Friday, March 23, 2012

Arthur Frommer on Doug Mack's EUROPE ON 5 WRONG TURNS A DAY

EUROPE ON 5 WRONG TURNS A DAY relates the misadventures of an inexperienced, semi-inept traveler and what happens to him when he journeys through Europe with an outdated, 1963 edition of Arthur Frommer's EUROPE ON FIVE DOLLARS A DAY.  This unique travel memoir, written by Doug Mack and due to be released the first week of April, is filled with humor as well as reflection on the modern tourist experience.

Mack recently appeared on the radio show Rudy Maxa's World with none other than Arthur Frommer himself.  Both discussed their experiences of Europe, and Frommer praised Mack's book, saying it was an "amusing and a wonderful read," one that "absolutely fascinated" him.  You can listen to their interviews at the link here.  (Doug Mack talks on Hour 1 of the March 17th podcast, beginning around 12 minutes and 15 seconds in, and Arthur Frommer talks on Hour 2.)

Mack has also created a hilarious trailer for his book, which demonstrates how to pack for a European vacation as a 1960s-era tourist would.  Fitting packing guidelines, indeed, for Mack's European trip guided by a book published in 1963!

EUROPE ON 5 WRONG TURNS A DAY has received several early reviews, and the author will soon be featured on National Public Radio, The Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, The San Francisco Chronicle, and  A sampling of early reviews are below:

"A clever idea for a travel book, executed engagingly." --Kirkus

"In this age of Yelp and TripAdvisor, who'd have thought that one of the dustiest dinosaurs of European guidebooks could inspire some of the freshest travel writing in recent memory?  Doug Mack, that's who.  This charming chronicle will leave you daydreaming of scribbled postcards, overstuffed backpacks and having nothing urgent to do but study the train schedule over one more cup of coffee." --Mark Adams, author of TURN RIGHT AT MACHU PICCHU

"Whether he's out 'Frommering' or searching for his latest chocolate croisant fix, Doug Mack is always funny and thoughtful.  The perfect travel companion.  With one foot in 1963 and another firmly in today, Mack adroitly straddles two eras, never losing his balance. EUROPE ON 5 WRONG TURNS A DAY is a delight from start to finish." --Eric Weiner, author of THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS

Perigee, April 2012

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