• Places in Time was named the 2006 Best Travel Book of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association.
• Places in Time won the the 2006 Gold Award for Best Travel Book of the Year by the Western Region of the Society of American Travel Writers.
• Second Edition by Capra Press
For years readers have delighted in Maxine Rose Schur’s award-winning travel essays. Now, all the tales of her unusual honeymoon are gathered in one illustrated volume. Whether camping in the center of Paris, dangling off a Panamanian tramp steamer, or hitching across Australia, her tales are funny, exciting and tender.
Maxine Rose Schur set out to see the world. With high spirits and little money, the author traveled not only far geographically, but emotionally, toward the hearts of others. She faced the violent grief of a Mexican sheriff, celebrated a wild elopement in Turkey and was initiated into a mysterious daily ritual with an Iranian forest ranger. Looking back, she tempers her youthful encounters with mid-life wisdom, capturing the spirit of all those she met, and evoking cherished places in time.
If you’re looking for travel writing that blends gentle insight with delicious surprise, fasten thse seatbelt on your armchair and come along.
Reviews of Places in Time:
“The author’s obsession with not merely observing but slipping into the fold of other cultures distinguishes the collection of essays based on her 18-month around-the-world honeymoon in 1971. She could have told a rollicking good story had she written about it immediately after returning home, but by steeping in real life for years, the tales take on a transformative power. She writes with so much humor, suspense and wisdom. This is what travel memoirs should be, and so seldom are.”
Christine Delsol, Deputy Travel Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
"I enjoyed Places in Time immensely. I had read several of the stories before but was happy to be reminded of them. Maxine Rose Schur has a lovely lyrical quality to her writing and a poetic way of presenting her observations."
Larry Habegger, Founder/Publisher, Traveler’s Tales Inc.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the book."
Jeff Gerstl, Travel Hub Radio
"Appealingly graceful ...Schur is gentle and generous, opening herself to the mystery of others and amply rewarded for the effort."
Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle February 8, 2006
"Schur’s determination not merely to observe, but to accept, even integrate with other cultures distinguishes this essay collection from most travel memoirs. A thrilling read…her amazing story speaks for itself."
Aimee Sabo, Foreword Magazine
“These essays are memorable in their reach: more than just recounting events in the life of the writer, they capture the atmosphere; they also distill the character of the local peopleand recount their stories. Schur's fascinating account of her young life as a trusting, adventurous traveler will
make the reader long for the seemingly carefree travel of the days before 9/11.”
Lisa N. Johnston, Library Journal, February 15, 2006
Maxine Rose Schur is a children’s book author and travel journalist. Her essays have appeared in many publications including The San Francisco Examiner, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Traveler’s Tales, Insight Guides, and Salon.com. She has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award given by the Society of American Travel Writers.
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Photos from left: Baja California, Mexico. Camel Train, Iran. Troistorrents, Switzerland. Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Cover of Maxine's latest book: Places in Time.