A Hard Place to Leave: Stories from a Restless Life

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Travelers' Tales
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Marcia DeSanctis is a journalist, essayist, and author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go, a New York Times travel bestseller. She has won five Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers and is the recipient of two Grand Prize Solas Awards including the 2021 Gold Award for Travel Story of the Year. Before becoming a writer, she was a television news producer for ABC, NBC and CBS News. She lives in Connecticut.

Praise for A Hard Place to Leave

"Intrepid and empathetic, gifted with the dispassionate gaze of a
born observer...a harmonious collage of worldview and character, a
wunderkammer of experiences in a life fully lived." -Melissa Febos, The New York Times

"Dazzling....inspiring and beautifully written, A Hard Place to Leave is a must-read for any woman traveler-and a must-read for women in general." --Forbes

"Along the way, DeSanctis encounters spies and love
interests, but it's her lushly polished writing that makes this book a joy to
read." --The Washington Post

"The essays might be framed as travel writing, but they are just as much
stories of self-definition that take place here, there, and
everywhere." --Vogue

"Excellent--I can't rave about it enough." --Air Mail

"The luminous essays of journalist Marcia DeSanctis's A Hard Place to Leave juxtapose the restless search for elsewhere with longing for home." --ForeWord Magazine starred review

"DeSanctis writes fabulously, brutally and beautifully." --Electric Lit"Marcia DeSanctis is an icon in the realm of travel writing, and essay writing as well." --Air Mail
"These probing, achingly beautiful essays form an indelible portrait of a life. Who is this woman with her many, at times contradictory, facets? She is an adventurer, journalist, wife, mother, daughter, her world set spinning by the brilliance of her mind, the tenacity of her love for her family, and the intensity of her longing to be anywhere but here. Through the very act of interrogating her own restlessness, Marcia DeSanctis provides us with a tantalizing window into a rich and singular world." --Dani Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Inheritance

"Marcia DeSanctis's A Hard Place to Leave is perfumed with lush, luminous language as she sweeps us all across the globe. From Moscow to Cape Town, quiet New England to Sweden, these tender portraits grow on us like a spring garden." --Aimee Nezhukumatathil, New York Times bestselling author of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments "DeSanctis weaves together both ordinary and extraordinary
life events to reveal universal truths." --Princeton Alumni Weekly

"These essays are pulled from a decade of writing and span
40 years of experience and inquiry, with intimate pictures of home woven throughout.
They're honest, warm, and thoughtful. This collection feels relatable to both a
reader who might be a world traveler and also someone who wants to take those
journeys via the written word." --Lisa Peet, Bloom

"Never has a travel memoir put the ordinary and the extraordinary in such tight and revelatory conversation. A Hard Place to Leave brims over with intelligence and human truth. More than just a recounting of a life boldly and peripatetically lived, it's a reckoning with the passage of time, with one's own undying urges. I knew myself better by the end of this book, thanks to the fierce honesty and perpetual questing of Marcia DeSanctis." --Colleen Kinder, editor of Letter to a Stranger

"There is such honest