The Kindness of Strangers

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Edited by Don George. Lonely Planet.

This collection of 26 wise and wonderful stories by some of the leading lights of contemporary travel literature--rapturously telling of the favors done them by angels who appeared spontaneously amid sudden, dire predicaments in their globe-trotting adventures--proves a point that desperately needs to be made today: that humanity, wherever it abides, can be and is gratuitously helpful, kind, generous, and openhearted. "I believe in Kindness," famed author Jan Morris writes in the first essay, "rather as religious people believe in God." After reading a few of these enchanting accounts, you will too.