The Chattanooga Pulse
“Armchair travelers, rejoice. The perfect summer read has arrived in the form of a new book from National Geographic’s publishing division: Novel Destinations…. The writing is clean and crisp, with plenty of detail to pique curiosity, but not so much that it ‘gives away the ending.’ Whether you want to follow Kafka around Prague or Hemingway around Key West, if you love books, you’ll love this book. Happy trails.”

Chicago Tribune
A fun read whether for armchair travelers or actual literary pilgrims.” –June Sawyers

New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Perfect for book lovers who also love to travel is this new guide to places associated with writers.”

The Denver Post
Novel Destinations is a dream come true for reading enthusiasts who also travel.”

The Tampa Tribune
“Globe-trotters and armchair bibliophiles will also discover lots of reading suggestions, interesting facts and bits of little-known literary gossip.”

The Christian Science Monitor
“If you haven’t yet planned your summer vacation (or even if you have), there’s a book coming out today you’re probably going to enjoy…. Flipping through Novel Destinations serves to remind me of the fabulous visits I have yet to make.”–Marjorie Kehe
“Like a pair of food critics writing about their favorite restaurants, Schmidt and Rendon are knowledgeable and informative, consistently conveying their enthusiasm for this unique project…. Novel Destinations is the type of book that can be opened to any page to reveal some entertaining or enlightening tidbit…Whether you’re actually planning a literary trip, or simply want to sit by the fireside contemplating that delightful possibility, this volume is guaranteed to provide many hours of pleasurable and rewarding reading.”
“All I want…is a book that ventures wisely but briefly into the lives and haunts of a gaggle of writers.

At last: Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West does just that.

Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon are my kind of bibliophiles — they know a lot but only tell you the coolest stuff. And their hearts are pure. They’re not stalkers. They just seek ‘a deeper perspective on the books we cherish.'”
“This book definitely meets my expectations of a National Geographic publication. I expected descriptions of places where authors had lived and worked but was thrilled to find tours of the places within these great authors’ novels mapped out for me…. These are not the staid entries of most travel guides. The authors provide a bit of history and biography with each entry. This, combined with quality writing, makes Novel Destinations a great read for any lover of literature, travel, or both.”
“For those who love to follow in the footsteps of their literary idols, it’s a great read.”
“Novel Destinations… is a book after my own heart. Bibliophiles will enjoy dipping into [it] again and again.” –Don George, Tales from Nowhere