A Time of Gifts

Patrick Leigh Fermor's A Time of Gifts puts you in an 18-year-old's hobnailed boots as he hikes across Europe in 1933 and takes scrupulous, even luscious, notes of his trip. I'm hard-pressed to pick better travel writing than this: Well documented, personal and enthusiastic, it reveals a strong ear for voices and an eye for national characteristics (in people, in architecture, in music), Fermor's story is dazzingly convincing. (On a side note, here's yet another clap on the back for the New York Review of Books imprint.)

Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of three books, including his latest novel The Last Kid Left (NPR’s Best Books of the Year). His nonfiction appears in a variety of magazines, mostly GQ. More information can be found at More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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