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Not Now, Voyager

Ever since the explorations of Marco Polo, a lively dialogue has persisted about the pros and cons of travel--its excitement and novelties, its perils and misadventures. With Not Now, Voyager,, Lynne Sharon Schwartz joins that dialogue. Her memoir raises both serious and amusing questions about travel, using her own experiences in Rome, Hawaii, St. Louis, and other places as vivid illustrations.

Not Now, Voyager takes the reader on a voyage of self-discovery, as the author traces how travel has shaped her sensibilities from childhood, when she longed for exotic places, through adulthood, when anxiety almost conquers curiosity. In the telling, Schwartz's personal history takes on new shapes, and her feelings about travel change as she shows who she started out as and who she has become. Above all, this memoir exemplifies a mode of travel in itself: the mind on a journey or quest, pausing here and there, sometimes by design, sometimes by serendipity, lingering, occasionally backtracking, but always on the move.

"Charmingly idiosyncratic." Kirkus Reviews