While ancient Greece's traditions are at the heart of our American democracy, modern Greece has become notorious for making headlines as an economic harbinger of doom. Kass finds a desperate situation in Greece: the citizens are frustrated and in despair, due to government corruption and the inevitable fiscal disaster that follows (a situation not unfamiliar to the ready hypocrisies and injustices of Chicago that Kass regularly unearths in his daily column). In the same balanced style that has won him respect from readers and peers alike, Kass sojourns from Athens to his ancestral village of Rizes, finding moments of hope that are uplifting and poignant as well as interpersonal stories that are eminently memorable.
From Greece, Kass crosses the Aegean sea to neighboring Turkey—a country that may be Greece's inverse when it comes to both economics (Turkish GDP growth has boomed over the past decade) and democracy. Turkey is painted as a place of burgeoning democracy driven by Islamist reformers, which is a far cry from the republic's founding and unique status as a secular Islamist state. Traveling from Istanbul to Ankara, and then to the ancient city of Izmir with its rich shared Turkish-Greek history, Kass discovers not only the intimate intertwining of Greece and Turkey, but also his own deep, personal connections to the two lands. Kass brilliantly highlights the surprising circumstances these two countries share, not only with each other but with his hometown of Chicago and with Illinois and the United States as a whole.
John Kass's Odyssey is a unique mixture of personal travel story and up-to-the-minute political journalism. The up-close humanity evoked through Kass's journalistic voice creates stories that are relatable, near, and more urgent than any front-page headline could ever hope to be. For Chicagoans, who by and large live in ethnically diverse communities and identify their city as a hub of Greek culture, these stories take on even broader meanings. When Kass concludes his journey at Easter Mass in a Greek Orthodox church in the heart of Istanbul, readers will feel that this could be anywhere—taking place as much on South Halsted Street as it could be in the Hagia Sophia. It will surely appeal to those interested in international affairs, history, religion, and travel writing, in addition to the many readers who are consistently rapt by the writing of one of Chicago's finest journalists.
travels through areas of the world most would not tackle, in her mid-life, she
searched fifteen years for courage by confronting fear.
Sally DeMasi stepped from her comfort zone to expand new
horizons and face her personal fears. Leaving
a lucrative career behind, turning her back on millions in stock options, she chose
a backpack over a rolling suitcase.
Staying in hostels, traveling as locals do by bus, dolmuses,
and ferries or on foot, she defiantly overcame - walking the streets of
Nairobi, paddling down the angry Amazon River, meeting the empathetic people of
Turkey, and, even in her new home state, challenging the major Salmon River rapids
in Hell’s Canyon and beyond, with a new love.
She conquered her fears.
DeMasi provides vivid descriptions of people she met on her
travels and her dangerous encounters as she peeled
away the layers and repetition of an old life to reveal her real and confident
self, a new refreshed and distinctive lens of self-discovery.
Now a professional photographer and author, DeMasi’s book is
embellished with colorful, insightful photographs thoughtfully framed, capturing
her new “adventurous” self. “Courage
Quest” reveals a story of personal growth that is both uplifting and inspiring.
Sally’s story offers encouragement to others, regardless of
age or gender, to understand and overcome fear of the unknown; to seek and experience
the joy of life’s treasures with a new self-awareness, confidence and the
ability to live life fully. The reader may find a path within this memoir to
explore how to reinvent theirs.
"Unexpected beauty unfolds in dangerous circumstances
in Sally DeMasi's new book "Courage Quest." Through her recollections
of solo adventure travel she experiences personal growth with newly found
courage extracted from being forced out of her comfort zone. I enjoyed learning
of fascinating places and people as though I had been packed in her super light
backpack going along for the ride, and
anxiously awaiting the outcome."
Dania Van Schuyler
distills her extensive experience in global traveling into challenging
“I did not realize
at the time that I was visiting one of the most important sacred sites in the
world to heal the body, enlighten the mind, and inspire the heart.”
Ms. DeMasi’s experiences will do the same for you not only through
reading the text, but following her ‘footsteps’ and suggestions at the end of
Michael found that most of his travel experiences in Turkey were great, but he quickly learned to keep a wary eye towards the potential negative, which was, fortunately for him, atypical and rare. There are almost always unsettling, rare surprises that do pop up now and again in your travels. Michael hopes they don't happen to you. But if they do, hopefully, you're all the wiser for reading about them in these pages.
The Travel Tales Collection, Turkey 1, features stories of incredible hospitality, love, despair, ignominy, war, and more.
Whether you are just an armchair adventurer or are actually planning a trip to Turkey, Travel Tales Collection, Turkey 1 will provide you with many interesting and useful insights about the land and people of Turkey.
The Travel Tales Collection, Turkey 1, is part of Michael Brein’s Collections travel tales series and contains among the best travel stories from Michael’s huge collection of travel tales that he has gathered in interviews with nearly 1,750 world travelers and adventurers during his four decades of travel to more than 125 countries throughout the world.
Travel Tales Collections are groups of very interesting similar travel stories of a kind on a variety of very specific travel subjects, themes, or countries, such as close calls, great escapes, pickpocketing, scams, safety and security in travel, Paris, Morocco, Mexico, and so on.
Eventually, several hundred Collections on all sorts of specific travel subjects, themes, and countries will be available on all the major eReaders.
Future Collections and other ebooks will also include additional travel stories on Turkey.