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The Book of Roads
Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech
Phil Cousineau
ISBN: 9781632280190
Foreword by Larry Habegger
Viva Editions
5 x 8
232 pages
August 11, 2015


“True tales of travel adventures from a compassionate poet’s heart, which indicate that we, the people, are one family after all. The Book of Roads is a very thrilling piece of work. I relished my long, slow reading of it." —Alexander Eliot, author of The Timeless Myths

"Phil Cousineau, in The Book of Roads, goes a long way toward explaining that. He travels down one road and up another, chronicling life in our time with a poet’s grace and filmmaker’s vision. His travels take him from the rough streets of Detroit to the stony paths of Connemara, from Rumi’s tomb to Chichén Itzá. He goes with a hunger for knowledge and a thirst for connection, for seeing the long thread of human history in the world around him and the earthy wisdom of shepherds and touts and countless other souls who share these roads with us. By taking us along, revealing what he learns simply by showing us what he saw and felt and lived, Phil grants us a new perspective on our lives and world. We follow his lead and discover new connections with people and places, and reflect on our own experiences so the tapestry of our lives extends beyond its usual borders and we are made richer for it." –< b>Larry Habergger, author of Travelers' Tales

Cousineau’s wanderlust has driven him to visit nearly 100 countries as a backpacker, documentary filmmaker, travel writer, photographer, and art and literary tour leader. For him, travel gives us what his mentor Joseph Campbell called “the key to the realm of the muses.”

As author of the best-selling travel book The Art of Pilgrimage, Cousineau continues to crisscross the world as a travel writer, filmmaker, and host of Global Spirit.

The Book of Roads: Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech is the culmination of a lifetime of travel experiences, from the steel factories of Detroit to headhunting villages in the Philippines, the war-torn villages in the Balkans to the river roads of Canada once traversed by his voyageur ancestors. His rhapsodic travel stories place him in the league of fellow travelers who are also masterful writers, such as Pico Iyer, Jack Kerouac, Jan Morris, and Beryl Markham.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, host of the Global Spirits series and travel tour leader. An early fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 25 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires and Once and Future Myths. A protégé of the late Joseph Campbell, Cousineau is also the editor of The Hero’s Journey.
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