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The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the Worldby Matt Gross
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While writing his celebrated Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times, Matt Gross began to feel hemmed in by its focus on what he thought of as traveling on the cheap at all costs.” When his editor offered him the opportunity to do something less structured, the Getting Lost series was born, and Gross began a more immersive form of travel that allowed him to lose his way all over the globe”—from developing-world megalopolises to venerable European capitals, from American sprawl to Asian archipelagos. And thats what the never-before-published material in The Turk Who Loved Apples is all about: breaking free of the constraints of modern travel and letting the place itself guide you. Its a variety of travel youll love to experience vicariously through Matt Gross—and maybe even be inspired to try for yourself.
"Gross once hopped between cities as The New York Times 'Frugal Traveler', and here the Brooklyn resident mulls an affinity for travel that began when he was a child, 'sitting in the backseat of the fam-ily station wagon, looking out the window.' Rather than simply rehash pieces from over the years, though, Gross gets introspective. He recalls foods consumed in Southeast Asia, for example, and the items that wreaked havoc on his digestive system. He had taken medication beforehand. 'But none of those had protected me from the shrimp curry I'd eaten... Or the pho... Or the tap water I used to brush my teeth. Or the fat chunks of ice in my beer...' But he also wonders if a 'giardia-free world' 'would mean a life of eating without consequences, and that felt far too easy.' Gross talks about the 55-year-old Turkish farmer in whose apple orchards he volunteered for several days in exchange for food and lodging. Their meeting affected him tremendously, giving him greater confidence. Reflections and ex-periences like these keep Gross's work from getting too self-involved and add substance to what could have been one travel writer's self-indulgent catch-all. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
Since April 2005, Matt Gross has written nearly 200 stories for the New York Times travel section, and from 2006 to 2010 was the papers Frugal Traveler” columnist. Last summer he began writing Getting Lost,” a bimonthly series of travel cover stories for the Times.
Gross continues to freelance for Saveur and Afar magazines, and is writing a biweekly column, The Voyager,” for GetCurrency.com, a personal-finance Website started by American Express. With three other journalists, he launched DadWagon.com, a parenting blog. His work has also appeared on WorldHum.com, Nerve.com and in Portfolio.
Gross grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Williamsburg, Virginia, and got both his B.A. and M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Jean, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sasha.
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