Born a Ramblin' Man
What do southern lawyers do in their spare time? Some hunt, some fish, others play golf. If you're Tom Dennard, you travel abroad in a pair of jeans and a Led Zeppelin t-shirt, and you build a youth hostel that attracts global travelers to your doorstep.
Equipped with little more than a passport and a backpack, he's crossed thresholds from Appalachia to Africa, Brunswick to Bulgaria and from Cuba to Costa Rica.
In the '70s he started keeping journals of his travels. From those frayed, tea-stained pages comes 'Born a Ramblin' Man, your personal passport to a world of intriguing cultures, colorful characters, bizarre encounters, and narrow escapes. His close calls - particularly in Communist Bulgaria - make one wonder whether Dennard was born under a wandering star, a lucky star, or both. But for all the far-flung adventures, his most humorous and poignant tales take place on Georgia soil, a magical amalgam of European and African descendants whose roots, memories, and shared experiences run deep into its red clay and sandy river bottoms.
Stephen Doster: author, Lord Baltimore.