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Posted by David Lyon  October 5, 2012 07:54 PM

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Hiking to Siberia.jpg We've known Cambridge-based Larry Millman as a fellow travel writer for at least 20 years now, and when meet up with him and exchange notes of where we've been, our highlights usually involve warm places with good food and wine. Larry's generally involve ice, rocks, wild creatures, and mushrooms. Long ago we became resigned to the fact that we are travelers, and he is by nature an adventurer who never carries a ''computer-type device'' on his travels ''lest I become tethered to the world I left behind.''

Lawrence Millman's newest book, Hiking to Siberia: Curious Tales of Travel and Travelers, came out on Tuesday. Published by a tiny Buffalo press called sunnyoutside, it's a modest compendium of 20 essays about the joys and vicissitudes of travel (which, he notes, shares an etymology with ''travail''). It's small enough to tuck in a backpack to read a tale each night before crawling into a sleeping bag – or to lay by the bedside to encourage dreams of far-off places and the strange characters who inhabit the margins of the world. As Millman writes of himself, ''If a wrong turn can be made, I will find a way, God or his absence willing, to make it....''

We wouldn't have it any other way.

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