Marcia DeSanctis’s probing, evocative, and transporting memoir was honored with the prestigious 2023 Lowell Thomas Award. A Hard Place to Leave took the bronze award in the Travel Book category. Restless to leave, eager to return: this memoir in essays captures the unrelenting pull between the past and the present, between traveling the world and staying home.

Melissa Febos in The New York Times had this to say about the book: “Intrepid and empathetic, gifted with the dispassionate gaze of a born observer…a  harmonious collage of worldview and character, a wunderkammer of experiences in a life fully lived.”

Congratulations, Marcia!