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All Over the Map by Laura Fraser
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bookshelves: 2011, travel, memoir
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All Over the Map is a memoir about travel, food, and relationships. The book begins with a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico where the narrator is meeting her French lover, the professor (their relationship was chronicled in her previous memoir An Italian Affair). The Professor tells Laura that he is in love with another woman and in a relationship with her. The rest of the book chronicles the various places around the globe Laura visits (she is a journalist and writes travel pieces for women's magazines) while she searches for a lasting romantic relationship. The book ends with Laura buying a small house in San Miguel Allende, Mexico and turning it into a beautiful retreat.

Fraser's writing style is winning; although writing in the first person she is never tedious or too revealing. She acknowledges her flaws, mistakes, strengths, and attempts to make changes in her life. The descriptions of various cuisines and locations was evocative and Fraser is an obviously gifted travel writer. This would be a good beach book or light summer read for female readers.
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