Tom Bissell, author of Chasing the Sea
Matt Gross is one of the most intrepid, curious, good-hearted, and absolutely fearless travelers around. You'll see some of the world's most striking places in this book and meet some of its most endearing (and, sometimes, tragic) people. I, for one, would follow Mr. Gross, on any budget, at any time, anywhere.”
Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding
"Gross's far-flung coming-of-age memoir celebrates the joy of travel, but it also tweaks the easy conclusions and clichés we attach to our journeys. Honest, insightful, and surprising, this book explores the momentsgood, bad, ambivalentthat make life on the road meaningful."
ForeWord, Spring 2013
A behind-the-scenes glance at the world of travel writing.... If you're the kind of person who enjoys random conversations in dive bars, casually delving into your taxi-driver's tangled home life, or swapping philosophy at a bus stop, then this book is for you.... It surely was an absorbing journey.”
Kirkus Reviews, 4/15/13
New York Times Books Review
"A joyful meditation on the spontaneity and unpredictability of the traveling life."
Anthony Bourdain, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential
"The Turk Who Loved Apples is exactly the kind of travel book you should read while traveling. Filled with the moments of absurdity, sadness, madness, wisdom, beauty, realization, and Weltschmerz familiar to the chronic, lifelong traveler."
Andrew Zimmern, James Beard Award-winning host of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
"A book with lasting relevance for all travelersabout how to access the mystery and awe of our first travels...and perhaps most brilliantly about how one comes home."
Eric Weiner, author of the New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss
Matt Gross is the perfect travel companion: smart, funny, and game for (almost) anything. Plus he knows all the best places to eat. As in all great travel books, the real terrain covered in The Turk who Loved Apples can't be found on any map.”
Andrew McCarthy, actor and author of the New York Times bestseller The Longest Way Home