This is the most thorough of all the Seal Press collections I've read in terms of introduction to the various aspects of a nation's culture. I never thought much about Turkey as a place to visit, although its history always fascinated me. I remember that old song from when I was little, "CON-STAN-tinople...." I think it was Danny Kaye singing that one, but I'm too lazy to check the search engines and confirm it. The thing that touched me most deeply in these essays was the hospitality of the Turkish people. It's a strong tradition with them, whether you are a friend or a stranger. Some of the examples of their generosity and caretaking moved me to tears.