Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Beginning: Turning Down the Sound by Foster Church


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This book celebrates the small towns Washington as places to explore, savor, and spend the night or two. It treats them as travel destinations rather than dots on a map to drive through on the road someplace else.
-- From the author's Introduction to Turning Down the Sound: Travel Escapes in Washington's Small Towns by Foster Church, published by OSU Press.

As with his earlier book, Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest, Church revels in the often hard to find charms of small towns. He writes about farm towns that now boast art galleries and antique shops, and other villages with cultural attractions. But the real joy of Turning Down the Sound is how Church really digs in, looking for character, and visitor amenities, in even the most ordinary-seeming burgs.


  1. Turning Down the Sound would be the perfect book to read on a stay-cation, a lovely journey through small towns. Thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend.
    Happy Reading,

  2. I like the sound of this one...thanks for sharing.

  3. This sounds like a fantastic book! I love going out to lunch in the little towns near where I live in western Washington, and it would be great fun to learn about more such places. I'll definitely look for this treasure.

  4. Sounds like a good one, not one I'd pick up usually but I might give it a go now :)

  5. I like the word "burgs." This book seems very enjoyable. Like to read about places.

  6. I used a similar book when I was traveling in my RV and it took me to some really interesting small towns.

  7. This books sounds really interesting! I love going to off the beaten path places and this sounds like it'd be a great book for me.

  8. Sounds like an enjoyable arm-chair travel book.

  9. My favourite part about traveling is definitely finding those little towns you can't really pinpoint on a map and realizing they have the best apple pie you've ever eaten. This sounds like a really fun book! Thanks for hosting, I hope you have a great weekend :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  10. Love the cover.

    Turning Down the Sound sound interesting.

    Have a good weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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