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We don’t write traditional book reviews — we are all about recommending books we love, but not so much with the formal criticism. And we are very interested in hearing about new books with a strong sense of place. We also love to hear about new travel-related products or services that might be relevant to our audience. Got a book or travel-related product or service you think we need to know about? Send email to

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