When Wanderers Cease to Roam

When Wanderers Cease to Roam

A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put

Book - 2008
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An illustrated account documents the author's process of settling down in a permanent home after living at nearly two dozen temporary addresses, after which she spent a subsequent decade taking stock of her life and surroundings. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

Following a lifetime of trekking across the globe, Vivian Swift, a freelance designer who racked up 23 temporary addresses in 20 years, finally dropped her well-worn futon mattress and rucksack in a small town on the edge of the Long Island Sound. She spent the next decade quietly taking stock of her life, her immediate surroundings, and, finally, what it means to call a place a home.
The result is When Wanderers Cease to Roam. Filled with watercolors of beautiful local landscapes, seasonal activities, and small, overlooked pleasures of easy living, each chapter chronicles the perks of remaining at home, including recipes, hobbies, and prized possessions of the small town lifestyle. At once gorgeously rendered and wholly original, this delightful and masterfully observed year of staying put conjures everything from youthful yearnings and romantic travels to lumpy, homemade sweaters and the gradations of March mud.

& Taylor

Presents the author's journal entries and sketches of her home on the Long Island Sound, where she settled after traveling the world and desiring a quiet place to analyze her life.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2008
Edition: 1st. U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596914612
Branch Call Number: 910.4092 S9777w 2008
Characteristics: 199 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Apr 11, 2012

Staying home never looked so interesting, elegant and just plain fun!

Illustrated journals, scrapbooks, memoirs. You've seen them all, right? Wrong. In "When Wanders Cease to Roam" Vivian Swift brings a breath of fresh air to a genre that is in danger of becoming too stultifying. Her deft combination of crisp watercolor images and text (her own thoughtful reflections along with delightful quotes and obscure and amazing anecdotes) keeps you turning the pages. Of special note is how Swift skillfully composes each page leaving plenty of room for the reader's eye and imagination to add to the experience.

This book is like a chocolate box offering an array of treasures to be considered and then sampled in any order you please. Best of all, unlike chocolates, you can go back to enjoy this book over and over again.

A great book for travelers (both the active and armchair kind), artists, writers and anyone who enjoys the company of a smart, opinionated thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny traveler who has learned the joys of staying put.

And if you like this then don't miss her new book "Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France" (coming out April 2012).

Jun 18, 2009

A friend told me about this book, and I love it! It's one to savor. Read a random page now and then. Well-traveled Vivian goes through the seasons month by month, describing and beautifully illustrating the pleasures of "staying put."


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