Sunday, March 7, 2010

Book Review: When Wanderer's Cease to Roam

I received this book for Christmas and read it a few weeks ago. What a lovely book! It is written and illustrated by Vivian Swift, who lived a nomadic life for 20 years, until one day she settled down in a town on Long Island Sound and stayed put for 10 years. This book chronicles her life in that sedentary 10 year period. Arranged month-by-month, she focuses on the minutiae of daily life in a small town, painting all the ways rain falls in April, or the many forms mud can take in March. She includes snippets from the local newspaper, which are touching and hilarious.
Along with the adventures of life at home, she includes reminisces of her time abroad. This book reads like some of the best homey blogs I enjoy, as it offers glimpses into the life of a person who finds beauty and inspiration in the details of her environment.