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.