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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Cephalopod Coffee House: April 2017

Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month.  Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.  

I'm a big fan of the Best Travel Writing series. We recently put the Best Travel Writing of 2016 onto the shelf in the library and I had to check the book out. This year's book was edited by Bill Bryson and he selected many wonderful pieces. However, each year, this series never fails to capture the best of the best from that particular year.

Rotten Ice, a story about the melting ice caps and how it affects the people in Greenland, brought me to tears. Life in the arctic has changed because the ice is melting and jobs are changing. There are many suicides in the arctic because of that change, which shocked me. I almost want to photocopy this story and send express to Donald Trump.

My favorite had to be White Guy in a Djellaba, which was about travel in Morocco. I've always wanted to go to Morocco and Egypt, so the tales of eating tagine, lamb, and other Middle Eastern fares drew me in. Also, the travel and descriptions of the landscapes really drew me in.

I'd recommend this series because the selections are diverse. There is a travel story for everyone and a story everyone could relate to.


  1. This sounds a very interesting book.

  2. I find that I like hearing about travel stories and rarely actually read them. Perhaps I'll pick this one up and really read it. I'll have an experience of a different place without leaving home. Cool review.

  3. I love travel writing. I'm reading a great book about China right now. I'm sure I'll share details before too long.

    I am also curious about Morocco - definitely on my wish list!

  4. Awesome. I wonder if there are locations from inside the US? We have a large crew and usually drive on vacation...
    Thanks for sharing!
    V :)