Welcome to the October 2012 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors and the latest notable travel book and world music reviews. Here's what we've got in store for you:
Racing Hand-carved Canoes in Micronesia - Tom Koppel
In a region where small dots of land are separated by expanses of water, some have revived the art of turning logs into fast sailing canoes.
Keeping Secret Spots in New York City - Becky Garrison
A New York writer faces a "Secret Places of New York" guidebook with some trepidation, questioning whether it's a good or bad thing to out the peaceful places known only to a few.
Bouncing Back From Terror in Budapest - Tim Leffel
The House of Terror displays the sad underbelly of Hungary's darkest time. With the Underguides, it's possible to find the hidden but happier sides of modern Budapest.
World Music Reviews - Laurence Mitchell
More great grooves and sweet vocals from two parts of Africa, number 10 from French collective Lo'Jo, and psychedelic jazz from the Welsh border.
Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
Two books that bring an historical perspective to contemporary journeys, one in the least known region of South America, the other in the much-trampled British countryside. Plus a book about America that starts with a gimmick but ends with genuine insights.
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