I Married a Travel Junkie (Paperback)
GemmaMedia, 9781934848432, 208pp.
Publication Date: January 20, 2012
About the Author
Praise For I Married a Travel Junkie…
"An honest memoir by a reluctant traveler brings all the advantages of learning about exotic locales without the indignities, discomforts, and occasional terrors of actually visiting them. Jay Keyser—wit, poet, scholar, and (in this country) bon vivant—offers a pleasurable and edifying way to see the world in the comfort of your own home."--Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Better Angels of our Nature.
"A wild, entertaining, philosophical, eventful book. I identified to the last with the hero."--John Harbison, Composer, Institute Professor of Music, MIT. Chair, Composition, Tanglewood
"The self-effacing stories are full of humor and insight; anyone who has ever struggled with the fear of the unknown will be able to relate. A thoughtful and entertaining travel memoir full of engaging storytelling, this book will delight readers."—Library JournalIn this memoir, husband, former professor, and poet Keyser (linguistics, emeritus, MIT; Raising the Dead) follows the lead of his more adventurous and confident wife on her many trips. He is refreshingly honest about his own shortcomings as a traveler, but his wife, Nancy, has an unquenchable thirst for such journeys—the more distant and strange the better. Though extremely reluctant, Keyser is not one to be left behind. He travels with her around the world, including several trips to Africa, battling fears both real and invented, most of which are exaggerated by his internal monolog. Through these adventures, Keyser comes to learn his own style of traveling and how better to mesh it with his wife’s modus operandi. In the end, he explores within himself what it means to be an individual and part of a couple.