1200-word article that appeared in the Dallas Morning News Sunday travel section, with photos by John Lander.
Nicole gives an overview of the book:
Imagine that Texas and Tibet fell in love. Never mind how they met. Maybe at a convention for regions that don't like to be pushed around. I don't know. Let's just pretend it could happen.
Now, imagine they had a baby country. What would happen if you rolled those genetic dice? You could get a devoutly Buddhist place where red meat is eaten three times a day. Or maybe an Asian country where boots and cowboy hats are everyday wear. There could be new money and ancient poverty, SUVs clogging the streets of the capital and maybe families in the countryside who can carry everything they own on a yak. A few things you could count on for sure: The sky would be big and the people friendly. It would be dusty. It would be proud.
It would be Mongolia.
I grew up in New England, mostly Massachusetts, though New Hampshire deserves some credit. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area now. I write non-fiction. I usually call myself a travel writer, though lately I've been having more success with essays. I've been published in the...