When Wanderers Cease to Roam

A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put

Swift, Vivian

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When Wanderers Cease to Roam
A charming, illustrated celebration of puttering, doodling, daydreaming, and settling down after years on the road. Following a lifetime of trekking across the globe, Vivian Swift racked up twenty-three temporary addresses in twenty 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, month by month, the beautifully mundane perks of remaining at home--from curious notices in the local paper to the variations of autumnal clouds. At once gorgeously rendered and wholly original, this delightful and masterfully observed year of staying put shows us how the details of travel and the details of our lives remain with us--how they can nurture and sustain us, and how the past and the present become, in the end, intertwined.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2008.
Edition: 1st. U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781596914612
Characteristics: 199 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;,24 cm.


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Apr 11, 2012
  • gitanag rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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).


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