Tom  Miller





Tom Miller


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in Washington, D.C., The United States
August 11, 1947

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Tom Miller has been writing about the American Southwest and Latin America for more than three decades. His ten books include The Panama Hat Trail, which follows the making and marketing of one Panama hat, and Trading with the Enemy, which Lonely Planet says "may be the best travel book about Cuba ever written." Miller began his journalism career in the underground press of the late '60s and early '70s, and has written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, Natural History, and Rolling Stone. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife, Regla.

Average rating: 3.65 · 422 ratings · 77 reviews · 12 distinct works · Similar authors
The Panama Hat Trail: A Jou...

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Trading With The Enemy: A Y...

3.77 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 1992 — 8 editions
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How I Learned English: 55 A...

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Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink: O...

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Travelers' Tales Cuba: True...

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Writing on the Edge: A Bord...

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On The Border: Portraits Of...

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Arizona: The Land and the P...

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“Great travel writing consists of equal parts curiosity, vulnerability and vocabulary. It is not a terrain for know-it-alls or the indecisive. The best of the genre can simply be an elegant natural history essay, a nicely writ sports piece, or a well-turned profile of a bar band and its music. A well-grounded sense of place is the challenge for the writer. We observe, we calculate, we inquire, we look for a link between what we already know and what we're about to learn. The finest travel writing describes what's going on when nobody's looking.”
Tom Miller

“No camera, no recording device, no laptop, none of this palm pilot nonsense or a cell phone. Paper and pencil, a book, maybe a bilingual dictionary. Anything beyond that (a) can be stolen, and (b) intimidates people you encounter. The more double-A batteries you carry, the more you distance yourself from the people you're writing about.”
Tom Miller

“He spoke as if he held marbles in his mouth. 'Más o menos'--more or less--came out as 'maomay.' He was on a low-consonant diet, feasting on vowels”
Tom Miller, The Panama Hat Trail: A Journey from South America

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