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The Turk Who Loved Apples
and Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World

by Matt Gross

A celebration of independent travel, Matt Gross' The Turk Who Loved Apples collects never-before-published essays spanning his many journeys. Throughout, Gross invites readers into the wild adventures and somber realities of a life in motion, taking us from Third World countries to rich European ports. Along the way, we encounter an array of memorable characters-a Cambodian prostitute whom Gross befriends in Phnom Phen; a barefoot French millionaire taking a ferry from Dover to Calais.

A paean to unplanned moments that "happened so naturally and beautifully they overshadowed the quotidian parts of the trip," The Turk Who Loved Apples delineates the difference between a tourist and a traveler, and reminds us that an open mind to new people and strange places is the best means of breaking free from the constraints of modern travel and, perhaps, modern life.
The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World
Matt Gross, Author
Da Capo Press (April 23, 2013)
ISBN-10: 030682115X
ISBN-13: 978-0306821158

About the Author:
Matt Gross has written nearly 200 articles for the New York Times Travel section, including his columns "Frugal Traveler" and "Getting Lost." The editor of, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. Photo credit: Tracy Sham.




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