Destinations that offer meaningful cultural experiencesOff the Beaten Page encourages avid readers, particularly those in book clubs and other groups, to leave the security of their living rooms and seek to experience in person the places they’ve read about. Inspired by years of excursions with her own book club, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith offers lively, expert guidance through fifteen US destinations ideal for anyone eager to mix their love of travel and quality time with friends or family with their desire for meaningful cultural experiences.
Reviews“It seems avid readers are equally intrepid travelers, and this handy guide caters to both impulses; in focusing on several literary destinations in the U.S., the author profiles an author from that city and adds reading lists to other related reading items.”—Booklist
"If you like to travel and you like literature, I am telling you you're going to love this book. I think it was made for me."—Maureen Langen, KGO Radio, San Francisco
?“Off the Beaten Page ...provides itineraries and reading lists for literary-minded tours of 15 cities across the country, from Boston and Newport, R.I., to San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Seattle. Smith, who is clearly a voracious reader, is a friendly guide. She tells you where in St. Paul to find the house in which F. Scott Fitzgerald finished writing This Side of Paradise, the one he described as 'a house below the average on a street above the average.'”—Boston Globe
"Designed for lovers of literature and travel, Off the Beaten Page turns the power of a great story into a travel experience, taking readers on a tour of America’s most literary destinations."—Minnesota Monthly
?"Author Terri Peterson Smith invites you to take the age-old saying 'lose yourself in a good book' a step further and actually visit the setting of a beloved novel or the spot where your favorite author penned a tale."—5280 The Denver Magazine
"A bookworm’s dream, this title is an inspiring, unique read. Book clubs and the literary-minded will love it for the travel ideas, book lists, and delightful commentary on each city’s history. Highly recommended."—LJ Xpress Starred Review
Author BiographyTerri Peterson Smith is a journalist and editor. Her work has been featured in Acura Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Continental, National Geographic Green Guide, and Scientific American.