Readers’ Corner, Aug. 2022. Destinations

By Bonnie McCune & Kathleen Duhamel ~

A funeral becomes the destination and the power base for change and friendship in Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral, by Kris Radish. After the death of her friend Annie at age 56, a package arrives for Katherine Givens with the ashes of her free-spirited, altruistic childhood pal, and instructions for a procession from California to Manhattan. Annie’s five closest friends set off, sprinkling her remains as they go. They discover her deepest secrets and share many of their own. These unorthodox mourners come to see the greatness Annie saw in them and attain the courage to act on it.

“Tom Wolfe was right. You can’t go home again because home has ceased to exist except in the mothballs of memory.” In 1960, beloved writer John Steinbeck embarked on a cross-country camper trip to rediscover the country he had spent his life writing about. His traveling companion was standard poodle Charley, who served as a goodwill ambassador. The story of Steinbeck’s journey, Travels With Charley in Search of America, is an unflinching portrait of a country grappling with some of the same issues as today, particularly environmental destruction and deep-seated racism. A classic tale from a literary genius.

Readers suffering from wanderlust will enjoy Braving the World: Adventures in Travel and Retirement, a detailed account of author Pam Saylor’s year-long trip abroad. 

If you’ve ever dreamed of putting your belongings in storage, leaving the country, and heading for parts unknown, this book will be an invaluable resource. Part travelog and part informational guide, Saylor’s book is full of tips for international travelers, offering insight on such topics as cell phone use, banking, and health care. 

Author Kathleen Duhamel writes humorous contemporary romance featuring “seasoned” characters. Her newest is Fed Up. Author Bonne McCune’s latest is Never Retreat, a suspenseful romance in Colorado’s wilderness.

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