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Author Mary-Lou Weisman began her career as a journalist and columnist for the New York Times, to which she contributed many travel essays. Between 1998 and 2004 she served as a contributing commentator on Public Radio International's “Savvy Traveler,” and wrote a feature length film for Paramount Pictures. Her first book, Intensive Care: A Family Love Story (Random House) was called “a classic” by New Republic reviewer Maggie Scarf and her best-selling second book, My (Middle Aged) Baby Book (Workman Publishing) was endorsed by Erma Bombeck as "A perfect gift for middle agers and those in denial." Mary-Lou's collected essays, Traveling While Married (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) brought a comparison to Bombeck from The Philadelphia Inqu ...more

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“Just deciding where to go on vacation can often test the marriage’s flexibility. One partner wants to do something physical and adventurous, like trying to outrun molten lava down a volcano; the other prefers something more restful, even spiritual, like raking gravel in a Buddhist monastery.”
Mary-Lou Weisman, Traveling While Married

“The sole cause of man’s unhappiness,” Pascal wrote in his Pensées, “is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.” If we were not tempted to venture out, we would never have to experience the disappointments inherent in travel: that arch is not so triumphant; that tower’s not so leaning; that Mona’s not so Lisa. The fault is not in the three-star sights but in ourselves, that we are the same underlings we were when we were at home–just as prone to boredom, anxiety, and petty thoughts, in spite of the radical change of scene. I can be just as unhappy in front of the rose window at Chartres as I am at my kitchen sink. In fact, I can be more unhappy because I believe I should be happier. The”
Mary-Lou Weisman, Traveling While Married




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