New Travel Book on the Right Track with Humor and Thought-Provoking Essays

Bakersfield, CA, September 25, 2007 --( Tin Lizard Tales: Reflections from a Train is a ride worth taking. Though author Schuyler T. Wallace may appear as somewhat of a curmudgeon, he is more a man who is passionate about the problems of life. As we travel with him by train through the United States and Canada, there is much to learn from his humorous and often penetrating observations. Readers will experience the highs and lows of train travel: the smells and sounds, the rudeness and the joys of life both on and off the Tin Lizard.

“I walk through the train and have never seen anything like it. It is Spring Break and the train is full of young people. They are sleeping in the aisles, in luggage racks, behind and under tables in the lounge car, and anywhere else a body can be stuffed. There are feet and heads and fannies everywhere. Walking around without stepping on or kicking something is almost impossible. I’ve seen refugee trains on television news and this is worse. I feel like I am fleeing the rebels in some third world country and start looking for goats and chickens—I know they are here somewhere.”

Wallace begins our journey at the Amtrak station in Bakersfield, California, and from there readers are treated to a short primer on the history of train travel. Through the West, Midwest and East, the sights become a history lesson, with frequent detours, if you will, that offer in-depth looks at the people and events that shaped America—from the Lincoln-Douglas debates to the Great Chicago Fire to the ever-changing life of a tiny church at Ground Zero.

Along the way, Wallace delves unashamedly into subjects such as corporate pollution, deceitful pharmaceutical practices, cruel food handling procedures, the littering of the countryside, the treatment of the homeless, and idiotic celebrities. Tin Lizard Tales provides an eclectic mix that makes his book far more satisfying than the usual literary travel fare.

About Tin Lizard Tales, Wallace says, “I have attempted to include instances of beauty, comedy, and warm-hearted friendship in this chronicle because I’m really not a bitter person―actually, I’m as tenderhearted as a banker. I’m attempting to call attention to the problems we face as opposed to being malicious, although I suppose that interpretation is in the eye of the beholder.”

ISBN(s): 1432712549 Format(s): 6 x 9 Paperback SRP: US $15.95/CAN $16.95
Genre: Travel/Essays

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Born and raised in California, Schuyler T. Wallace is a retired fire chief who says he wants to be a journalist when he gets older. He’s in his seventies, although declining to say at which end. He’s also a heavy reader and coffee drinker, traits he believes that lead to “knowing a lot about everything,” and in this, his first book, he attempts to convince all his doubters.


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