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Comment by Dorothy Conlon on February 23, 2010 at 5:10pm
Welcome, Vera. I've just been reading your "A Traveler's Library" and signed up to see more. Like your style. You might enjoy checking out my collection of travel memoirs entitled "At Home in the World" - listed by Tripatini.
Comment by Vera Marie Badertscher on February 23, 2010 at 3:25pm
Hi: I just joined and had to chime in to promote my belief that books that contribute to the experience of travel can come from any department of the book store. At A Traveler's Library I have discussed memoirs,history, novels, poetry, and even cookbooks that add to the experience.
Also, although the note is old, I wanted to comment on the discussion of The Lost Symbol. I pondered it's use as "travel literature" and interviewed the author of Decoding the Lost Symbol on my site. Turns out that despite Brown's claim to careful research, he gives bad directions and descriptions in several cases.
Comment by EnLinea Media on February 12, 2010 at 8:46am
Etiquette Expert Lisa Mirza Grotts Introduces New Book "A Traveler's Passport to Etiquette"

For both the seasoned and not-so-seasoned traveler, certified etiquette consultant and Huffington Post contributor shares top traveling tips and tricks

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Etiquette expert Lisa Mirza Grotts marks her literary debut with A Traveler's Passport to Etiquette, a lighthearted, fact-filled look at traveling with grace and ease. Available online through major retailers including and, this quick and companionable read offers practical advice for every globetrotter.

"People often forget how important it can be to travel with poise and polish," said author Lisa Mirza Grotts. "You never know who you might bump into or what obstacles might be thrown your way. Remain cool-headed and composed, and you'll be able to navigate your way without missing a beat."

A Traveler's Passport to Etiquette takes readers on a voyage through the various phases of an airplane journey. Covering everything from packing right, to making the best of down-time, to re-adjusting upon return, the book addresses each and every need of today's jet-setter with useful pointers and reminders.

"As much as I have traveled, I never knew so much about packing for a trip until I read this book," said Willie L. Brown, Jr., former Mayor of San Francisco. "A fun and fast read!"

Acknowledging that bad manners are sometimes inescapable when traveling, the book stresses the importance of the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would want others to do unto you. "This principle," said Lisa, "is imperative to traveling and to good manners in general!"

About Lisa Mirza Grotts: Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert and contributing writer for the Huffington Post. She is a former director of protocol for the City & County of San Francisco and the founder of The AML Group (, certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Cornell University and Microsoft to Nordstrom and KPMG. She has been quoted by The Sunday Times, the San Francisco Business Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She has appeared on various radio and television stations, such as ABC, CBS, and Fox News. To learn more about Lisa, follow her on or visit her page on the Huffington Post at
Comment by inka piegsa-quischotte on January 16, 2010 at 10:21am
David said, I can mention the award here, so I will. My novel The Househusbands Club has just won the Readers Favorites Award in the category fiction/chick-lit. I know, it's not a travel book, but travel related as most of the plot is set on a cruise ship in South Pacific, a cruise I actually did, unfortunately sans camera, so I can't write a decent travel piece about it.
Comment by inka piegsa-quischotte on January 13, 2010 at 11:31am
Want to know more about Galicia the green and beautiful province in the North of Spain? Ever heard about the Coast of Death, and why the bridge in Pontedeume has a brick missing? Then take a look at my Guide to Galicia, available from guidegecko. Preview is free.
Comment by West Africa Discovery on December 21, 2009 at 11:13am
Check out our selection of books from West Africa! When you buy them through our website, the affiliation scheme money generated all goes to our chosen charity Medecins sans Frontieres ( - Follow this link ->
Comment by David Paul Appell on November 19, 2009 at 2:00pm
Nice piece, Terry! But when in the bloody heck did you find time to read all them? Hope you're doing well. Are you still in town over the holidays?
Comment by Terence Baker on November 19, 2009 at 12:42pm
Comment by José Balido on October 13, 2009 at 4:03pm
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Comment by Max Pesling on September 25, 2009 at 4:33pm
I loved the Lost Symbol, David. Then again, I think Dan Brown is great. I know it's just bubble gum for the mind, but it's a great flavor of bubble gum and frankly, it's a fun ride. So when's the movie coming out??



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