Writer 'nailed it' on Estonia

I'm an American journalist living in Tallinn, and I've just finished reading Elizabeth Zach's excellent article on our city ("Estonia endures," Sept. 8). My parents, who live in Danville, where I grew up, forwarded me the link.

She is one of the few parachuting travel journalists who really nailed it. I like the way she captured the historical complexities of the country.

The Bradt guide to Estonia has now been updated or is about to be. Insight Guides have a guide to Tallinn and one to the Baltics, but I think Zach is right that there aren't many guidebooks that are Estonia, not Tallinn.

Steve Roman

Senior Editor, ERR News, Tallinn (Estonia Public Broadcasting)

Thanks for hometown article

Thank you so much for the informative article about Tallinn, Estonia, the city of my birth. It was well written and based on historical facts.

Olof Johansson

Pleasant Hill

'Delightful' read on Tallinn

Elizabeth Zach's nice article on Estonia was reprinted in the Pasadena Star-News. Her elaborate description of my hometown, Tallinn, made for delightful reading. I, too, have visited Grandma's Kitchen and seen Hillary Clinton's full-page overstated autograph in its guest book!


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Arne Kalm, Managing Director

American Baltic Capital, Arcadia

Indie books in Portland, Denver

In a follow-up to the excellent article on Toronto bookstores ("Destinations to book," Sept. 15), yes, we do seek our independent bookstores when traveling. Our favorites:

1. Powell's Bookstore in Portland, Ore. This multilevel block-sized store is certainly a destination in downtown Portland. The framed poster in our home says: "Visit scenic Powell's -- City of Books." It has both new and used books and some specialty bookstores around town. It's wonderful!

2. Tattered Cover Bookstores in Denver. There are at least two stores -- one in lower downtown (Lodo) and one outside the downtown area. Excellent indie bookstore.

Sandi Pantages

Fremont

Monterey bookstore 'treasure'

Whenever I am in Monterey, I stop by the Old Monterey Book Co. at 136 Bonifacio Place, just a few blocks from Fisherman's Wharf. It's a small, two-story treasure house full of a wide variety of hidden and not-so-hidden gems!

The lady who runs it is delightful and full of knowledge. Sometimes it is fun just to strike up a conversation with her on just about anything. But the best part are the piles of books everywhere. I always walk out with something very special when I leave.

Jodi, via email

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