When Wanderers Cease to Roam
A Traveler's Journal of Staying PutBook - 2008
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.
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.
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.