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Off the Beaten Page
Off the Beaten Page

Off the Beaten Page

The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways


304 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

Publication Date: May 2013

ISBN 9781613744260

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (May 2013)


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Destinations that offer meaningful cultural experiences

Blending literature and travel, this book offers a look at 15 U.S. destinations featured in the works of famous writers. Designed as a guide to help avid bibliophiles experience, in person, the places they’ve only read about, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith takes readers on lively tours that include a Mark Twain inspired steamboat cruise on the Mississippi, a Devil in the White City view of Chicago in the Gilded Age, a voyage through the footsteps of the immigrants and iconoclasts of San Francisco, and a look at low country Charleston’s rich literary tradition. With advice on planning stress-free group travel and lit trip tips for novices, this resource also features “beyond the book” experiences, such as Broadway shows, Segway tours, and kayaking, making it a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone who wants to extend the experience of a great read.


“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 Biography

Terri 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. She lives in Edina, Minnesota.