In Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space, “time” is the life course (at least up to the beginning of the 21st century) and “space” refers to the places the author has visited and written about. The first part presages the first chapter of the memoir Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor (2013); the rest of the book focuses mostly on sites, scenes and unique experiences.
Swallow Press (Ohio University Press)
215 Columbus Road, Suite 101
Athens, OH 45701-1373
Pub date: April 30, 2003
232 pp, HC, $26.96, 7.1 x 9.1
Comments on Guest Appearances
Peter Rose has traveled more than almost anyone I know, and has seen a great deal that other travelers miss. I think his essays are an accurate expression of the man — catholic in their interests and warmed by generosity.
—Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Soul of the New Machine, Among School Children and Hometown.
An academic ethnography of significance — a life well lived, a cause well served.
—Richard Moran, professor of sociology, Mt. Holyoke College
If you weren’t lucky enough to have Peter Rose personally introduce you to the discipline of sociology, now is your chance. This intimate reflection will excite the mind — and the imagination.
—Ruth-Ellen Grimes, Smith ’75, professor of sociology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Reviews of Guest Appearances
Wonderful stories by and about a fascinating man. — Amazon review 5.0 out of 5 stars
When I recently met Professor Peter Rose and his wife Hedy in Switzerland on one of their journalistic travels, they captured me. They are people you love to meet: their rich lives well lived, curiosity, wisdom, generosity and humor. They really come alive in Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space as if they were in front of you. A wonderful book (the hardcover is beautifully edited) that I couldn’t put down till I had reached the end, all too quickly. If you enjoy meeting people who manage to live a life full of purpose and humanity, and are interested in our world’s anthropology/sociology made exciting, you’ll love this book as much as I did.
—Karl Maenz, Binn, Switzerland
Postings from a very public professor
Guest Appearances is in book form what Rose is in life—learned, plain spoken, adventurous, reflective, insightful and—because he’s human—sentimental. The book has a warm and winning nature…. Through the three dozen essays, Rose, who is 69, introduces readers to the interesting times and interesting people he’s made it his business to meet head-on. Sometimes, it has been scholarly business in his pursuit of a career as a public-minded sociologist. He tells fetching stories about visits to universities around the world. He sees himself as an observer and a documentarian.
At his retirement on April 4, 2003 he received a State Department award for his contributions to public diplomacy.
—Larry Parnass, Bookmarks, Daily Hampshire Gazette