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THE A5 BOOK REVIEW
The Kindness of Strangers is a wonderful anthology of travel stories edited by Don George honoring the connections built through humans caring for humans, whatever the background, religion or culture. This is one of our top recommendations. These unexpected encounters of kindness are often the most memorable of the trip. Sometimes these incidents can simply be humorous, like the London cabbie who returned lost money to Douglas Cruickshank, or Carolyn Swindell's experience with a sales assistant in a women's clothing shop in Buenos Aires who flat out refused to sell her plain and practical underwear. Other times these moments can be more serious, like Amanda Jones getting lost in a late night walk in the Sahara, or Jeff Greenwald's cross-country hitchhiking with an odd and dangerous couple. The book combines essays from famous writers like Dave Eggers and anecdotes from people like the famous restaurateur Alice Waters. Other contributors include notable travel authors Jan Morris, Pico Iyer, Rolf Potts, Tim Cahill, and Simon Winchester. All in all, this travel book is a great testament to the vulnerabilities of travel and the basic humanity in all of us.
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OTHER A5 RECOMMENDED TRAVEL WRITING COLLECTIONS - DON GEORGE
Don George is one of the most prominent editors of travel writing collections, having a long career as the Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet and as a frequent contributor for National Geographic Traveler magazine. Learn more about Don George here.
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PREFACE TO THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
"Through kindness, through affection, through honesty, through truth and justice toward all others, we benefit ourselves as well. This is a matter of common sense. There is no denying that consideration of others is worthwhile. Our own happiness is inextricably bound up with the happiness of others."
- His Holiness The Dalai Lama, in perhaps one of the best quotes ever in a preface