reads quickly and it becomes a kind of almanac: a book I could leave on my bed table and refer to again and again. For this reason it is not a great book to check out of the library. It is charming and worthy of an afternoon and a cup of tea especially if you are looking for ideas and inspiration and another way of telling a true story.