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.

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